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Moravian College Community Orchestra and Moravian Choir to perform “The Fairy Queen”

Bethlehem, Pa., March 22, 2006— The Moravian College Community Orchestra and Moravian Choir will present Henry Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 at Foy Concert Hall. Eight guest dancers from DeSales University will join the ensemble that tells the seventeenth century story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Saturday performance is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the Sunday performance at 4:00 p.m., in Moravian College’s Foy Concert Hall, located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Church and Main Streets, Bethlehem, Pa.

Moravian’s James Barnes, associate professor of music, will conduct the orchestra, and Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle, associate professor of music and department chair, prepared the choir's performance. The choreographer for the production is Kristen Fieseler, assistant professor of dance at De Sales University. Dr. Martha Reid, professor of English at Moravian College will narrate the plot of the masquerade.

The cast includes 19 soloists from the Moravian Choir. Singing the parts of the fairies will be Kelsey Peruso '08, Easton, Pa., Rebecca Dries '07, Emmaus, Pa. , Chelsea Dehner '08, Hatboro, Pa., Alauna Butler '08, Standish, Me., Lindsey Rice '08, Stroudsburg, Pa., Daniel Folz-Morrison '09, Westfield, N.J., Kip Knauer '09, Kutztown, Pa., Jennifer Sherman '07,Tunkhannock, Pa, Katie Smith '07, Hreat Meadows, N.J., Erin MacMillan '09, Stroudsburg, Pa., Andrea Heinemann '07, East Berlin, Pa., Kelly Schmidt '06, Allentown, Pa., Brandon Remp '08, Allentown, Pa., Megan Greiner '09, Harrisburg, Pa., Joyce Owens '06, Califon, N.J., Josh Beri '09, Rosewell, Ga., and Amberly Williams '07, Allentown, Pa . Soloists Robert Valente '07, Lincoln Park, N.J. , Josh Beri '09, Rosewell, Ga., and Caitlin McNeish '08, Center Valley, Pa., will portray the mortal characters in the plot.

The guest dancers from De Sales University are Shannon Dooling, Melanie Pomerantz, Christa Grunklee, Francesca Stigliano, Jessica Prakopcyk, Abbey Hogg, Loren Post, and Katelyn Friel.

The author of The Fairy-Queen’s libretto is unknown, but some scholars think him to be Thomas Betterton, with whom Purcell had previously worked. Purcell did not set any of Shakespeare’s original text to music, instead composed masques in between the acts, that served much like an Italian intermezzo. The Fairy-Queen was first performed in May 1692, but Purcell replaced the first act with the part of the stuttering drunken poet in 1693.

Tickets for the performance are $6. Foy Concert Hall is part of Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. For more information, please contact the Moravian College Music Department at 610-861-1650 or music@moravian.edu.