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The Moravian College Faculty Jazz ensemble will perform in concert on Sunday, January 24, at 4 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall at Moravian’s Church Street Campus, Church and Main streets, Bethlehem. The group is comprised of an all-star line up of local jazz players who teach at Moravian College.
The jazz group includes Tony Gairo, saxophone; Al Gaumer, trumper and flugelhorn; Tom Kozic, guitar; Lou Lanza, vocals; Peter Paulsen, bass; Paul Rostock, bass; Neil Wetzel, saxophone and flute; Skip Wilkins, piano; and guest Gary Rissmiller, drums.
The concert program will include Jeanine by Duke Pearson; Endless Mountains by Peter Paulsen; I'm a Fool to Want You by Jack Wolf, Joel Herron, Frank Sinatra, arranged by Tom Kozic; and Pools by Don Grolnik:
After the intermission, the group will play Four by Miles Davis; Osaka Express by Jim Hall; Waltz in A-flat, op.69/1 by Fryderyk Chopin, arranged by Skip Wilkins; Lucas A. by Al Gaumer; and S.O.S. by Wes Montgomery.
The concert showcases the talented faculty that teach jazz at Moravian College. The college is well known for its fine music department and is also gaining a reputation for its endeavors into jazz education. With eight jazz artist instructors, the jazz student at Moravian gets in-depth and personal attention. All of the jazz faculty are performing musicians with recording experience. The program offers classes in jazz improvisation, jazz ear-training, jazz piano skills, and jazz history. The student can also participate in the Moravian College Big Band, the school's Fusion Ensemble, or one of the two traditional jazz combos. Students who have graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) degree have gone on to professional playing careers and attended the country's top graduate schools.
Tickets will be available at the door and are $8 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens and students of Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, and $3 for children 12 and under.