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Ninth Annual Bethlehem Guitar Festival “Nylon and Steel” to be held June 5-6

Grammy winning Wings guitarist Laurence Juber and classical guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux to perform and conduct master classes

Bethlehem, Pa., May 27, 2009—Moravian College will host the 9th annual Bethlehem Guitar Festival “Nylon and Steel” on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6.  This year’s theme is “Nylon & Steel” an offering of recitals, workshops, master classes, and concerts. Laurence Juber, former guitarist for Paul McCartney's group Wings, and Jason Vieaux, one of America’s leading guitarists will perform in concert during the festival. The public is welcome to purchase tickets for the concerts individually. John Arnold,   classical guitar program at Moravian College is the coordinator of the program.  For information please call:  610-861-1650 or visit http://www.guitarfestival.moravian.edu/ for the full schedule of events and registration information.

Two-time Grammy-winning guitarist, Laurence Juber will present an interactive concert on Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. General admission is $20 with $15 admission for senior citizens and students with I.D.   Tickets are available at http://www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org. His appearance is sponsored by The C.F. Martin Company, which currently offers an “LJ” Signature model guitar.

Juber will also conduct a master class on Saturday,  June 5 at 10 a.m. in Peter Hall. “Up Close With LJ”, will be an entertaining, interactive, multi-level presentation with an emphasis on the value of melody, tone and texture in creating a musical experience for the guitarist Juber will demonstrate his technique and discuss arrangements and original compositions from his extensive repertoire .

As a young working musician in London, England in the 1970s, Juber got an extraordinary, life-changing break when Paul McCartney picked him to become Wings’ lead guitarist. Juber spent three years recording and touring with the band. During that time, he won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY® for the track "Rockestra" from the Wings album “Back To The Egg.”

After Wings disbanded in 1981, Juber embarked on a career as a solo artist, composer and arranger, and soon developed a reputation as a world-class guitar virtuoso, being voted #1 by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. He has released 13 critically acclaimed solo albums, including “LJ Plays the Beatles,” “Guitarist,” and “One Wing.” His latest CD titled “PCH” is now available. Juber's DVD “Guitar Noir” was DVD Etc. magazine's top pick for surround-sound 5.1 audio and earned a 2005 CEA Demmy award for sonic excellence. His solo guitar arrangement of “The Pink Panther Theme” is featured on the Best Pop Instrumental GRAMMY®-winning album “Henry Mancini-Pink Guitar.”

Considered among today’s elite classical guitarists, Jason Vieaux will perform on Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m.in Peter Concert Hall. His latest recording Bach Vol. 1: Works for Lute recently reached #13 on the Billboard Classical Album Chart. Tickets are available at  http://www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org. Vieux will present a master class earlier during the day at 1 p.m. in Peter Hall.

Vieaux is a frequent guest with orchestras across the United States. He has performed as concerto soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Ft. Worth Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, and the Auckland Philharmonic. He has ten recordings to his credit, including his current CD, “Images of Metheny,” features music by renowned American Jazz guitarist/composer Pat Metheny. Vieaux is the youngest First Prize winner in the history of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, a Naumburg International Guitar Competition prizewinner, and, in recognition of his prodigious talent and extraordinary professional career, The Cleveland Institute of Music honored him with their Alumni Achievement Award in 1998. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the United States to Southeast Asia, and concertized in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Myanmar (Burma). He has also toured Europe, Mexico, Canada, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.

Saturday’s program begins at 9 a.m. when Jorge Torres represents a lecture/recital, “Understanding Flamenco Concepts in Classical Guitar Repertoire.” Other festival events include recitals from Ulyana Machneva at 11:15 a.m., Craig Thatcher at 3:15 p.m., and an early evening concert by the Kathrin Murray and Troy King Duo at 5:00 p.m. Festival coordinator John Arnold will present a lecture/recital, “The Music of Michael Hedges,” at 4:15 p.m.

Dick Boak will present a lecture at 2:15 p.m. titled, “The Evolution of European/American Guitar,” followed by a book signing of his latest book, Martin Guitars: A History. Boak is a woodworker, guitar designer and builder, draftsman, Martin Guitar’s public relations liaison, artist, guitarist who worked with top celebrity guitarists to design and build some of the most unique and finest instruments made.

All of Saturday’s events will be held in Peter Hall located in the Hurd Music and Art Complex of Moravian College at Church and Main Streets in historic Bethlehem. For a complete schedule of events, registration and ticket information please visit the Bethlehem Guitar Festival web site or call the music department at Moravian College (610-861-1650) or contact music@moravian.edu. For more information call 610-861-1650 or email music@moravian.edu.

The 2009 Bethlehem Guitar Festival is sponsored by C.F. Martin & Co., Dave Philips Music and Sound, Moravian College Department of Music, and Worldguitarist.com, and the Mammana Family.

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. Music degrees include a Bachelors of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Music in performance (vocal, instrumental, jazz), music education, composition, or sacred music. The Bachelor of Arts program allows for musical study within a liberal arts curriculum. The Bachelor of Music is for students who desire more comprehensive music studies. Study in guitar includes private lessons, ensembles, guitar pedagogy, guitar literature, twentieth century technologies, and recitals.