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Moravian to Celebrate Music of Johnny Mercer

Jazz vocalist Lou Lanza and his ensemble perform classics

Bethlehem, Pa., September 28, 2009—Jazz vocalist Lou Lanza will present,  “Too Marvelous for Words: A Centennial Celebration of Johnny Mercer” on Friday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall.  The concert will feature Moravian’s Lou Lanza with premiere jazz musicians Tom Lawton, Madison Rast, Byron Landham, Larry McKenna, and Joanna Pascale.

Lyricist, composer and singer Johnny Mercer was born in Georgia in 1909.  Throughout his career, he wrote or co-wrote over 1,100 songs and won four Academy Awards.  Mercer collaborated with many famous artists of the time, including Bing Crosby and Jo Stafford.  As president and co-founder of Capitol Records, he was instrumental in the early recording careers of musicians such as Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole. He died in Los Angeles in 1976.

World class jazz vocalist Lou Lanza started his career in 1995 with his debut album, “The Road Not Taken.”   He has recorded albums consistently since then, both solos and collaborations with various jazz artists and in different vocal styles, and also briefly worked as an actor.  Having come from a very musical family, Lanza also credits his native city of Philadelphia as a strong influence on his music.  Lanza is an adjunct professor who teaches jazz voice at Moravian College.

Admission tickets for this concert are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors and students.  Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem.

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.