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Saxophonist Neil Wetzel in Jazz Recital at Moravian

BETHLEHEM, Pa. October 21, 2004 – Saxophonist Neil Wetzel will perform classic jazz favorites in a faculty recital on Sunday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College. Pianists Debra Torok and Skip Wilkins, bassist Paul Rostock, and percussionist Gary Rissmiller, will accompany Wetzel.

Wetzel is assistant professor of music, and Director of Jazz Studies at Moravian College. He is founder and music director of the college’s summer music camp, July Jazz Getaway. He has performed with, and backed many celebrity performers in the music business. Wetzel teaches both classical and jazz saxophone and directs Moravian’s Big Band jazz ensembles and jazz curriculum.

Dr. Torok is adjunct professor of music at Moravian College. She teaches piano, piano pedagogy, and piano literature. She has concertized throughout the United States and on European tours as both soloist and accompanist, and has been on the Piano Faculty of New York University.

Jazz pianist Wilkins taught at Moravian for five years, and has played with many great musicians for three decades. He enjoys an active educational presence in the Lehigh Valley, and currently is Assistant Professor of Music at Lafayette College.

Rostock is artist-lecturer in Jazz and Classical Bass at Moravian College. jazz He teaches electric bass, bass literature and pedagogy, and jazz theory as an adjunct professor at Moravian. A free lance musician, he has performed with an eclectic mix of artists in the music world, both in and out of the jazz arena.

Rissmiller, whose long performance history includes several small groups and gigs, such as an artist-in-residence at Musikfest, is also an adjunct faculty member at Moravian.

Foy Concert Hall is located at Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Church and Main Streets. Tickets are $12 regular admission, $6 for students, seniors, and children 12 and under. For more information, please contact the Moravian College music department at 610-861-1650 or email music@moravian.edu.