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Guitar Virtuoso John Arnold to Perform at Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa., August 18, 2011--Guitar virtuoso John Arnold will celebrate the music of Spain during his concert at Moravian College titled "Espana! Music of Spain for Guitar and Flute " on Saturday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m., in Peter Hall. Espana! celebrates the music of Spain, from traditional dances to classical and contemporary selections, performed on flute (Nora Suggs) and guitar (John Arnold). Emphasizing the guitar's rich tradition in Spanish music, Espana!, features works by composers Joaquin Rodrigo, Fernando Sor, Enrique Granados, Isaac Albeniz, and more.

Arnold is the classical guitar instructor at Moravian College. Prior to this position he taught at Bennington College in Vermont. In addition to numerous solo performances, he is an active chamber musician and is a member of the Pennsylvania Symphonia Orchestra and Satori. Mr. Arnold has performed at the Guitar Foundation of America, Guitar Ensemble Festival, Kennedy Center, Festival of the Human Voice, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Bach-Handel Festival, Hartt International Guitar Festival, and on National Public Radio and Television.

In 2002, he was awarded the T. Edgar Shields Prize for distinguished studio instruction at Moravian College; where he is also the founder and director of the annual Bethlehem Guitar Festival. Arnold is a member of the flute and guitar duo "Two Part Invention". The duo performs regularly throughout the Lehigh Valley and is included in the Pennsylvania Performing Arts On Tour (PennPat) roster. Also, the duo has been recently awarded a grant through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to arrange music for flute & guitar of the early American Moravian composers, which is to be published and recorded. The duo records for Bummer Tent Records.

Arnold holds an Artist Diploma degree from the Hartt School, University of Hartford; M.M. and a B.M. degree in Guitar Performance and Guitar Pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University. He received his training from Richard Provost and Dr. Glenn Caluda.

Nora Suggs, flutist, is a graduate of Houston's Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, with extensive private education in music and degrees in biology, English literature, medicine, and surgery. She currently studies flute with Mindy Kaufman of the New York Philharmonic, and has played in England, Canada, Japan, and throughout the United States. Dr. Suggs is a founding member of the Lehigh Valley's chamber music ensemble SATORI, and a regular performer of both traditional and contemporary chamber works. In addition to numerous solo performances, she is active as a teacher, recitalist, and free-lance musician. She is on the music faculty at Moravian College Music Institute, coaches chamber music at the Community Music School of the Lehigh Valley, plays pennywhistles, flute, and uillean pipes with Emerald City, a Celtic/rock band, performs regularly with Two Part Invention, a classical guitar/flute duo, and is studying shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese flute.

Admission for the concert is $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors & students. Advance tickets can be purchase online at: http://www.lvartsboxoffice.org/.

Peter 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.