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Moravian College to Host 12th Annual Bethlehem Guitar Festival

Bethlehem, Pa., May 10, 2012—Moravian College will host the 12th Annual Bethlehem Guitar Festival beginning on Friday June 1. The two day festival will include an array of recitals, workshops, concerts and master classes celebrating the guitar. Festival highlights will include performances by local guitar guru Dick Boak and bluesman Craig Thatcher who play together on Friday evening, and award-winning Swedish guitarist Johannes Möller will perform on Saturday.

Guitar artisan, author, and player Dick Boak is the director of artist relations at Martin Guitar in Nazareth, Pa. He will join blues guitarist and local legend Craig Thatcher with his band, the Craig Thatcher Band, for an evening of blues and rock music.

Swedish guitarist and composer Johannes Möller will perform in Moravian College Peter Hall on Saturday, June 2. He is a winner of many musical competitions, such as the GFA Concert Artist Competition in 2010 and the Dutch Vriendenkrans Concours in 2008. Judges of other competitions he has participated in have said, “With the help of a breathtaking technique and all the colors of the rainbow he opens a door to a world of subtle expressions which with great power and intensity strikes us.” He will also be teaching a master class earlier in the day on Saturday.

Saturday’s events will begin at 8:00 a.m., with registration and coffee served in Hearst Hall, and continue until 6:00 p.m., followed by the Johannes Möller concert at 8:00 p.m.. The events include recitals from Gary Stuart, the HowDuo Erich Riebe and Philip Goldenberg, and Moravian College 2010 graduate and guitar student James Schultheis. A lecture on guitar strings with representative Albert Gemick of Martin Guitar Co. and workshops with the Moravian College Guitar Ensemble and Trevor Gordon Hall will also be part of the program.

Martin Guitar Co. will have guitars on display, and CDs and books will also be available for purchase.

John Arnold, classical guitar instructor at Moravian College, founded the festival in 2001 and continues directing it annually.

Tickets for Saturday's full program are $50 and $35 for seniors and students. The festival is presented by C.F. Martin & Co. and the classical guitar program at Moravian. For more information, go to www.guitarfestival.moravian.edu.

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.