March 11, 2014 , BY Kathryn Kopchik

Martin Hayes and Masters of Tradition

Masters of Tradition will perform traditional Irish music on Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The tour title, "Celebrating Irish Music in its Purest Form," is appropriate for all ages.

Martin Hayes will lead a free lecture and demonstration in the Weis Center Lobby on Friday, March 21, at noon. Members of the public are invited to attend.

As artistic director of Masters of Tradition, Martin Hayes brings together seven of the most compelling artists in Irish music today for a unique concert celebrating the art form.

With performances of solos, duets, trios, and full group collaborations, the performance gives real insight into the musical journeys that these musicians, and the masterful music they play, have taken over the years.

Paul Keating of Irish Voice says, "This magnificent seven bore out the underlying treatise that Martin Hayes operates under ... that traditional music is the equal of any other form, and can strike and capture the hearts of music fans anywhere and at any time."

Regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music, Hayes won six All-Ireland fiddle championships before the age of 19 and was cited by Ireland's Sunday Tribune as one of the 100 most influential Irish men and women in the fields of entertainment, politics and sports, as well as one of the most important musicians to come out of Ireland in the last 50 years.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, and $10 for non-Bucknell college students. Tickets can be purchased online at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 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 CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next performance in the Weis Center's 2013-14 Series will be a performance by Dublin Guitar Quartet on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg. The performance is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. Dublin Guitar Quartet (DGQ) is the first classical guitar quartet devoted to new music. Audiences can expect an explosive, entertaining, and completely novel concert experience. With the help of eight- and 11-string guitars, the quartet has created an original catalog of arrangements by composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Part and Gyorgy Ligeti.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or facebook.com/WeisCenter

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