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Feb. 3, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Princely Players will perform a musical timeline of the African experience in America Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

In a testimony to the African-American struggle for freedom, the Princely Players will perform songs and poetry of various eras, from the African diaspora through the Civil War to the civil rights movement and beyond. Soloists and ensembles will sing spirituals, work chants, hymns and songs of freedom, hope and sorrow.

The Princely Players have performed on NPR and the BBC and recorded for the Smithsonian and Time-Life's Civil War recordings. The troupe has collaborated with a wide range of artists from Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Nashville Symphony to Randy Travis and Kathy Mattea.

"The Princely Players give spirituals the royal treatment," says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, while the Nashville Scene adds, "… they also provided exciting, gut-wrenching theater."

Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center, said, "This is a moving and deeply human performance. The Princely Players are nationally known for their vocal artistry and uplifting programming."

A 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 lecture-demonstration is free and open to the public.

Artist-members of the Princely Players also are scheduled to visit and perform in local area schools prior to the Weis Center Series performance.

Tickets for the Saturday evening concert are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at

This tour by the Princely Players is 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 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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