By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — A Far Cry Orchestra will perform in concert Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
Founded in 2007 by 17 musicians bent on making music according to their own rules, A Far Cry is a groundbreaking, self-conducted string orchestra that explores the traditional boundaries of classical string music, experimenting with the ways it is prepared, performed and experienced.
The evening's program includes Suite from "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" by Jean-Baptiste Lully; String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" by Beethoven, arranged for string orchestra by A Far Cry; Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3 by Respighi; and Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 by Dvorak.
The Denver Post said of the ensemble, "A Far Cry proves what is possible when classical music is infused with a fresh and fearless point of view ... vigor and vitality to spare ... No doubt, we'll hear from — and about — this orchestra as they continue their ascent."
"The orchestra brims with personality or, better, personalities ... passionate involvement ... a sensational jam," according to The New York Times.
Recently appointed Chamber Orchestra in Residence at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the ensemble has developed an innovative structure of rotating leadership, both on stage and behind the scenes, which empowers each musician and aims to distill a valuable diversity of opinion into one unified voice.
Along with its busy touring schedule across the United States, A Far Cry maintains an educational partnership with the New England Conservatory and continues to foster ties to a growing community with a storefront rehearsal space and neighborhood concert series in Boston.
Tickets are $20; discounts for senior citizens and students are available. Advance tickets can be charged at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice or by calling 570-577-1000.
Advance tickets are available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAPS Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased one hour prior to each performance.
The next performance in the Weis Center series is the National Chamber Choir of Ireland on Saturday, Oct. 15. Under internationally celebrated and multi-award-winning choral conductor Paul Hillier, the choir is known for unique programming and a repertory extending from early to contemporary music including frequent commissions from pioneering vocal composers. Recent appearances include performances at the White House on St Patrick's Day.
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