September 27, 2006

MASS Ensemble features unique sculptural instruments.

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — MASS Ensemble — Music, Architecture, Sonic, Sculpture — will present its unique fusion of technologically aural and kinetic performance art Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

"This is a 'wow factor' set-up and performance, " said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "The unique sculptural instruments are large and visually as well as aurally stunning. The ensemble gives an atmospheric and theatrical concert," said Boswell. "It’s a little bit of everything, from engineering to art, and a lot of fun."

MASS Ensemble is known for its original, large-scale instruments including the Earth Harp. Designed and created by artistic director Bill Close, the Earth Harp is the world's largest stringed instrument. It places the audience inside the instrument as the golden strings span out from the stage. Additional instruments, all unique to MASS, include the Wing Harp, Aquatar, Drumbrella and Drum Clouds.

"The giant instruments provide a landscape in which the artists perform; they are literally surrounded by the music they make and the instruments upon which they play," said Boswell.

Boswell adds that anyone and everyone may experience the instruments up close and personal in the MASS Ensemble’s interactive sculptural music gallery in and around the Weis Center Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"This special Saturday interactive display is free to the community through the generosity of Clayton and David Lightman and members of the Weis Center Green Room Board," he said, "and will allow children and adults the opportunity to spend a few minutes or three hours with the members and instruments of MASS Ensemble."

MASS Ensemble has performed at major concert halls throughout the world and has been featured at prestigious institutions ranging from the Kennedy Center and the Chicago Field Museum to Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center and Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture. For more information, see

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office by calling 570-577-1000 or online at The box office in the Weis Center also opens one hour prior to performances.

The 2006-07 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.


Posted Sept. 27, 2006


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