55-Member Susquehanna Valley Chorale to Present Pops Concert Featuring the Music of Queen, Elton John and Billy Joel

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) returns to in-person performances this May with its ever-popular Pops Concert on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Weber Auditorium on the campus of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. Fred Hooper will return as Emcee and Bill Payn will serve as Conductor.

This year’s Pops Concert will feature the Music of Queen along with hits from Elton John and Billy Joel. The performance will feature more than 50 singers, the SVC stage band, and many of the SVC’s talented members as featured soloists including: Sara Phinney Kelley of Lewisburg, Steve Jordan of Lewisburg, Marina Gresh of Danville, Amy Caron of Selinsgrove and Christopher Lottes, an SVC student scholarship recipient.

SVC Music Director and Conductor Bill Payn said, “This year, our Pops program celebrates three iconic musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries and is packed full with hits that are just a part of their enormous discography. Queen, with vocalist Freddie Mercury, has been hailed as one of the greatest and most original bands in the history of music. Elton John continues to enthrall audiences worldwide and the legendary sound of ‘piano man’ Billy Joel is one of the bestselling music artists of all time.”

He continued, “You are guaranteed a hand clapping, foot-stomping good time as the SVC, stage band and soloists bring this great music to the Weber Auditorium stage.”

Sponsors for the performance include: Charles B. Degenstein Foundation, Charles and Betty Degenstein Foundation, Dede Gronlund, Northumberland National Bank and Joanne and Donald Steele. Co-Sponsors include Patricia and James Apple and Kathy Arndt – in memory of Mary Kathryn Harper. Underwriters include Dawn and Robert Dietz, Anne and Tom Gates and Diane and Ted Meixell.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students; children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by calling 570-547-0455, online at SVCMusic.org or at the door.

At this time, Susquehanna University’s indoor mask policy states that masks are required in the venue.

Subscriptions will be available to purchase for next season, which includes the SVC world premiere of a newly commissioned work, Love, on October 23, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury, A Candlelight Christmas on December 17 and 18, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury, The Times They Are A-Changin’ on March 26, 2023 at Rusty Rail Brewery in Mifflinburg, and Pops: The Music of Cole Porter on May 12 and 13, 2023 at Weber Auditorium at Susquehanna University.

Early bird subscriptions of $70 are available until June 30, 2022. Subscriptions include four tickets to any SVC performance, a “Share the Music” coupon to bring a friend to a concert for just $5, and a complimentary SVC insulated tote bag while supplies last. After June 30, subscriptions are $85.

For more information, visit the SVC’s website at SVCMusic.org

Last Weis Center Concert of the Season is Outside on the Plaza and Features World Music from Colombia

Last Weis Center Concert of the Season is Outside on the Plaza and Features World Music from Colombia

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will end its spring season with a performance by Chontadelia, a world music band from Colombia, on Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. outside on the Weis Center Plaza. The rain location is the Weis Center Auditorium.

The performance is free and tickets are not required. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

The Exchange’s Art Cart will be on site from 5:30-7 p.m. with special all-ages activities.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Jazz @ Bucknell and CenterStage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the U.S. Government, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management Inc.

Chontadelia is a seven-piece band rooted in the iconic marimba de chonta and steeped in the Pacific coast’s Afro-Colombian culture, identity and history.

Chontadelia has been making its mark since 2015 and has been noted for its socially engaged celebrations that voice the communities’ histories, stories, struggles and concerns.

Based in Bogotá, Colombia, the band completed its first tour to Panama in early March, just as the world was locking down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s in a name? Chontadelia comes from the fusion of chonta, the wood that the marimba is made of, and delia, psychedelic sounds.

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 Youth Chorale Announces Spring Concert

The Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale, an educational outreach program of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, will present its first in-person concert since November 2019. The spring concert, Songs of Spring, will take place on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 400 North Market Street, in Selinsgrove.

The all-ages performance will be directed by Coleen Renshaw and Verlaine Shaw serves as accompanist.

The Camerata group includes Anthony Franklin of Lewisburg, Tiffany Posner of Selinsgrove, Ellie Schaeffer of Selinsgrove, Mathieu Strong of Hughesville and Sophia Strong of Hughesville. The Valley Singers group includes Maya Caron of Selinsgrove, Mason Clark of Selinsgrove, Madison Leininger of Milton, Alexis Marshall of Lewisburg, Nikolai Strong of Hughesville, Ella Swartz of Middleburg and Patrick Williams of Middleburg.

SVYC Director Coleen Renshaw said, “This concert features the music of spring. We will entertain patrons with several songs about frogs, crawdads, the spring season and a favorite spring pastime on a windy day. It has been my pleasure to work with these children as we learned many new things about singing.”

The program will include the following songs, among many others: Come to My Garden, Muddy Water, Maybe This Time, The Bull Frog, Robin’s Egg is Blue, Singin’ in the Rain, Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz and Let’s Go Fly a Kite. The program features several students who will be singing solo sections, as well as five individual soloists.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students; 6 and under are free. Tickets are available at SVCMusic.org, by calling 570-547-0455 or at the door.

The SVYC is currently looking for children who enjoy singing to be part of its program. The fall session begins in August with registration and auditions. Children from grade 3 to grade 12 are welcomed into the Preparatory, Camerata, or Valley Singers ensembles. Rehearsals will take place on Monday evenings and a concert is planned for November. The SVYC singers will join the Susquehanna Valley Chorale in the annual Christmas Candlelight concert in December.

