March 16, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning (BILL) will present the discussion, "Band History and Performance Through the Penn Central Wind Band Lens," Tuesday, April 7, at noon at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common, located at 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg. The program is free and open to the public without registration.

William Kenny, Bucknell professor of music and director of bands, founded the Penn Central Wind Band more than 20 years ago. Since the time of its founding, the professional-level band has programmed cornerstone works of the band repertoire, new commissions, orchestral transcriptions, marches, and even novelty pieces such as a gem called "The Elephant and the Fly."

Kenny will play video and audio excerpts from some of the band's performances to illustrate this varied repertoire that (he thinks) supports his contention that distinctions between "low brow" and "highbrow" music ("Art versus Arthur"- as it has been called) distract from, rather than enhance, the music listening experience.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; beverages and a light dessert will be provided. Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase a soup-and-sandwich lunch (smoked tomato bisque, chicken salad on a roll, assorted cookies and sunshine cake) for $6 by contacting the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning office at 570-522-0105 or up to noon of the day prior to the program; payment can be made at the door.

From the intersection of State Route 45 and U.S. Route 15 in Lewisburg, drive west on SR 45 for 1.1 miles; turn right (north) onto Reitz Boulevard into Brookpark Farm. Drive 0.6 mile; turn left onto Tressler Boulevard. The Village Common is directly ahead.

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning has provided adult learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities since its inauguration during the fall of 2009. The Institute is a self-supporting affiliate of Bucknell University. All of its programs and events are supported by membership and course registration fees and donations from members and friends.

Watch for information on Fall 2015 courses in early August. Fall term classes begin Sept. 21. For more information about the Institute's programs, call 570-522-0105 or email