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Pianist Torok to Perform at Amnesty International Benefit Concert

Dr. William F. SchulzPianist Debra Torok and Dr. William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, will collaborate for a musical narrative on human rights to be held Sunday, March 20, at Moravian College, Bethlehem. The event will be held at 3 p.m. in Foy Hall in the College’s South Campus near the Hotel Bethlehem.

The event is hosted by Moravian College and sponsored by Amnesty International chapters at the college and from the Lehigh Valley.

Dr. Torok will present an eclectic musical program whose themes speak to human rights issues. She will dedicate each piece to a current Amnesty International campaign such as the fight against the use of child soldiers, the death penalty, violence against women and the genocide in Sudan. Dr. Torok gave a similar benefit concert in 2001 to mark the 40th anniversary of Amnesty International.

Dr. Schulz has been executive director of Amnesty International USA since March 1994. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, he came to Amnesty International USA after 15 years with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Dr. Schulz has traveled extensively for Amnesty International, including fact-finding missions in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and last September in the Sudan. His most recent book is “Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights”. Dr. Schulz will sign copies of “Tainted Legacy” during the reception following the program.

Dr. Torok is on the music department faculty at Moravian College and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. She has taught at New York University and Lehigh University. She has several CDs, including “Through and Within This Century Past,” and the complete piano works of Norman Dello Joio, an Emmy and Pulitzer prize winning composer, who worked directly with her on the production. She was a music consultant for the PBS documentary on the Bach Choir, “Make a Joyful Noise.” She is a member of Artists for Amnesty.

Amnesty International, organized in 1961, has more than 1.8 million members in more than 150 countries and territories. There are more than 300,000 members in the USA, with active chapters in many high schools and colleges.