October 26, 2007


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The American Brass Quintet will perform in concert with jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs at Bucknell University's Weis Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m.

Pennsylvania premiere

"The evening's performance will include the Pennsylvania premiere of both movements, 'Water' and 'Fire' of Grammy Award-winning West Coast celebrity musician Billy Childs' '2 Elements'," said Bill Boswell, executive director of cultural events at Bucknell.

Childs, who will perform the work with the quintet, was commissioned the ensemble with the support of the New York State Music Fund, administered by Rockefeller Philanthropies. This substantial work for brass quintet and piano will have been premiered at venues in New York state and the Juilliard School in New York City before the Bucknell concert Nov. 10.

"Rolls Royce of brass quintets"

Called the "Rolls Royce of brass quintets" by the Baltimore Sun, the American Brass Quintet performs an extensive repertory, ranging from its own definitive editions of Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces to significant contemporary works, according to Boswell, "and the rest of this program will demonstrate the ensemble's range.

"Since 1960, the quintet has maintained an unparalleled reputation for musical subtlety and quicksilver virtuosity," said Boswell.

Tickets for the Nov. 10 Weis Center series concert are $20. Tickets 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, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

Residency

Childs and the American Brass Quintet will be on campus for a residency sponsored by the Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell University and presented jointly with the Bucknell department of music. Related events during the residency include:

Nov. 7: a Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series concert in Bucknell Hall at 8:30 p.m. with Billy Childs who is known as well for his collaborations with Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, and Chris Botti, among others. This Nov. 7 event is free; tickets are not required.

Nov. 9: the Bucknell University Symphonic Band's fall concert includes the ABQ in a program that features "Shadowcatcher," a concerto based on American Indian legends and written for the ABQ by Eric Ewazen; and Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," a video and audio presentation with narration by 1978 Bucknell graduate Harvey Edwards. This Nov. 9 event is free; tickets are not required.

The 2007-08 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.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 26, 2007

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