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Moravian College Choir to Perform Mozart’s Requiem – April 17

Bethlehem, Pa., April 14, 2010—The Moravian College Choir will present a new take on Mozart’s Requiem on Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall.  Maestro Stephen Spinelli will serve as guest director of the Choir.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students. Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s Pricilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic Bethlehem.

The 70-voice Moravian Choir will offer a choral evening combining Mozart’s Requiem and the premier of Hamakom, a commissioned work by Judd Greenstein based on a Hebrew perspective on funereal ritual.  Spinelli leads the choir, soloists, and guest orchestra in this celebration of the old and the new, honoring life and rebirth.

Judd Greenstein began his compositional life by writing hip-hop beats as a teenager, and his concert works reflect those origins, as well as his traditional piano background, combining an urban, beat-oriented sensibility with a late Romantic classical harmonic language. Much of Judd's work is written for virtuosic ensembles and solo performers and is tailored to specific talents and abilities. Greenstein has attracted attention through his close collaboration with many of the country’s best young solo musicians, and he has also received performances by and commissions from a wide array of ensembles.  He has received degrees from Williams College and the Yale School of Music, has been a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute of Music, and is completing his Ph.D. dissertation on hip-hop music at Princeton University.