Weis Center Kicks Off Spring Season with Performance by American Roots Ensemble

Weis Center Kicks Off Spring Season with Performance by American Roots Ensemble

American roots ensemble American Patchwork Quartet (APQ) will perform on Sunday, January 23 at 4 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Seating for the spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved. Masks are required.

As part of APQ’s residency, the Weis Center has produced a 30-minute video montage that showcases our community as a “melting pot” of America. Members of the campus community share brief commentary about their diverse backgrounds and family heritage. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to view the video from 3:20-3:50 p.m. in the Weis Center Auditorium. Doors to the venue open at 3 p.m.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by John and Julianna Cooper and family.

This engagement of American Patchwork Quartet is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

American Patchwork Quartet draws on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight the country’s immigrant roots.

Grammy-nominated vocalist Falu Shah, Grammy-winning guitarist/vocalist Clay Ross, three-time Grammy-winning drummer Clarence Penn and highly acclaimed bassist Yasushi Nakamura showcase the dynamic diversity of contemporary culture by reimagining timeless songs from America’s past.

The group showcases America’s dynamic presence by combining the diverse talents of four U.S. citizens, each with a unique cultural background. With this quartet, old songs are made new through creative arrangements that highlight the exceptional and well-honed skills of each member.

APQ performances strive to counter pervasive prejudices around the issues of race and immigration. In order to help strengthen the country’s social fabric, APQ wants its audiences to reflect on the notion that Americans must acknowledge the differences to discover the commonalities. The realities of racism and prejudice must be recognized in order to build authentic and lasting bonds across cultures and color lines. While individuals may not be responsible for the country’s past, they are accountable for its future.

Tickets

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, FREE for Bucknell employees and retirees, FREE for Bucknell students and $10 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Seating for the spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Season Brochure

The season brochure is available as an eco-friendly, downloadable and printable PDF and online flipbook at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

A limited number of hardcopies are available upon request. To request a hardcopy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or e-mail [email protected] and one will be mailed at no cost.

Susquehanna Valley Chorale and Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale Announce Auditions

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) and Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale (SVYC) will hold auditions for new singers in January.

Youth Auditions

Auditions for the SVYC will be held on Monday, January 17 from 5-7 p.m. at Sharon Lutheran Church, 120 S. Main Street, Selinsgrove.

Please contact Coleen Renshaw at 570-765-0637 or [email protected] by January 14 to schedule an audition appointment and for further information.

Former singers who want to be considered to move into Camerata or Valley Singers, should contact Coleen Renshaw to schedule an audition.

SVYC is open to students in grades 3 – 12:

· Preparatory Chorus, grades 3 – 5/6
Rehearsals on Monday nights starting Monday, January 24 from 5-6 p.m.

· Camerata, 5/6 – 8/9 (treble/unchanged voices)
Rehearsals on Monday nights starting Monday, January 24 from 6:15-7:15 p.m.

· Valley Singers, high school age
Rehearsals on Monday nights starting Monday, January 24 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Rehearsals for all three groups take place at Sharon Lutheran Church, 120 S. Main Street, Selinsgrove.

The SVYC will hold a concert at the end of April.

Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) Auditions

SVC auditions will take place on Tuesday, January 18 at the First Baptist Church, 51 S. Third Street, Lewisburg. Please note that this is a new location. The SVC’s first rehearsal will be that same evening at 7 p.m.

Singers are required to be vaccinated and wear singer masks, which are supplied by the chorale.

Auditions should be scheduled with Coleen Renshaw by calling at 570-765-0637 or email [email protected]

The Hot Sardines Will Perform Timeless Classics and Original Tunes to Celebrate the Holiday Season

NYC-based hot swing jazz band The Hot Sardines will perform timeless classics and original tunes on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Masks are required.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Jazz at Bucknell, Martha and Alan Barrick, and Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate.

All attendees are asked to bring a canned food item, which will be distributed to local families in need through Union County Children and Youth Services.

This raucous Christmas celebration features timeless classics and original tunes performed by the eight-piece Hot Sardines.

Songs will include \”La Noel de la Rue,\” \”Mistletoe & Holly,\” \”Please Come Home for Christmas,\” \”Blue Christmas,\” \”Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney,\” \”Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,\” \”Christmas Blues,\” \”White Christmas\” and \”White Cliffs of Dover,\” among others.

Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.

The Hot Sardines have released two albums on Universal Music Classics to rave reviews and earned a No. 1 slot on the iTunes jazz chart in the United States and internationally.

TICKETS

Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $20 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Seating for the fall 2021 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Susquehanna Valley Chorale Ushers in Christmas Season with Candlelight Performance: First Live Performance in Two Years

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale will return to live performances in December 2021 with three performances of its beloved holiday tradition, A Candlelight Christmas, on Saturday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in downtown Sunbury.

From the opening candlelight processional to the final ringing-in of Christmas, Candlelight Christmas is modeled after the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College in Cambridge, England.

The performance will include piano, organ, harp, flute and cello, as well as glorious voices singing songs of the season and the traditional ringing-in of Christmas. Featured local soloists include: Christopher Lottes, Maya Caron, Katie Kelley, and Joanna Rees.

The ensemble includes 60 members. The Chorale recently welcomed four new scholarship students from Bucknell and Susquehanna Universities, and many new adult voices. Additional auditions will be held in January.

