June 26, 2012

Fusion band Red Baraat will perform Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. on the Weis Center's outdoor Plaza.

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The 2012-13 season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University includes more than 30 events and features music and dance from various regions of the United States and around the world. Many events are free. All events are open to the public.

The 30 events include jazz, blues, modern dance, world music, kid-friendly events and a few events that are "just for fun" like the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and professional pianist and theremin player Rob Schwimmer, a native of Bloomsburg.

The season will kick-off on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. with Brooklyn-based fusion band Red Baraat on the Weis Center's outdoor Plaza. Their music fuses funk, go-go, latin and jazz. Red Baraat has made a name for themselves as one of the best live bands playing anywhere in the world, and have played some of the most prestigious festivals and theatre worldwide, including most recently, the Bonaroo Festival in June 2012.

"This performance will be preceded by an open house to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Weis Center," said Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center. "The open house from 3 to 6 p.m. will include behind-the-scenes tours."

Maguet, who is responsible for the Weis Center's breadth and depth of programming, says of the season, "This year's series crosses both cultural and national borders and unearths a rich mosaic of artistic expressions, passions and traditions."

She continues, "Audience members will explore sounds, movement, images and textures from people in countries far removed from us in miles, but our close neighbors in heart and soul."

Season highlights in the Weis Center include:

  • Sept. 15: Stefon Harris and the Ninety Miles Project, Cuban-American jazz;
  • Sept. 21: BeauSoleil, Cajun band from Louisiana, will help celebrate the University's Family Weekend;
  • Sept. 28: Philadanco, a modern dance troupe from Philadelphia;
  • Oct. 11: Inti-Illimani, Chilean folk music;
  • Oct. 18: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain;
  • Dec. 11: Vienna Boys Choir from Vienna, Austria;
  • Feb. 1: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, a flamenco dance troupe from Spain;
  • March 1: Indian dance from Nrityagram Dance Ensemble;
  • March 28: Circa Contemporary Circus from Australia;
  • April 9: South African music legend Hugh Masekela.

Two Grammy-award winners in the Classical category will perform: Emerson String Quartet on Nov. 9 and eighth blackbird on Feb. 8.

Janet's Jazz series continues
In addition to performances in the Weis Center, several award-winning jazz ensembles will present concerts in other locations. Among them is the Anat Cohen Quartet, recipient of two recent jazz awards from the Jazz Journalists Association, on Aug. 29 at the Campus Theatre; the Dena DeRose Trio on Sept. 12 in the Weis Center lobby; and the Tierney Sutton Band on Nov. 28 in the Campus Theatre. The Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz series is open to the public without charge. Bucknell University acknowledges with gratitude generous funding from the Family of Janet C. Weis which makes the Jazz Series possible.

Ticket sales begin late August
Weis Center tickets range in price from $20 to $25, with discounts available for senior citizens, groups and students. Tickets also may be purchased one hour prior to each performance in the Weis Center series.

After the box office opens Aug. 24, advance tickets can be charged at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets also will be 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.

For more information about the 2012-13 series, go to www.facebook.com/WeisCenter or www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

The 28-page season brochure and order form can be downloaded directly from the Weis Center's website. To request a hardcopy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach coordinator, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu and one will be mailed at no cost.

Contact: Division of Communications