January 23, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — I Musici de Montréal with Kleztory will present "Classic Klezmer" Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets for the performance are $20.

The program includes Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, Armenian Dances by Vardapat Komitas and Ernst Block's Three Pieces for Cello and Strings From Hassidic Life performed by I Musici de Montréal.

"In addition, the quintet Kleztory will perform a selection of traditional Klezmer music with snappy orchestral accompaniments by I Musici de Montréal," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center..

Klezmer is the music of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews, born of a Yiddish culture that is rapidly evolving in today's modern world, according to Boswell

Klezmer music is enjoying an unprecedented surge in popularity around the world, fueled by its addictive mix of soulful emotion, upbeat excitement and red-hot instrumental virtuosity.

Artistic director, conductor and cello soloist Yuli Turovsky will participate in a meet-the-artist pre-performance chat Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. This informal talk is open to the public without charge.

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

The 2005-06 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

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Story posted Jan. 23, 2006

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