Category: Music

Susquehanna Valley Chorale Releases Their First, Free, Online Virtual Performance

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale, the area’s premier community choral singing group, will be featuring virtual performances throughout the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19, and its first recording is now available for free viewing online.

The SVC’s Scholarship Singers, a group of eight college students who are chosen by audition, have been hard at work recording its first virtual performance in the midst of the pandemic. They will be heard singing the British song We’ll Meet Again, released in 1939 and made famous by singer Vera Lynn. This song became an anthem of hope and resilience during the Second World War and is now a central theme for the Susquehanna Valley Chorale during this unique season when it isn’t possible to sing live performances.

Bill Payn, Director and Conductor of the SVC, has been working with the students to rehearse and produce this performance. “The students have really enjoyed this project and we have included some fun surprises throughout the video,” Payn says. “They add so much to the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and I am grateful for their energy and enthusiasm,” he adds. The Scholarship Singer program began 7 years ago and consists of 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors and 2 basses.

This performance is available to view for free on the Chorale’s Youtube channel, and will be shared on its Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as on its website. Visit svcmusic.org to easily access the recording.

“We believe music is essential, and even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SVC still intends to provide our local communities with incredible musical performances that provide hope, passion, and community to all who listen,” says Payn. To experience everything the Chorale has planned for this season, please follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and visit svcmusic.org to sign up for email announcements.

The SVC was founded in 1969 by a small group of musically oriented people who wished to sing, learn, and grow together in the performance of superb choral music. The group consists of over 100 members from communities across the Central Susquehanna Valley.Led by several distinguished conductors, the Chorale has emerged as the leading ambassador of the arts in the Central Susquehanna Valley. We are the region’s only community choral group dedicated to presenting orchestra-accompanied choral music of major standing.

Listening Rooms Go Online

Listening Rooms Go Online

Join us ON THE WEB on Wednesday, the 24th of June, at 7 p.m. for a performance by Deb Callahan!  We’ll post info about the Web link on our Web site and Facebook page next week.

ATTENDANCE IN PERSON BY INVITATION ONLY.  We look forward to opening up the Listening Rooms more over time, but for now we will take sensible precautions.

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Philadelphia-based Blues and Soul singer and songwriter Deb Callahan performs at festivals and concerts up and down the East coast and throughout the Midwest.  See her live!

“Deb Callahan is an exceptional Blues singer who displays a deep appreciation of American Roots music.  Many of Deb Callahan’s compositions tell stories and have profound meaning.  On her new release, ‘Sweet Soul’, Callahan delivers a knock-out Blues punch securing her place among the genre’s finest vocalists and songwriters.” — Randall Parrish, Vivascene Music Magazine.

Free Family-Friendly President’s Day Concert at Weis Center

Free Family-Friendly President’s Day Concert at Weis Center

Eric Ian Farmer and his band will perform folk and roots music on Monday, February 17 at 2 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. This is a free family-friendly President’s Day performance and tickets are not required.

Patrons are encouraged to come early. The Exchange’s Art Cart will be on-site from 1-2 p.m. with special all-ages activities related to this performance.

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.

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

Bucknell University acknowledges, with gratitude, generous funding from the family of Janet C. Weis, which makes this performance possible.

Born in State College, Pa. and raised in North Carolina, Eric Ian Farmer has returned to his birthplace sharing his songs about relationships, social awareness and finding one’s path in life while keeping alive classics by artists like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Bob Marley.

Eric learned how to become one with a song from Bonnie Carter and David Williams, singers in the church of his childhood just across the North Carolina state line in Danville, Va.

Eric also draws inspiration as a singer from popular artists like Bobby McFerrin, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. His guitar playing is inspired by the percussive stylings of rock legend Bo Diddley.

As an educator and a 2016 graduate of Penn State’s educational leadership program, Eric also uses music with high school students to facilitate both songwriting and conversation related to identity and social issues.

For more information about this free performance 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 www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

World Music from West Africa Comes to Weis Center in Free Performance

World Music from West Africa Comes to Weis Center in Free Performance

West African singer, guitarist, percussionist, and dancer Okaidja Afroso will perform as a Trio on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. This is a free performance and tickets are not required.

