October 03, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Weis Center at Bucknell University will host an interactive sculptural music gallery Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with artists and instruments from MASS Ensemble (MASS is short for Music Architecture Sonic Sculpture).

The artists of the ensemble will be on hand to guide, demonstrate, explain, and answer questions about the instruments located in the Weis Center lobby and outside the building. This interactive display, which is free to the public, is suitable for children and adults, acousticians, scientists and artists.

MASS is known for its large-scale, long-string and percussive instruments, designed and created by artistic director Bill Close. The Earth Harp, "The World's Largest Stringed Instrument," places the audience inside the instrument, as the golden strings span out from the stage, according to Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. 

"Together, the long-string instruments create a unique string section, with the Earth Harp acting as the bass and cello sections and the Wing Harp performing the roles of violas and violins. Additional instruments featured, all unique to MASS, include the Drum Orb, Drum Clouds, Drumbrella, the Chime Wings and the Aquatar," he said.

Appearances at Kennedy Center and Cirque du Soleil

An internationally renowned performance group that combines the creative forces of artists, musicians, composers, and choreographers, MASS Ensemble's unique blend of sculpture, music, dance, and the visual arts has thrilled audiences all over the world. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Mellon Science Center, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, and Cirque du Soleil are just four of the more varied organizations which have awarded Bill Close and MASS Ensemble installation and performance commissions. For more information, see www.massensemble.com

MASS Ensemble also will present a concert Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center as the third event of the 2006-07 Weis Center Series. One reviewer said of a similar performance that it "Looks like Sculpture, Sounds like Zappa, Kicks like Jackie Chan." Tickets are $20 for general admission and are available from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center or Elaine Langone Center, at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice, or by calling 577-1000.
The series performance by MASS Ensemble is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Lewisburg residents Clayton and David Lightman. Through their generosity along with additional gifts from members of the Weis Center Green Room Board, Saturday’s Interactive Sculptural Music Gallery is made free to the public.

The 2006-07 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.

Posted Oct. 3, 2006


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