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Pete Smyser Quartet to perform at Moravian

A retrospective on jazz guitarists from the 1930s through the early 1970s

Bethlehem, Pa., January 7, 2010—The Pete Smyser Quartet will perform "The Guitar in Jazz" on Friday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. This concert will be a retrospective performance highlighting musical selections and stylistic nuances of the most prominent jazz guitarists from the 1930s through the early 1970s.

Smyser will be joined by several other jazz musicians to illustrate the musical contributions of such iconic artists as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Freddie Green, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, and others. Smyser is a virtuoso guitarist proficient in many musical genres including jazz, classical, blues, contemporary, folk and more. He has over 20 years of professional performing experience and over 30 years of playing experience. He pursued formal studies in both classical and jazz music and received a full scholarship to attend Temple University in 1985. Smyser is currently the head of jazz guitar studies at Moravian. He has appeared on television and radio shows, in addition to countless public, private and educational performances, and has released 6 CDs as a leader.

Admission for the concert is $15 general admission and $10 for seniors and students. Advance tickets can be purchase online at: http://www.lvartsboxoffice.org/. Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian College’s South Campus.

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.