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Piano Masters at Moravian to Bring Elite Pianists to the Lehigh Valley

Brazilian Master Helio Alves and Technical Wizard Joshua Pierce to Perform on October 13

Bethlehem, Pa., September 22, 2005—Pianists Helio Alves and Joshua Pierce will perform at Moravian College on Thursday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall. The concert is the first in a series of Piano Masters at Moravian performances. From Thursday night, October 13th through April 6, twelve of the world’s elite pianists from the worlds of jazz, Brazilian and classical music will perform at the historic Peter and Foy Halls of Moravian College.

A versatile and creative pianist, Helio Alves came to New York and quickly became the much sought after accompanist for Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Gato Barbieri, Paquito D’Rivera and Claudio Roditi to name a few. He began playing classical piano at the age of six in his native Sao Paulo, Brazil , and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He studied composition performance, and John Coltrane’s harmonic structures.

One of the more dynamic talents of the late 20th century, Pierce is acknowledged as one of today’s most versatile, exciting and original pianists. He has forged his own individual and unique style with a vast repertoire of music spanning all eras of piano literature. His technical mastery has afforded him the ability to move easily from the concerti of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, to the big works of Brahms, List, Tchaikowsky and Rachmaninov, to the provoking sounds of John Cage, Charles Ives, Toru Takemitsu and many others.

The season’s performers will include Renee Rosnes (October 27); Juan Jose Chuquisengo and Jung Lin (November 10); Benny Green and Eduardus Halim (January 26); Joel Fan (February 9); Cyrus Chestnut (March 2); Frank Kimbrough and Jenny Lin (March 30) and Nadejda Vlaeva (April 6).

“This exciting lineup offers Lehigh Valley residents a unique opportunity to hear elite world-class pianists in an historic and acoustically pristine environment,” said Genevieve Kaye, President of the Lehigh Valley Piano Society. “There is no doubt that this is one of the most impressive collections of concert pianists assembled in any one concert series. Benny Green is the jazz pianist picked by the legendary Oscar Peterson as his protégé. Munich-based Peruvian pianist Juan Jose Chuquisengo, whose Sony Classical recording Transcendent Journey was named as recording of the month in August by the BBC, is a star performer. Jazz legends include Renee Rosnes, Cyrus Chesnu, and Eduardus Halim—who is noted for being the last student of the great master Vladimir Horowitz,” Kaye added.

Concerts are held Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 or $150 for any 5 concerts. Call 610-515-1025 or go online at www.pianoculture.com

The entire series will be taped for broadcast on WDIY-FM and made available to affiliates through National Public Radio.

Series underwriters include John Zeiner and Sons, “4 Generations of piano sales and service in Lehigh Valley;” Schimmel Pianos, and Mary Ellen Schuman of Prudential Paul Ford Realtors in Easton.

Piano Masters at Moravian is a production of the Luce Group in association with The Lehigh Valley Piano Society, which is dedicated to the presentation and preservation of the music of the acoustic piano.

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