WPSU-FM presents holiday concert with Helicon trio

December 13, 2004

Penn State Public Broadcasting, WPSU-FM presents "A Winter Solstice With Helicon," a collection of tradition holiday tunes performed by the Helicon trio. Recorded live from Krushaur Auditorium on the campus of Baltimore's Goucher College, the performance features holiday music from several religions and cultures including traditional Jewish, French, Kenyan, Irish, Israeli, Haitian and rural American folk songs. "A Winter Solstice with Helicon" will be distributed through the Public Radio Exchange at http://www.prx.org and will be available to all member stations. "A Winter Solstice With Helicon" premieres on WPSU-FM at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, with rebroadcasts at 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25.

"This is a program that we are particularly excited about," said Greg Petersen, WPSU-FM programming director. "The members of Helicon have been recognized as being some of the most accomplished musicians in the world. It is an honor to present a show with musicians of this caliber."

Helicon is an instrumental ensemble whose mission has focused on the cultivation and interpretation of traditional folk music from around the world. Combining the diverse musical backgrounds of Chris Norman (wooden flutes, penny whistle), Ken Kolodner (hammer dulcimer, fiddle) and Robin Bullock (guitar, citern, fiddle), the group takes its name from Mount Helicon in Greek mythology. Mount Helicon was the home of nine muses who each inspired a different discipline in the arts.

The Baltimore-based ensemble has been at the forefront of contemporary groups that are expanding the boundaries of traditional folk music. Their high-energy performances feature a varied repertoire ranging from music of South America and Eastern Europe to Celtic and Appalachian fiddle tunes to music of the Far East.

In addition to several nationally broadcast concerts over National Public Radio and the CBC, Helicon has toured extensively, appearing in a wide variety of venues in nearly every state in the United States, as well as concerts in Canada and Germany. Helicon joined forces with composer/arranger Brian Packham to present a concert program for Helicon and the Nova Scotia Symphony. The group also has published a book of traditional world music in conjunction with publisher Mel Bay.

Presented by Penn State Public Broadcasting, WPSU-FM, with distribution by the Public Radio Exchange, "A Winter Solstice With Helicon" was produced by Kristine Allen and Steve Shipman. WPSU-FM can be heard at 91.5 in State College and Central Pennsylvania; at 106.7 in Altoona; 100.9 in Bradford; 104.7 in Clearfield; 92.1 in DuBois; 92.3 in Huntington; 90.1 in Northern Pennsylvania; and at 95.1 in Treasure Lake or online at http://www.wpsu.org/

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