Please join us for a concert on Wednesday, August 17, at 12:15 pm at the magnificent Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, located in Lewiston, Maine.

Our guest artist is organist Mark Thallander who will be accompanied by Prince of Peace Parish's Director of Music, organist Scott Vaillancourt.

Faith and music have always been central to Mark Thallander’s life. An accomplished organist, composer and author, he is probably best known for his long and distinguished ministry at The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. He joined the staff there in January 1976 as a music associate and assisted Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Schuller with Hour of Power television scripting, service programming and musical guests.
 
A devastating auto accident in 2003 was a turning point in his career.  Not one to be deterred and with God’s guidance, Mark stepped up to the challenges presented and today continues to perform organ concerts around the country. Mark also serves as president of The Mark Thallander Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 to bring joyous and inspirational music events to communities nationwide.
 
Tubist and organist Scott Vaillancourt is a native of Van Buren, Maine. He graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1992 and received both a Masters in Music Composition and a Masters in Performance from the University of Michigan in 1994. Mr. Vaillancourt is currently active as a freelance performer, composer, arranger, and teacher in the central and southern Maine areas. Some of the many ensembles he has performed with include: the Portland Opera Repertory Theater Orchestra, the Atlantic Chamber Symphony, the Bangor Symphony, the Colby Symphony, and the Portland Brass Quintet. He is the music director at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston, Maine where he directs and oversees an active music program; teaches part time at the University of Southern Maine, and Bowdoin College; was director of the band and chorus at the University of New England; is the principle tubist and organist for the Norumbega Ensemble. He lives in Lewiston with his wife and three children.
 
Come and enjoy these talented performers in this sacred space. Concerts are free and open to the public. Donations to restore the Casavant Organ are gratefully accepted.
                                                                                                               
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The Basilica Concerts are sponsored by Burnham Painting (207) 576-3421.