Posted on October 03, 2016, BY Staff

New York Baroque, Inc., the Bucknell Camerata and soloist Tiffany DuMouchelle will combine to perform Proserpina: Two One-Act Operas, on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $15 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at the Campus Box Office or by calling 570-577-1000. Please note that tickets are available in the main auditorium in the orchestra section only and the balcony and side mezzanines will be closed.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Weimar's court orchestra first performed the first operatic setting, which originated in 1778, with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's text and Karl Seckendorff's music (1744-85). Proserpina, which was long thought to be a lost work, displays a full range of declamatory expression, from purely spoken text to fully accompanied operatic singing. This is believed to be Proserpina's first performance since 1778.

Between acts, Professor Annie Randall, music, the artistic director of this performance, and WVIA ArtScene host Erika Funke will conduct a free intermission talk.

The second operatic setting, Paul J. Botelho's Proserpina (2016), is an opera for solo voice and electro-acoustic fixed media. Botelho's work consciously acknowledges and extends the spirit of vocal experimentation that is so present in Goethe and Seckendorff's piece.

Poems, hymns, plays, operas, paintings, and sculptures have told the story of Proserpina, an ancient Roman goddess, countless times throughout western history. Professor Beth Willer, music, and the University Choir and Bucknell Camerata director, will conduct the combined ensemble. This performance is supported by funds from the Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell University and the Department of Music. Additional funding was provided by Bucknell University's Class of 1953 lectureship.

For more information, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email.

For more information about the Weis Center visit its website or social media channels on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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