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Preview Concert to Feature the Music of Vespers

Bethlehem, Pa., November 14, 2008—Moravian College will present the annual Vespers Preview Concert on Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall, located in the Hurd Center for Music and Art in Historic Bethlehem.  The Vespers preview concert is open to the public and a $5 donation is suggested.

The Moravian Choir, directed by Paula Ring Zerkle, and the Moravian College Women’s Chorus, conducted by Eduardo Azzati, will perform the identical musical program, with the exception of the candle ceremony, that will be performed at the annual College Vespers services held in Central Moravian Church during the first and second weekends in December. The Vespers Preview Concert is scheduled to afford the opportunity to those who wish to attend the Vespers service but were unable to acquire tickets for the December program due to requests far exceeding availability.

The theme of the Vespers services this year is “Faith Calms Our Fears.”  Moravian College’s interim minister Glen Stout summarizes the heart of this theme: “…it is possible to believe that personal fear can be calmed by a willful choice to embrace faith and hope in a purpose greater than ourselves … to trust in that spirit of goodness and grace, and thereby love others in the face of our worry and anxiety.  By living this way, our fears can be embraced by faith and we too can discover renewed meaning in our lives.”  The concert will feature works of various arrangements by a number of composers, among them George Handel, Larry Lipkis, and Jeffrey Ames.

Foy Concert Hall is located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem.  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.