March 10, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a lecture and concert with the Penn State Baroque Ensemble on Sunday, March 22, in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

Both the lecture, which begins at 1:30, and the concert, which begins at 3 p.m., are free and open to the public. The ensemble's visit is funded by the Kushell Music Endowment.

The program includes works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Vivaldi, and Georg Muffat. Guest directors and soloists are Risa Browder, violin, and John Moran, cello.

Faculty and student ensemble
An ensemble of faculty and string students dedicated to the historically accurate performance of music from the Baroque period, the Penn State Baroque Ensemble is directed by Rob Nairn, a member of the historical performance faculty at the Juilliard school in New York.

The Ensemble includes violinists Nic Hodges, Emily Hale, Lillian Klotz and David Chavez; violist Di Lu; cellists Andrew Simpson and Meghan Carey; bassist Dan Zircus; and harpsichordist Amanda Maple.

Students learn Baroque performance techniques and stylistic interpretation on Baroque instruments and bows. The Ensemble also regularly invites guest directors and soloists from among the leading early music groups and performers in Europe and America to participate in an intensive period of rehearsals culminating in a concert, providing students the opportunity to experience a professional performance situation.

Recent guests include Catherine Mackintosh, Stanley Ritchie, Dan Stepner, Risa Browder, John Moran, Guy Fishman and members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the King's Consort, Florilegium, The Handel and Haydn Society, the Aulos Ensemble and Modern Musick.

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