March 19, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Orpheus, the world's most famous conductorless orchestra, will perform in concert Friday, March 26, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets for the event are $20.

Featuring doublebass soloist Edgar Meyer, the orchestra will perform Charles Ives' Three Places in New England; Walter Piston's Sinfonietta; Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring; and Meyer's own composition, Concerto for Doublebass and Orchestra.

Based in New York, Orpheus has celebrated three decades of concert activity across North America, Europe and Asia. The ensemble's recording legacy already consists of nearly 70 albums and CDs.

Edgar Meyer returns to the Weis Center after a sold-out duo performance with Béla Fleck in mid February. Regarded as the world's premier classical solo bassist, he also has earned acclaim as a composer. His uniqueness was recognized in 2002 when he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

"Edgar Meyer has innovatively popularized the doublebass, and Orpheus has redefined the traditional conception of orchestra. The collaboration of these artists makes for a delightful concert full of artistic ingenuity," says Bill Boswell, director of cultural events at Bucknell.

Interested persons will have an opportunity to meet some of the artists at a free pre-performance talk Friday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

This concert is offered by Bucknell University in memory of Ronald J. "Pete" Pedrick and is made possible in part by the endowment fund established in his name.

Advance tickets for the performance are available from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets also can be purchased one hour before the performance. For information regarding the availability of services for persons with disabilities at Weis Center events, call 570-577-3700.

This performance has been made possible in part by a generous donation from Jane and Loren Amacher. The 2003-04 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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