Back by Popular Demand: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Returns to the Weis Center

Back by Popular Demand: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Returns to the Weis Center

George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The family-friendly performance is suggested for ages 4 and above.

Come early!
There will be free pre-performance kids activities sponsored by the Lewisburg Children’s Museum from 3-4 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

There will also be free pre-performance music by the Iron Ukulele Benders from 3:15-3:45 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by the Centre Daily Times, Asbury Riverwoods, and Teri MacBride and Steve Guattery.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, founded by George Hinchliffe and Kitty Lux, has toured in the United States many times. For those who have not yet encountered it, the essential point is that it is an original musical ensemble featuring only ukuleles of various sizes and registers, accompanied by the voices of the performers.

Harsher critics have stated that the Ukulele Orchestra formed their repertoire based on any music considered inappropriate for the instrument, with a “shopping trolley dash through genres” and musical history. In Europe and America, the orchestra is best known for playing versions of famous rock songs and film themes, sometimes changing these so that the expectations of the audience are subverted. Sometimes a rock song will be changed into a jazz idiom, or sometimes several songs that are known from different genres are combined in one “soup of contrasts.”

The group’s founding mission was to have fun and “not to lose money.” Incredibly, over 30 years, the group has succeeded in both not losing money and incidentally making millions of dollars. It has been seen worldwide including by members of the British royal family and other crowned heads of Europe, at the Houses of Parliament in London and by millions of television and online viewers.

When The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain began in 1985, the public opinion was that an orchestra consisting entirely of ukuleles in different sizes was a strange concept. This was something that attracted the founders. At that time, the orchestra members had experience with many types of music, and yet had become tired of the conventions of the music business as well as the conventions of performance and genre stereotyping that were prevalent. The idea was to make something fresh and entertaining, both modern and old-fashioned, in a style that deviated from current performance fashions. People liked the result.

Today, the orchestra finds that wherever it goes, people are playing ukuleles, often in groups. Many of these enthusiasts tell the members of the ensemble that they were inspired to play the instrument after seeing and hearing the original Ukulele Orchestra. Now, there are many ukulele orchestras, some acknowledge the pioneering work of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, others claiming ignorance of this rich history, but none of them existing before the original Ukulele Orchestra.

Tickets

Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees, $10 for Bucknell students and $20 for non-Bucknell students.

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.

Following CDC and state guideline changes for indoor gatherings, Bucknell University lifted its masking mandate on Saturday, March 26. Masks are no longer required in the Weis Center, but are always welcome.

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.).

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.

Sonia De Los Santos Brings Family-Friendly World and Folk Music to the Weis Center

Sonia De Los Santos Brings Family-Friendly World and Folk Music to the Weis Center

Mexican-born singer-songwriter and guitarist Sonia De Los Santos will perform on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is suggested for ages 4+.

There will be free all-ages kids’ activities sponsored by the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum from 12-1 p.m. in the Atrium.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by the Press Enterprise, Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau, and the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum.

This engagement of Sonia De Los Santos is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sonia De Los Santos was born with a smile on her face (that’s what her mom says) in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2007 she started touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar and jarana, and lighting up the stage with the Grammy Award-winning group Dan Zanes and Friends.

In 2015 she released her first solo family-music album, Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island (Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award Winner), a collection of songs that reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures and, in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage.

De Los Santos was nominated for a 2019 Latin Grammy with her second family-music album, ¡Alegría!, and has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin children’s music artists you should know” and Best Latin Children’s Music. She has performed with her band in renowned venues and festivals such as the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Getty Museum, Smithsonian Folklife Festival and many more.

In 2020, De Los Santos launched En Casa con Sonia, an online musical series recorded from her home, and in 2021, she debuted ¿Qué Pasa, Sonia?, a new radio segment featuring some of her favorite songs at Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live.

De Los Santos is getting ready to release her third album, Esperanza, a bilingual collection of songs that explore hope; looking back at individuals’ journeys, cherishing their cities and homes, being grateful for one another, dreaming of a better future, marveling at nature and finding the light within each person.

Tickets

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and under. Bucknell students are free. No discounts may be applied.

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. Masks are required.

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, if still being implemented.

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.

Solo Pianist Performs for Free at Weis Center, Pieces Will Evoke Images of Landscapes or Dream States

Solo Pianist Performs for Free at Weis Center, Pieces Will Evoke Images of Landscapes or Dream States

Pianist Qing Jiang will perform on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is free and tickets are not required.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Geisinger.

Praised by The New York Times as a “fiery musician” whose playing is “vigorous and passionate,” Chinese-born pianist Qing Jiang has performed to acclaim across the United States and abroad, including at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall as well as the U.K.’s Snape Maltings Hall and China’s Shenzhen Poly Theater. Jiang is an assistant professor of music at Bucknell University and piano faculty at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine.

Passionate about the chamber and contemporary music, Jiang has performed alongside Itzhak Perlman, Gil Kalish as well as with members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Shanghai, Kronos, Jasper and Parker string quartets.

While at the Weis Center, she will present works from a solo album recorded in the fall of 2021. All of the works evoke images of landscapes or dream states. The repertoire includes Maurice Ravel’s Sonatine “Jeux d’eau,” Leoš Janáček’s “In the Mists,” Isaac Albéniz’s “Iberia Book I,” Thomas Adès’ “Mazurkas” and Daniel Temkin’s “Dreamed Landscapes.”

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

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings, if still being implemented.

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.