The Community Theatre League (CTL) is thrilled to announce the regional premiere of the hit musical “The Prom,” opening June 14 and running June 14 through June 16, and June 20 through June 23 at their Mainstage Theatre. The show promises to be a vibrant, heartwarming, and humorous production that captures the spirit of inclusivity and love. This production is proudly sponsored by Diamond Drinks and the AIDS Resource Center.

“The Prom” follows four eccentric Broadway stars who are in desperate need of a new stage. When they learn of a brewing controversy around a small-town prom, they see an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the issue—and on themselves.

The town’s parents aim to keep the high school dance strictly traditional, but one student’s wish to bring her girlfriend to prom changes everything. On a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl to change the hearts and open the minds of the town’s citizens. The result is a love that brings them all together. “The Prom” masterfully blends humor and heart, delivering a classic musical comedy with an important message for today’s audiences.

Director Marie Fox, Music Director Amanda Haney, and Choreographer Kat Shondeck lead this talented creative team. The production stars Rubie Natal as Emma, Hannah McBride as Alyssa, Katie Conklin as Dee Dee, Steven Lindenmuth as Barry, Tim Hippensteel as Trent, and Abby Simon as Angie. A large and dynamic ensemble rounds out the cast, bringing
the town and high school to life with their energy and talent.

Seth Sponhouse, CTL’s Executive Artistic Director, expresses his excitement: “We are beyond thrilled to bring ‘The Prom’ to our stage. This musical is not only entertaining but also deeply moving with its message of love and acceptance. It’s an important message for our community, our nation, and our world.”

He adds, “The cast and crew have been working tirelessly to bring this story to life with all the humor, heart, and high-energy musical numbers that make ‘The Prom’ such a hit. This is a show that resonates with people of all ages, and we encourage everyone to come and experience this joyous production.”

Opening Night attendees are encouraged to dress in their prom best to add to the festive atmosphere of the premiere. “Feel free to come dressed as if you are heading to prom!” says Sponhouse. “It’s going to be a night to remember.”

Please note that “The Prom” contains some language and sexual innuendo and may not be suitable for younger children. Parental guidance is advised.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at Don’t miss your chance to see this extraordinary musical that The New York Times calls “a joyful hoot.”

• What: Community Theatre League presents “The Prom”
• When: June 14-16 & 20-23
• Where: Community Theatre League, 100 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA
• Tickets: Available at CTLSHOWS.COM

Book & Lyrics by CHAD BEGUELIN
Based on an original concept by

Original Broadway Production directed and choreographed by

Casey Nicholaw
Originally Produced on Broadway by
Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, Jack Lane

The Prom is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by
Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036.

ABOUT COMMUNITY THEATRE LEAGUE: Community Theatre League is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing qual-
ity theatrical experiences for the community. With a commitment to artistic excellence and community engagement,

CTL strives to enrich the cultural landscape of Central Pennsylvania through the performing arts.

Weis Center Announces 2024-25 Season that Includes 23 Professional Performances

Weis Center Announces 2024-25 Season that Includes 23 Professional Performances

The 2024-25 season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts includes 23 professional performances – including world music, classical, contemporary cirque, Americana/bluegrass music, modern dance, and jazz.

When patrons return in the fall, they will notice a revitalization to the Atrium. This summer, the Weis Center’s HVAC and architectural lighting systems are being updated with new LED lighting and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems to align with the university’s sustainability practices. As part of this project, the Atrium also received some aesthetic updates to refresh the space, which has been in use for 36 years. This exciting two-phased renovation will continue in the summer of 2025 when the corridors and front entrances will also be updated.

Tickets go on sale to the public on July 8 for subscribers (5+ performances, 20% discount) and on August 8 for single tickets. At that time, patrons may call 570-577-1000, go online at or use a mail-order form available at

The fall season kicks off on Friday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by acclaimed bluegrass artist Sierra Hull. Hull is widely regarded as a master of the mandolin. She is a two-time Grammy-nominated artist and songwriter, recognized for her most recent projects, 25 Trips (2020) and Weighted Mind (2016), and is also the six-time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Mandolin Player of the Year, the first woman to ever receive this distinction.

