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“Letters, Lyrics, & Love Songs” theme of Concert at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., January 8, 2010—Moravian College will present a faculty concert titled “Letters, Lyrics, & Love Songs” on Sunday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Peter Hall.  The concert will feature Two-Part Invention duo Nora Suggs on flute and John Arnold on guitar, with Patricia Koch Budlong as soprano, and Mark McKenna as narrator.

This interdisciplinary performance blends theatre and music. Through readings, monologues and character sketches, McKenna introduces music, ranging from 17th century songs for lute to settings of contemporary American poetry, performed by Two-Part Invention and soprano Budlong. They will explore life, love, and loss in the words and music of both Appalachian and Elizabethan England story-telling and modern poetry, in a music tribute to the memory of a friend, and in the internal music of a madhouse. Also included will be sounds of the sorrows of the American Civil War and of a joyous series of modern pets, misbehaving badly, and loving every minute of it! Letters, Lyrics, & Love Songs brings a new dimension to a concert performance, setting each musical selection firmly on a very personal and human stage.

Arnold is currently the classical guitar instructor at Moravian, where Suggs also teaches flute and Budlong teaches voice.  Two-Part Invention has recorded two CDs; the first was a selection of flute and guitar music from Latin America, and their new recording, "Morning Star -- Music in Moravian America," was released in September 2006.

Admission for the concert is $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors & students, and $5 for children 12 and under.  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.