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Jazz Pianist and Composer Renee Rosnes to Perform at Moravian

The Piano Masters @ Moravian College Series Continues October 27

Bethlehem, Pa. October 20, 2005—The Piano Masters @ Moravian College Series continues with a performance by acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Renee Rosnes on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in Peter Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at www.pianoculture.com or at the door. For tickets and more information, call (610) 515-1025.

Rosnes is also a founding member of the San Francisco Jazz Collective, an octet of world-class jazz musicians. The group is directed by Joshua Redman and also includes Bobby Hutchinson, Miguel Zenón, Josh Roseman, Robert Hurst, Brian Blade, and Payton. She has won several awards, the most notable being 3 Junos (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for Album of the Year in 1992, 1994, and 1996 and 3 Jazz Report Awards – the 1995 Best Pianist of the Year and the 1997 Best Album of the Year and Best Pianist of the Year.

Rosnes grew up in Vancouver, where she began playing the piano at age three. She studied classical performance at the University of Toronto and came to New York City on a grant from the Canada Council of the Arts in 1986. There she began playing with jazz masters such as J.J. Johnson, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and James Moody. She released her first album under the Blue Note Records label in 1989. Later releases include guest appearances with artists such as Henderson, Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, Jack DeJohnette, and Christian McBride. Her ninth and latest album, Renee Rosnes and the Danish Radio Big Band, features the artist in her first recording with a large jazz orchestra. Several of the tracks on the new CD are rearrangements of Rosnes’ earlier compositions. She is currently working on an album, When You Wish upon a Star, with Billy and Ray Drummond.

The Piano Masters @ Moravian College Series brings renowned pianists of many different styles to the college. Previous performers include Helio Alves and Joshua Pierce. Juan Jose Chuquisengo and Jung Lin are scheduled to appear on November 10; Benny Green and Eduardus Halim on January 26; Joel Fan on February 9; Cyrus Chestnut on March 2; Frank Kimbrough and Jenny Lin on March 30, and Nadejda Vlaeva on April 6.

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.