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Bethlehem, Pa., December 17, 2012—Audiences across the state will share in the tradition of Moravian College Vespers, featuring the Moravian Choir and Women’s Chorus, on Christmas eve and Christmas day—when the one-hour program is broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). The program of inspiring choral music will first be aired on PCN affiliate stations on December 22 at 7 p.m., and repeated on December 24 at 7:00 and 11:30 p.m. and on December 25 at 4 a.m.
The program will also air numerous times on BRC TV13 Blue Ridge Communications beginning on Wednesday, December 19 at 8:30 p.m.; and repeated on Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, December 23 at 10 p.m.; Monday, December 24 at 10 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 25 at 8 p.m.
The Vespers services, with Paula Ring Zerkle conducting the Moravian Choir and Eduardo Azzati conducting the Women’s Chorus, was recorded on Saturday, December 1, 2012, in Central Moravian Church in historic Bethlehem, Pa., (The Christmas City).
The Vespers service is an expression of two traditional forms of worship in the Moravian Church, the Singstunde and the Candlelight Service. A Moravian Singstunde (Singing Hour) is a service of music with no preaching. Since the 1720s, Moravians have been known for their worshipful singing. For the service, the music has been carefully selected and arranged to bring the Christmas message without need of a sermon. The Moravian candlelight service originated in 1747 in Marienborn, Germany, when candles with red trimming were distributed at the children’s Christmas service. Bethlehem’s first candle service was in 1756.
Blue Ridge Communications (TV-13) produced the program on behalf of the College as a gift to be enjoyed by the Moravian campus community, the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and beyond. TV-13 delivers quality local programming to your prospective customers in Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Schuylkill, Northampton, Lackawanna, Berks and Lehigh Counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
PCN is a nonprofit, noncommercial news organization created and supported by cable television companies. PCN receives no state or federal funding. Network programming is distributed by participating cable systems in Pennsylvania serving more than 10 million Pennsylvanians in 3.3 million homes. For more information about PCN as well as network channel designations, visit www.pcntv.com.
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.