March 12, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra will perform in concert Friday, March 28, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

An ensemble of 15 talented and versatile women musicians headed by drummer Sherrie Maricle, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra's unique sound is the result of a repertory composed and arranged expressly for the individual personalities of the musicians.

"This is a jazz orchestra with a reputation for playing the great standards in the grand tradition, steeped in the history of jazz but infused with the progressive spirit and harmonies of today," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

International performances

Founded by Stanley Kay, a former manager and relief drummer for the Buddy Rich Big Band, DIVA has performed all over the world since 1993, including Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Verizon Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland and the Apollo Theater in New York.

International appearances include Le Meridien Hotel in Paris, Teatro de Sistina in Rome, Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany, Salzburg Music Festival in Austria, Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals in Canada, Bogota International Jazz Festival in Colombia, Jamaica Jazz Festival, Zagreb Jazz Festival in Croatia, and the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland as well as Jazz Cruises on the SS Norway and Queen Elizabeth II.

Best big band

DIVA was voted one of the best big bands in the world in both DownBeat magazine's annual Critics and Readers Polls in 2006.

The orchestra's numerous television appearances include multiple feature slots on CNN's Arts Break plus a feature segment on "CBS Sunday Morning," a spotlighted segment as part of The Kennedy Center's 25th Anniversary Special and a critically acclaimed feature on the Japanese television NHK network.

For more information or to hear music samples, visit http://www.divajazz.com/.

Ticket info

Tickets for this performance are available online at www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice or by calling 570-577-1000.

Advance tickets also are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the Bucknell University Bookstore, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Nancy and Sam Craig.

The 2007-08 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.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted March 12, 2008

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