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Gypsy jazz vocalist comes to Campus Theatre

Jan 23, 2017 12:21PM ● Published by Erica Shames

Gypsy jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée will perform on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m., at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg, as part of the Weis Center’s annual series.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by David and Clayton Lightman and family.

This tour engagement of Cyrille Aimée is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its Mid Atlantic Tours program with support from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Vocalist Cyrille Aimée is a winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival's International Vocal Competition, the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition and the 2015 DownBeat Critic's Poll ("Rising Star-Female Vocalist").

Aimée was raised primarily in France by her French father and Dominican mother. Aimée fell in love with gypsy music and way of life; years later she would sing on street corners with friends, busking across the Continent. While in the midst of one such odyssey, she found herself at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won first prize, which included the financing of her first album.

Aimée was a finalist in Star Academy (the French American Idol). Informed she would have to sing only what she was told, her gypsy spirit rebelled, and in what was a cause célèbre she walked from the competition. She now happily tours the world with her band as well as in a duo setting with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo.

Aimée's talents recently caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encores Special Presentation at New York City's City Center.

General admission tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62+, $5 for youth 18 and under, $5 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $5 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 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 4 p.m.).

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

The next performance in the Weis Center’s 2016-17 Season is a theatre/puppetry performance by Chilean company, Silencio Blanco, as part of the Coal Collections Series on Friday, February 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Weis Center. "Chiflón, el silencio del carbón" or "Chiflón, the silence of coal," is the company's third work and explores the story of a young miner forced to find work in one of the most dangerous mines in Chile after the mine where he worked collapses.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

 

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