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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Concert pianist Debra Torok will perform Keys for Hope, a 40th anniversary benefit concert for Amnesty International at Moravian College, on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. in Foy Hall. Renowned Chinese human rights activist, Dr. Harry Wu, will share the stage and give a pre-concert talk entitled "Behind the Great Wall" at 3:15 p.m. Admission by the public to the concert, lecture, and post-concert reception requires a $25 donation to Amnesty International. Admission for Amnesty International members, seniors (65 and over), and students requires a $15 donation.
"Keys for Hope," is a narrated musical tribute to human rights featuring short piano works by international contemporary composers and represents an artistic response to human rights injustices and environmental issues. Dr. Torok will dedicate each piece to a different human rights activist. Torok is an acclaimed recording artist who has performed internationally. She is an adjunct professor teaching at Moravian College and Lehigh University.
Dr. Wu will present, "Behind the Great Wall," a discussion of his experience during 19 years in 12 different labor camps before coming to the United States in 1979. He was arrested again in the mid-1990s while visiting China for research and released after an international outcry led by Amnesty International and many others. Wu is executive director of the Laogai Research Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to documenting abuses within Chinese slave labor camps.
The concert is sponsored by Moravian College as part of its 300-year anniversary celebration of the invention of the piano, with assistance from Moravian College and local Amnesty International groups. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check for $25 payable to Amnesty International along with a self addressed envelope to Moravian College Music Department—Torok Concert, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018, or by calling 610-861-1651. Foy Hall is located on Moravian’s Church Street Campus at Main and Church streets in Historic Bethlehem, Pennyslvania.
Amnesty International, founded in London in 1961, is a grassroots activist organization dedicated to freeing prisoners of conscience, gaining fair trials for political prisoners, ending torture, political killings and "disappearances," and abolishing the death penalty throughout the world.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.