November 01, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Maya Beiser, an eclectic cellist known for stretching the boundaries of her instrument, will perform "World to Come" Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by RiverWoods Senior Living Community in Lewisburg.

Evocative, theatrical and spiritual, "World to Come" is a multimedia solo concert, featuring premieres of works by Steve Reich, Osvaldo Golijov and David Lang. The performance encompasses text, vocals, dramatic lighting and interactive videos, along with Beiser's cello music.

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says, "Maya Beiser's 'World to Come' is a sensational musical exploration that combines spirituality, visual arts and an extraordinary musical score. Maya is an amazing and passionate cellist who is always pushing the boundaries artistically. This is a truly modern-day masterpiece."

Described by the The New Yorker as a "cello goddess" and by The Washington Post as "the diva of the cello," Beiser has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument's boundaries.

Over the past decade, she has created new repertoire for the cello, commissioning and performing many works written for her by today's leading composers. She has collaborated with composers Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Reich, among many others.

Beiser is a featured performer on the world's most prestigious stages, having appeared as soloist at the Sydney Opera House, New York City's Lincoln Center, London's Barbican and the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan.

Collaborating with renowned film composer James Newton Howard, she is the featured soloist on M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening", Denzel Washington's "The Great Debaters", Edward Zwick's "Blood Diamond" and Rupert Sanders' "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+ and $10 for youth. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at any box office location, or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Middle and high school students are encouraged to attend this unique and cutting edge classical performance and experience classical music, perhaps for the first time. Middle school and high school students may receive a special discount ($5 tickets for students and $10 for their accompanying parent/guardian) by calling the Box Office at 570-577-1000 and mentioning promo code CELLO.

David Lang's "World to Come" was commissioned as part of the national series of works from Meet the Composer Commissioning Music/USA, which is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, and the Target Foundation. It was commissioned for Maya Beiser by the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, UC Santa Cruz Arts & Lectures, On the Boards and Connecticut College. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has provided additional funding to commission the full evening of "World to Come" which premiered at Krannert Center on Oct. 18, 2003. Steve Reich's Cello Counterpoint was commissioned jointly by Maya Beiser and the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, and the Royal Hague Conservatory and Leiden University.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach coordinator, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to or

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