January 20, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Nordic Voices in concert Feb. 15
Norwegian a cappella ensemble Nordic Voices will perform in concert Feb. 15

Nordic Voices, a six-voice a cappella ensemble, will perform in concert Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

Acclaimed for the depth of its programming and extraordinary vocal skills and acknowledged as a leader of the a cappella art form, Nordic Voices performs a repertoire ranging from the medieval to the contemporary.

Formed in 1996, they can produce a wide range of techniques, from ordinary classical sounds to Mongolian overtone singing. Based in Oslo, Norway, the members of Nordic Voices were educated at the State Academy of Music in Oslo and the National Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo, where they specialized in opera, composition, church music and pedagogy.

The Washington Post says, "Such mesmerizing talent is rare ... Whatever language, it was the group's astonishing range of sonic vocabulary ... that thrilled the senses and sent an emotional message no listener could miss."

The group includes Tone Elisabeth Braaten, soprano, Ingrid Hanken, soprano, Ebba Rydh, mezzo soprano, Per Kristian Amundrød, tenor, Frank Havrøy, baritone, and Trond Olav Reinholdtsen, bass.

Nordic Voices enjoy mixing their programs to the point of what many would consider extremes. Lassus rubs shoulders with Ligeti and Norwegian contemporary composer Henrik Hellstenius, and Dufay with Huber and Nystedt. Their program concepts revolve around themes, for example historical figures or textual links, bringing the music to life in sometimes unexpected ways.

In addition to regular concerts in Oslo and around Norway, recent concert tours have included visits to Taiwan, Stockholm, cities in Germany and regular tours of the United States.

Nordic Voices is supported by the Arts Council Norway and the State Department of Culture.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for non-Bucknell students and $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series will be a jazz performance by vocalist Gregory Porter on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Porter's new Grammy Award-winning album, Liquid Spirit (2014), marks his Blue Note Records debut. Its release comes on the heels of two critically acclaimed indie label albums that quickly propelled him to the upper echelon of contemporary male jazz singers. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for non-Bucknell students and $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter