Nov. 22, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Paul Winter Consort will present "A Solstice Journey" with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $25.

According to Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center, "For this performance, the instrumentalists of the Paul Winters Consort will draw from the repertory of Solstice music created during the 24 years it has presented the Winter Solstice Celebration at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

"The singing, dancing Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble's repertory encompasses more than 2,000 songs ranging from medieval Russian village music to the works of living composers.

"Friends and collaborators since 1986, the consort and ensemble join together to offer a joyful and profound celebration of the season," said Boswell.

The Paul Winter Consort appeared at Bucknell in October 1999, in the world premiere of the earliest version of "The World Tree: A Musical Celebration" in Davis Gym. The work has since been performed in other venues, including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

A native of Altoona, Winter is the recipient of the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for the Arts and a Gold Medal from Penn State University. Three of his albums have won Grammy Awards and 10 have been nominated for Grammys.

In recognition of his musical innovations and environmental work, he has been honored with the Global 500 Award from the United Nations and the National Arbor Day's Promise to the Earth Award.

Paul Winter and friends also will give a meet-the-artist pre-performance talk at 7 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building. This pre-performance talk is open to the public without charge.

Tickets for the Saturday evening concert 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 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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