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At-Home Steinway Series continues with Artist Musician Gerald Simcoe

Performances on concert instruments in Valley homes raises funds to purchase pianos

Bethlehem, Pa., October 2, 2009—The fifth annual At-Home Steinway Series event,  titled “Baroque at Edgewood” hosted by artist and musician Gerald Simcoe will be held on Sunday, October 4, at 4 p.m.  Featured instruments include an Eric Herz-Hasse model harpsichord, which is a 1980 reproduction of the 1796 German instrument, and a Waterloo Village Steinway concert grand piano.

Simcoe is a Lehigh Valley native who gains much artistic and musical inspiration from the surrounding countryside.  He studied art at the Art Students’ League of New York and enjoys painting a variety of different subjects.  The “Edgewood,” where the event will be held, is a French Tudor-style house that was built in 1957 by pharmacist Aaron and Erma Newhard.  It is set on a bluff above the Lehigh River, with a view of Blue Mountain to the north and the valley to the south.

First held in 2005, the At-Home Steinway Series was established by the Moravian College Music Alliance, a support group for the College’s music programs, to raise funds for the music department to purchase new pianos and further Moravian’s effort to become an all-Steinway campus. The series, which features historic and concert instruments in some of the Lehigh Valley’s most beautiful homes, has been organized by the At-Home Steinway Committee, co-chaired by Richard Groman ’78 and Jane Schultz.  Through the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations and the Music Alliance, twelve new Steinway pianos are available for use in the concert venues, faculty studios, and practice rooms of the College.

The reason for the all-Steinway campus project is explained by Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle, chair of Moravian’s Music Department. “Piano proficiency is required of music majors, and the pianos in our studios and practice rooms are in constant heavy use. For more than 150 years, Steinway & Sons pianos have been appreciated by musicians for their tone and evenness of action, while their workmanship and longevity have been valued by owners and caretakers.”

Tickets for the event are $150 each or $250 per couple. Invitations to Music Alliance members were already distributed.  Anyone else interested in attending should call 610-861-1336 to request an invitation.

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.