Okaidja will be joined by Boinor Titus Nartey and Manavihare Fiaindratovo on percussion and vocals.

Born into a family of musicians and storytellers in the village of Kokrobite on the west coast of Ghana, Okaidja Afroso is a singer, guitarist, percussionist, and dancer deeply connected to the musical traditions of the African Diaspora and devoted to bringing together diverse modes of expression in pursuit of global harmony.

His four albums, most recently The Palm Wine Sea, chart a journey from his past as a vocalist, percussionist and dancer with the Ghana Dance Ensemble and Obo Addy through to the present, as a confident and mature songwriter and collaborator. His songs call back to the sounds of his youth, illuminating them with the experiences and wonder of a curious traveler, never resting and always seeking.

Okaidja says, “My music preserves my West African roots while embracing diverse cross-cultural influences and styles. I strive to create a rhythmic fusion of old and new that presents a fresh sound that preserves the authenticity of the traditional while embracing the rich complexity of the integrated world we inhabit today. In my workshops and performances I explore how my ancestor’s traditions have persevered and been reshaped in a contemporary version of the African oral tradition. The complex compositions, soulful vocals, and spirited dancing combine to create an unforgettable and unique experience.”

LA Dance Review says, “One of the undeniable highlights of the evening was the live music performed by Okaidja Afroso. His voice, guitar, and percussion instruments blended into a landscape that was transcendent.”

For more information about this free performance 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 www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

The Tamburitzans will bring Folk Music and Dance from around the Globe to Central PA

The Tamburitzans will bring Folk Music and Dance from around the Globe to Central PA

America’s longest-running live stage production, The Tamburitzans, will perform on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. The Tamburitzans present an elaborate live stage production that transports audiences to the heart of intriguing international cultures from around the globe.

The Tamburitzans have entertained and delighted audiences of all ages for over eight decades. Dedicated to perpetuating international cultural heritage, the ensemble delivers a high caliber multi-media showcase. This season’s ensemble features 29 passionate young professionals in a vibrant and energetic production featuring festive costumes, bold visuals, daring acrobatics, and musical variety for the whole family.

Through music, song, and dance Symbols: Expressions of Culture showcases beauty and brilliance of traditions from around the globe. Woven as a tapestry of Croatian, Georgian, Nordic, Russian, Serbian, Polish, Irish and Bulgarian cultures, audiences will be transported to folk celebrations through intricate choreography, mesmerizing music, and unique voices.

Immediately before the performance, there will be a free dance class taught by members of the Central PA-based Global Music and Dance Collective from 6:30-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. The dance class will feature 3 dance instructors, including Bucknell’s own Paula Davis and 7 musicians including accordion and brass instruments. The Collective will base the Eastern European dances on the Tammies’ program that evening and will lead 3-4 different dances with commentary in between discussing dance steps and the region of origin.

The Exchange’s Art Cart will also be on-site from 6:30-7:15 p.m. with special all-ages activities related to the performance.

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

COMPLIMENTARY TRANSPORTATION FROM COAL REGION

Thanks to a generous grant from PPL Foundation, the Weis Center will offer complimentary roundtrip transportation via Catawese Coach Lines from Shamokin, Mount Carmel and Sunbury. Patrons using this transportation will receive complimentary tickets to the engagement. Tickets will be issued to patrons upon boarding the bus. Note that this free transportation offer REPLACES the previously-announced bus transportation for Calefax Reed Quintet on March 26, which will no longer be offered.

Advance reservations for transportation to the Tamburitzans performance are required by Monday, February 3 by calling 570-577-3727 or emailing [email protected]. Reservations are very limited and will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. The pick-up schedule is as follows:

  • Shamokin – rear of Weis Markets at 5:30 p.m.
  • Mount Carmel – Divine Redeemer Church at 6 p.m.
  • Sunbury – North 4th Street Plaza near Beiter’s Home Center at 6:30 p.m.
  • Arrival at the Weis Center by 7 p.m.

Return trip will begin around 9:30 p.m.

PUBLIC TICKETS
Tickets for the Weis Center performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.

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.