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Metropolitan Opera Soprano Ruth Ann Swenson to Perform at Moravian

Great Artist Series Concert will be held January 26 followed by Master Class on January 27

Bethlehem, Pa., January 7, 2005– The Great Artist Series of Moravian College will present the world-renowned soprano, Ruth Ann Swenson, on Wednesday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall.

Swenson, known as the “queen of high E’s”, studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts, and has performed both in the United States and abroad, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Bastille Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, and the Salzburg Festival. She was the recipient of the prestigious Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award in 1993. The award is given in recognition of outstanding talent, as well as immense potential for national and international success.

Swenson, a talented coloratura, has performed the roles of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Ilia in Idomeneo, Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and the title role in Massenet’s Manon.

The program will feature works by Handel, Bellini, Puccini, Strauss, and Rachmaninoff, including both arias and art songs.

A master class for Moravian College vocal students will be led by Swenson on Thursday, January 27 at 11 a.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The session will be open to the public, and admission is $10.

General admission for Wednesday’s concert is $50 for all seats. Foy Concert Hall is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem. For ticket information please call the Moravian College Music Department ate 610-861-1650 or e-mail music@moravian.edu.

The Great Artist Series is sponsored in part by The Moravian College Music Alliance, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Rider-Pool Foundation, The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation, and Amaranth Foundation. Proceeds from the Great Artist Series benefit the John H. Reimers Music Scholarship.