Classical music takes center stage on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. when Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs with pianist Garrick Ohlsson. They will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, Jeunehomme, Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 as well as a new work by composer and six-time Grammy winner Billy Childs.

Contemporary cirque returns to the Weis Center with Machine de Cirque’s Ghost Light: Between Fall and Flight on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Award-winning Guinness World Record-holder Maxim Laurin performs a spectacular duet with Guillaume Larouche on a spinning teeter board that brings audiences into the elusive world between fall and flight. Ghost Light features a blend of breathtaking acrobatic feats, poignant choreography and a saturated lighting design.

Americana singer-songwriter Charly Lowry performs on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Charly Lowry, a musical powerhouse from Pembroke, N.C., is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora tribes. She is passionate about raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped and underserved communities.

Then, in a free, non-ticketed outdoor event, Cirque Kikasse performs on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 12 noon and 4 pm on the Weis Center Plaza. Cirque Kikasse presents SANTÉ!, a dynamic circus show with high-level acrobatics, contagious energy and breathtaking balances, all on an extraordinary food-cirque truck. The performers arrange furniture that turns into a balancing tower 30 feet off the ground, playfully and inefficiently clean the truck and trampoline and react to an overflowing popcorn machine. This fun concept will give thrills to even the most seasoned in the audience.

In the first of several jazz events, Lakecia Benjamin Quartet performs on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. One of the most sought-after and revered saxophonists in the world, Lakecia Benjamin was voted 2020 DownBeat Critics Poll’s Rising Star, alto saxophone, and Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Known for her charisma and dynamism as a player and as a composer, she has an inimitable skill of fusing traditional conceptions of jazz, hip-hop and soul. Her latest album, Phoenix, was nominated for three Grammy awards.

Contemporary Dance troupe RUBBERBAND performs their work Ever So Slightly on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles native Victor Quijada brings together classical dance composition and West Coast hip-hop like no one before him. Bursting onto the scene with his Montreal-based company in 2002, Quijada’s dance technique, the RUBBERBAND Method, is taught in some of the most prestigious dance schools and conservatories from Los Angeles to London. Ever So Slightly explores the behavioral mechanisms and reflexes we develop against the ceaseless flow of irritants that bombard us in our daily lives. Most of us long for calm and resilience and ask how do we get to a zone where noise and aggressiveness no longer have a place?

Classical ensemble Quartetto di Cremona performs on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. Winner of the 2019 Franco Buitoni Award, Quartetto di Cremona is among the world’s preeminent string quartets, noted for its lustrous sound, refined musicianship and stylistic versatility. According to The Strad, its Lincoln Center debut in 2022, “was distinguished by splendid balance, abundant color and a relaxed mastery of all the musical elements.”

Jazz pianist Sean Mason performs on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. When Sean Mason speaks about music, the notes fall into place. The cadence of his ideas unfolds with deliberate tempo, each exploring and resolving tension like an inspired chord progression. On his debut album, The Southern Suite, he emerges as a guiding luminary, shining his introspective command as both a pianist and composer through the historic lens of jazz to create a work that distills the essence of the genre for our time, even as it points the way forward.

Sister Sadie performs on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Sister Sadie is a wildfire of raging hot bluegrass combined with breathtaking instrumental drive and awe-inspiring vocals. Comprised of original members Deanie Richardson (fiddle) and Gena Britt (banjo and vocals), and newcomers Jaelee Roberts (guitar and vocals), Dani Flowers (guitar and vocals) and Maddie Dalton (acoustic bass and vocals), Sister Sadie has combined the varied talents of each woman in the lineup to create something that is far more than the sum of its parts.

Alex and Olmsted’s Jim Henson Foundation grant-awarded MAROONED! A Space Comedy comes to the Weis Center on Saturday, November 16 at 4 p.m. MAROONED! is an innovative new puppet show that features music from the Voyager Golden Record and takes place at the outer reaches of space. An astronaut crashes on an uncharted planet. Will she be able to survive strange creatures, an anomalous atmosphere and isolation in order to find her way home?

