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The Lukens Piano Trio to Perform at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., August 26, 2008— The Lukens Piano Trio—composed of violinist Michael Locati, cellist David Moulton, and pianist Kristin Ditlow—will perform on Sunday, September 7 at 4:00 p.m. at Peter Hall on the Hurd Campus of Moravian College.

Lukens Piano Trio was formed in the spring of 2005 and has already embarked on a busy schedule including recent performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Princeton. At their Philadelphia debut, critic Michael Caruso called the performance, “Stunning...all three musicians played with an exquisite sensitivity and exhilarating thrusts of energy.” The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) wrote, “They played (the Brahms) with enormous passion, fine precision, and great musicality.” David Moulton, cello, Michael Locati, violin and Kristin Ditlow, piano bring a wealth of chamber music experience to the Lukens Piano Trio.

Moutlton has served as principal cellist of the Aspen Chamber Symphony and the Honolulu Symphony, is currently a member of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and principal cellist of the Allentown Symphony. He performs regularly with the Moravian String Quartet and the mixed strings and winds ensemble Satori.

Locati has performed as first violinist of the Tristan String Quartet, the Petra String Quartet and has appeared as a frequent guest artist on violin and viola in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania venues.

Ditlow was a founding member of the Muhlenberg Piano Quartet and the Lukens Piano Trio, and has performed extensively in the United States and abroad as a vocal accompanist and chamber musician.  Ditlow has held summer fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center and San Francisco Opera's Merola program, and has served as a diction professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Admission is $15 for adults, and $10 for students, senior citizens, and children under 12. Tickets available from Moravian College Music Department 610-861-1650 or via Lehigh Valley Box Office (www.lvartsboxoffice.org)

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.