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Moravian College Community Orchestra to perform with Guest Artist Dr. William Carr

Bethlehem, Pa., November 10, 2006— The Moravian College Community Orchestra, directed by James E. Barnes, director of instrumental music at the college, and featuring Steinway Artist, Dr. William Carr, will perform on Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall, located in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in Historic Bethlehem.

The program will highlight classic compositions by Beethoven, Liszt and Tchaikovsky from the beginning, middle and end of the Romantic Period. Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b was written at the beginning of the period; Liszt’s Concerto for Piano No. 1 in E Flat, G 124 initiated the piano as the main solo and chamber music instrument; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, was composed at the end of the Romantic Period.

Concert pianist Carr is professor of music at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania.  He received a graduate scholarship in the Professional Studies Program in piano performance at the Jullliard School of Music, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from The Catholic University of America, and postdoctoral performance certificates from the Munich Conservatory in Chamber Music and from the Weimar Conservatory through studies in Germany and Austria.  He also earned masters degree in International Relations/International Business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Carr has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the main stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall and in Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In 2005, he was honored with the prestigious title of Steinway Artist indicating the highest level of musical performance achievement. The Steinway organization includes Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Vladimir Horowitz, Cole Porter and Sergei Rachmaninoff on the roster of immortals. International stars such as Van Cliburn, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Peter Nero, Roger Williams and the Browns share this esteemed honor.

Carr performs with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Doctors Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony Orchestra.  He was the recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Teaching at Immaculata University in 1997/1998. 

The concert is sponsored by Jacobs Music, Philadelphia, Pa.  General admission is $5.  The Hurd Center is located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem.  For additional information please call the Moravian College music department at 610-861-1650.

The Moravian College Community Orchestra is open by audition to all Moravian College students as well as members of the community at large.

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