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Faculty Jazz Concert to Feature Music of Tin Pan Alley Composers

Bethlehem, Pa., January 25, 2006— The Moravian College Jazz Faculty will present their annual concert on Sunday, January 29, in Foy Concert Hall, beginning at 4:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Music of Tin Pan Alley Composers – Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein, Porter.”

Foy Concert Hall is located at Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, on the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. General admission is $12, but is reduced to $6 for senior citizens, students and children.

An impressive array of the college’s jazz faculty will be performing including Frank Giasullo and Dave Roth on piano, Tony Gairo and Neil Wetzel on saxophone, Alan Gaumer on trumpet, Gary Rissmiller on drums, Paul Rostock on bass, and Bill Washer on guitar. Lou Lanza will provide the vocals. The program includes selections such as “Black Orpheus,” “Red’s Blues,” “Ballerina,” “Love For Sale,” “There’s a Small Hotel,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” “Milestones,” and “Dr. Nick.”

The term Tin Pan Alley refers to a group of composers and music publishers working in a small section Manhattan during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The name arose to describe the phenomena of the great number of pianos in the area all playing different tunes. Music houses of Tin Pan Alley organized the Music Publishers Association of the United States in 1895 and were successfully able to convince the government to extend the length of a published music copyright, leading to greater protection for both songwriters and publishers.

For more information, contact the Moravian College Music Department at 610-861-1650 or e-mail music@moravian.edu.