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The Moravian College Community Orchestra to Perform Sunday

Concert will feature Steinway solo artist Gilya Hodos

Bethlehem, Pa., November 18, 2008—The Moravian College Community Orchestra conducted by Donald Spieth will perform on Sunday, November 23, at 7 p.m. in the Foy Concert Hall. The concert will feature Steinway solo artist Gilya Hodos, sponsored by Jacobs Music. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, and children under 12. For ticket information, call 610-861-1350. Foy Concert Hall is located at the corner of Main and Church Streets.

Last fall, Donald Spieth returned to Moravian College as artist-in-residence and conductor of the Moravian College Community Orchestra, an ensemble which he started forty years ago and from which he took a twenty-two year leave to pursue other conducting responsibilities.  Spieth has established himself as an outstanding conductor, orchestra builder, and educator and his imaginative programming and expressive performances have been met enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike. March 2007 marked the conclusion of the twenty-sixth year of Spieth's tenure as music director and conductor of the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra.  Additionally, he has held that same position with the Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra for twenty-five years, and is professor of music and head of the Music Department at Northampton Community College, a position he has held for more than twenty years.

Gilya Hodos will perform the Saint Saëns Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22.  Also on the bill are Moravian College Professor Larry Lipkis’ Pas de Deux, Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane, & Capriccio Italien by Tchaikovsky.  The Moravian College Community Orchestra is open to college and community instrumentalists by audition.

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.