October 21, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Red Priest will perform "Nightmare in Venice — A Halloween Fantasy" on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

"Just in time for Halloween, this lively and exceptional group is presenting 'some of the most shocking music of the Baroque era' according to the group's website," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

The music includes appropriate pieces — Tartini's "Devil's Trill" sonata, Leclair's "Demon Airs" and Red Priest's own Fantasia on Corelli's "La Folia."

"This group is widely known for presenting Baroque music as the popular 'rock music' of its day. They are daring and fun and they bring this great music alive with performances that are not the usual staid, reverential affairs," adds Boswell. "This group reminds us that this music was the popular music of the 17th century, played and enjoyed by everybody."

Early music group
Founded in 1997 and assuming the nickname of the famous flame-haired priest and composer, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given hundreds of sold-out concerts around the world. It has been featured at many of the world's most prestigious festivals, including the Hong Kong Arts, l, Moscow December Nights, Schwetzingen, Prague Spring, Ravinia and Bermuda festivals and throughout most of Europe, Japan, Australia, North and Central America.

The repertoire ranges from obscure 17th-century sonatas to the most famous works of Bach and Vivaldi. Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil. To hear music samples, visit Red Priest.

In its regular line-up Red Priest comprises recorder player Piers Adams ("the reigning recorder virtuoso in the world today" — The Washington Post), violinist Julia Bishop, cellist Angela East and harpsichordist Howard Beach; for most North American tours since 2006 the group has collaborated with the Canadian baroque/Cape-Breton violinist David Greenberg in place of Julia Bishop.

Ticket information

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 p.m. Advance tickets are available by calling 570-577-1000 or visiting Box Office. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance has been made possible in part by a generous anonymous contribution. 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 Weis Center.

Contact: Division of Communications