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Susquehanna Life's Fall Entertainment Guide Presented by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts

Aug 17, 2017 09:55PM, Published by Melanie Heisinger, Categories: Today, Arts+Entertainment



Weis Center’s New Season Features 33 Professional Performances

The 2017-18 season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University in Lewisburg features 33 events from across the United States and around the globe and includes Americana/roots, bluegrass, zydeco, classical, jazz, blues, world music, dance, and Family Discovery performances. Ten performances are free. 

The season will kick-off on Friday, August 25 at 6 p.m. with a free outdoor concert on the Weis Center Plaza by Grammy-nominated Zydeco innovator Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band.
 
A second free outdoor concert will be offered on Thursday, September 7 at 6 p.m. on the Weis Center Plaza by Ranky Tanky, a South Carolina-based quintet that performs Sea Island Gullah music.
 
The rain location for both Plaza performances is the Weis Center Atrium Lobby.
 
Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says of the season, “We believe that art is for everyone, and we’re dedicated to creating life-changing experiences that shine light on our imaginations and our capacities for creative expression.”
 
She continues, “As always, our season is the synthesis of many cultures, styles and aesthetic points of view as we celebrate artistic expression from all over the world as well as from just down the road.”

Highlights from the new season include:
  • Americana music from Anna and Elizabeth with Bucknell Camerata, blues music from Rory Block, and bluegrass music from Tim O’Brien Band and Del McCoury.
  • Classical performances by A Far Cry Orchestra performing a new piece commissioned from five female composters, Shanghai Quartet featuring Qing Jiang on piano, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Lorelei Ensemble, and up-and-coming bassist Xavier Foley who will perform, among other works, a world premiere and Weis Center-commissioned piece by composer Daniel Temkin.
  • Eight Family Discovery performances including: Mermaid Theatre’s Guess How Much I Love You, Lightwire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Children’s piano music by Qing Jiang, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, contemporary circus/acrobatics by Gandini Juggling, Circa and Air Play.
  • World music by all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache, globalFEST on the Road: The New Golden Age of Latin Music featuring Las Cafeteras and Orkestra Mendoza, Joan Soriano from the Dominican Republic, Che Malambo from Argentina, Halau Hula Ka No’eau from Hawaii, and Silk Road Ensemble.
  • Jazz by vocalists Somi and Alicia Olatuja, as well as saxophonist Melissa Aldana.
  • Modern dance from Alonzo King LINES Ballet
  • A holiday performance, Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays, which will include sign language interpretation

Brochure Available

The Weis Center’s 28-page season brochure and ticket order form can be downloaded from the Weis Center's website.

Hardcopies are also available at the Weis Center and throughout the Bucknell University campus and Susquehanna River Valley region.

To request a hardcopy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email and one will be mailed to you at no cost.

Sponsors

The Weis Center’s 2017-18 season is supported by the following season-level sponsors: Backyard Broadcasting, Bucknell Sports Properties, Centre Daily Times, The Daily Item, iHeartRadio Williamsport, Press Enterprise, Seven Mountains Media, Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, Standard Journal/News Item, Susquehanna Life, ViaMedia and Service Electric, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, WITF, WNEP-TV, WPSU, and WVIA Public Media. The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau is the lead sponsor of the Weis Center’s eight Family Discovery performances.

Event sponsors include Bucknell University Community Engagement Fund, Bucknell University Office of the Provost, Children’s Museum of Bloomsburg, C.F. Martin & Co., Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, Doug and Mary Candland, Julianna and John Cooper, Nancy and Sam Craig, Evangelical Community Hospital, Bob and Dede Gronlund, Clayton and David Lightman, RiverWoods, News Item, Gary and Sandy Sojka, Family of Janet Weis, and the Public Library for Union County.

Grant funding for the season includes the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: ArtsCONNECT, Jazz Touring Network, Mid-Atlan­tic Tours, French-American Jazz Exchange, and Southern Exposure Performing Arts of Latin America programs, National Endowment for the Arts – Challenge America, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
 

Tickets

The majority of Weis Center tickets range in price from $20 to $35 for adults, with discounts available for subscribers (5 or more events), senior citizens, college students, groups and youth.

