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Metta Quintet to Perform NYC Subway Inspired Jazz – April 2

Bethlehem, Pa., March 17, 2008— Moravian College will host a night of music presented by the New York-based JazzReach organization performed by the Metta Quintet on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Hall. This program will include selections from the CD "Subway Songs," commissioned music inspired by the New York City subway.

The Metta Quintet, whose critically-acclaimed debut CD came out in 2002, is a highly creative unit comprised of some of today's fastest emerging jazz artists, H. Benjamin Schuman (drums), Helen Sung (piano), Marcus Strickland (tenor saxophone), Mark Gross (alto saxophone) and Joshua Ginsburg (bass).  The Quintet aims to establish itself in the vanguard of contemporary music ensembles as a unique, dynamic voice committed to exploring exciting new artistic territory and the infinite boundaries of the live jazz experience.  It acts as the official resident ensemble of JazzReach Performing Arts & Education Association, Inc.  A portion of proceeds from the sale of all Metta Quintet recordings directly benefits JazzReach's endeavors in arts education.

Established by Schuman in 1994, JazzReach is a nationally recognized, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, creation, teaching and performance of jazz music. Through the presentation of captivating live multimedia educational programs for young audiences, dynamic main-stage concerts for all audiences and informative clinics, workshops and master-classes for student musicians, JazzReach is ardently committed to fostering a greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of this vital American art form.  Since the premiere of its debut program in 1997, JazzReach has quickly established itself as one of America's leading arts organizations dedicated to jazz. Its innovative programs have successfully served over 100,000 young people nationwide at many of the nation's premiere performing arts venues and have received unanimous praise from arts professionals, students, teachers and parents alike.

Admission to the concert is $10 for senior citizens, students, and children and $15 for general admission.  Tickets can be purchased online through the Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office.  Foy Hall is located in historic Bethlehem on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus.

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.