April 15, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Solid Brass, the New York-based brass ensemble, will perform in concert April 21 at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets for the concert are $20.

The program, which includes instrumental works as well as works for brass and choir, will feature the Bucknell University Concert Chorale.

Founded in 1982, Solid Brass is one of the premier brass ensembles in the United States, with membership drawn from metropolitan New York area musicians who perform at Lincoln Center, on Broadway, and in some of the world's foremost orchestras.

A basic group of 10 brass players and a percussionist, Solid Brass has recorded for Musical Heritage, Dorian, and other labels, and has been featured on PBS. It is the only remaining ensemble of its size and kind in America.

The Bucknell University Concert Chorale, under the direction of William Payn, will perform with Solid Brass in a program of great and rarely heard masterworks for voices and brass, including music by Gabrieli, Handel, Bach, Stravinsky, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Bucknell professor of music Jackson Hill.

"The wonderful selection of music ranges from anonymous Medieval pieces to a very recently written one," said Bill Boswell, director of cultural events at Bucknell.

"The variety of periods and styles of music prompted us to advertise the concert as `Music of Four (or More) Centuries.' This is a grand event with which to end the 2005-06 Weis Center season."

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

The 2005-06 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

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Story posted April 14, 2006

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