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Bethlehem, Pa., June 23, 2010—Moravian College Department of Music will host a faculty recital on Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Moravian College’s Peter Hall. Well-known area tenor (and Moravian College instructor) Greg Oaten will perform the early song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin. This cycle by Franz Schubert uses the poems of Wilhelm Muller for their text. Composed between 1822 and 1823, and published as five separate opuses, many consider this song cycle to be one of the landmarks of the art song genre. Oaten will be joined by pianist Michael Toth.
Gregory S. Oaten is well-known to area audiences as a versatile musician, dividing his time between performing, coaching individual and groups of singers, choral conducting and composing/arranging. He has performed as both an ensemble and solo singer with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem since 1979. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he performed recorded and toured with the world-renowned Westminster Choir as part of the Chorus-in-residence for the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy. Mr. Oaken has participated in numerous professional recordings including the Grammy Awarding-winning live recording of Samuel Barber’s opera Anthony and Cleopatra. Mr. Oaten has served on the Music Faculty of Moravian College since 1991, and was awarded the T. Edgar Shields Prize for Studio Teaching in 2003. He has also served on the Music faculties of Lehigh University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Toth made his solo debut at Carnegie Recital Hall at the age of fourteen. He received degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Notre Dame, and also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He is currently the pianist for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Crosswinds Trio and teaches piano at Muhlenberg College.
This performance is being presented as a benefit for the Moravian College piano fund. Tickets for the concert are $20. Peter Hall is located on Moravian College’s Hurd Campus near Church and Main Streets in Bethlehem, Pa. Tickets can be purchased online at the Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office, or at the door.
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.