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Moravian College Choir to Perform at Churches in Virginia and Maryland

Moravian College Choir(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – The Moravian College Choir has scheduled a two-day concert tour for the month of January. Their first performance will be held on Saturday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. at church, Mount Olivet Methodist Church is Arlington, Virginia, which will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. Under the direction of Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle, the 55-member choir will present a 30-minute concert of sacred music, including works from the standard choral repertoire by Tomás Luis de Victoria and Sergei Rachmaninoff; traditional songs, Rise Up and This Little Light of Mine; as well as contemporary works by Estonian, Japanese, and Venezuelan composers.

The second concert of this two day tour will take place on Sunday, January 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Glen Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland. The Rev. David G. Berg, class of 1966, will preside over the special one-hour service featuring the choir.

The Moravian College Choir has been an integral performing ensemble of Moravian's noted Department of Music for over four decades. The group consists primarily of Moravian College students, and although many of them are music majors, many come from such diverse majors as biology, chemistry, history, education, math, and English. The ensemble also includes a number of members from the Lehigh Valley community.

The choir has sung around the United States, the Caribbean, and in many countries in Europe and the Middle East, including England, France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Russia, Greece, Czechoslovakia and Israel. In January 1998, the choir toured England and Scotland with the Women's Chorus and Wind Ensemble.

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 http://www.moravian.edu.