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Concert to Preview Music of Moravian College Vespers Services

Bethlehem, Pa., November 10, 2004 – Moravian College will hold a Christmas Vespers preview concert featuring the music that will be performed during this year's services. The concert will be held on Saturday, November 20, in Foy Concert Hall. The program will begin with prelude music played by several small ensembles at 7:30 p.m., followed by the service itinerary at 8 p.m.

The Moravian College Choir, conducted by Paula Ring Zerkle, director of choral music at Moravian College, will perform an exotic array of works in English, Japanese, Haitian, German, Latin, and Swahili. Highlights include an excerpt from The Creation by Haydn; a composition by a contemporary Hungarian composer, Gyorgy Orban; a piece by North Carolina composer, James Bates; and “Haitian Noel” by the contemporary Haitian composer, Emile Desamours.

The performance will follow the musical itinerary of the College's Vespers services that will be held during the first two weekends of December at Central Moravian Church. Admission to the Vespers services is limited to invited members of the College community.

"This preview concert provides an opportunity for the folks who may not be able to come to Vespers to hear the charming and varied music of our Christmas Vesper services," said Zerkle. "The Vespers preview concert is an excellent forum to showcase our very talented choral singers and, at the same time, provide an opportunity for members of the Lehigh Valley community to share in this wonderful music."

Zerkle is an associate professor and chair of the department of music at Moravian College. She directs several choral ensembles in addition to the College Choir, including Vocalis. Zerkle teaches conducting, women in music, musicianship, and vocal techniques. She is the faculty advisor to Moravian College’s chapter of Delta Omicron, an international music honors fraternity.

The concert is open to the pubic. A recommended donation of $6 will be accepted at the door. A reception with Moravian sugar cake and coffee will be held following the event. Foy Concert Hall is located at Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Church and Main Streets, Bethlehem. For more information, call 610-861-1650 or email music@moravian.edu.