November 14, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host three concerts on Nov. 18, 22 and 23. All are open to the public without charge.

Penn State Chamber Singers
The Penn State Chamber Singers will give a lecture and concert on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 and 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. The program, which includes works by Josquin, Byrd, Britten and Chatman, is sponsored by the Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell University.

Directed by Christopher Kiver, the 24 student singers will perform a variety of repertoire from all historical periods, focusing on works from the Renaissance period and the 20th and 21st centuries. The Chamber Singers, who regularly sing throughout Pennsylvania, in 2008 performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and were broadcast on WPSU public television.

Bucknell Symphonic Band
The Bucknell Symphonic Band will perform the program, "Something Old, Something New," on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

"Join us as we explore a variety of music from great composers of both the past and present," said conductor Peter Haberman. "Reminisce with J.S. Bach's beauty, Charles Ives' innovation, and Leonard Bernstein's Broadway in 'Something Old,' and discover 'Something New' with new masters Morten Lauridsen and Michael Gandolfi," he said.

Specific works include "Scherzo" by John Cheetham; Selections from "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein; "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen; "Vientos y Tangos" by Michael Gandolfi; "Come, Sweet Death" by Johann Sebastian Bach; "Variations on “America” by Charles Ives; and "Wedding Dance from Hasseneh" by Jacques Press.

Bucknell University Concert Chorale
The Bucknell University Concert Chorale will perform "Surroundings" on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Weis Center. The concert, directed by William Payn, features segments exploring several themes: peace, poetry, nature and light.

Specifics works include: a Poetic segment, sung by the women of the Concert Chorale; a Nature segment with Bob Chilcott's piece, "The Making of the Drum," with students performing body percussion and other percussion instruments such as rainsticks, claves and the tomtom; "After Rain," composed by graduate student Michael Connor who is also a student assistant conductor for the program; and Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" with a chamber orchestra of members of the Bucknell and local community including David Cover, accompanist, Patrick Long on marimba, William Kenny on horn and Linda Fountain on English horn.

Contact: Division of Communications

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