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Ukraine Symphony Orchestra and Acclaimed Cellist Come to Weis Center

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will perform works by Poleva, Shostakovich and Schumann on Sunday, February 9 at 4 p.m. at the Weis Center.

Volodymyr Sirenko serves as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor and Natalia Khoma will be a cello soloist for the performance.

There will be a free pre-performance talk with Chief Conductor Volodymyr Sirenko, facilitated by Paul Grobey, from 3-3:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Sam and Nancy Craig.

While at the Weis Center, they will perform Victoria Poleva’s Langsam, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107 featuring Cello Soloist Natalia Khoma and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120.

Founded in 1918 and based in Kiev, the orchestra has performed world premieres by Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and other prestigious composers. Since 1993, the ensemble has recorded more than 100 albums, two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Volodymyr Sirenko is a People’s Artist of Ukraine and laureate of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize, Ukraine’s most prestigious award. He is Professor of the opera and symphonic conducting at the National Music Academy of Ukraine.

Natalia Khoma is an internationally renowned cellist. Since winning First Prize at the Lysenko Cello Competition, Khoma has won top prizes at the Budapest Pablo Casals International Competition, Markneukirchen Competition in Germany, and the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, as well as First Prize at the Belgrade International Cello Competition.

A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Ms. Khoma studied at Solomia Krushelnytska School for gifted children with Evhen Shpitzer, at the Moscow Conservatory with Natalia Shakhovskaya and in the United States, received an Artist Diploma from Boston University under the direction of Leslie Parnas.

“This is an orchestra with many virtues,” wrote a reviewer for the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald. “Its strings can conjure up a vibrant songfulness; the woodwinds have a fruity, penetrating ripeness; the brass could endanger the walls of Jericho; the percussion might wake the dead.”

After an appearance in Moscow, Dmitri Shostakovich commented, “This orchestra has as distinguished a group of performers as one would be likely to find anywhere. The ensemble of the orchestra is of the highest level. In addition, the various soloists and instrumental groups within the Orchestra play exceptionally and complement each other beautifully – as would the greatest of the world’s symphony orchestras.”

Tickets for the Weis Center performance are $35 for adults, $28 for seniors 62+, $25 for youth 18 and under, $25 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $25 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.

Pacific Roots Music Comes to Weis Center in Free Performance

Pacific Roots Music Comes to Weis Center in Free Performance

Pacific roots artist Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole will bring Hawaiian music to the stage on Friday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. This is a free performance and tickets are not required.

A riveting performer, Kaumakaiwa creates some of the most original work to emerge in contemporary Hawaiian music, drawing from ancestral memory and hula practice as chant transforms to melody. Kaumakaiwa seamlessly melds Hawaiian culture and modern sensibilities in deeply powerful music.

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole has been on stage since she could walk. A charismatic dancer and singer, with an impressive vocal range from tenor chant to Hawaiian falsetto singing, she is a five-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian “Grammy”) Award-winner with 3 solo CDs to her name. She is the great grandchild of Edith Kanaka’ole, who was one of the seminal figures of the Hawaiian Renaissance which helped bring Hawaiian culture back into the central life of the Islands. Since birth, Kaumakaiwa has dedicated her life to her illustrious family’s practice and passion – hula (Hālau O Kekuhi) and Hawaiian culture.

A modern transgender Hawaiian (mahu wahine), she is a vibrant keeper of culture, an authentic innovator and fun, as she engages indigenous thought to address today’s issues through music, chant and sharing of spirit. With plenty of humor, she provides wry commentary and stories to give context to her songs.

Award-winning musician and producer Shawn Pimental accompanies on guitar and backup vocals.

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.

Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale Announces Spring Auditions: January 20

The Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale (SVYC) has been serving the region’s young singers with artistic excellence since 1993. The program is an educational outreach of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale. Auditions for the SVYC will be held on Monday, January 20 from 5-8 p.m. at  Sharon Lutheran Church located at 120 S. Market St. in Selinsgrove. Rehearsals are held every Monday night at Sharon Lutheran Church; the first rehearsal will be on Monday, January 27.

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

New singers and 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 2-12.

Audition information can be found online to let parents and children know what is required and what to expect: http://www.svcmusic.org/sv-youth-chorale/auditions-rehearsals/

The Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale will present their Spring Concert on April 26, 2020 at Selinsgrove Area Middle School.

The Children Features BTE Founder Laurie McCants’s Final Bow

The Children Features BTE Founder Laurie McCants’s Final Bow

The Children Features BTE Founder Laurie McCants’s Final Bow
January 16th – February 2nd
at The Alvina Krause Theatre

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is proud to present their third show of their 42nd Season, The Children by Lucy Kirkwood. The three-person play stars Elizabeth Dowd, James Goode, and Laurie McCants (in her final mainstage role before she retires from BTE).

The Children tells the story of Hazel and Robin (Dowd and Goode), retired nuclear scientists, living a life of relative seclusion in the wake of a recent nuclear meltdown. Out of the blue, their old co-worker and friend Rose (McCants) shows up in their kitchen, and brings with her some shocking memories and tough questions. Old secrets are revealed, dormant rivalries flare up, and sparks fly in this darkly funny drama that examines what kind of world we hope to leave for our children.