Tab Benoit brings Delta blues to Central PA on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tab Benoit is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30-plus year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta-swamp blues. He’s acquired a devoted legion of fans along the way as well as five Blues Music Awards, including B.B. King Entertainer of the Year (twice), and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Pablo Giménez Spanish Ensemble brings flamenco and classical guitar to the stage on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Giménez performs as a soloist, in chamber music ensembles and as an accompanist for flamenco dance and song. He is also the artistic director and guitarist of the Pablo Giménez Spanish Ensemble and flamenco company Corazon de Granada.

Gospel Quartet Kings Return performs on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Dynamic and soothing four-piece vocal group Kings Return takes pride in crafting a diverse yet supremely cohesive a cappella sound. The blend of their unique vocal timbres is so rich and smooth that, at times, it sounds more like a full choir than four men. Their brand of rhythm and blues is entwined with free moments of jazz, soulful bursts of gospel and bright touches of pop — all built on a solid, classical foundation.

World music from Brazil comes to Central PA when Heloísa Fernandes Quartet performs on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The work of Brazilian pianist and composer Heloísa Fernandes is the sound of a woman free to study literature, poetry, nature and the classical, jazz and Brazilian musical worlds, and to let them shape her identity and flow into compositions. Strong and original, ancient and modern, her sublime creations blossom with rhythmic vitality and melodic delicacy. With her skill as an improviser, she searches for emotional depths and soars with joy. “Fernandes is beyond categorization,” wrote the Post and Courier of her American debut. “She is herself, and I’ll always be interested in any music she cares to explore.” In addition to herself, the quartet includes Toninho Carrasqueira (flute), Sidiel Vieira (bass) and Ari Colares (percussion).

Bluegrass ensemble Henhouse Prowlers perform on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Founded nearly two decades ago, this Chicago-bred quartet finds itself at the intersection of performance, diplomacy and education. Onstage, the group’s performances give audiences a sense of how much they love what they do. In recordings — including 2023’s Lead and Iron, released via Dark Shadow Recording — the band explores their collective life experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Henhouse Prowlers’ music, the band bends and squeezes the traditional form into a keenly developed sound all its own.

Jazz drummer Nate Smith performs on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Smith’s visceral, instinctive and deep-rooted style of drumming has led to three Grammy nominations. Smith fuses his original compositions with an eclectic mix of music, including everything from jazz to rhythm and blues and hip-hop to pop. His latest album, Kinfolk 2: See the Birds, is the highly anticipated follow up to his 2017 Grammy Award-nominated album, Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere. Smith’s videos have been viewed by millions of people, underscoring his popularity as one of the most influential drummers of his generation.

Esmé Quartet performs on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Praised for its warm sound and powerful stage presence, the Esmé Quartet was formed in 2016 at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany, by four musicians who had been friends since their youth. The Esmé Quartet brings together four brilliant and distinct musical personalities to form a cohesive, close-knit group that is passionately dedicated to the string quartet repertoire.

World music from Ukraine will be presented by DakhaBrakha on Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music. The group is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time, and its name means give/take in the old Ukrainian language. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African and Ukrainian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

Houston Ballet II graces the stage on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Houston Ballet II is the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fourth largest ballet company. Comprised of a stellar array of young dancers from around the world, Houston Ballet II is under the direction of Artistic Directors Julie Kent and Stanton Welch AM. They will perform: Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote, Act II, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth and Sleeping Beauty, Act III.

Neave Trio comes to the Weis Center on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m. Since forming in 2010, the Grammy-nominated Neave Trio, including violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Eri Nakamura, has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. Gramophone praised the trio’s “taut and vivid interpretations,” while The Strad called out the musicians’ “eloquent phrasing and deft control of textures” and BBC Music Magazine described the performances as balancing “passion with sensitivity and grace.”

Back by popular demand, Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion will perform world music on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and one of the greatest musicians of our time. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, and as one of India’s reigning cultural ambassadors.

