November 06, 2013

Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet
Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet will perform in concert Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The event is sponsored, in part, by Gary and Sandy Sojka.

The ensemble — Hector Del Curto on bandoneon, Jisoo Ok on cello and Pedro Giraudo on double bass — is led by Latin Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger Pablo Ziegler.

Born in Buenos Aires, Ziegler has been one of the most important figures in Argentine New Tango, the vibrant musical hybrid of classic tango. He was recently nominated for two 2013 Latin Grammy Awards, including Best Tango Album for his critically acclaimed recording with the Metropole Orkest, "Amsterdam Meets New Tango." While at the Weis Center, he will lead the group in exquisite arrangements of his own compositions as well as the music of tango legends like J.C. Cobian and Piazzolla.

After performing in tango grand-maestro Astor Piazzolla's legendary quintet for over a decade, and appearing on iconic Piazzolla recordings including "Tango: Zero Hour, La Camorra" and "Central Park Concert", Ziegler has led his own groups for more than 20 years, refining and reimagining the bounds of the tango tradition.

The San Diego Union-Tribute says, "Ziegler went far beyond the confines of Tango, or Latin Jazz, or Bossa Nova, or world music, or classical. He brought something from each to a stew that somehow simultaneously edified and electrified as the quartet effortlessly negotiated myriad tempo changes, key changes, mood changes and shifts from complex unison passagework to stretches of inspired improvisation."

After a debut at the Miami International Piano Festival in 2009, the Quartet has headlined major engagements, including the La Jolla SummerFest, the Laguna Beach Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution and Brandeis University.

In 2011, Ziegler's work as music director, arranger and pianist for bass-baritone opera star Erwin Schrott earned an Echo Klassik Award for the album "Rojotango." His 2005 release, "Bajo Cero", won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album, and in 2008, his album "Buenos Aires Report", made the final list of nominees for the same honor.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for college students.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Campus Box Office at 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.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 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 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at

The next performance in the Weis Center's 2013-14 Series will be a Celtic holiday show for all ages. Natalie MacMaster's "Cape Breton Christmas" will take the stage on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. MacMaster's fiddling fireworks on traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies generate a kind of "traditional fusion" delivered with uplifting energy. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors ages 62+, $15 for youth under 18, and $10 for college students.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to or