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Moravian College Women's Chorus to Perform 18th Century Music from the Venetian Ospedali

Bethlehem, Pa., April 4, 2011--The Moravian College Women’s Chorus will present a concert of "18th Century Music from the Venetian Ospedali" under the direction of Eduardo Azzati on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. In the 1300s, the ospedali (orphanages) began in Venice as homes for orphans and foundlings and later evolved into music conservatories for young girls.

Ospedali choirs were the first to perform four-part music composed specifically for the young women’s voices and attracted top composers, including Vivaldi, Porpora and many others who worked at the ospedali not only as composers-in-residence but also as teachers and music directors. The public concerts presented by these highly trained women were highly revered by many important figures of the time.

The Moravian College Women’s Chorus will be joined by Justin Holguin, senior flute performance major at Moravian College as well as Moravian College alumnae Carole Burkhardt, alto and Nathania Young, soprano and a guest string orchestra comprised of local professional string players in a concert fashioned after the concerts at the Venetian ospedali.

Works by Brusa, Porpora, and Vivaldi will be performed. Eduardo Azzati is an artist-lecturer in voice and conductor at Moravian College.

Admission for the concert will be $10 general admission and $5 seniors & students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.lvartsboxoffice.org/.

Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian College's Hurd 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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.