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Bethlehem, Pa., April 28, 2008—Moravian College will host an array of events in conjunction with Jacobs Music Company to showcase exquisite Steinway pianos and the talented musicians who play them. The flurry of activities begins on Thursday, May 1 when more than 100 children will play on three historic Steinway art-case pianos during the “Keys for Kids Perform-a-thon” in Peter Hall. The perform-a-thon offers a unique opportunity for young people to play on exquisite one-of-a-kind Steinways while helping children by raising money for the St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network Pediatric Department. Those interested may contact Karen Hobbs at 215-568-0021, ext. 36 for more information on attending one of the performances or to schedule a performance time for themselves or their studio. The public is invited to attend the opening reception sponsored by St. Luke’s Hospital from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, May 1, in Moravian’s Peter Hall. The reception will feature performances by local prodigy Vivian Wang and well known pianist and composer Roger Latzgo accompanied by Soprano Marcia Boyesen. The reception is free of charge.
For three days beginning on Friday, May 2, the most extraordinary collection of Steinway heirloom pianos will be on display in Moravian’s Foy Concert Hall. The “Selection and Savings” event at Moravian will offer the largest selections of new, used, and authentically restored Steinway pianos ever assembled in the Lehigh Valley—all available for purchase at significant savings. Those interested may call 888-88-PIANO to schedule a selection appointment.
On Saturday, May 3, Steinway artists Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. Concert highlights will include Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” and a Bartok’s “Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion,” during which the piano duo will be accompanied by James E. Barnes and Steven Mathiesen on percussion. Admission for this Steinway Spotlight Performance, sponsored by Moravian College Music Institute and Jacobs Music Company, are $15 for general admission, and $10 for senior citizens, students, and children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office.
The weekend will culminate when Moravian College President Christopher M. Thomforde and his wife Dr. Kathy G. Thomforde will open their residence for “At-Home Steinway Comes Home” on Sunday, May 4. Approximately 120 guests will enjoy a pre-concert reception at the Thomforde home in Bethlehem and then walk a short distance to Moravian College’s Peter Hall for a concert at 6 p.m.—featuring Steinway pianists Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo—who will perform George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the exquisite Steinway art-case piano “Rhapsody.” The piano duo will be followed by jazz pianist Dave Roth and Tenor Gregory Oaten, who will round out the program with a medley of Gershwin classics.
In addition to Rhapsody, other spectacular Steinway art-case pianos will be on display during the At-Home Steinway event including the “Olympia” and “Serial number 500,000.”
The At-Home Steinway Series was established by the Moravian College Music Alliance, a support group for the College’s music programs, to raise funds for the music department to purchase new pianos and further Moravian’s effort to become an all-Steinway campus. The series, which features historic and concert instruments in some of the Lehigh Valley’s most beautiful homes, has been organized by the At-Home Steinway Committee which is co-chaired by Richard Groman ’78 and Jane Schultz. The Moravian Music Alliance gratefully acknowledges the At-Home Steinway Series sponsors Jacobs Music Company, and Rob-Win Press Inc. of Allentown. Tickets for the event are $150 each or $250 per couple. Invitations to Music Alliance members went out in April. Others interested in attending should request an invitation from 610 861-1336.
Jacobs Music, a Philadelphia cultural institution first established in 1900 – the same year as the Philadelphia Orchestra – and a family owned and operated business, has taken a leading role in the Philadelphia music community. The company supports internationally renowned artists and regional music organizations including Moravian’s International Music Fraternity, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and countless universities and schools of music.
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. The Music Department of Moravian College offers a comprehensive curriculum in music education, theory, history, and performance of diverse styles, and has numerous performing ensembles, including the Moravian Choir, known for its popular holiday Vespers services. Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Music Campus at Main and Church Streets.