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March 21, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Georg Friderick Handel's "Il Duello Amoroso" (Dueling Love) will be performed by the American Virtuosi Baroque Opera Theater as part of the Weis Center Series Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in Bucknell's Weis Center. Kenneth Hamrick, music director and conductor, will lead the performance.

"This production is a wonderful hybrid of Handel's music from the early 18th century performed with the appropriate small period-instrument orchestra and sung in the original Italian, but the story has been updated to the 1920s and the setting is a townhouse on New York's Upper East Side," said Weis Center executive director William Boswell.

"The emotions and music are appropriate to the characters and the plot whether they are mythological, historical, or contemporary."

The American Virtuosi was founded in 1992 to perform baroque music in modern dramatic productions. Hamrick, a harpsichordist and baroque specialist, has assembled a brilliant international company of singers and instrumentalists, all well-versed in the performance styles of the 18th century.

"Hamrick is acclaimed for creating musically and dramatically compelling productions at once historical, contemporary, accessible, and always impeccably performed," said Boswell.

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/

In addition to the Friday night performance, Kenneth Hamrick will give a meet-the-artist lecture-demonstration at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 31, in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building next door to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. This event is free to the public, tickets are not required, and there is no reserved seating.

The 2004-05 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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