Aug. 27, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa — Musicians, actors and dancers from around the world will be performing this year at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

"Many performances include meet-the-artist opportunities — in the form of preperformance talks and lecture-demonstrations. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these events," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

The season opens with a concert with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem Friday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. Called `the Greta Garbo of folk music' by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Rani Arbo plays fiddle and sings blues, vintage swing, earthy country, Appalachian fiddle tunes, original songs and more. Tickets are $15.

The Aquila Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. "With a superb cast and remarkable original music, Aquila's brand of innovative design and dynamic physicality puts a delightful spin on this charming tale of identical twins and mistaken identity," said Boswell. Tickets are $20.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m., New York City Ballet star Peter Boal will perform a program of three Solos he commissioned for himself and first performed in New York over a year ago. One work is performed with piano music played live by Bucknell professor Lois Svard. The recipient of Dance Magazine's 1996 Artistic Achievement Award, Boal also has been a guest artist with the Ballet du Nord and Suzanne Farrell ballet companies, and New York's Metropolitan Opera. Tickets are $20.

The concert by "Time for Three" — Zachary DePue, violin, Nicholas Kendall, violin, and Ranaan Meyer, doublebass — will be presented Friday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Kendall, who won the 2002 Pennsylvania Prize with the Janet Weis Award of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, returns to the Weis Center with two friends for this special performance. "They perform a wide variety of music and styles, Classical, of course, but also jazz and gypsy and folk and fiddle. If we're lucky, they do a bang-up job on the familiar `Ashokan Farewell', beloved from the Ken Burns' Civil War series on PBS," said Boswell.

In addition, the trio will present a special concert for families, "Time for Kids with Time for Three," Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. in the Weis Center. This show is free to the community through the generosity of Clayton and David Lightman and members of the Weis Center Green Room Board.

The Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg will present an evening of classical and contemporary music featuring the internationally renowned percussion soloist Evelyn Glennie Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. Glennie has performed with all the world's finest orchestras and greatest conductors. Her first CD, a recording of "Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion," won a Grammy in 1988. Tickets are $25.

Pianist Christopher O'Riley will perform Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. O'Riley returns to the Weis Center after nearly a decade, this time for a recital that includes his own transcriptions of songs by the British band Radiohead along with some piano classics. Tickets are $20. The public can meet O'Riley in a free meet-the-artist preperformance talk Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

"A Solstice Journey" with the Paul Winter Consort and the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. "The renowned instrumentalists of Pennsylvania-native Paul Winter's ensemble and the singing, dancing Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble interweave original and new music in a joyful and profound celebration of the Solstice season," said Boswell. Tickets are $25. A free meet-the-artist talk with Paul Winter and friends will be held Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building.

"The Paper Bag Players" returns for what is now an annual winter holiday show for families Saturday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. This show, with its trademark handmade scenery and costumes, is free to the public through the generosity of Janet Weis. No tickets are required.

DanceBrazil will perform Saturday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. Accompanied by percussive live music, the dancers and capoeiristas (a Brazilian art form that combines martial arts with acrobatics, music and dance) execute acts of super-human physical prowess within electrifying choreography that is full of fire and passion. Tickets are $20. A free meet-the-artist preperformance talk with troupe members will be held Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

The Princely Players perform "On the Road to Glory" Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. Heard on NPR and the BBC, the octet has recorded spirituals, work chants and songs of freedom for the Smithsonian and Time-Life's Civil War recordings. This semi-staged concert features the distinctive and beautiful music of African Americans from the time of slavery through the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Tickets are $20. A free meet-the-artist lecture-demonstration with members of the Princely Players will be held Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

The tours of DanceBrazil and the Princely Players are made possible in part by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

The Eos Orchestra will present "The Bernstein/Sondheim Project" Saturday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. "This unusual and all-American concert features instrumental works from Stephen Sondheim's college thesis to Leonard Bernstein's jazz apotheosis, all performed by one of the best and most adventurous new orchestras on the New York music scene," said Boswell. Tickets are $20. A free meet-the-artist preperformance conversation with Jonathan Sheffer will be held Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

Deutsche Philharmonie will perform Friday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. The orchestra's first ever North American tour features the celebrated Italian pianist Fabio Bidini as soloist and the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Tickets are $20.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra with violin soloist Gil Shaham will perform works by Richard Strauss and Antonin Dvorak, as well as the premiere of a contemporary Chinese violin concerto, on Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m. This is the orchestra's first tour of the United States. Shaham is known throughout the world as one of today's most virtuosic and engaging violinists. Tickets are $25.

The American Virtuosi Baroque Opera Theater will present Handel's "Rodelinda, Regina De'Longobardi" Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m. The production is costumed and staged with the period-instrument orchestra onstage. It will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets are $20. A free meet-the-artist lecture-demonstration with harpsichordist and conductor Kenneth Hamrick will be held Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

Imani Winds will perform music by DeFalla, Schifrin, Bozza, Piazzolla, and Hindemith, as well as music of their own, on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. The five young virtuosi — Valerie Coleman, flute; Toyin Spellman, oboe; Mariam Adam, clarinet; Jeff Scott, horn; and Monica Ellis, bassoon; — push the boundaries of a traditional woodwind quintet. Tickets are $20. Members of Imani Winds will meet with the public in a free meet-the-artist lecture-demonstration Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

Tickets are available in person beginning Sept. 7 from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets and subscriptions also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at www.bucknell.edu after Sept. 7.

The 2004-05 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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