Lucy Kirkwood’s Tony-nominated play was a hit in London before moving to Broadway, Melbourne, and Chicago. The Guardian’s Helen Meany calls The Children “a taut tale of human and atomic meltdown.”  

The Children plays Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30PM, and Sundays at 3:00PM at The Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg. January 16th, 17th, and 18th are “Pay What You Decide” performances; entry is free, but you decide what your ticket was worth at the end of the show. 

Following the performance on Sunday, January 26th at 5:00PM, BTE will host a “Conversation With Laurie McCants,” during which Ensemble guests and audience members can ask Laurie about her 42 year career with BTE as well as her countless travels and eclectic theatrical endeavors.

Tickets are available at www.bte.org or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181. The Children is also included with a  BTE monthly subscription.

Rated MA for Mature Themes, Adult Humor, and Explosive Drama

Jazz Drummer Allison Miller Brings New Piece about Rivers and Social Change to the Weis Center

Jazz Drummer Allison Miller Brings New Piece about Rivers and Social Change to the Weis Center

Jazz drummer, composer and teacher Allison Miller and her band Boom Tic Boom will present a new work, In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change, on Friday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

Immediately before the performance, there will be a free pre-show talk with the artist from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

The Rivers project was commissioned by the Jazz Touring Network, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The co‐commissioning of this project was led by Lake Placid Center for the Arts in partnership with Ars Nova Workshop, Light Up the Queen Foundation, Modlin Center for the Arts, and Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The Weis Center performance is sponsored, in part, by Karl Voss and Chanin Wendling family.

Described by critics as a charismatic and rhythmically propulsive drummer with melodic sensibility, Allison Miller engages her deep roots in jazz improvisation as a way to explore all music.

Miller has been named “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in Downbeat Magazine and her composition, Otis Was a Polar Bear, is on NPR’s list of The 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women. Miller is Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2019 Artist in Residence, alongside bassist/producer Derrick Hodge. She is also the first recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Commissioning Grant.

The acclaimed percussionist and Yamaha clinician will be joined by her band, Boom Tic Boom, which features pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, bassist Todd Sickafoose and Miller on drums and composition.

Boom Tic Boom has been met with critical acclaim receiving 4.5 stars from Downbeat and making “Top 10 Jazz Albums” lists for Downbeat, The LA Times, Jazz Journalists Association and Something Else.

ABOUT THE NEW WORK
Rivers are the lifeline of America, and in the 19th and 20th century, many social movements took place around waterways. “In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change” is a multimedia suite for chamber jazz ensemble and tap dancer centered around five American rivers (Susquehanna, Delaware, James, Hudson, Schuylkill) and the social and environmental changes they inspired.

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

Toshi Reagon to Perform Free Rock/Blues/Folk/Spirituals Concert at Weis Center to kick off spring 2020 season

Toshi Reagon to Perform Free Rock/Blues/Folk/Spirituals Concert at Weis Center to kick off spring 2020 season

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon will perform her unique blend of rock, blues, folk, and spirituals on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. This is a free performance and tickets are not required.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Bucknell University’s Department of Music, Jazz at Bucknell and Martin Luther King Jr. Week 2020.

Described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” and by Pop Matters as “a treasure waiting to be found,” Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music.

Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big hearted, hold-nothing back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk.

The New York Times described her blend as “…a love of mixing things up…[her] vocal style ranges from a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon.”

Over nearly 30 years, Reagon has collaborated with top innovators across a wide spectrum of the entertainment field. Since Lenny Kravitz chose her, straight out of college, to open for him on his first world tour, she has gone on to share stages with notable colleagues such as Nona Hendryx, Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Dar Williams, Lizz Wright, Me’shell Ndegé Ocello and Marc Anthony Thompson (aka Chocolate Genius). Her performances with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon–civil rights activist and founder of the a cappella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock–are legendary.

Poet and playwright Carl Hancock Rux tapped Reagon as one of the producers for his Rux Revue album. She also produced Casselberry DuPree’s Hot Corn in the Fire and Gina Breedlove’s Open Heart. She served as producer or co-producer on four CDs for Sweet Honey in the Rock–In This Land (1995), Still On The Journey (1993), Sacred Ground (1996) and The Women Gather (2003). She has written songs for Lizz Wright’s Dreaming Wide Awake (2005) and co-wrote and plays on several songs on Wright’s The Orchard (2008).

Some of Reagon’s proudest moments have included playing for her godfather Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden (2009), a benefit for Seeger’s environmental organization, Clearwater. She has also performed with the Freedom Singers at the White House in President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s tribute to the music of the civil rights movement.

Toshi Reagon’s honors include a 2009 Out Music Award, the 2007 Black Lily Award for Outstanding Performance, and a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts award for music composition. She was one of several women honored by the National Women’s History Project for “amazing intelligence, talent, courage and tenacity [that testify] to the myriad ways that generations of women have moved history forward.”

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.