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Modern Rock Quartet featuring Lou Lanza at Moravian – Sept. 17

Bethlehem, Pa.— Modern Rock Quartet featuring vocalist Lou Lanza will perform in concert at Moravian College’s Foy Hall on Friday, September 17 at 8 p.m. General admission is $12 and $6 for students, seniors, and children 12 and under.

The quartet is comprised of Lou Lanza, vocals, Tony Miceli, vibes, Kevin McConnell, bass, and Butch Reed, drums. They are a group of well-known Philadelphia-area jazz musicians whose mission is to use rock and R&B songs as vehicles for jazz expression. “If the song lends itself to jazz improvisation, then it doesn’t matter if it was originally composed as heavy metal, hard rock, punk, new wave, alternative rock, or goth-rock,” according to Lou Lanza, who also teaches jazz voice at Moravian College.

Lanza is a Philadelphia native who thrives on the cultural and musical heritage of that city. Lou has music in his genes - an opera singer grandfather, a classical violinist father, and a pianist, organist & music teaching mother. His jazz influence came from another of his relatives, Vince Trombetta, a saxophonist & arranger who served as musical director of The Mike Douglas Show. Lou’s music teachers include Jimmy Bruno and Larry McKenna. His live performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Atlantic City have earned him the admiration of many industry professionals including Bootsie Barnes, Henry Mancini, & Tony Bennett. Some of Lou’s CDs include: The Road Not Taken (C.A.B. Records), Corner Pocket (J-Bird Records), Shadows and Echoes (Challenge Records), and upcoming on Cexton Records Opening Doors, A Jazz Tribute to The Doors (to be released next winter) and An Intimate Portrait in Blue (to be released next spring). Lou has appeared in a series jazz related of spots on BET. Lanza will be listed among the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time in The Jazz Singers by critic/author Scott Yanow (to be published by Backbeat Books in 2005). In June 2004, Lanza appeared in a two man tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Red Room of the Philadelphia’s Society Hill Playhouse where he portrayed the younger Sinatra. For further information, contact Lou Lanza at lanzascat@aol.com.

Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Music Campus at Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. General admission is $15 and $10 for students seniors and children 12 and under. For ticket information call 610 861-1650 or email music@moravian.edu.

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.