October 20, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell will present "string theory" with Turtle Island Quartet and the Assad Brothers guitar duo on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the performance, part of the University's Homecoming Weekend, are $20.

"These six musicians are known the world over for some of the most innovative jazz and improvisational playing one can hear today. And the two super groups of the string world have something much more in mind than just an evening of relaxed music-making and pleasant listening," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"Their program is going to be a musical trip around the world, ranging from Africa and India to the Appalachian Mountains, from the rhythmic poetry of the Balkans through the warmth and passion of Brazil to the hard-swinging elegance of Gypsy jazz a la Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and everything in between," he said.

"The Turtle Island Quartet was here a few years ago and the audience loved them," said Boswell. "I was so glad to hear about this tour with the Assad Brothers because it gave us the excuse to bring them back with a very different program."

Turtle Island QuartetTurtle Island Quartet
Since 1985, the Turtle Island Quartet has been a force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and most recently, the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has called the quartet "a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today."

The Quartet – David Balakrishnan, violin and baritone violin; Mads Tolling, violin; Jeremy Kittel, viola; and Mark Summer, cello – has recorded on Telarc, Koch, Chandos and Windham Hill. For more information or music samples, see http://www.tisq.com/.

Assad BrothersAssad Brothers
Called "the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe in history" by The Washington Post, Brazilian-born brothers Sergio and Odair Assad have earned two Grammy Awards and opportunities to perform and record with musical giants including Yo-Yo Ma and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.  Information about the Assad Brothers is available on an 'unofficial' Internet page at http://net.indra.com/~jkenyon/assad.html.

Tickets info
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available by calling 570-577-1000 or visiting www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

This concert is made possible in part by a generous contribution from donors who have asked to remain anonymous. The 2008-09 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with 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.

The next event in the Weis Center Series is "Da'ak: Tea Music" on Nov. 8, an evening of dance, music, scroll painting and tea ceremonies from Korea. Tickets are $20. For more information about events in the Weis Center Series, visit www.bucknell.edu/x12457.xml

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