Nov. 5, 7: Barker's work to be performed by Orchestra 2001
Jennifer Margaret Barker
Noel Archambeault


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1:37 p.m., Oct. 28, 2010----Jennifer Margaret Barker, professor in the Department of Music at the University of Delaware, will have her composition Naibh Beags (Nyvaigs) performed by Philadelphia's long-standing new music ensemble, Orchestra 2001, on Friday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 7.

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Noel Archambeault, adjunct assistant professor of voice, also in the Department of Music, will be the soprano in the performance of Barker's work.

The performances will take place in Trinity Center, Philadelphia, at 8 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 5, and in Lang Hall at Swarthmore College at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Naibh Beags (Nyvaigs) is Scottish Gaelic for “Little Ships.”

The work was inspired by the Scottish invention of a little ship with a small rudder (naibh beags), which from 1156 out-maneuvered the large Viking drakaars, thereby triggering the slow erosion of the Vikings after a 300-year history of regular raids around the coast of Scotland.

The erosion of the Vikings culminated in the 1263 Battle of Largs on the west coast of Scotland.