Happenings at Moravian - November 2011


Jazz Opera “The Book of Gig”
World Premiere

Tony Gairo, composer, & Lou Lanza, lyricist
Christopher Shorr, director – Dr. Neil Wetzel, conductor

(Adult Story Not Intended for Children)

Friday-Saturday, November 11-12, 7:30 p.m.
Foy Concert Hall, Hurd Campus
$15 general admission / $10 seniors
$5 Faculty/Staff, Free for Students with I.D.
See the full size poster

Moravian College Music Department joins forces with the Moravian College Theatre Company to present the premier of a commissioned opera in jazz – The Book of Gig, by Tony Gairo & Lou Lanza.  With themes from the Biblical Book of Job & nods to musicians’ lives tragedies, this fully staged jazz opera will feature Moravian’s BIG Band, Jazz Combo I, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and various additional vocalists.  Under the stage direction of Christopher Shorr, and featuring the conducting talents of Dr. Neil Wetzel, this brand new presentation of jazz opera theatre is something not to be missed!

A tragic jazz opera.  This is a story based on the book of Job, Medea, and the all-too-common tragedy that plagues our world.  A boy—Gig Wright—is born with a musical gift and rises to fame as a jazz musician.  Along the way, he meets and marries the love of his life, and has two children.  Gig loves his wife and kids, but spends a lot of time on the road.  The wife succumbs to depression, and takes her own life.  Gig goes on with his life and career, but is overwhelmed with grief.  Not wanting live in a world without his wife, and not wanting his children to be orphaned, he does the unthinkable.


Moravian College Women's ChorusMoravian College Women’s Chorus – Guitar Ensemble - Piano Trio
Eduardo Azzati, John Arnold, & Dr. Arianna Goldina, directors

Sunday, November 13, 4:00 p.m.
Peter Hall, Hurd Campus
$10 general admission/$5 students

This afternoon of music will be filled with soaring melodies & lilting intimacies as Moravian College faculty, Eduardo Azzati, John Arnold, & Dr. Arianna Goldina direct their various vocal and instrumental ensembles in music from the Baroque to the Modern


Student Chamber Ensembles
Moravian College Clarinet Choir, Flute Troupe, and WoodWind Ensemble

Sunday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.
Peter Hall, Hurd Campus | All seats $5

Moravian College faculty Dr. Deborah Andrus and Robin Kani, lead their wind instrument ensembles in some of the most beautiful, fun, and interesting music.


Student Ensemble
Moravian College Improv Ensemble

Wednesday, November 16, 9:00 p.m.
Peter Hall, Hurd Campus | All seats $5

Popular specialist in improvisation (and Moravian faculty member) Dan DeChellis oversees this group of students as they present music never heard before. 


Vespers PreviewEverything But the Candles
Moravian College Vespers Preview

Friday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.
(prelude music begins @7:00 p.m.)
Foy Concert Hall, Hurd Campus
Admission by donation

As a precursor to the ever popular Moravian College Christmas Vespers held at Central Moravian Church, this preview is offered for those who are unable to get tickets to that annual December event.  All of the music is presented (the College Choir, Women’s Chorus, Brass Ensemble, and other student ensembles) - appropriate hymns are sung, and the charming Morning Star, led by a youthful soloist, is presented.  Catch the holiday spirit early!


Student Recital
Emily Brown, jazz vocals

Saturday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
Foy Concert Hall, Hurd Campus | No charge

Senior jazz vocalist Emily Brown, entertains with an evening of music in her own style.  Emily will be joined by a number of jazz musicians and promises interesting and enjoyable sets of “the Devil’s music.”


Moravian College Community Orchestra
Featuring Concerto Competition Winners – Elizabeth Brodt, clarinet, & Anne Hoffman, trumpet

Sunday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.
Foy Concert Hall, Hurd Campus
$10 general admission/$5 students

Following their success in surpassing the rigors of competition audition, two Moravian music education senior will solo with the College-Community Orchestra.  Elizabeth Brodt, clarinet, will be featured in Claude Debussy’s Premiere rapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra, while Anne Hoffman, trumpet, will showcase her talents in Aleksandr Arutiunian’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra.  Donald Spieth will lead the orchestra in two additional pieces for the evening:  Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80, and Bizet’s L’Arlesienne: Suite No. 2.


Student Ensembles
Moravian College Brass Ensemble – Percussion Ensemble – Trombone Ensemble

Monday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
Foy concert Hall| All seats $5

Lovingly referred to as the “Loud Ensemble Concert” – these Moravian College faculty put their respective ensembles through their sturdy paces in music specifically written or arranged for their instruments.  A highlight of the evening will be counting the number of trombones that Ralph Brodt is able to cram onto the stage!  Join us for a bombastic evening of music.


Student Ensembles
Celtic MusicMoravian College Celtic & Baroque Ensemble
Wednesday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.

Peter Hall, Hurd Campus| All seats $5 | Free with Moravian I.D.

These popular student ensembles led by Moravian faculty members Alison Gillespie and Sarah Baer, offer an afternoon of beautiful, and sometimes fun, music.


Abigail Kubeka with the Peace TrainAbigail Kubeka with
Sharon Katz & The Peace Train. 

Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m
Prosser Auditorium, HUB

The performance is open to the public and admission is free of charge

South African vocalist Abigail Kubeka is making her U.S. debut this year and performing at Moravian College to launch “Double Take,” her new album recorded with Sharon Katz & The Peace Train.  The group will perform at Moravian on Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building.

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Payne Gallery Recent AcquistionsRecent Acquisitions

November 10 - January 15
Reception - Thursday, November 10
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Payne Gallery |No charge | see postcard

Payne Gallery is pleased to present our recent acquisitions, focusing on painting and sculpture re from Bethlehem and the surrounding area. The gift comes to us from Moravian College alumna Joann M. Trotsky in honor of her parents Alexander and Elizabeth Trotsky. The artists include Joseph Barrett, Walter Baum, Renzo Faggioli, Roy Nuse, and Steve Tobin.


Works by Photography Professors
from the Lehigh Valley Colleges

November 1–November 20
H. Paty Eiffe Art Gallery, HUB
No charge | see postcard

Reception & Panel Discussion: Tuesday, November 15
Reception at 5 p.m. | Panel Discussion at 6:30 p.m.

“Spectrum” is an eclectic photo-based exhibition featuring the work of photography professors in the Lehigh Valley. From historic techniques, to traditional black and white prints, to digital processes, this exhibition and panel discussion explores the range of work being produced and taught today in the area of photography. Artists include Greta Brubaker, Anne Chupa, Joe Elliott, Jeff Hurwitz, Kristine Kotsch, Lydia Panas, Karina Skvirsky and Krista Steinke and others.


LaborLabor Issues...
Faculty Research: Presentation and Discussion

Wednesday, November 9
11:30 am to 12:45 pm
UBC, Haupert Union Building

Faculty: Jane Berger, Heikki Lempa, and Sonia Aziz

In accordance with the continued development of Poverty & Inequality | IN FOCUS, we have identified several faculty members who are currently working on research that is either grounded in or has ties to Poverty & Inequality. Research is a crucial component of the IN FOCUS Centers of Investigation and part of this work involves exposure, acknowledgment, and substantive discourse of work currently being done by faculty members on campus.

Please join us at this joint talk with Dr. Berger, Dr. Lempa, and Dr. Aziz on labor issues in the context of poverty and inequality.

No Charge| Open to the Moravian community and public
For questions regarding physical accessibility, please contact The Director of Student Activities or (610) 861-1493. For more information about this event, contact the Sonia Aziz.


Guest Performance
Written and performed by Sean Christopher Lewis

Thursday, November 17, 8:00 p.m.
Arena Theater |Free Admission

In the Summer of 2008, it was often said that Philadelphia had “more bodies than days.” The city was in the midst of a murder epidemic that put it on par with some third world countries.  Determined to take an unflinching look at the causes of the crime rate and its effect on the community, playwright/performer Sean Christopher Lewis introduces us to the inmates of Graterford Prison – men employed to beautify the city even as they serve out life sentences.  The voices of the prisoners, their victims, Mayor Nutter, local rappers, conservative talk show hosts, trauma surgeons, and the citizens of the City of Brotherly Love crowd the stage to say their piece.

In focus: Proverty & Inequality


Sean Christopher LewisKilladelphia Workshop
Sean Christopher Lewis, actor/writer of “Killadelphia” will lead a performance workshop for students

Saturday, November 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Arena Theater| Free Admission


Pgodphilosophy Debate on the Existence of God

“A New Argument from Divine Hiddenness: Reasonable Lost Belief”
Professor Bernie Cantens

“Is Divine Hidenness Evidence against the Existence of God?”
Professor Arash Naraghi

Thursday, November 10, 4:00 p.m. | Snyder Room, HUB | No charge

If one searches for the presence of God and does not find any sign of God, is one justified in concluding that God does not exist?

Professor Cantens argues that a deeper analysis of the logic of the argument and the notion of evidence demonstrate that a first-time, promising theist's lack of experiential evidence for God's existence is evidence for God's non-existence.
Professor Naraghi's counters that Divine Hiddenness is consistent with the existence of God, and it functions as evidence against the existence of God only if we already assume that God does not exist!

Sponsored by the Philosophy Department and Philosophy Club


National Hunger and Homelessness
Awareness Week
| November 14 to S 19

This nationwide effort brings about greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness in our local and global communities. Specific events about the week will be available in the fall. For questions regarding physical accessibility or more information about this week of activity, contact Community Service.

"The empty bowls project"
Tuesday, November 29, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

UBC Room, Haupert Union Building
Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students
Admission: Free, tickets required (must rsvp)

NAEA, National Art Education Association, will be holding a silent auction/dinner, where handmade ceramic bowls, made by local high school students and Moravian students and faculty will be auctioned off at the end of the night. All proceeds will be donated to a local food bank.

Hunger Banquet 2011: "Hunger in Your Backyard"
Focusing on Hunger in Pennsylvania and Northampton County.

Wednesday, November 16th
5:00- 6:30 PM

This event focuses on the problem of hunger in the world.  As participants enter, they take a ticket out of a basket.  On their ticket is a random assignment – either low income, middle income, or high income.  Participants will then eat a meal, learn about hunger, and share conversation that illustrates some of the inequalities related to the topic of hunger. Registration is required.

To register for the event, please use this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V65W76X

In focus: Proverty & Inequality


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