Subscribers have priority seating until Friday, August 18 at 10 a.m.

Beginning on Friday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m., non-subscribers may order single tickets for any Weis Center season performance online or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets will also be 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 the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. 
 

WEIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 2017–18 SEASON EVENTS


The 30th Anniversary season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University features more than 30 events from across the United States and around the globe and includes Americana/roots, bluegrass, zydeco, classical, jazz, blues, world music, dance, and Family Discovery performances. Ten performances are free. Join us!
 

ZYDECO

Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band

Friday, Aug. 25, 6 p.m.
Weis Center Plaza
Rain location: Weis Center Atrium Lobby
 
FREE — tickets not required
 
Grammy-nominated zydeco innovator Corey Ledet has a versatile sound that pleases any audience. Backed by a full band, Ledet remains true to his roots and earnestly searches for ways to include band members in his music. He keeps one foot firmly in the zydeco tradition, while exploring its surrounding influences in order to create the best of both worlds. He is able to infuse old and new styles of zydeco into his own unique sound. He finds joy in giving his listeners a true dance-music experience like an old-time house party. So, come and enjoy the music of old presented in a new way that is very tied to tradition.
 

ROOTS

Ranky Tanky

Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m.
Weis Center Plaza
Rain Location: Weis Center Atrium Lobby
 
FREE — tickets not required
 
Gullah comes from the West African language and means a people blessed by God. Ranky Tanky translates loosely as: “Work it” or “Get funky!” In this spirit, the Charleston, S.C.-based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the Sea Island region of the southeastern United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.
 

WORLD MUSIC

Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Thursday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
Latin Grammy-nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache made New York City history as its first and only all-woman mariachi group. Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi, the group started as a trio — harp, violin and vihuela. Today, Mariachi Flor De Toloache performs as a full mariachi ensemble. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. This diversity has helped define the group’s unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. The members coalesce as would a band of sisters, with a grace and vibrant beauty that casts a spell over audiences not unlike the legendary toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion.
 
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 
Adults: $20
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $16
Youth 18 and under: $10
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $10
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $10
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

AMERICANA TRADITIONS

Anna & Elizabeth with the Bucknell University Camerata

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., downtown Lewisburg
“If you've never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, take a deep breath and soak it all in.NPR Music

The growing acclaim for the collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle springs from a shared talents as historians, storytellers, visual artists, and gifted, intuitive musicians — a groundbreaking approach. Inspired by the richness and tradition of the music, Anna & Elizabeth gather songs and stories from archives and visits with elders. They bring these songs to life with sparse, atmospheric arrangements using guitar, banjo, fiddle and the uncanny blend of their voices in close harmony. They accompany their songs with stories—of the lyrics, of the singer, of the quest to learn the song — and they illustrate them in mesmerizing fashion. The two revive the old scrolling picture show, or “crankies,” that illustrate the old songs they sing. They create these intricate picture scrolls in tandem with papercuts, shadow puppets, prints and embroidered fabric.
 
General Admission:
Adults: $20
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $16
Youth 18 and under: $10
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $10
Bucknell students (limit 2): FREE
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $10
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 
 

MODERN DANCE

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

 

Thursday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet leaps to uncharted heights with bold new dance innovations that break the mold of what ballet can be. LINES Ballet thrives on collaboration, pairing music from all over the globe with King’s extraordinary dancers who have earned a fiercely devoted following. King’s choreography dazzles audiences by digging into the mysteries of movement and bringing honesty and urgent spirituality to the stage.
 
While at the Weis Center they will perform Art Songs and Biophony.
 
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 
General Admission:
Adults: $30
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $24
Youth 18 and under: $20
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $20
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $20
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

Martin Guitar Gathering: A Celebration of the Legacy of C.F. Martin Guitars in American Roots Music

BLUES

Rory Block

6 p.m.
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
FREE — tickets not required
 
Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”
 

AMERICANA TRADITIONS

Del McCoury Band
Opener: Bill and the Belles

Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
What began as a project to explore the space created between hillbilly and urban, between vaudeville and down home, has arrived somewhere entirely new. Bill and the Belles offers a contemporary reimagining of a bygone era, a vocal-centric performance that breathes new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old-time music, Bill and the Belles continue to further the music traditions of their region. From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a Bill and the Belles show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented.
 
