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Lukens Piano Trio to perform at Moravian College

“Russia in the 20th Century” theme of concert in Peter Hall

Bethlehem, Pa., October 12, 2009—Lukens Piano Trio will present a concert titled “Russia in the 20th Century” at Moravian College on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 pm in Peter Hall.  The trio is comprised of musicians Michael Locati on violin, David Moulton on cello, and Kristin Ditlow on piano.

Formed in 2005, the Lukens Piano Trio has already embarked on a busy schedule including performances in Philadelphia, New York and Princeton.  An instructor with Moravian’s music department, Moulton is a member of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Principal cellist of the Allentown Symphony.  He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in performance from the University of Michigan and has performed at various music festivals around the country.  He also performs regularly with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and is cellist with the chamber music group Satori.

Locati has performed as first violinist of the Tristan String Quartet, the Petra String Quartet, and is a frequent guest artist on violin and viola in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in violin performance from Rutgers University and has been an artist in residence at Seton Hall University, the Shaw Festival in Canada, and the Pundaquit Chamber Music Festival in the Philippines. Locati was the winner of the 1992 St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Award and the Ellen M. Egger Award in viola performance.

Ditlow is a founding member of the Muhlenberg Piano Quartet and is on the faculty of Westminster Choir College.  She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Westminster Choir College, where she achieved her B.A. and M.A., respectively. Ditlow has been heard in recent seasons in the U.S. and abroad as both a soloist and collaborative pianist and is also the pianist of music group Satori. Recent honors include the Peggy Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Princeton-Pettoranello Sister City Foundation Baccalaureate Grant.

Tickets for the event are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors & students.  Peter Hall is located on Moravian’s South Campus.  Advance tickets can be purchased at http://www.lvartsboxoffice.org/.   Tickets may be purchased at the door just prior to the performance.

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.