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Music of the 1920s and '30s at the Weis Center

Oct 27, 2014 12:10PM ● Published by Erica Shames

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay and Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet will perform songs from the 1920s and 1930s on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

Together, they will present a kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s and 1930s as well as their own original music.

Some of these pieces transcend time and genre: well-known standards such as Street of Dreams, The Very Thought Of You, I Cover the Waterfront and These Foolish Things, to the more offbeat, such as Marlene Dietrich's sultry version of Black Market, and Alabama Song, the German Cabaret tune revisited in modern times by the Doors.

Also included is a touch of Doris Day, whose music was so evocatively revisited by McKay on her recent recording Normal as Blueberry Pie, with music of 1920s Berlin as well as jazz standards made famous by Billie Holiday.

The multi-award winning Turtle Island Quartet has released numerous recordings and toured internationally for more than a quarter of a century. Recent projects include programs dedicated to two pioneers of the American musical landscape: John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix. The ensemble has collaborated with some of the most sought-after artists of our day including Paquito d’Rivera, The Assad Duo, Cyrus Chestnut, and Leo Kottke.

Nellie McKay has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the film PS I Love You, as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It and contributing to the New York Times Book Review.

Her music has been heard on Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Privileged and Nurse Jackie and she has appeared on numerous TV shows including Late Show with David Letterman (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic), The View, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Live with Regis & Kelly and CBS Saturday Morning.

In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of her third album, Obligatory Villagers, while McKay recently finished contributing to the soundtrack for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Home Sweet Mobile Home is her latest album of all-original material and features the musical wanderlust, lyrical playfulness and unique point of view that has characterized her music since her breakthrough debut Get Away From Me.

Tickets

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

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

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center’s 2014-15 Series is a kid-friendly performance, The Intergalactic Nemesis, on Nov. 13, with a matinee at 10 a.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Telling an all-ages adventure story set in the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis mashes up comic-book and radio-play formats into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, the Live-Action Graphic Novel.

Three actors voice the dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color hi-res comic book panels tell a hilarious sci-fi adventure story visually from an enormous movie screen.

The 10 a.m. matinee is a 60-minute performance without an intermission. Tickets for the matinee are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $5 for youth 18 and under, $5 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $5 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $5 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Group discounts are available.

The 7:30 p.m. performance is 120-minutes with an intermission. Tickets for the evening performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or facebook.com/WeisCenter

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