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Moravian Choir to be featured in National CBS Broadcast on Christmas Eve

Bethlehem, Pa., December 18, 2008—Performances by the Moravian College Choir will be included in a national broadcast when CBS presents “The Voices of Christmas,” a television special to be aired on Christmas Eve – Wednesday, December 24, beginning at 11:35 p.m. Eastern Time – in observance of the 100th anniversary of the American ecumenical movement.

Hosted by Dr. Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, the program will feature music from across a wide spectrum of the 35 Christian faith groups that make up the interdenominational Council.  Musicians from Presbyterian, African-American Baptist, Lutheran, Moravian and Brethren traditions will be featured, along with brief reflections on Christmas from clergy and laypersons from Methodist, Reformed, Orthodox, Episcopal and other Christian communions.

The hour-long program highlights the National Council’s role in bringing together diverse Christian faith groups who discover and celebrate their unity in Christ as they work together in common mission in the spirit of the Christ child of Bethlehem.  “Music, song and voices of worship and prayer have been gathered from 15 states, representing the broad range of Christian spirituality in the U.S.,” said Bill Turpie, producer for the National Council of Churches.

The Moravian Choir performing at the College’s Vespers Services at Central Moravian Church in 2005 will be shown in 3 segments. The program that will air on more than 190 CBS affiliate stations across the country.  The program will air on locally on KYW TV-10 in Philadelphia, WCBS TV 2 in New York, and WHP TV 21 in Harrisburg. Check local listings for broadcasts other areas.

The executive producer for CBS is John P. Blessington. For press inquires about the program contact Jeremy Murphy at CBS, 212-975-4577 or by email, jeremy.murphy@cbs.com.

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.