November 29, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Weis Center at Bucknell University is hosting two events for the winter holiday season.

The Grammy-nominated ensemble Imani Winds and Friends, including pianist Xavier Davis, will perform "This Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m.

"Imani Winds, which first performed at Bucknell in 2005, is an outstanding woodwind ensemble whose members are of African-American and Latin heritage," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"In the unique style infused into so much of what Imani Winds does, 'This Christmas' mixes classical, jazz and world influences into a program of holiday standards," added Boswell.

Founded in 1997, Imani Winds has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs.

With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.

Tickets for the performance are $20 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.

Ticket information
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 to 4 p.m.; or the Campus Activities and Programs office, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Advance tickets also are available online or by calling 570-577-1000. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour before performances.

This performance has been made possible in large part with generous support from Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, a Weis Center Series corporate sponsor. The 2010-11 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.

Paper Bag Players
The closing event in the Weis Center's fall semester of events is the annual Janet Weis free family matinee with the Paper Bag Players on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. "This year's show, 'Whoop-Dee-Doo,' is guaranteed to entertain with dragons and poodles and songs and a new dance, 'The Paper Bag Boogie.'

"The Players have been performing the annual Janet Weis family matinee at the Weis Center for well more than a decade," said Boswell, "and the troupe never fails to delight and enthrall the children and adults who attend." Tickets are not required for this performance.

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