Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale Announces Youth Auditions on Sat., Jan. 21 and Mon., Jan. 30

Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale Announces Youth Auditions on Sat., Jan. 21 and Mon., Jan. 30

Do you LOVE to SING or know a young singer who would like to be a part of an amazing experience?

The Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale (SVYC) offers excellence in choral instruction to singers grades 2-12.

SVYC’s youth program complements school music programs, giving talented youth singers the opportunity to sing and perform at an advanced level with other highly motivated singers from the Susquehanna Valley. Our singers enjoy learning more about music, improving their musicality, making new friends and presenting a concert for the community.

Rehearsals will start in January in Selinsgrove and we will perform our spring concert in April. Auditions are held to better understand your level of singing ability.

Please note the audition details listed below and call or email Youth Music Director, Coleen Renshaw, at 570-765-0637 or [email protected] to schedule an audition.

AUDITIONS
Sharon Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove
January 21, 2023, 10 am-12 pm
January 23, 2023, 6 pm-8 pm

REHEARSALS
Monday nights at Sharon Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove
First rehearsal: January 30

CONCERT: April 23, 2023

For more info:

SV Youth Chorale

Step Afrika! Brings African American “Step” Dance to the Weis Center Stage

Step Afrika! Brings African American “Step” Dance to the Weis Center Stage

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will present Step Afrika! on Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Step Afrika! now ranks as one of the top 10 African American dance companies in the United States.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by PPL Foundation and the Class of 1953 Fund.

About the Company

Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Williams’s leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 50 countries across the globe.

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional west and southern African dances and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience.

Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

At the Weis Center, they will perform the self-titled work Step Afrika! It introduces audiences to the tradition of stepping through both a traditional and contemporary lens. The performance features nine to 10 artists/musicians who demonstrate stepping’s origins in African American fraternities and sororities while showing the art form’s unlimited creative and artistic potential. Also featured is a suite of traditional South African dances including the powerful dance of the Zulu Nation and the poly-rhythmic South African gumboot dance. Step Afrika! has studied and performed both of these traditions for over 25 years.

The performance run time is 90 minutes, without an intermission.

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.

Advance reservations are required by Tuesday, January 31 by calling 570-577-3727 or emailing [email protected] Reservations are limited and will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. The pick-up schedule is as follows:

● Shamokin – rear of Weis Markets, pick up at 5:30 p.m.

● Mount Carmel – Divine Redeemer Church, pick up at 6 p.m.

● Sunbury – 4th Street/Beiter’s, park on the edge of the parking lot, pick up at 6:30 p.m.

Arrival at the Weis Center at 7 p.m. for the performance at 7:30 p.m.

Return trip will begin around 9 p.m.

TICKETS

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $15 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

There is a special rate for local dance studios for this performance: Youth $5 and accompanying parent/guardian $15. Use Coupon Code STEPPING at checkout, after selecting seats.

Group discounts are available; please inquire with the Campus Box Office.

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

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.

“From My Studio Window: A View From The Top” by Mary Lapos

“From My Studio Window: A View From The Top” by Mary Lapos


“From My Studio Window: A View From The Top” opens Jan 2nd and runs thru early March at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, Pa. (nedsmithcenter.org). The reception will take place on Saturday February 11th, 1-4 p.m. (facebook.com/events/568862615083153). The show will consist of 16 paintings, mostly plein air.

About the Artist

Mary Lapos (aka MOTH) is an American Artist (1942 – ), a life-long resident of Central Pennsylvania who has been creating art for 50 years on a CREP farm (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) purchased in 1970 by her and her husband, Frank. Both were teachers in the Danville area, he for the district and she for IU#16. Their two children are raising their families in the area — one, an administrator with Bloomsburg University, the other a Veterinarian in private practice. After Frank’s untimely death in 2001, MOTH set up her studio In Frank’s repurposed and refurbished woodworking shop.

MOTH has produced pieces in almost all media and lately is gravitating back to black and white. Watercolor, oils, and pastels have been her favorite choices over the years, and 60% of her paintings have sold. She has had numerous one-woman shows in the Susquehanna Valley, including her largest and most far-reaching entitled “Painting Invisible People”. That collection was featured in such diverse locations as the Harrisburg Commonwealth School of Law and Widener University in Philadelphia. “Invisible People” was a multimedia show focusing on social justice, gender inequality, and generational poverty and discrimination issues in three separate Countries — India, Haiti, and the U.S.

