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Pianist Leon Bates to Perform with Moravian College Community Orchestra

Leon BatesBethlehem, Pa., April 5, 2012--Acclaimed pianist Leon Bates will be performing with the Moravian College Community Orchestra on Sunday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. Bates will also be giving a lecture prior to the performance at 4 p.m. Donald Spieth will conduct the Moravian College Community Orchestra which is composed of students, alumni, and community members.

Bates has performed with the symphonies of Indianapolis, Oregon, Florida, Rochester, Dallas, Hartford, Baton Rouge, Omaha, Louisville, Winston-Salem, the Orchestra of Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano in Italy and the Malmo Symphony of Sweden. He has appeared with the Battle Creek Symphony and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra in connection with the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Michigan. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Italian Symphony Orchestra of Bergamo on its U.S. tour, which included a concert at Carnegie Hall. In addition to performing all over the US, he has recently travelled to perform at Rome's Accademia di Santa Cecilia and in South Africa. Bates has played at numerous college campuses across the United States, and has been recognized by countless awards including earning the Philadelphia Orchestra Senior Auditions as a student in his hometown. Bates’ musical career began at age six, on piano and violin, and his talent was obvious from the start. He studied at the Tempe University Esther Boyer College of Music.

Also popular at summer festivals, Bates has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Chicago's Grant Park, the Lake Tahoe Festival and at the Mann Music Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bates also periodically performs on summer tours with the Boston Pops. In 2007, Bates was awarded the NANM (National Association of Negro Musicians) honoring his musical prowess and his work with young people.

For over 25 years, Donald Spieth served as music director and Conductor of both the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and the Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra at Lehigh University. Spieth has led highly acclaimed New York performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. " He has collaborated with celebrated artists from Emanuel Ax and Joshua Bell to Sarah Chang and Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg among many others. Spieth has degrees in music performance and literature the University of Iowa He had also learned at The Juilliard School.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, and $5 for Moravian students and senior citizens. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.lehighvalleyartsboxoffice.org.

Foy Hall is located on Moravian’s Hurd Campus in history 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 the Department of Music at music@moravian.edu, or call 610-861-1650 at least one week prior to the event.

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 website at www.moravian.edu.