updated Jan. 2, 2013
By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The spring semester of performances at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University begins Feb. 1 with a flamenco dance performance by Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca.
Under the direction of Martín Santangelo, the award-winning Noche Flamenca has become Spain's most successful touring company. Formed in 1993 by Santangelo and his Bessie award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, the company regularly tours throughout the globe.
Hailed by critics everywhere for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca is recognized as the most authentic flamenco touring company in the field today.
"The Weis Center for the Performing Arts season is a multi-faceted and richly varied program that connects our artists with the greater central Pennsylvania region through artistic, education and community engagement partnerships," said Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center.
"We are proud of the community we serve, the art we share and the imaginations we will continue to stimulate for years to come. I encourage the community to join us for more life-changing, world-changing and soul-changing experiences," she said.
Other spring semester events are:
- Feb. 2: Ugly Duckling and Tortoise and the Hare, a free family-friendly show that combines age-old children's stories with cutting edge technology, moving light sculpture, and dance. The group, Lightwire Theater, was a semi-finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent."
- Feb. 5: Cantus with Bucknell University's Men's Choir as special guests. The nine members of Cantus have been called "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States" by Fanfare.
- Feb. 8: eighth blackbird, a Chicago-based, two-time Grammy Award-winning sextet called "a new breed of supermusicians." The group has the finesse of a string quartet with the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company.
- Feb. 22: The English Concert, one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world, has an unsurpassed reputation for inspiring performances of Baroque and Classical music.
- March 1: Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, offering a dance performance that combines Indian dance with mythology, Sanskrit, yoga, meditation and the martial arts.
- March 28: Circa, an Australian contemporary circus company that embraces improvisation, multimedia and collaboration with an immersive use of light and sound. Their 65-minute show will be high-energy and great fun for adults and kids alike.
- April 9: Hugh Masekela, a South African music legend with international hits including "Grazing in the Grass." Often referred to as "the man with the horn," Masekela is a living legend, a genius musician and great performer who is even getting better in his "old days".
- April 12: Rufus Reid and the Bucknell Jazz Band present the "Quiet Pride Project," a five-movement musical tribute to sculptor Elizabeth Catlett. The free performance is a mix of music and multimedia, featuring projections of Catlett's sculptures.
- April 17: Luciana Souza, "Brazilian Duos," featuring Romero Lubambo. Grammy winner Souza is acclaimed as one of jazz's leading singers. Free performance.
The Weis Center's 25th anniversary season ends with a free kid-friendly performance called Dinosaur Petting Zoo on May 31 at 5:30 p.m. in Hufnagle Park, and on June 1 at 2 p.m. on the lawn across from the Weis Center Plaza. These ancient life-like dinosaurs come to life in an eye-popping display in this fun, educational and imaginative performance that will thrill and delight audiences of all ages.
Tickets for reserved seating for Weis Center series evening performances are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and $10 for youth. Tickets can be charged at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice 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.
Janet Weis Jazz Series to offer three jazz shows
In addition to the spring series of events, the Weis Center will present three new jazz shows as part of the spring 2013 Janet Weis Jazz Series. All events in the jazz series are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
- Wednesday, Jan. 30: Cécile McLorin Salvant, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Lobby.
- Wednesday, Feb. 20: Marianne Solivan Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Lobby.
- Saturday, April 27: Tia Fuller Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Campus Theatre in Lewisburg, as part of Lewisburg's Celebration of the Arts.
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