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Jacobs Music and Moravian College Host World Famous Peace Piano - October 29

One-of-a-Kind Steinway “Peace Piano” Coming to Foy Concert Hall for a Children’s Perform-a-thon and a Special Recital Featuring Moravian’s International Music Fraternity

Bethlehem, Pa. – Jacobs Music Company, one of the nation’s largest acoustic and digital piano and organ retailers, and Moravian College, a private liberal arts college dedicated to providing its students with a diverse and value-oriented education, have joined forces to host the one-of-a-kind “Peace Piano,” built by the world famous Steinway & Sons to support the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help promote global peace and raise funds for children in need. This event is part of the Peace Piano’s month long tour of Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware before its journey across the globe.

On October 29th, 2004, the Steinway “Peace Piano” will be available at Foy Concert Hall for a “Play-for-Peace Perform-a-thon” from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., which will feature performances by local pianists. Those who raise a pledge of $100 are invited to perform on the world famous piano. The culminating event of the day will be an evening recital featuring members of Delta Omicron, an international music fraternity, and the Moravian College faculty at 8 p.m. Admission to the recital is twelve dollars. For senior citizens, students, and children twelve and under, admission is six dollars. In addition to raising funds for UNICEF, part of the proceeds from this event will contribute to Moravian’s All-Steinway Fund, an account set up to help Moravian achieve the prestigious All-Steinway standing, a goal they are working towards with the aid of Jacobs Music Company.

The Peace Piano is a unique, specially designed instrument inspired by the historic Steinway concert grand piano created for the 1939 World’s Fair. That original piano, designed by famed 20th century art deco designer Walter Dorwin Teague, is now housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Peace Piano features a unique design that reflects its dedication to world peace, including a hand-carved dove grasping an olive branch, a gold-painted lower apron adorned with 63 stars, and 195 flags representing the countries and territories in which UNICEF has a presence.

Jacobs Music, the exclusive dealer representative of Steinway & Sons for Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware – with locations throughout the entire area including Whitehall, PA - was selected to be the host for the Peace Piano in Philadelphia and the surrounding region because of its reputation, dedication, and contributions to the music community.

“This is a historic opportunity for Jacobs Music to champion something that is vitally important to us – encouraging our region’s young people to actively participate in music. This event is about children helping children, and the opportunity to perform on the historic Peace Piano will reward the young participants for both their musical accomplishments and humanitarian efforts in raising needed funds for the world’s children,” said Al Rinaldi, chairman and CEO, Jacobs Music Company.

The concert co-host, Moravian College, is a private, co-educational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its foundation to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. The Music Department of Moravian College offers a comprehensive curriculum in music education, theory, history, and performance of diverse styles, and has numerous performing ensembles, including the Moravian Choir, known for its popular holiday Vespers services. Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Music Campus at Main and Church Streets.

The recital performers are members of Delta Omicron, an honors fraternity that provides talented music students with high-quality leadership, performance, and community service opportunities and fosters personal and scholastic excellence and character development. Moravian’s Gamma Pi Chapter of Delta Omicron has been in existence since April of 1995 and has 41 members.

Dr. Paula Zerkle, chair of the Moravian College Music Department, states, “The Music Department is honored to partner with Jacobs Music to bring the Peace Piano to Moravian College and to music lovers throughout our community. We’re thrilled to have such an exciting opportunity for our music students to perform with this unique instrument. We will be witnessing a small piece of history.”

Jacobs Music, a Philadelphia cultural institution first established in 1900 – the same year as the Philadelphia Orchestra – and a family owned and operated business, has taken a leading role in the Philadelphia music community. The company supports internationally renowned artists and regional music organizations including Moravian’s International Music Fraternity, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and countless universities and schools of music.

The Peace Piano will make its official debut in Philadelphia on October 1st, 2004 at the Curtis Institute of Music as part of the celebration of Curtis’ 80th anniversary. In addition to spending the month of October in the Philadelphia area, the Peace Piano will visit other cities in the U.S., including New York and Boston, as well as major cities in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Proceeds from the events associated with the Peace Piano will benefit UNICEF. To make donations, please visit the Peace Piano/UNICEF website at http://www.unicefusa.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=60753.

For more information on Jacobs Music or for a complete Peace Piano schedule, please contact Michelle Jackson at 610-642-8253 or Michelle@gregoryfca.com and visit us online at www.jacobsmusic.com. To reserve a space at the Peace Piano Perform-a-thon, please contact Mark Love at 215-568-0021 ext. 31 or Mark@Jacobsmusiccompany.com.