MOTH’s most recent one-woman show, at the Exchange Gallery in Bloomsburg, was a two-themed venture: “In Tune: Key of D” and “In the Reign of COVID: Black or White”. The first was a conceptual production of twelve pieces featuring the processes of sympathetic vibrations and harmony utilizing the synchronistic qualities of color waves and sound waves of music. Put simply, if it sounds good it will look good. The second, consisting of nine pieces, was a visual reflection on the COVID experience from an artist’s perspective, with all pieces done in Black & White (graphite on watercolor paper).

MOTH’s work is held in private collections in the U.S., England, Ireland, India, Slovakia, Bolivia, and Namibia.

About the pseudonym MOTH

A moth is a spirit guide. It represents mystery, darkness/light, and transformation. The ability to create from the void, from nothing to something, from bad to blessed. Powerful. Ancient Wisdom. It perfectly compliments her goal in Art: to make the unknown known and the unseen seen, by everyone

Susquehanna Valley Chorale Ushers in Christmas Season with Candlelight Performance, Youth Chorale to be Featured

Susquehanna Valley Chorale Ushers in Christmas Season with Candlelight Performance, Youth Chorale to be Featured

Surround yourself with the sounds of the holiday season by joining the Susquehanna Valley Chorale for a Candlelight Christmas on Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 18 at 3 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury.

The concert will feature familiar holiday selections as well as new selections by two local, young composers Christian Humcke and Christopher Lottes.

The performance will be accompanied by harp, organ, percussion and the Commonwealth Brass.

Featured local soloists include: Amy Caron, Josh Dearing, Liz DeSantis, Katie Kelley, Christopher Lottes and Joanna Rees.

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

The Chorale will be joined by special guest, the Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale.

Some of the familiar selections include: Once in Royal David’s City, Coventry Carol, The First Nowell, O Come All Ye Faithful, Still, Still, Still, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Joy to the World.

Other selections include The Dream Isaiah Saw, which was composed by Pittsburgh-based composer, singer and choral director, Glenn L. Rudolph at the request of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. The text was taken from Thomas H. Troeger’s 1994 publication Borrowed Light: Hymn Texts, Prayers, and Poems. The attack on the World Trade Center occurred as Mr. Rudolph was completing The Dream Isaiah Saw, which he dedicated to those who perished on September 11, 2001.

Two new compositions from local composers will also be featured:

Evening Quiescence is a recent composition by Christian Humcke, a Bucknell University graduate who is currently Minister of Music at St. Paul Lutheran Church, East Windsor NJ.

A new work by Susquehanna University student and SVC member, Christopher Lottes, will also be premiered. The piece is an ethereal setting of Coventry Carol.

[Note to the media: Lottes’ piece would make an interesting sidebar feature. Members of the media may contact Christopher at [email protected] for additional information and quotes.]

Sponsors for the performance include: Martha and Alan Barrick and Coldwell Banker/Penn One Real Estate. Co-sponsor is Mifflinburg Bank and Trust. Underwriters include: Kessey Kieselhorst, Gloria Karchner, Jacquelyn Paul and Albert Bothe, Jr., and Raven and Marv Rudnitsky.

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

Tickets are available online at SVCMusic.org, by calling 570-547-0455 or at the door.

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

Soweto Gospel Choir Returns to Weis Center with New Program,  “Hope: It’s Been a Long Time Coming”

Soweto Gospel Choir Returns to Weis Center with New Program, “Hope: It’s Been a Long Time Coming”

Patrons Asked to Bring Canned Food Items for Local Families

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome back the Soweto Gospel Choir on Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, Martha and Alan Barrick, WNEP and the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 program, “Hope: It’s Been a Long Time Coming” features songs that commemorate the freedom movements in two countries, South Africa and the United States.

The choir also will perform selected holiday music.

