The Bucknell Camerata, under the direction of Dr. Beth Willer, is the University's select chamber choir, comprised of 16-24 voices, and representing nearly every major field of study at Bucknell. Founded in 2015 by Dr. Willer, the Camerata specializes in the performance of early and contemporary repertoires, including Baroque masterworks with orchestra, and frequent world premieres, while also performing a broad repertoire from the past seven centuries. A highlight of the Camerata's concert calendar is its annual performance in Bucknell's popular Christmas Candlelight Services at Rooke Chapel.
In addition to its regular concerts on the Bucknell campus, the ensemble undertakes the performance of extended works, often juxtaposing early and contemporary works in the same concert. In February 2016, the ensemble began collaboration with the period orchestra New York Baroque, Inc. for the dual premiere of Seckendorff's Proserpina (1777, edited by Dr. Annie Randall) and Dr. Paul Boethelo's Proserpina II (2016) in October 2016 at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Especially dedicated to the performance of works by J.S. Bach, the ensemble recently performed Aus der Tiefe ruf ich (BWV 131), and looks forward to a performance of Bach's Magnificat in D in October 2016. In April 2017, the ensemble will perform Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Anthracite Fields, with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, also at the Weis Center.
The Camerata continues a long tradition of touring both internationally and domestically, performing together with the University Choir in distinguished venues across the globe. Recent destinations for the Bucknell choirs have included England, Wales, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, West Germany, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy and Croatia. Tours have included collaborations with premiere ensembles including Electric Phoenix (UK), Cambridge's Fitzwilliam String Quartet (UK), the Brewer Chamber Orchestra, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, the Chorale of Simon Bolivar of Caracas (Venezuela), the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Monday and Wednesday, 5-6:30 p.m.
Choral Rehearsal Room
Weis Center for the Performing Arts
For a complete list of performances, please visit the Music Department Events Calendar.
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