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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Cello Octet Amsterdam with soprano Theresa Santiago will open the Weis Center Performance series on Friday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. with a premiere of American composer Terry Riley's "ArchAngels," a work inspired by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Tickets are $20.
Riley has said of "ArchAngels" — "The Queen of Dark Waters and Protection Vigil" — that "these two works were not written as a form of entertainment, but as a way to bring us together through music in an atmosphere of reflection and a common desire for peace and protection for all precious life."
The program also includes "Seite canciones populares espanolas" by Manuel de Falla; "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5" by Heitor Villa-Lobos; "Piesni sloneczne" (Songs of the Sun) by Olga Hans; "Fandango" by Cristóbal Halffter; and "Requiem" by David Popper.
Unique chamber music ensemble
Founded in 1989, Cello Octet Amsterdam is a chamber music ensemble that is unusual in the world of music because it is made up of eight celli. The Octet has inspired many great contemporary composers to write pieces for it.
Having been originally founded in Spain where the ensemble was known as "Conjuncto Ibérico," the group's repertoire also includes Spanish and South American songs.
In the last few years Cello Octet Amsterdam has performed on stage in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Germany, England, France, Italy, Poland and Croatia, among others.
New York-based American soprano Theresa Santiago has attracted international attention for her highly individual style and beautiful, seamlessly integrated lyric soprano voice. Her first solo CD featuring works by Spanish composers was recently issued on the Musical Heritage label.
She has sung recitals at London's Wigmore Hall, New York's Alice Tully Hall and Frick Collection, the Kennedy Center, Boston's Gardner Museum and on the distinguished Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Detroit Pro Musica series as well as in operas throughout the United States.
Awards include placing first in the Naumburg Competition and prizes in the D'Angelo and Puccini Foundation Competitions. Santiago holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School.
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or visiting www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.
This event is made possible in part by a generous contribution from the Schneider-Laucks family in Norman Schneider's memory. The 2009-10 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.
For more information about events in the Weis Center Series, visit www.bucknell.edu/x12457.xml
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