2015-10-07 / Features

Trinity Lutheran Begins 125th Anniversary Celebrations


Councilman Costa Constantinides presented a Proclamation to Pastor Paul Milholland, Eric Rodriguez, and Marc Victor Smith. 
Photos Betto Mares Yáñez Councilman Costa Constantinides presented a Proclamation to Pastor Paul Milholland, Eric Rodriguez, and Marc Victor Smith. Photos Betto Mares Yáñez On the 125th anniversary of the founding of Trinity Lutheran Church of Astoria/Long Island City in 1890, the church has started a year-long celebration with “Trinity Presents Trinity, A Musical and Visual Arts Celebration,” on Saturday, October 3. The evening was a great success.

Councilman Costa Constantinides presented the church with a Proclamation, and Trinity members and friends performed a diverse program, featuring the music of Brahms, Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, Telemann, and more. Performing were Mark Victor Smith (piano, tenor), Richard Walker (recorder), Kay Belich (cello, soprano), Megan Bastos (French horn), Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz (musical saw and handbells), Christopher Bradshaw (piano), Eva Oginar (violin), William Easterling (organ), Amy Appleton (flute), Susan Stoderl (piano), Ilya Speranza (soprano), Clair Smith (violin), Nancy Kito (organ), and Kenneth Murphy (clarinet).


Some of the concert participants took a bow: Mark Victor Smith, Kay Belich, Eva Oginar, Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz, Megan Bastos, William Easterling, and Richard Walker. Some of the concert participants took a bow: Mark Victor Smith, Kay Belich, Eva Oginar, Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz, Megan Bastos, William Easterling, and Richard Walker. Astoria composers Scott Munson and Susan Stoderl both had pieces performed at the concert.

After the concert the audience went down to the church Undercroft/Fellowship Hall, to view an exhibit of the work of more than a dozen artists, all of them members and friends of Trinity.

“The art show was made possible by the talents of many and the leadership and organization provided by two of Trinity’s artists in residence, Amy Appleton and Lisa Canellas. A special thank you to the House Chair, Luis Canellas and Fellowship Chair, Lauren Craig,” said Pastor Paul Milholland.


Solo handbells piece by Astoria composer Scott Munson, performed by Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz (and pianist Christopher Bradshaw, not in photo). Solo handbells piece by Astoria composer Scott Munson, performed by Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz (and pianist Christopher Bradshaw, not in photo). The 125th anniversary celebrations will continue on Sunday, November 22, when the Metropolitan NY Synod’s Bishop Rimbo will preach and preside at Trinity Lutheran Church’s 10:30 am service. On Saturday, April 16, 2016, the celebrations will culminate with a concert of the Trinity Handbell Choir, the Astoria Choir, and the Greater Astoria Historical Society, which will give a presentation about the history of Trinity and Astoria. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.trinitylic.org.

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