Thursday, March 1
7:30 p.m.

Weis Center

FREE pre-performance talk with the artists, 1 - 2 p.m., Weis Center Atrium Lobby

Heralded for its "warm, lithe and beautifully blended" sound by The New York Times "impeccable musicality" by The Boston Globe and unfailing display of the "elegance, power, grace and beauty of the human voice" by Boston Music Intelligencer, the Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming in its hometown of Boston and beyond. A rich and diverse vocal palate defines the consistent delivery of this vocal ensemble of nine women whose musical expertise ranges from early to contemporary with independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe. Committed to the expansion of the repertoire for women's voices, Lorelei has commissioned and premiered more than 50 works since its founding in 2007, and continues to expose and reinvent early works of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque repertoires.

While at the Weis Center, they will perform a program juxtaposing selections of early, and contemporary works, including 15th century polyphony, 20th-21st century minimalism, shape-note tunes, and contemporary "Americana." The concert, led by Bucknell music faculty member Beth Willer (choral), and in collaboration with guest artists Jonathan Hess (percussion), Bucknell music faculty Lisa Caravan (cello), and members of the Bucknell University Choir, will include:

  • Steve Reich, "Know what is above you"
  • David Lang, "I want to live"
  • Scott Ordway, "North Woods"
  • Guillaume Du Fay, selected motets
  • Turin Manuscript, selected motets
  • Abbie Betinis, "From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez"
  • Joshua Shank, "Saro"
  • Mary Montgomery Koppel, "Mother of Exiles"
  • Adam Jacob Simon, "Joys Above His Power"
  • Moira Smiley, "Utopia"
  • Shawn Kirchner, "Rose/Riddle/Rainbow"

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