January 25, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Nathaniel Dett Chorale will perform Friday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

"The Chorale is Canada's first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "Its mandate is to build bridges of understanding, appreciation and acceptance between communities of people through the medium of music.

"The ensemble just sang a concert in New York City on January 20 and it was marvelous," he added. "The group sings spirituals, gospel, jazz, classical, folk, blues and anything else under the direction of founder and artistic director Brainerd Blyden-Taylor."

Named after the internationally renowned African-Canadian composer R. Nathaniel Dett, the Chorale has performed with the likes of opera diva Kathleen Battle and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and at events honoring Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Muhammad Ali.

In a related event, pianist Clipper Erickson will give a lecture-demonstration, "Nathaniel Dett's Music," Monday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. The lecture-demonstration is free to the public.
Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/.  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 Jan. 25, 2007