February 23, 2006


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Javanese Gamelan will give an informal performance Monday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.

The performance, held in connection with Bucknell's Asian Awareness Week, is free and open to the public. It will include a brief introduction to the instruments and explanation of their performance patterns

The Bucknell Gamelan (Gamelan Banteng Lembah) is an ensemble of 15 members who play Central Javanese instruments in a traditional style. The repertoire comprises songs and melodies from various parts of Indonesia, including pieces with titles such as Forest Echoes, Singing Turtledoves, Playing Pranks, A Gift of Love, and A Thousand Weaverbirds. This will be the ensemble's first performance at Bucknell.

The instruments for Bucknell's Gamelan were obtained as the result of a gift from Bucknell alumna Dorothy Seesholtz Mullestein, Class of '48. The instruments, comprising gongs, kettles, xylophones and drums, were made in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and shipped to Lewisburg in the summer of 2004. The Gamelan plays in the Javanese "forceful" style in the pentatonic tuning known as Slendro.

For more information about the Javanese Gamelan, see http://www.bucknell.edu/News_Events/More_News/September_2004/Gamelan.html

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Story posted Feb. 23, 2006

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