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Violinist Linda Louise Kistler to Perform the Music of J.S. Bach

Linda KistlerBethlehem, Pa., January 17, 2011--Violin virtuoso Linda Louise Kistler will present A Baroque Potpourri - The Music of J.S. Bach and His Family, when she performs on Baroque violin with Steven Silverman, harpsichord, and Donna Fournier, viola da gamba at Moravian College's Peter Hall on Sunday, January 23 at 4:00 p.m. Kistler is a member of the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Kistler holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory, and received a Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where her teacher was Ivan Galamian. She has been a soloist and concert master with the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, and is a frequent guest artist with the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Her teaching engagements have included the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts, Kutztown University, Lehigh University and Cedar Crest College. Kistler currently maintains a private teaching studio, and is on the faculty of Moravian College and Allentown's Community Music School.

Steven Silverman has performed extensively in solo, chamber, and concerto appearances throughout the United States on both piano and harpsichord; he has appeared at the Amherst Baroque Academy, Boston Early Music Festival, and in Washington, D.C., at the The Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Grace Church Bach Festival. In addition to the standard repertory, he has given acclaimed performances of rarely heard works such as both of Charles Ives' piano sonatas, the complete Goyescas of Granados, Elliott Carter's piano sonata, and Manuel de Falla's harpsichord concerto. Mr. Silverman holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Eugene Bossart, Charles Crowder, Arthur Haas, Ann Schein, and Andrejz Wasowski. Silverman, along with Mr. McNames, is a member of the ArcoVoce Chamber Ensemble, unique in performing on both period and modern instruments and including vocal music as an integral part of its chamber music performances.

Donna Fournier, viola da gamba, is a member of Le Triomphe de l'amour, Melomanie and La Bernardina. She has also performed on gamba and Baroque cello with Tempesta di Mare, Philomel, Brandywine Baroque, and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She specializes in repertoire from the French Baroque period as well as works featuring solo viola da gamba by J.S. Bach. She holds music degrees from Connecticut College and West Chester University and studied privately with Laurence Dreyfus supplemented by master classes with John Hsu and Wieland Kuijken. Fournier coaches viol players from Swarthmore College and is affiliate faculty at Temple University where she coaches viol players from the Early Music Ensemble. She has recorded Buxtehude cantatas on the PGM label, Telemann trio sonatas on the Lyrichord label, and Boismortier trio sonatas on the A Casa Discos label.

Admission for the concert is $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors & students. For more information, visit the Chamber Music Society's website at www.cmsob.org or call (610) 435-7611. Peter Hall is located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

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.