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Bethlehem, Pa., May 13, 2010—Moravian College will host the 10th Annual Bethlehem Guitar Festival on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5. Recitals, workshops, master classes and concerts following this year’s theme of “Married Couples” will be offered, featuring Thom Bresh, son of the legendary Merle Travis, and Duo Melis, an international award winning guitar duo.
The festival is directed by John Arnold from the classical guitar program at Moravian College. For information please call 610-861-1650, or visit http://www.GuitarFestival.moravian.edu.
The festival will open on Friday night with Thom Bresh’s featured concert at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students and are available at http://www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org. His performance is presented in conjunction with Martin Guitar.
On Saturday morning there will also be an ongoing Guitar Exposition from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Mayes Guitar Duo, featuring Kathleen and Joseph Mayes on guitars and lutes, will perform a recital at 9 a.m., followed by Dick Boak’s lecture titled "Martin Signature Editions - Collaborating with Legendary Guitar Players." Boak is a woodworker, guitar designer and builder, draftsman, Martin Guitar’s public relations liaison, artist, guitarist who worked with top celebrity guitarists to design and build some of the most unique and finest instruments made.
Following will be a Master class from Guitar Duo Melis, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and a lunch break until 1:15 p.m. The afternoon will feature recitals by Craig Thatcher, Duo Caluda, and the Murray/King Duo and John Arnold’s lecture on “Exploring DADGAD.” Duo LiveOak, Frank Wallace on guitar and Nancy Knowles as mezzo-soprano, will give an early evening concert, and Duo Melis will provide Saturday’s featured concert “One Sound, One Melody, One Perfect Unity” at 8 p.m. in Peter Hall.
For a complete schedule of events, registration and ticket information please visit the Bethlehem Guitar Festival web site or call the music department at Moravian College (610-861-1650) or contact Music@moravian.edu
The 2010 Bethlehem Guitar Festival is sponsored by C.F. Martin & Co., Dave Philips Music and Sound, Moravian College Department of Music, and Worldguitarist.com, and the Mammana Family.
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 http://www.moravian.edu/.