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Dave Roper and Moravian College Big Band to perform the music of World War II  

Bethlehem, Pa., November 10, 2006—  The Moravian College Big Band conducted by Neil Wetzel, assistant professor of music at Moravian College, will orchestrate The Music of World War II on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall, located  at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic Bethlehem. Dave Roper, one of the Lehigh Valley’s most celebrated pianists, will be the featured guest artist.

Moravian College artists and lecturers, Paul Rostock, (bass) and Gary Rismiller (drums) will be joined by student vocalists, Chelsea Dehner ’08, Hatboro, Pa., and Jenn Sherman ’07, Tunkhannock, Pa. under the direction of Wetzel (saxophone).

The program will highlight selections from the World War II era including, “I’ll Remember April,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Almost Like Being in Love,” “There’s a Small Hotel,” and other favorite tunes.

Roper, a Bethlehem native, is well known throughout the Valley as a superb pianist with the ability to integrate classical music and jazz.  A Liberty High School graduate, Roper earned a degree in government from Lafayette College and a Master’s in English and Education at Lehigh University. He founded the popular Dave Roper Trio in 1961, and is now retired from Emmaus High School after a long career as English teacher and Scholastic Scrimmage coach.

General admission is $5.  Foy Concert Hall is located at the Hurd Center for Music and Art at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Historic Bethlehem.  For additional information, please call the Moravian College music department at 610-861-1650. 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.