December 15, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik


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The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will present an Evening with Raul Midón on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., in downtown Lewisburg. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to The New York Times.

Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me.

The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has lived a life devoted to shattering stereotypes. He has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind, A World Within a World and Synthesis and the recent CD/DVD Invisible Chains - Live from NYC.

A vibrant presence on screen, Midón can be seen in the documentary on Hancock's star-studded album Possibilities, and he is featured collaborating with soul icon Bill Withers in the documentary Still Bill. Midón has also demonstrated his progressive techniques by performing for a series of TED Talks.

His new album, Don't Hesitate includes collaborations with Withers, R&B singer-songwriter Lizz Wright, Cameroonian jazz bassist Richard Bona and Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves. The project is a musical and personal milestone for Midón, who took control of every aspect of the album's recording process. The artist cut all of the tracks in his home studio, playing most of the instruments himself and handling all of the project's technical elements on his own, utilizing special computer software that enabled him to engineer the sessions.

His guitar playing is a syncopated, flamenco- and jazz-infused wonder in which bass, harmony and melodic lines fly from the fretboard in a way that seems to belie the fact that all the music is being produced by just two hands. If that weren't enough, Midón busts out his improvisational mouth-horn technique, in which he creates a bebop "trumpet" solo entirely with his lips, earning himself a spontaneous burst of mid-song applause from the audience in the process.

General admission tickets for the performance are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62+, $5 for youth 18 and under, $5 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $5 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series features a six-voice a cappella ensemble called Nordic Voices on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Weis Center. Nordic Voices performs a repertoire ranging from the medieval to the contemporary. The group explores new vocal techniques and new ways of using the classically trained voice. They can produce a wide range of techniques, from ordinary classical sounds to Mongolian overtone singing. Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for non-Bucknell students and $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter