Monday, July 13, 2009

Music Forum Presents Emmy-nominated Harp Guitarist

Music Forum of Church For All Nations will present a concert featuring world renown, Emmy-nominated harp guitarist John Doan in a concert featuring his original pieces as well as some classics Saturday, July 18.

Included in Billboard Magazine’s “Critics Choice”, Doan’s music was described as having “intricate arrangements” and “poignant melodies”.

The afternoon will be hosted by Chris MacIntosh (a.k.a. Grandfather Rock) of WCWP Radio. A pre-concert lecture will begin at 3pm with the concert following at 3:30 pm. Doors open at 2:30 pm. Mr. Doan’s pre-concert lecture will showcase the highly unique harp guitar as well as highlight the Christian aspects of the works to be performed. While the concert is free, Music Forum will be accepting suggested donations of $12.

This special presentation is part of a series presented by Music Forum of Church For All Nations, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Music Forum of Church for All Nations sponsors this classical series as well as The Stoop Concert Series and provides the venue as a contribution to the cultural and spiritual life of New York City.

The Church For All Nations is located at 417 W. 57th St. (between 9th and 10th avenues)For more information call (212) 333-5583 or visit

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light ( and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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