September 27, 2011


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The National Chamber Choir of Ireland will perform in concert on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

The program will include "Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt" by J.S. Bach, "O süsser Mai" by Johannes Brahms, "This Worldes Joie" by Arnold Bax, "Theophilus Thistle and the Myth of Miss Muffet" by Siobhán Cleary, and "Acallam Na Senórach" by Tarik O'Regan.

The choir is known for unique programming and a repertory extending from early to contemporary music including frequent commissions from pioneering vocal composers. Recent appearances include performances at the White House on St Patrick's Day.

Marc Rochester of Gramophone magazine called the Choir "collective virtuosity ... choral technique at its very best."

Considered Ireland's most distinguished choral ensemble, the Choir is celebrated both nationally and internationally for its fresh and innovative sound. Founded in 1991 by the composer and conductor Colin Mawby, the Choir was developed under the direction of the Brazilian conductor Celso Antunes until early 2007. In 2008, the internationally celebrated conductor Paul Hillier joined the group as artistic director and chief conductor.

Since its inception, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland has made a significant contribution to the growth of the choral music repertoire repository in Ireland through its commitment to commissioning new work. The Choir's repertoire extends from early to contemporary music, regularly commissioning pioneering vocal work by composers such as Gerald Barry, Andrew Hamilton, Siobhan Cleary, Kevin Volans and Tarik O'Regan.

CD releases include "One Day Fine" and "Acallam na Senórach." The ensemble has been choir-in-residence at Dublin University since 1996.

Tickets are $20; discounts for senior citizens and students are available. Advance tickets can be charged at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice or by calling 570-577-1000.

Advance tickets are available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAPS Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased one hour prior to each performance.

The next performance in the Weis Center series is Rick Benjamin's Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on Saturday, Oct. 22. The world's most active exponent of vintage American popular music has had notable engagements including the inaugural season of Philadelphia's Kimmel Center; the Ravinia Festival; Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria; and all around New York. Selected to be America's "Ambassador of Goodwill" at the World's Fair in Spain, the PRO has performed on NPR and the BBC as well as at the Campus Theatre, providing music for silent movies.

Contact: Division of Communications

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