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‘Jazz for Kids’ with PBS’ Mr. McFeely April 7 at First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit

April 02. 2013 6:34PM

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Music from the compositions of Fred Rogers, creator of the acclaimed “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” on PBS will be featured at an area “Jazz for Kids” event. And special guest Mr. McFeely, the postman from the PBS show, will share stories and bring puppets from the original show.

The final concert of the Arts at First Presbyterian Church 2012-2013 season will be held April 7, at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church, 300 School Street, Clarks Summit. It will feature Rev. Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet, with a focus on “Jazz for Kids,” offering lively music for all ages, including the young at heart.

This concert’s cohort of musicians will include a lineup of the region’s musicians, including Marko Marcinko on drums and Tony Marino on bass. The group will welcome special guests Erin Malloy on vocals and Jeff Stockham on trumpet and French horn. Stockham was recently featured as a musician in the Academy Award-winning film “Lincoln.”

Much of the music will be drawn from the compositions of Fred Rogers. Mr. McFeely, the postman from the PBS show as played by David Newell, will share stories with the children who are present and puppets from the original show. It will be a highly participatory event, with the musicians interpreting the songs for children and sharing how jazz is created.

The Presbybop Quartet is a musical venture of Bill Carter, jazz pianist and pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit. Since 1993, the band has toured the country extensively in presenting concerts and jazz worship. They have served as the “house band” for major church conferences, led worship services for the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, and served as “musical theologians in residence” at Princeton Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, the Massachusetts United Church of Christ, and the Arkansas conference of the United Methodist Church. They have appeared regularly at the Scranton Jazz Festivals. To date, Presbybop Quartet has recorded eight compact discs and two DVDs.

The Arts at First Presbyterian Church series is supported in part by a Lackawanna County Arts & Cultural Grant, a program of the Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Lackawanna County Council on Arts, Culture & Education; by a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant, which is administered by the Pocono Arts Council and by gifts from individual donors.

For more information or directions, contact First Presbyterian Church at 570.586.6306 or visit its Website at

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