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Harry Connick Jr. Visiting Moravian Today to Rehearse with Students

Connick to work with Moravian Students and the Pa. Youth Theater on “The Happy Elf” production

Harry Connick Jr.Bethlehem, Pa., November 16, 2012–Renowned actor, singer and musician Harry Connick, Jr., and a team of writers, composers and arrangers will visit Moravian College today to work on his holiday musical The Happy Elf at Pennsylvania Youth Theater (PYT).

Moravian College Music Department will provide the musicians for the production. Moravian students selected to perform for the shows will have the opportunity to meet the world-renowned performer and work directly with him at today’s rehearsal.

Connick will also be present at PYT’s First Annual Preview & Gala held in Moravian College’s Foy Hall on Saturday November 17. The Gala event will feature selected scenes from the show, presented in Foy Hall, and students led by Neil Wetzel, associate professor of music at Moravian, will also participate and perform in Foy Hall for Connick and other guests. Tickets are available at http://www.123.tix.com.

Connick, who has won three Grammy and two Emmy awards, has written a broadway musical based on his hit song “The Happy Elf” about Eubie, one of Santa’s elves at the North Pole. The score is jazz based and PYT approached Moravian College’s Music Department to supply the musicians.

The jazz faculty at Moravian has worked to schedule the musicians and prepare them for work with Connick and the show. “The students and faculty are very excited about the opportunity to play the show and meet Mr. Connick,” said Neil Wetzel. “All of the Moravian College students playing in the pit orchestra are music majors and are pursuing careers in music education, music performance, and music business.”

The play will be performed during November and December. Shows will be held in the Ice House in Bethlehem, Pa. More information on show times and a synopsis of the show can be found on the PYT website at: http://www.123pyt.org. More information on Harry Connick, Jr. can be found at: http://www.harryconnickjr.com.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of 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, Pa. 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 futures. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.