The Del McCoury Band is the most awarded bluegrass band of all time. Their most recent release Streets of Baltimore​ took home the 2013 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, adding to their already impressive 2006 Grammy win for The​ Company We Keep ​and over of thirty International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, including Entertainer Of The ​Year nine times. The Del McCoury Band continues to cross genres and in 2016 will release a full-length CD of previously unrecorded, unreleased lyrics written by Woody Guthrie​ and personally given to Del to compose music for and perform. Del will of course continue to perform the tunes that fans love and enjoy like “Beauty of My Dreams,” “My Love Will Not Change,” “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” “Can’t You Hear Me Callin,” and “High on a Mountain.”
 
General Admission:
Adults: $28
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $22
Youth 18 and under: $18
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $18
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $18
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000

FAMILY DISCOVERY — THEATER

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook

Saturday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.
Weis Center

Suggested for ages 3–7
Run time: 60 minutes; no intermission

Come early for FREE kids’ activities from the Public Library for Union County in the Atrium Lobby from 12–1 p.m.

Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues in the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s adaptation of Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram. In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass and opens his book. Within moments, the story he’s reading is alive in fascinating detail. From illustrator Anita Jeram comes this endearing celebration of the joy of reading.

General Admission:
Adults: $20
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $16
Youth 18 and under: $10
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $10
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $10
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

BLUEGRASS/AMERICANA

Tim O’Brien Band

Saturday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on television, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally in the 1980s with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song, Walk The Way The Wind Blows in 1986, and soon more artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has released 15 solo CDs, as well as collaborations with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell. He’s performed or recorded with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin, and produced records for Yonder Mountain Stringband, David Bromberg, and Canada’s Old Man Luedecke. 

His newest release, Where the River Meets the Road, features songs from his native West Virginia.  Bluegrass and Americana covers from songwriters Hazel Dickens, Billy Edd Wheeler, and Bill Withers sit alongside heartfelt autobiographical originals.
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 
General Admission:
Adults: $25
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $20
Youth 18 and under: $15
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $15
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000

 
JAZZ/WORLD MUSIC VOCALIST

Somi

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
FREE — tickets not required

Petite Afrique, the new album from superb jazz chanteuse Somi, is a song cycle inspired by the vibrant African immigrant community that has become a vital part of Harlem’s culture and New York City as a whole. The historic uptown neighborhood fondly boasts of West 116th Street as Little Africa, where passersby can find any number of African immigrant shops selling a vast array of products and food. With Petite Afrique, Somi ensures that the stories and struggles of New York City’s largest African community do not disappear without having ever been told. Blending modern jazz, African music and the singer–songwriter tradition, Petite Afrique is an amalgamation of the musical and cultural worlds that resonate with Somi as an African, American woman and a proud Harlemite. Born in Illinois, the daughter of immigrants from Uganda and Rwanda, Somi is a TED Global Fellow and also the founder of the New Africa Live nonprofit that champions African artists. For the last decade, Somi has carved out a career as a singer and activist.

FAMILY DISCOVERY — BALLET/JUGGLING/CONTEMPORARY CIRQUE

Gandini Juggling: 4 x 4 Ephemeral Architectures

Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center

Suggested for ages 8 and older
Run time: 65 minutes; no intermission

Formed by world-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Gandini Juggling is at the vanguard of contemporary circus, reinventing and reinvigorating juggling for the 21st century. In 4 x 4 Ephemeral Architectures, four jugglers and four ballet dancers share a stage for the first time, tracing pathways in space. These formalized systems are ephemeral journeys through time and space, leaving an unseen trace, describing an imaginary architecture. The show 4 x 4 Ephemeral Architectures is a celebration of the intersection of these paths.
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 
General Admission:
Adults: $25
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $20
Youth 18 and under: $15
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $15
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL

A Far Cry Orchestra: The Blue Hour

 

Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
The Blue Hour was co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts, Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa and Florida State University’s Opening Night Series.
 
