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The Moravian College Music Department will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Single Brethren's House with a public concert on Saturday, October 3, at 8 p.m. in Peter Hall. The Single Brethren's House served as the home for single men in the 18th-century Moravian community, a Revolutionary War hospital, the home of the Seminary for Young Ladies in the 19th century, and, since 1956, the home of the College's Music Department. The house is located in historic Bethlehem at the corner Church and Main streets.
The concert celebrates the long Moravian musical heritage by including works by Moravian composers as well as non-Moravian works performed in the Moravian community, particularly pieces by composers popular in the Bethlehem Philharmonic Society archives.
The concert will include performances by faculty and students. Works scheduled include the rarely heard aria by Mozart "Schon lacht der holde Frühling," performed by Dr. Yvonne Robinson, soprano; Linda Kistler, violin; and Robert Steelman, piano. Also included are several works for organ, which will be performed upon the newly installed Samuel Green organ (1795), on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY) Musical Instrument Collection. This is the only known surviving organ built by Green in the United States, and one of the oldest organs in the Lehigh Valley. Performing on the organ will be Lou Carol Fix, the organ instructor at the College and director of music/organist at Salem U.C.C. in Allentown.
Other works and performers include: Beethoven Piano Trio in c minor, op. 1/3 (students Kimberly Buschta, Emily Rideout, and Jennifer Smull), Devienne's Flute Trio No. 4 (students Jessica Kistler, Nicole Stevenson, and Heather Strizalkowski), selections from Herbst's Hymns to be Sung at the Pianoforte (student Angela Voyajolu), and an aria dedicated to Emma Cecelia Thursby (student Rebekah Graver). Dr. Debra Torok of the College's piano faculty, who is currently preparing to record the complete piano music of contemporary composer Norman Dello Joio, will dedicate the Department's brand-new Steinway piano with a performance of Dello Joio's Capriccio on the interval of a second. The program concludes with a performance of an anthem by the best-known Moravian composer, Johann Friedrich Peter (1746-1813). The anthem was edited for modern performance by Dr. Carol Traupman-Carr, Assistant Professor of Music, and will be performed by the Collegium Vocalis, under the director of Professor Emeritus Richard Schantz, founder of the Moravian College Choir.
Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is $8 general admission, $5 for senior citizens, children 12 and under, and students. Moravian College faculty, staff, and students are admitted free.