October 30, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Symphony Band will present its annual fall concert Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The Band will perform Aaron's Copland's "Lincoln's Portrait," a video and audio presentation with rare Lincoln photos, speeches, letters and folk songs. "Lincoln's Portrait" will be narrated by 1978 Bucknell graduate Harvey Edwards, a teacher at Selinsgrove High School and 2007 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year finalist.

The American Brass Quintet will join the Band for "Shadowcatcher," a concerto based on American Indian legends, written for the quintet by Eric Ewazen, theory professor at the Juilliard School of Music.

The program also includes works by Verdi and Bernstein.

"Rolls Royce of brass quintets"
The American Brass Quintet, called "the Rolls Royce of brass quintets" by the Baltimore Sun, has been internationally recognized as one of the premier music ensembles in the world today. Now in its 48th season, the ensemble has performed in Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and all 50 of the United States.

Admission to the Nov. 9 concert is free. Members of the band and the quintet will be available to meet with the audience following the concert.

Quintet at Weis Center, too
The quintet's discography of more than 50 recordings and numerous commissioned works includes "2 Elements" by Grammy Award-winning composer-pianist Billy Childs, who will perform with the American Brass Quintet Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets to the Nov. 10 concert, which includes the Pennsylvania premiere of both movements, 'Water' and 'Fire' of Childs' "2 Elements," are $20, and are available from the Campus Box Office at http://www.bucknell/edu/boxoffice/ or by calling 570-577-1000.

Weeklong residency
The American Brass Quintet and Billy Childs are participating in a weeklong residency at Bucknell, made possible in large part by the Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell University and presented jointly with the Bucknell University department of music.

Jazz soloist Billy Childs, who is known as well for his collaborations with Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, and Chris Botti, among others, will open the residency Wednesday, Nov. 7, with the Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesday jazz series performance in Bucknell Hall at 8:30 p.m. Admission to the Nov. 7 performance is free.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 30, 2007

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