The Blue Hour, co-commissioned by Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry, features Grammy-winning singer Luciana Souza in a song-cycle written by five leading female composers — Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The text that serves as the libretto is by 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize winner Carolyn Forché. The excerpted poem, “On Earth,” is from Forché’s 2003 collection Blue Hour. The remarkable poem takes the form of an abecedarium, with a listing of thousands of images in alphabetical order, like a flurry of memories from a life coming to its end. Mirroring A Far Cry’s democratic creative process, the composers worked together to develop the text adaptation from Forche’s poem for this musical setting, maintaining the abecedary form. While each composer created individual songs, they also worked together on instrumental transitions, refrains and musical themes to create a continuous, integrated work.
 
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 

General Admission:
Adults: $30
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $24
Youth 18 and under: $20
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $20
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $20
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000

CLASSICAL

Shanghai Quartet with Qing Jiang, piano

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.
Weis Center

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of the Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works.

While at the Weis Center, they will perform Mendelssohn’s Quartet Op. 12, Penderecki’s Quartet No. 3 (commissioned by the Shanghai Quartet), and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34.
 
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 

General Admission:
Adults: $25
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $20
Youth 18 and under: $15
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $15
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

HOLIDAY CONCERT

Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays

Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
Grammy-nominated and globally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock continues to cultivate, evolve and add memorable moments to their indelible legacy as activists and artists. The members have stayed true to their mission to educate, entertain and empower audiences and communities through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation. Their recent release — principally comprised of original songs—#LoveInEvolution, integrates many of the complex sounds of African American musical genres such as blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip-hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation, all of which have contributed to Sweet Honey’s core and patented style. The group’s members continue to stretch their artistic boundaries as live performers to produce a sound filled with soulful four-part harmonies and intricate rhythms, which is accompanied by hand percussion instruments and basses, both acoustic upright and electric. Sign language interpreted.
 

General Admission:
Adults: $30
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $24
Youth 18 and under: $20
Bucknell Employees and Retirees (limit 2): $20
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $20
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

FAMILY DISCOVERY — THEATER

Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
Weis Center
 
Come early for FREE kids’ activities from the Children’s Museum of Bloomsburg in the Atrium Lobby from 1–2 p.m.
 
Suggested for all ages
Run time: 60 minutes; no intermission
 
This captivating and magical tale of adventure, friendship and love, centers on a young bird named Max — a familiar character to Lightwire Theater audiences — who brings a whole new meaning to coming “home for the holidays.” Audiences of all ages will treasure this tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits from Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. In this wonderful story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as Max and his family head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King.
 

General Admission:
Adults: $20
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $16
Youth 18 and under: $10
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $10
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $10
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000

 
FAMILY DISCOVERY – KID HIP-HOP

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Weis Center
FREE — tickets not required
 
Suggested for all ages
Run time: 60 minutes; no intermission

More Fraggles than Wiggles, more Soul Train than Thomas the Train, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is equal parts Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dre. This Grammy-winning artist combines the excitement of hip-hop with the magical world of childhood. With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, he has earned a loyal national following. His latest album, Infinity Plus One, took home the Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album of the Year. In his heartfelt acceptance speech, he dedicated the award to his daughter, who’s been rapping at his side since she was 5 years old. Infinity Plus One takes kids into outer space with “Glimmer,” about a moth who flies to the moon, and “Tastes Like Space,” an exploration of the intergalactic destiny of Carl Sagan’s famous Voyager Gold Record. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo received a Grammy nomination in 2015 for The Perfect Quirk, a classic hip-hop album spiced with Motown, reggae, club thump, blues and the occasional pirate shanty. The music will satisfy both a 3-year-old and a 13-year-old, and still get the thumbs-up from a 30-year-old rap aficionado. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo brings together families and hip-hop without compromising either one.