The season ends with a blues performance by Ruthie Foster on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Renowned for her ability to weave together a tapestry of diverse musical influences ranging from gospel and blues to folk and soul, Ruthie Foster’s musical odyssey has taken her from singing in churches in rural Texas to earning multiple Grammy nominations, gracing the stage of New York’s Beacon Theatre with the Allman Brothers, and collaborating with icons such as Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. With her milestone tenth studio album, Mileage, released by the legendary Sun Records, Foster continues to tell stories that reflect her personal triumphs, losses, and the universal human experience.

Season Brochure
The season brochure is now available at

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.

Hardcopies will be available throughout the Susquehanna River Valley region in early June.

The Weis Center’s 2024-25 season is supported by the following season-level sponsors: Bucknell Sports Properties, The Daily Item, Seven Mountains Media, Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation and WVIA.

Event sponsors include Martha and Alan Barrick, Centre Daily Times, Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Nancy and Sam Craig, Evangelical Community Hospital, Clayton and David Lightman, Teri MacBride and Steve Guattery, The News Item, Press Enterprise, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, Gary and Sandy Sojka, Standard Journal, Stone State Entertainment, ViaMedia, Williamsport Sun Gazette, Karl Voss and Chanin Wendling family, PAHomepage/WBRE/WYOU and WNEP.

Grant funding for the season includes Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Tickets go on sale to the public on July 8 for subscribers (5+ performances, 20% discount) and on August 8 for single tickets. At that time, patrons may call 570-577-1000, go online at or use a mail-order form available at

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Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents Annapurna, by Sharr White, Starring Elizabeth Dowd and Rand Whipple.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents Annapurna, by Sharr White, Starring Elizabeth Dowd and Rand Whipple.

Bloomsburg, PA – May 1, 2024 – Experience the emotional power of Sharr White’s Annapurna brought to life by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. This deeply moving yet delightfully clever play, directed by Resident Acting Company member Aaron White, features a stage reunion of real-life married couple Elizabeth Dowd and Rand Whipple.

After two decades apart, Emma (Dowd) seeks out Ulysses (Whipple) in a desolate trailer park for one final confrontation. Their encounter unfolds into a raw and gripping exploration of enduring love, punctuated by the complexities of life and loss. Annapurna strips theatre down to its core—two people, one room, and a dialogue that will leave you breathless.

Renowned for his witty dialog and insightful character development, Sharr White crafts a narrative that resonates deeply with audiences of all backgrounds. Annapurna is a testament to his ability to navigate the intricacies of the human experience with nuance and authenticity.

This production will honor the illustrious 45 year career of Elizabeth Dowd in her final mainstage performance as full-time company member. Dowd will be joined onstage by her husband and BTE founding member, Rand Whipple, adding a layer of authentic intimacy to this already powerful production.

Reviews for Annapurna:
“Sharr White’s ANNAPURNA is a comic and gripping duet…The closer [the characters] get to understanding what drove them apart, the more engrossed we become in watching them draw together.” —San Francisco Chronicle.

“What if you had experienced the defining moment of your life—but couldn’t remember it? Sharr White’s remarkable two-person play ANNAPURNA…deals with just that dilemma, as well as other imponderables such as the vagaries of love and the philosophical clarity of impending death.” —Los Angeles Times.

Annapurna invites theatergoers to embark on a poetic journey filled with raw honesty, profound insight, and moments of unexpected beauty.

Annapurna will run from May 23rd- June 9th, 2024 at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. Tickets are now available for purchase online at or
by calling the Box Office at 570-784-8181.

Community Arts Center awarded EITC funds from Truist

Community Arts Center awarded EITC funds from Truist

Williamsport, PA – The Community Arts Center is pleased to announce it is the recipient of $3,000 from Truist through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The contribution will be used to support the Educational Series programming within the approved Educational Improvement Tax Credit Programs.

“Supporting the arts can ignite new passions for students and families across Williamsport,” said Alexander Nicholas, Vice President, Commercial Lending. “At Truist, our purpose is to inspire and build better lives and communities – my hope is this grant will help inspire a new generation of performers who found their love of the arts at the Community Arts Center.”

