December 05, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The spring semester of performances at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University begins Jan. 27 with a concert by the Jupiter String Quartet at 8 p.m.

The quartet — Nelson Lee and Jay Freivogel, violins; Liz Freivogel, viola; and Denise Djokic, cello — will be joined by pianist Jon Nakamatsu in a program of music by Haydn, Bartók and Dvorák.

Acclaimed for their stunning virtuosity and musicianship around the world, both the Jupiter String Quartet and Nakamatsu each have performed previously on the Weis Center stage.

Other spring semester events are:

  • Friday, Feb. 3: Tiempo Libre, a three-time Grammy-nominated young Latin band celebrated for its incendiary, joyful performances of timba, an irresistible mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and seductive rhythms of son.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11: "Body Against Body," with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, in an evening of dance that revives the duets and solos that launched Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane onto the early 1980s downtown performance scene. These dances challenge both performers and viewers with their notions of task-based movement and non-narrative structure.
  • Saturday, Feb. 18: The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers with the David Leonhardt Jazz Trio. The free family matinee at 1 p.m. is a Pennsylvania affair, with Muhlenberg professor Shelley Oliver joining David Leonhardt, who has twice been the Artist in Residence at Lafayette College and is on the roster of The Pennsylvania Arts on Tour.
  • Friday, Feb. 24: the Walnut Street Theatre's production of "Proof" by David Auburn. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, "Proof" tells the story of a young woman who comes home to take care of her brilliant, yet mentally ill, father.
  • Friday, March 2: the Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic performs works by Grieg, Victor Herbert and Shostakovich with Eugene Tzigane, conductor, and Amid Peled, cello soloist.
  • Friday, March 23: violinist Jennifer Frautschi in concert with pianist Paavali Jumppanen. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Frautschi has gained acclaim as an adventurous performer with a wide-ranging repertory. She joins perennial favorite pianist Paavali Jumppanen in a celebration of young artists.

Tickets for reserved seating for Weis Center series evening performances range from $20 to $25 depending on the event; all evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available. Tickets also may be purchased one hour prior to each performance.

Tickets can be charged at or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 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.

Contact: Division of Communications