December 08, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Hot 8 Brass Band in concert at Weis Center Jan. 23, 2015

The 2014-15 season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University continues in the spring semester with 15 events highlighting music and dance from across the United States and around the world. All events are open to the public.

The events include world music, modern dance and contemporary ballet, jazz, classical, multimedia, soul, and two more events in the Family Discovery Series.

The spring series begins with New Orleans' own Hot 8 Brass Band at the Weis Center on Jan. 23. The band plays the traditional Second Line parades and performs annually at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, world and jazz festivals across the U.S and Europe. Hot 8 was featured in both Spike Lee documentaries When the Levees Broke and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise. The band has released three critically acclaimed recordings and is featured on the latest Blind Boys of Alabama recording.

Other events in January include a performance by Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq in conjunction with the screening of the 1922 silent film classic Nanook of the North at the Campus Theatre on Jan. 28, and modern dance company Jessica Lang Dance at the Weis Center on Jan. 31.

Highlights from the Weis Center's spring schedule include:

  • Soul music from singer-songwriter Raul Midon on Feb. 11
  • World music including Ukrainian music from DakhaBrakha on April 1 and Malian guitarist Fatoumata Diawara on April 15
  • Classical music from Nordic Voices on Feb. 15 and Trio Solisti on Feb. 22
  • Contemporary ballet by Philadelphia-based company BalletX on Feb. 7
  • A Family Discovery Series with two events: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites on March 7 and Peking Acrobats on April 4
  • Jazz by vocalist Gregory Porter on Feb. 20 and a free performance by Matt Wilson Quartet with John Medeski on March 18
  • A Jewish heritage multimedia performance called The Big Picture by David Krakauer on Feb. 28.
  • Tango by French Argentinean contemporary tango ensemble Unión Tanguera on March 27

The majority of Weis Center tickets range in price from $10 to $25, with discounts available for senior citizens, college students, groups and youth. Advance tickets can be charged at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets also are available in person from the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the CAPS 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 the 2014-15 Series, go to bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or facebook.com/WeisCenter, or contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

 

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