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Norwegian a cappella ensemble sings at Weis Center Feb. 15

Feb 03, 2015 10:17AM ● Published by Erica Shames

Nordic Voices, a six-voice a cappella ensemble, will perform in concert Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA.

Acclaimed for the depth of its programming and extraordinary vocal skills and acknowledged as a leader of the a cappella art form, Nordic Voices performs a repertoire ranging from the medieval to the contemporary.

Formed in 1996, they can produce a wide range of techniques, from ordinary classical sounds to Mongolian overtone singing. Based in Oslo, Norway, the members of Nordic Voices were educated at the State Academy of Music in Oslo and the National Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo, where they specialized in opera, composition, church music and pedagogy.

The Washington Post says, "Such mesmerizing talent is rare … Whatever language, it was the group's astonishing range of sonic vocabulary ... that thrilled the senses and sent an emotional message no listener could miss."

The group includes Tone Elisabeth Braaten, soprano, Ingrid Hanken, soprano, Ebba Rydh, mezzo soprano, Per Kristian Amundrød, tenor, Frank Havrøy, baritone, and Trond Olav Reinholdtsen, bass.

Nordic Voices enjoy mixing their programs to the point of what many would consider extremes. Lassus rubs shoulders with Ligeti and Norwegian contemporary composer Henrik Hellstenius, and Dufay with Huber and Nystedt. Their program concepts revolve around themes, for example historical figures or textual links, bringing the music to life in sometimes unexpected ways.

In addition to regular concerts in Oslo and around Norway, recent concert tours have included visits to Taiwan, Stockholm, cities in Germany and regular tours of the United States.

Nordic Voices is supported by the Arts Council Norway and the State Department of Culture.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for non-Bucknell students and $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

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