Adam Dietz, SVC Marketing Coordinator said, “The first sounds we made after such a prolonged absence together was quite emotional. Our Board has put health and safety first since to start of the pandemic, which has been very much appreciated. Our supporters and followers have been extremely understanding, as have our members, who were quite eager to get back in the groove again, even if it meant adhering to strict new policies and protocols.”

Bill Payn, Music Director and Conductor said, “We have all been enrolled on a journey these past two years which have tested our strengths in many ways. In all of these times, music has been our comfort and our guide. The SVC continued to make music during these times and to engage with musicians and composers to confirm to you the resilience of music in our lives.”

He continued, “The SVC is eager to welcome you back to Lessons and Carols. To many of us, the last Christmas season reflected that line from the carol, ‘For in the dark street shineth, the everlasting light.’ For many of us, it was indeed a dark time. It certainly was a dark time at the end of World War I when the Dean of Kings College Cambridge sought to bring the warmth and light of the music and scriptures of the Christmas season to a nation and world which had seen loss, as we have. And yet, as those words and music gave hope and light to them, so they do to us. On behalf of the Board, the Chorus and Orchestra of the SVC, I bid you hope and peace this Christmastide and throughout the New Year.”

The performance will include a dozen festive and uplifting songs including: Once in Royal David’s City, The First Noel, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, Candlelight Carol, The Dream Isaiah Saw, A Ceremony of Carols, I Saw Three Ships and Still, Still, Still, among others.

A brand-new work will also be premiered: a stunning arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Jen Wagner, a former Lewisburg resident and current teacher at the Milton Hershey School.

The Sponsors for the performance are Martha and Alan Barrick/Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate and William and Lois VandenHeuvel. Co-Sponsors are Luschas, Naparsteck & Crane, LLP and Harmonious Endeavors. Underwriters are Jackie Paul and Al Bothe, Jr.

Tickets
Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

Note that tickets must be purchased in advance either online at SVCMusic.org or by calling 570-547-0455. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Patrons must be vaccinated and masks are required. Seating will be very limited due to social distancing. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early.

For more information about this performance and future performances, visit SVCMusic.org.

Jazz Vocalist and Celebrity Vocal Coach Performs in Free Concert at the Weis Center

Jazz vocalist Jeremiah Abiah will perform on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. Masks are required.

The performance is free and tickets are not required.

Jeremiah Abiah, better known as ABIAH, is a renowned singer, songwriter, celebrity vocal coach, author and producer. He has recorded for Universal Records, eOne and several international labels. His recent recordings include collaborations with Common, Robert Glasper, August Green, Cynthia Erivo and Brandy.

His recordings include Chasing Forever, Life as a Ballad, Bottles and ABIAH SINGS NINA, which was Grammy nominated. In 2022, ABIAH will release his reimagined album of Madonna songs, ABIAH Sings Madonna.

The professor of voice at Berklee College of Music can be seen on the stage at music festivals, concert halls and teaching master classes worldwide. His new book, Inside the Singer\’s Voice, is slated for publication in 2022.

Through his artist development platform, The ABIAH Way, he works with a myriad of singers and artists with clients such as Brandy, Common, John Legend, Ro James, Henry Santos and many others on Broadway and in the music industry at large.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Jazz @ Bucknell.

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present Airness: A hilarious comedy about the competitive world of Air Guitar.

Bloomsburg – Starting September 16th, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present Airness by Chelsea Marcantel. Airness is a rockin’ comedy “about being authentic to your true self, letting go of your inhibitions and accepting others as who they are” states Onstage Colorado. When actual guitarist Nina enters an air guitar competition, she thinks the whole thing is pretty silly, but she soon discovers that it takes real talent and charisma to become the champion. Does Nina have what it takes to do more than play pretend and seriously rock it?

Airness marks a triumphant return to live, in-person performances for BTE in the Alvina Krause theatre. Eric Wunsch, ensemble member and Airness director explains that “18 months ago, we were a week away from opening this play in our theatre. It was a show we felt proud of, and then it abruptly ended. We lost a couple of beloved cast members, and everything changed. So, it is an unbelievable pleasure to be finally presenting this show that celebrates the ecstasy of live performance and the rock star inside us all!”
BTE is also celebrating a return to the stage for Aaron White (D Vicious), a longtime friend of the company and guest artist who is starting his candidacy to become a full-time ensemble member. The passage of time also sees a return to the Alvina Krause stage for founding BTE member James Goode (announcer) as an emeritus performer. The cast also features ensemble members Amy Rene Byrne (Cannibal Queen) and Andy Hubastsek (Facebender), as well as, guest actors Marisol Rosa-Shaprio (The Nina), Dominic Santos (Golden Thunder), and Jon Schultz (Shreddy Eddy).

Even though Airness is a face-melting good time it also illustrates the importance of friendship, repairing damaged relationships, and one women’s journey to find herself through abandoning her preconceived notions of what it really means to experience true Airness.

Airness runs from September 16th through October 10th. Season tickets and subscription packages can be purchased by visiting BTE’s website www.bte.org or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181, and do not hesitate to leave a message. Single tickets go on sale August 25th. Airness is intended for a mature audience as it contains sexual themes and adult language.

Airness is produced by special arrangement with Broadway licensing
www.broadwaylicensing.com