February 01, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — World renowned chamber orchestra The English Concert will perform on Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. There will be a pre-performance talk with artistic director Harry Bicket at 7:20 p.m. in the Weis Center Lobby.

The event is sponsored, in part, by Jane and Loren Amacher. This concert is offered in memory of Ronald J. "Pete" Pedrick and is made possible in part by the endowment established in his name.

The program will include Bach's "Violin Concerto in A minor," Telemann's "Concerto for Viola in G Major," and three "Water Music Suites" by Handel — No 1 in F Major, No 2 in D Major and No. 3 in G Major.

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says, "The English Concert is among the finest chamber orchestras in the world, with an unsurpassed reputation for inspiring performances of Baroque and Classical music in the concert hall and on their numerous recordings. Now almost 40 years old, the orchestra continues to perform with unique passion, sophistication, and technical mastery. Central Pennsylvania audiences will certainly be thrilled to hear this wonderful music masterly performed on instruments appropriate to the time period."

Based in London, the orchestra presents an annual season there, in addition to extensive touring. In 2007, Harry Bicket became the orchestra's artistic director, following in the steps of Andrew Manze and their founder, Trevor Pinnock.

The English Concert's many recordings include many prize-winners, most recently "As steals the Morn," a CD of Handel arias with tenor Mark Padmore that received a 2008 BBC Music Magazine Award. Recent releases include acclaimed recital discs with Ian Bostridge and Elizabeth Watts, whose recording of Bach Cantatas with Harry Bicket was chosen as 'CD of the Month' by Gramophone Magazine.

Recent and future solo collaborators with the orchestra include singers David Daniels, Ian Bostridge and Alice Coote, and instrumentalists Fabio Biondi, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Maurice Steger.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+ and $10 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice, in person at any Box Office location, or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

The next event in the Weis Center's series is Nrityagram Dance Ensemble on March 1 at 8 p.m. The Indian dance ensemble incorporates mythology and the epics, Sanskrit, yoga, meditation and the martial arts. With exceptional synchronicity, compelling physicality and emotional honesty, the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble has earned national and international acclaim for its ability to redefine both dance and theatre, to create and communicate with powerful imagery and captivating dance. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.facebook.com/WeisCenter or www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

Contact: Division of Communications