CINEMATIC SHADOW PLAY/CONTEMPORARY PUPPETRY

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic


Saturday, Jan. 20, 2 p.m.
Weis Center

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist. The play is an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) who triumph at the end, against all odds. Rahmanian’s graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, will be rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which will come to life in a “live animation” shadow-casting technique perfected by shadow master Larry Reed on a cinema-sized screen. Feathers of Fire had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016.

Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 

General Admission:
Adults: $20
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $16
Youth 18 and under: $10
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $10
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $10
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000

FAMILY DISCOVERY — PIANO MUSIC

Children’s Corner

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
 
FREE — tickets not required
 
Suggested for ages 3 and older
Run time: 60 minutes; no intermission
 
Stay afterwards for FREE kids’ activities from the Public Library of Union County in the Atrium Lobby from 3-4 p.m.
 
The concert will feature piano music, storytelling, acting, and visual arts, in collaboration with Bucknell faculty. The performance will include Robert Schumann’s “Kinderszenen” (“Scenes from Childhood”); Claude Debussy’s “Children’s Corner” and Maurice Ravel’s “Ma mère l'Oye” (“Mother Goose”).
 
 

JAZZ VOCALIST

Alicia Olatuja Quintet

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
FREE — tickets not required
 
Praised by The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage,” Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013 while performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz-based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless.
 

 
WORLD MUSIC

globalFEST On the Road: The New Golden Age of Latin Music

Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center

The New Golden Age of Latin Music is being created right here in the United States. Orkesta Mendoza and Las Cafeteras are two of today’s most exciting bands, forging inspired new paths for the fabled Latin sound.

The infectious indie mambo band Orkesta Mendoza mixes a multitude of Latin styles like cumbia, merengue and ranchera through a psychedelic mambo and post-punk prism, creating a truly one-of-a-kind sound. Bandleader, keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Mendoza leads the powerhouse band that is fronted by the rich baritone of vocalist and dancer Salvador Duran, and framed by guitar, keyboard, percussion, drums and brass.

Alternative Chicano band Las Cafeteras recreates traditional Afro-Caribbean Son Jarocho music in a wildly vibrant style. The group’s rousing socially conscious messages, in English and Spanglish, tell stories of a community that is looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of East LA. The band is accompanied by jarana and requinto guitars, a donkey jawbone and a tarima, a wooden dance platform.

Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 

General Admission:
Adults: $25
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $20
Youth 18 and under: $15
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $15
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

CLASSICAL

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

Friday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) was founded in 1912 and is one of Sweden’s oldest orchestras. Its principal conductors have included Sten Frykberg, John Frandsen, Okko Kamu and Andrew Manze, with whom it has recorded symphonies by Beethoven and Brahms. The HSO with its music director Stefan Solyum is undoubtedly one of the key international leaders and is much sought-after for both concert tours and recording projects.
 
While at the Weis Center, the orchestra will perform Jean Sibelius’s “Valse Triste,” Op. 44, No. 1; Sir Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major.
 
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 

General Admission:
Adults: $35
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $28
Youth 18 and under: $25
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $25
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $25
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

WORLD MUSIC

Joan Soriano

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., downtown Lewisburg

Born in the countryside near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel-string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. He is the star of Adam Taub’s The Duke of Bachata; was featured in Alex Wolfe’s critically acclaimed documentary, Santo Domingo Blues, and is on The Rough Guide to Bachata compilation. Bachata is essential to Dominican culture and draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A practitioner of palo and gaga, Soriano blends Afro-Dominican sacred traditions with bachata, imparting his music with down-to-earth spirit and dance-ability, while preserving bachata’s roots and expanding on them.

General Admission:
Adults: $20
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $16
Youth 18 and under: $10
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $10
Bucknell students (limit 2): FREE!
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $10
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

 
FAMILY DISCOVERY — THEATER

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.
Weis Center

Suggested for ages 4 and older
Run time: 60 minutes; no intermission

Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out. With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book is the perfect family treat.
Come early for FREE kids’ activities from the Children’s Museum of Bloomsburg in the Atrium Lobby from 6–7 p.m.

Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 
General Admission:
Adults: $20
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $16
Youth 18 and under: $10
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $10
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $10
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL

Lorelei Ensemble

Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center

Heralded for its “warm, lithe and beautifully blended” sound by The New York Times “impeccable musicality” by The Boston Globe and unfailing display of the “elegance, power, grace and beauty of the human voice” by Boston Music Intelligencer, the Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming in its hometown of Boston and beyond. A rich and diverse vocal palate defines the consistent delivery of this vocal ensemble of nine women whose musical expertise ranges from early to contemporary with independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe. Committed to the expansion of the repertoire for women’s voices, Lorelei has commissioned and premiered more than 50 works since its founding in 2007, and continues to expose and reinvent early works of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque repertoires.

While at the Weis Center, they will perform a program called WITNESS which includes:
  • James Kallembach, “Antigone: The Writings of Sophie Scholl and The White Rose Movement
  • Abbie Betinis, “From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez”
  • Joshua Shank, “Saro”
  • Mary Montgomery Koppel, “Mother of Exiles”
  • Adam Jacob Simon, “Joys Above His Power”
  • Moira Smiley, “Utopia”
  • Shawn Kirchner, “Rose/Riddle/Rainbow”
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 
General Admission:
Adults: $20
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $16
Youth 18 and under: $10
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $10
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $10
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

FAMILY DISCOVERY — CIRQUE

Circa: ‘S

 

Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
Suggested for ages 8 and older
Run time: 70 minutes; no intermission

Since 2004, Circa has been at the frontier of a new vision of circus arts by creating powerful works that challenge, thrill and delight. Featuring an ensemble of multi-skilled artists under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s award-winning works have been seen in 34 countries across six continents. A powerfully emotive work, “S” celebrates Circa’s essential manyness — a physical ode to plurality that extends the possibilities of human strength and flexibility through the daring interplay of complex acrobatics. The ensemble will fill the stage with a beautiful mélange of bodies performed to intoxicating music from Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen and the Kronos Quartet.

Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 

General Admission:
Adults: $28
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $22
Youth 18 and under: $18
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $18
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $18
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

WORLD MUSIC AND DANCE

Che Malambo

Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
Che Malambo, an Argentine-based company, excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, the all-male group’s work celebrates gaucho, the unique South American cowboy tradition. This powerhouse of 14 gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas. Che Malambo brings fiery malambo traditions to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family. Danced solely by men, malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength and dexterity. Zapateo, the fast-paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in their native Argentina.
 
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 

General Admission:
Adults: $25
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $20
Youth 18 and under: $15
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $15
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000

CLASSICAL

National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
Featured soloist: Gold medal winner, 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
 
Since its inception in 1960, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary. International tours have taken the orchestra to the United States, Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina.
 
While at the Weis Center, they will perform Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malaguena”; Manuel De Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2; Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor; Carlos Farinas’s “Punto y Tonadas”; Amadeo Roldan’s “Tres Pequeños Poemas,” and Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero.”
 
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 

General Admission:
Adults: $35
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $28
Youth 18 and under: $25
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $25
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $25
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

FAMILY DISCOVERY — CIRQUE

Air Play

Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
Suggested for ages 8 and older
Run time: 60 minutes; no intermission
 
Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters the siblings’ future.
 
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 

General Admission:
Adults: $25
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $20
Youth 18 and under: $15
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $15
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 
 

WORLD MUSIC AND DANCE

Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau

Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau is dedicated to preserving and performing traditional hula, whose style descends from the island of O‘ahu’s renowned Ma’iki Aiu Lake. The Hālau also explores its roots in kahiko (ancient) hula as well as more light-hearted ‘auana (modern) hula. The ensemble takes the folklore of the Hawaiian Islands and through traditional hula, styling, music and chant, presents emotionally stirring performances that feature the traditional styles of “hula genealogy” and new choreographies. The company has won top honors at hula and chant competitions throughout Hawai‘i. Michael Pili Pang, kumu hula (hula master) and artistic director, has said the reason the company tours is to share Hawai’i’s “true culture. We’re trying to bring as much of Hawai‘i to the mainland as possible and not make it so commercialized. Because hula is tradition for us.”
 
