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Frederica von Stade to Perform at Moravian College – December 1

Mezzo-soprano to replace Dawn Upshaw as part of Moravian’s Great Artist Series

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— As part of the Great Artist Series, the Moravian College Music Institute presents mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade in recital on Monday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd campus. Described by The New York Times as "one of America's finest artists and singers," Frederica von Stade remains at the peak of her extraordinary career and continues to be extolled as one of the music world's most beloved figures.

The von Stade’s recital, which will include holiday-specific selections, replaces the scheduled concert by soprano Dawn Upshaw that was recently canceled due to illness. "She is getting better, but slowly," is how Upshaw’s spokesperson summarized the state of Dawn’s struggle with a throat ailment that has forced her to cancel a series of highly anticipated appearances this fall. Upshaw's laryngeal woes began while on a tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO). She was diagnosed with acute inflammation of the vocal cords, withdrew from the remainder of the ACO tour and has not performed since.

Frederica von Stade is in the midst of the third decade on an extraordinary career and continues to reign as one of the music world's most beloved figures. Miss von Stade's career has taken her to the stages of the world's great opera houses and concert halls. In January 2000, the Metropolitan Opera celebrated the 30th anniversary of her debut with a new production of The Merry Widow specifically for her.

Well-known through her numerous featured appearances on "Live From Lincoln Center" telecasts, and her discography which includes dozens of recordings ranging from the songs of Canteloube and Debussy to the operas of Mozart and Rossini, and most recently to the musical theater works of Rodgers and Hammerstein (The Sound of Music) and Jerome Kern (Showboat), this renowned star is acclaimed by audiences everywhere.

This event is supported by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania's General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Berks Arts Council.

Additional support has been provided by the Amaranth Foundation, The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation, and The Rider-Pool Foundation.

Reserved seating is $45-$55. A celebration reception with von Stade will held immediately following her performance. Tickets for this event are $125 and include a regular concert ticket. For tickets or more information, please call 610-861-1650 or e-mail music@moravian.edu. This concert is sponsored by The Moravian College Music Alliance and The Rider-Pool Foundation.