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Nov. 3, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Opera Company will present three contemporary one-act operas Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell.

The performance is open to the public without charge.

Directed by Catherine Payn, associate professor of music at Bucknell, the operas include "A Hand of Bridge" by Samuel Barber, in which two couples play bridge but think of other things; "Test Tube" by Milton Granger, set in a video dating service; and "Oedipus Tex" by P.D.Q. Bach, with the classic Greek tragedy set in America's wild west.

Established in the spring of 1989 by Payn, the Bucknell Opera Company includes auditioned undergraduate musicians whose fields of study represent many of the curricular areas of the university.

Bucknell Opera Company performances both on campus and off have gained particular acclaim for innovative productions of significant contemporary American works.

In addition, the Opera Outreach aspect of the Bucknell Opera Company takes opera into the community and local schools and draws students of various ages into performances on campus.

Students in the Bucknell Opera Company have the opportunity to interact with composers, directors, and singers in residencies, masterclasses and workshops on a regular basis.

For more information about the Bucknell Opera Company, see http://www.bucknell.edu/x1514.xml

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