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Valentine’s Day Jazz at Moravian to Warm the Heart

Bethlehem, Pa., February 1, 2010—The Moravian College Jazz Faculty will be performing a show titled, “My Jazzy Valentine: Jazz from the Heart” on Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. Faculty members Neil Wetzel, Tony Gairo, Alan Gaumer, Pete Smyser, Frank Giasullo, David Roth, Paul Rostock, Gary Rissmiller and Lou Lanza join forces to offer an afternoon of music dedicated to love on the international day to celebrate affairs of the heart.

Wetzel, who will be on saxophone, is the director of Jazz Studies at Moravian.  He has taught at the College for the past ten years and also works as a freelance performer throughout Eastern Pennsylvania.

Gairo, also on saxophone, has been an artist/lecturer at Moravian since 1996, teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, jazz improvisation, jazz composition/arranging, and jazz history. He was awarded the T. Edgar Shields Prize for Distinguished Studio Instruction in 2006.

Gaumer has been the jazz trumpet artist/lecturer at the College since 1994 and served as the Fusion Ensemble Director for multiple years.  He remains active in recording and performing with various musicians.  Smyser is currently the artist/lecturer on jazz guitar.

Giasullo teaches piano and jazz piano on the faculty, and he has worked as a composer and performer in both the classical and jazz forums, completing both national and international tours.

Roth, the other pianist, is a Moravian graduate who joined the Moravian faculty in 2000 as artist/lecturer in jazz studies. Rostock has been on the College faculty since 1991 as an instructor of double bass and bass guitar. He has directed jazz ensembles and teaches jazz history and improvisation practicum.

Rissmiller is the artist-lecturer in Drumset, and he has been teaching the drums privately for about 20 years.

Lanza, the vocalist of the show, is the artist-lecturer in jazz voice and director of the jazz vocal ensemble at Moravian.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students. Advance tickets can be purchased at http://www.lvartsboxoffice.org

Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s Hurd Campus in historic Bethlehem. For more information, call the Music Department at 610 861-1650.