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Pete Smyser Quartet to perform at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., January 21, 2011--The Pete Smyser Quartet will perform interpretations of some of Jerome Kern's songs on Sunday, January 30 at 4:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. For generations, Jazz musicians have turned to American Songbook Standards for a source of inspiration. Jerome Kern was one of the most influential American composers during the early part of the 20th century. His work helped to pioneer a uniquely American style of songwriting for stage and screen. Kern's innovative compositions became a source of inspiration to other iconic songwriters of the era.

Smyser will be joined by several other jazz musicians to perform reverent interpretations of some of Kern's most beloved songs including Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Look for the Silver Lining, and more. Smyser is a virtuoso guitarist proficient in many musical genres including jazz, classical, blues, contemporary, folk and more. He has over 20 years of professional performing experience and over 30 years of playing experience. He pursued formal studies in both classical and jazz music and received a full scholarship to attend Temple University in 1985. Smyser is currently the head of jazz guitar studies at Moravian. He has appeared on television and radio shows, in addition to countless public, private and educational performances, and has released 6 CDs as a leader.

Admission for the concert is $15 general admission and $10 for seniors and students. Advance tickets can be purchase online at: http://www.lvartsboxoffice.org/. Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian College's South Campus. 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.