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Widener to host second of three-part free recital series Jan. 22 with renowned Philadelphia octet, Relache

On Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m., Widener University will host the second of three concerts as part of its free Widener University Recital Series. This next performance will feature Philadelphia's renowned new music octet, Relâche.

Relâche’s Jan. 22 performance takes place on the Widener University Main Campus in the Kapelski Recital Hall, located on the corner of E. 14th and Walnut streets. No tickets are necessary and seating relacheis first come, first served. Reserve your ticket.

The group’s program, Relâche, the Sublime and Ridiculous, features commissioned music from award-winning American composer Mark Hagerty and British composer Gavin Bryars. In addition, there will be a screening of the recently discovered complete version of Max Linder's 1921 silent comedy, Be My Wife. During the screening, Relâche will perform a live musical accompaniment to premiere a newly expanded score by Chris McGlumphy.

Known for their unique sound and innovative music, Relâche musicians play a variety of instruments - the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, keyboard, bass and percussion - to capture both the sublime and the ridiculous in a melding of Western classical traditions with jazz, rock, electronica, world music and more.

Following this Jan. 22 performance, the final installment in the Recital Series is a jazz performance by Widener University Artist in Residence John Vanore, along with his band, Abstract Truth, on Sunday, March, 19. The event also takes place at 3 p.m. in the Kapelski Recital Hall.

For more information on the Widener University Recital Series, contact Michaela Tauscher at 610-499-4339.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses are in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.

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