Producer Andrew Kay states, “It’s a thrill for the choir to tour the United States and Canada again. These talented artists love spreading joy to audiences across the globe. And audiences, no matter where they see the choir, find their performances inspiring and their joy contagious.” He continues, “This new concert is something they’ve wanted to do since before the pandemic. They can’t wait to share this music with everyone!”

Pre-Performance Talk
There will be a free-performance talk with a member of the Soweto Gospel Choir, facilitated by Tanisha Williams, the Richard E. and Yvonne Smith Post-Doctoral Fellow in Botany from 6:40-7 p.m. the same night as the performance, in the Weis Center Atrium.

Protest Songs Playlist
As part of the engagement, the Weis Center has curated a playlist of protest songs on Spotify. Members of the public are encouraged to suggest songs for the list. Suggestions can be emailed to [email protected] or sent through the Weis Center’s Facebook (Facebook.com/WeisCenter) or Instagram (Instagram.com/Weis_Center) accounts. The playlist will be played in the Atrium and in the Concert Hall on the evening of the performance, December 1.

About the Performance and the Ensemble
In a concert of hope commemorating and remembering the freedom movements in South Africa and the United States, the three-time Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir brings joy and inspiration to us all. An unforgettable night starts with a rousing program of some of the South African freedom songs that inspired their Rainbow Nation, then moves to the United States with beautiful and heartfelt renditions of the music of the civil rights movement featuring works by legendary artists such as Billie Holiday, James Brown, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield and the one and only Aretha Franklin.

Hailing from Soweto (South West Township, South Africa), a town outside of Johannesburg and home of Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s democratic movement, Soweto Gospel Choir continues to inspire audiences around the world with their powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs and international classics.

The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in 2003 at the end of the apartheid era and during South Africa’s inspiring return to democracy. Taking part in some of the major historical events in the new democratic South Africa, Soweto Gospel Choir are proud to have performed on many occasions for the former President Nelson Mandela and sadly at his state funeral in South Africa and at the subsequent commemorative service at Westminster Abbey in London. They were similarly invited to perform at the funeral service for the late president’s first wife, Winnie Mandela. The choir’s patron is human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and are proud to act as ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Comprising a line-up of some of South Africa’s best vocalists, these uplifting performers have shared the stage and collaborated with the biggest names in contemporary music including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, U2, Diana Ross, Peter Gabriel, Chris Martin, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Jimmy Cliff, Ben Harper, Angelique Kidjo, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hugh Masekela and Josh Groban.

In January 2022, Soweto Gospel Choir sang at the funeral service in Cape Town of the Choir’s patron, Nobel Prize winning Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

TICKETS
Tickets are $35 for adults, $28 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $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 students (limit 2).

Group discounts are available; please inquire with the Campus Box Office.

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

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.

Award-Winning, Innovative Classical Ensemble to Perform at Weis Center

Award-Winning, Innovative Classical Ensemble to Perform at Weis Center

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome classical ensemble Merz Trio on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. The Trio features Lee Dionne on piano, Brigid Coleridge on violin and Julia Yang on cello.

Hailed as “artists in the deepest sense of the word” (Cut Common), the Merz Trio, winners of the Naumburg International Chamber Music Award Competition, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Concert Artists Guild competition, and Chesapeake Music’s International Chamber Music Competition for Young Professionals, has been lauded for their “stunning virtuosity … fresh and surprising interpretations” (Reading Eagle) and “perfection of intonation and ensemble” (Hudson Review).

Seamlessly gliding between traditional repertoire and the music of our time, the trio are known for their vibrantly dynamic programming, wide-ranging interdisciplinary collaboration and prolific new arrangements of works for piano trio.

The trio is also known for their fluid and imaginative integration of music and text in their programming, ranging from their recital-theater piece built around Shakespeare’s Macbeth (“Those Secret Eyes”) to their recent debut album interweaving Ravel’s Trio with short pieces, poems and diaries of the era (“Ink,” August 2021).

At the Weis Center, the Merz Trio will bring together a series of diversely lyrical and stunningly rich works in a program called After Vienna, including Alma Mahler and Alban Berg: “Four Songs”; Daniel Temkin: “Five Bagatelles”; Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8 and Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 899.

TICKETS
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $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 students (limit 2).

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

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.