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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The spring semester of Bucknell University's Weis Center Series opens Friday, Feb. 4, with a performance by Ballet Hispanico.
Founded in 1970 and celebrating its 40th anniversary season, the company fuses Latin dance with elements of classical and contemporary forms. It has performed for more than 2 million people in the United States, Europe and South America.
"This is Ballet Hispanico's second Weis Center appearance," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.
"Our audience was wowed by the energy and the expertise of the dancers." Tickets for the performance are $25 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.
Tickets for Weis Center series performances 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 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.
Spring semester events
The Taipei Chinese Orchestra with pipa soloist Wu Man will perform on Feb. 11. A large orchestra of traditional Chinese instruments, most of which have traditions that go back for centuries, the ensemble has been considered a leading exponent of traditional and contemporary Chinese music since its founding in 1979. Wu Man returns to the Weis Center for the second time this year, having performed as guest soloist with the Shanghai Quartet this past fall.
The Acting Company will perform its co-production with the Guthrie Theater of Shakespeare's classic and still-moving story of young love, "Romeo and Juliet," on Feb. 19.
Pianist Paavali Jumppanen will participate in a three-week residency in February, courtesy of funding by the Kushell Music Endowment.
"The residency will include several performances," said Boswell.
The main Weis Center Series concert will include Beethoven's great "Hammerklavier Sonata," along with Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K 533/494 and Stockhausen's Klavierstuck XI, on Feb. 25.
Jumppanen also will be featured in a family matinee performance of Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" on Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. with pianist Barry Hannigan, Bucknell professor of music, and the Bucknell University Symphonic Band with conductor William Kenny. The concert is free to the community through the generosity of the Weis Center Green Room Board.
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will perform music by Barber, Korngold, Walton and Rimsky-Korsakov in a concert on Friday, March 4. Violinist Philippe Quint will be the featured soloist.
The DePue Brothers Band will perform in concert on Friday, March 25, at 8 p.m. in place of the previously scheduled performance by Suzanne Vega.
The Weis Center Events series will close on April 15, with a performance by Ethel, acclaimed as America's premier post-classical string quartet, with Native American flutist Robert Mirabal as guest artist.
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.
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