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Donald Spieth to direct Moravian College Community Orchestra –Nov. 4

Concert to feature 2007 Concerto Competition Soloist James Schultheis ’09 on guitar

Bethlehem, Pa., October 30, 2007— The Moravian College Community Orchestra conducted by Donald Spieth, artist-in-residence, will perform on Sunday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Foy Concert Hall. The concert will feature guitarist James Schultheis ’09, winner of the 2007 Concerto Soloist Competition.

This fall, Donald Spieth returned to Moravian College as artist-in-residence and conductor of the Moravian College Community Orchestra, an ensemble which he started forty years ago and from which he took a twenty two year leave to pursue other conducting responsibilities.
Schultheis is a music performance major who has studied classical guitar with John Arnold for the last four years and is beginning studies on the Renaissance lute.  He has performed in master classes with the 1 East Guitar Quartet and Aaron Brock.  A Bethlehem native, Schultheis has appeared extensively throughout the Lehigh Valley as a soloist and as a chamber musician performing in a flute and guitar duo.  He has performed as a soloist at the annual Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Festival.

Spieth has established himself as an outstanding conductor, orchestra builder, and educator. His imaginative programming and expressive performances have been met enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike. March 2007 marked the conclusion of the twenty sixth year of Spieth's tenure as music director and conductor of the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra (LVCO). Additionally, he has held that same position with the Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra for twenty-five years, and is professor of music and head of the Music Department at Northampton Community College, a position he has held for more than twenty years.

The performances featured works are Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture in C minor, op. 62, Allegro con brio; Schubert’s Symphony no. 8 in B minor, D. 759 “Unfinished,” Allegro moderato, Andante con moto; Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar and Strings in D major, RV 93 Allegro, Largo, Allegro; Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile from String Quartet no. 1 in D major, op. 11; and Smetana’s Three Dances from the Bartered Bride, Polka, Furiant, Dance of the Comedians.
More than 50 musicians will be performing in the orchestra: Bonnie Banks-Beers, Katie Trinisewski, and Justin Holguin will play flute. Justin Holguin will play the piccolo. Amy Gollins and Janelle Zook will perform on the oboe. On clarinet will be Jacquelyn Olimpo, Helen Smith, and Peter Zimmer; and bassoonists will include Veronica Nicklaus and Kim Webster. Rena Sincero, and Daniel Braden will play French horn, while trumpeters are Jason Cote and Charlotte Guarino. Ashley Pizzino, Ralph Brodt III, and Andrew Lynn will play trombone. Joseph Fink will play timpani and percussionists are Cynthia Dretel, and Steve Mathiesen. Violinists will be Cody Lutz, Marcella Rauscher, Audrey Chase-Mayoral, Ken Kodama, Stephanie Rich, Rebecca Grube, Leo Mayoral, Gayle, Gabby Haddad, Shirley McBride, Mary Lang, Kristen Labert, Kenanne Marshall, Donna Smith, and Tara Jain. Violist will be Mary Lang, Katelyn Matthew, Elizabeth Wiemann, Wendy Gerlach, Lauren Rommal, and Phyllis Yeselavage. Cellists will be Rachel Beard, Eloise DeHaan, Steve Peifer, Sienna Mae Heath, Paul Braden, Tyler Buck, and Mercedes Jurkiewicz. Nicholas Krolak, Jason Zeldman, and Alex Luquet will play bass.

Foy Concert Hall is located on the Pricilla Payne Hurd Campus on the corner of Church and Main Streets in Historic Bethlehem. General Admission is $15 and $10 for senior citizens, students and children. For more information please call 610-861-1650 or email at music@moravian.edu.

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.