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   Sixth Annual Bethlehem Conference on Music - October 21-23

Moravian College to Commemorate 250th Anniversary of Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir

BETHLEHEM, Pa. October 20, 2004 – Moravian College will host the sixth annual Bethlehem Conference on Moravian Music in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir, from October 21 to October 23, 2004.

The conference will include student papers chosen for their excellence, lectures by world authorities on Moravian music, recitals, tours, and concerts. The first two days will focus on the importance of brass in the Moravian Church in Europe, the American colonies, and the early days of the United States. The program will include a lecture-demonstration by the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir and a performance by the chamber ensemble of Moravian College faculty known as “Heard @ Moravian.” Saturday’s final concert will feature the winning composition of the Moravian Anthem Competition. It will be performed by the Moravian College Choir and the choir of Central Moravian Church, in collaboration with the Hartt Trombone Ensemble. Each day’s program of events begins at 8 a.m. and concludes with an evening concert.

On Thursday, October 21, at 1 p.m. in Peter Hall, the Hartt Trombone Ensemble from the Hartt College of Music, Connecticut, will participate in a lecture-demonstration, to be followed by a reading session of Moravian trombone choir music, led by Bill Heiser, member of the Moravian Trombone Choir. At 7:30 p.m. the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir, the country’s oldest still-functioning instrumental music ensemble, will offer a lecture-demonstration on Moravian trombone musical history. The Trombone Choir is comprised of Moravian College student music majors and music department faculty members, and is directed and conducted by Don Kemmerer. The trombone choir will play selections of Moravian music from the past and present. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 for students, seniors, and children 12 and under.

Nola Knouse, director of the Moravian Music Archives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will lead a discussion about the “Characteristics of Moravian Music”, on Friday, October 22 at 10:20 a.m. in Peter Hall. At 7:30 p.m. Moravian faculty members of the instrumental ensemble “Heard @ Moravian” will perform “19th Century Instrumentals” with Thomas Dressler, organist, and guests. The concert featuring a variety of instruments will highlight compositions by Moravians to demonstrate the historic Moravian themes of the day. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 for students, seniors, and children 12 and under.

Saturday’s finale will feature the Moravian College Choir, directed by Paula Ring Zerkle, and the Central Moravian Church Choir, performing Moravian music for double choir, at 8 p.m. in Central Moravian Church. Various combinations of vocals and instrumentals will illustrate current and historic Moravian music. The concert will premiere the winning composition of the Moravian Anthem Competition of Moravian music for double choir. Central Moravian Church is located on the corner of Church and Main Streets. The concert is free and open to the public.

Attendees may select to attend multi concerts and lecture presentations during the conference. All performances will be conducted in Peter Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, Church and Main Streets, Bethlehem, unless otherwise noted. For a complete conference brochure, please call 610-861-1650, email music@moravian.edu, or visit the Moravian College Music Department’s website at http://home.moravian.edu/public/music/.