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Jan. 27, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — British violinist Jill O'Brien is in residence at Bucknell through Jan. 30. While at the university, she is working with Bucknell string students on various projects and coaching the string section of the Bucknell University Orchestra.

Her residency will culminate with a concert of Baroque works presented by the Bucknell String Ensemble Friday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. in Rooke Chapel. The concert is open to the public without charge.

O'Brien will appear as violin soloist on the program which includesHandel's Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6; Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor; Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; and Handel's Concerto Grosso in B Minor, Op. 6.

The Bucknell String Ensemble will be conducted by Christopher Para, director of the Bucknell University Orchestra.

Rehearsals for the program are open to the Bucknell community and are scheduled as follows in Rooke Chapel: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 8 to 10 p.m.; and Thursday, Jan. 29, 7 to 10 p.m.

O'Brien has been a principal player with many of the most important professional orchestras in Europe, including those specializing in performance practices of the 18th and 19th century.

She has performed throughout the globe with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, the French Baroque ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

O'Brien has performed under the direction of many famous conductors, most notably Pierre Boulez, Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Christopher Hogwood.

Her residency is sponsored by the department of music, the Bucknell University Orchestra, and the Kushell Music Endowment.

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