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 

General Admission:
Adults: $25
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $20
Youth 18 and under: $15
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $15
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

JAZZ

Melissa Aldana

Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
FREE — tickets not required

Acclaimed tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana follows up her 2014 Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio album with the explorative and deeply swinging Back Home. Pablo Menares, Aldana’s fellow native of Santiago, Chile, is again on bass. On drums is Jochen Rueckert, bringing a supple and unpredictable rhythmic élan to the session. These three musicians turn on a dime and project an uncommonly full orchestral sound, rich in spiritual intensity, all in the absence of a harmony instrument. The album’s title Back Home might seem to evoke Chile, which Aldana left in 2007. In fact, Aldana reveals, Back Home “is not really related to Chile itself. It’s related to the first time I picked up the tenor [sax] and I heard Sonny Rollins.” The closing title track carries strong echoes of Rollins’ playful spirit, and reveals much about Aldana’s evolution from a 6-year-old alto saxophone player to “a bold new talent,” according to NPR, and one of the most compelling and prodigious tenor saxophonists of her time.

WORLD MUSIC

Silk Road Ensemble

 

Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center
 
Since 2000, the Silk Road Ensemble has been redefining classical music for 21st-century audiences. The group has been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal; “one of the 21st century’s great ensembles” by the Vancouver Sun, and a “roving musical laboratory without walls” by The Boston Globe. Silk Road Ensemble’s performers and composers hail from more than 20 countries. Passionate about learning from one another’s traditions, these rooted explorers perform on instruments ranging from world percussion to Western strings, as well as the Chinese pipa (lute) and sheng (mouth organ), the Japanese shakuhachi (bamboo flute), the Galician gaita (bagpipe), and Indian tabla (paired drums), among others. In engaging, high-energy performances, the Silk Road Ensemble draws on a rich tapestry of traditions that make up our shared cultural heritage, creating a new musical language—an accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar that reflects our many-layered contemporary identities.
 
Main auditorium ONLY; balcony closed
 
General Admission:
Adults: $30
Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $24
Youth 18 and under: $20
Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $20
Bucknell students (limit 2): $10
Non-Bucknell college students (limit 2): $20
 
www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice
570-577-1000
 

WORLD MUSIC/JAZZ

Suite for Abu Sadiya

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
 
FREE — tickets not required

Yacine Boulares, Saxophone and Bass Clarinet
Nasheet Waits, Drums
Vincent Segal, Cello and Percussions

In 2014, Brooklyn-based French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares met French cellist Vincent Segal on the recording of Placido Domingo’s intimate album Encanto del Mar and they decided to begin a new trio project. They chose to work with American drummer Nasheet Waits, on reimagining the forgotten stambeli repertoire. Stambeli is a healing trance music created by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia. Boulares and Segal’s original compositions form a series of variations on the legend of the hunter Abu Sadiya. In his wandering search for his enslaved daughter, Abu Sadiya danced and sang his sorrow in the streets of Tunis, thus becoming the first musician of Stambeli and personifying the memory of sub-Saharan slaves in Tunisia.

CLASSICAL

Xavier Foley

Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m.
Weis Center Atrium Lobby
FREE — tickets not required

This performance includes a world premiere work and Weis Center commission by composer Daniel Temkin.

Double bassist Xavier Foley has captivated audiences “with superbly executed performances … playing fluidly and passionately,” according to Splash Magazine. As a winner of the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, he will make his debut as only the second double bassist in YCA’s history at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, supported by The Sander Buchman Prize, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Foley captured first prize at the 2014 Sphinx Competition and at the International Society of Bassists Competition in 2011. He was the winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions. At the YCA’s auditions, he won four special performance awards, including the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, the Harriman-Jewell Series Prize, the Paramount Theatre Prize and the Tri-I Noon Recitals Prize.

While at the Weis Center, Foley will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, in G major, BWV 1007; Foley’s “The Falling Seagull and Irish Fantasy”; Johannes Matthias Sperger’s Sonata in B minor; Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A major, and Daniel Temkin’s unnamed (as of press time) commissioned work.



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