The CAC is an approved Educational Improvement Organization by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Educational Improvement Tax Credit funds allow approved organizations to invest in projects that improve access to high quality education programs.

Jim Dougherty, Executive Director of the CAC said, “The support from Truist is instrumental in allowing us to continue presenting meaningful and entertaining educational content for our region’s K-12 learners, and we’re incredibly appreciative of their donation.”

Funding for the educational programming is derived from various sources, including EITC Funds, donations, corporate sponsorships, and grants.

“This support from Truist makes it possible for us to reach our youngest and most diverse population. We know that exposure through the Educational Series fosters a familiarity and love for the arts and we are thankful to them for that,” said Ana Gonzalez-White, College Relations Officer in charge of development for the CAC.

For more information about giving opportunities at the CAC, contact Gonzalez-White at 570-327-7657 or email [email protected].

The Community Arts Center is owned and operated by Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education.



WILLIAMSPORT, PA – THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy in Williamsport, PA playing at the Community Arts Center on May 2. A limited number of tickets will be available at $25 each. Entries can be submitted online at or in person at the Box Office.

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances. The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.

Entries will be accepted online at or at the Box Office beginning today; each person will provide their name, email, phone number, and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase for the drawing. On April 25th, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Winners must purchase their tickets through the CAC Box Office by Friday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. The Broadway production is directed by Parker and two-time Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, and choreographed by Nicholaw. The tour is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Werner based on the original Broadway direction and choreography. Set design is by three-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design is by Tony Award winner Ann Roth, lighting design is by five-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt, sound design is by two-time Tony Award winner Brian Ronan, and hair design is by Josh Marquette. Orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus. Music supervision and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus. Casting is by Carrie Gardner.

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical; the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical; and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.
NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS (Producer) is an industry-leading producer of touring theatrical productions, committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide for more than 25 years.

World Music from Veracruz, Mexico Ends Weis Center’s 23-24 Season

World Music from Veracruz, Mexico Ends Weis Center’s 23-24 Season

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Caña Dulce y Caña Brava from Veracruz, Mexico on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Geisinger and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. This engagement of La Banda Morisca is made possible in part through the Iber Exchange program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Ibermúsicas.

Arrive early!
Patrons are encouraged to arrive early for a free pre-performance talk from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

Also available before the show – dinner! Real Taste 570’s food truck will be parked on the Weis Center Plaza from 6:30-7:20 p.m. offering their Mexican Street menu for purchase. The menu includes tacos, burritos, quesadillas and side orders. Special thanks to Bucknell’s Thrive Innovation Fund for helping to co-sponsor the food truck for Bucknell students and patrons.

Caña Dulce y Caña Brava offers a performance that shows off the music, poetry, dance and traditional attire of Veracruz, Mexico, interpreted by artists who are beneficiaries of the jarocho culture and noteworthy performers with years of experience on both national and international stages. The group stands out as an artistic project that highlights feminine poetry and voices.

Creating an experience that connects the spectator with distinct emotions, one is taken on a voyage through multiple rhythms, accompanied by traditional string instruments, such as the harp and the jarana, percussion and zapateado (percussive dance), poetic improvisation in rhyme and visual effects. Offering an assortment of colors, textures and images to diverse and multi-generational audiences, the ensemble is defined by an original aesthetic concept that unites the traditional with the vanguard in a contemporary stage proposal.

Since its formation in 2007, the group has carried the seal of feminine strength and beauty within the traditionally masculine world of Mexican son.

The sounds of the strings interweave with the poetic messages written from a woman’s perspective, creating a facet not before seen within this musical genre.

The zapateado (percussive dance) on the tarima (wooden platform) accentuates the beat, while the band’s colorful wardrobe embellishes their musicality. Appealing instrumental landscapes include the captivating vibrations of the horse jaw, the profound and mystical harmonies of the harp, the percussive atmosphere created by the jarana, the robust rhythm of the guitarra grande, and the renaissance-sounding bowed instruments created ex profeso for the group, resurrecting extinct baroque instrumentation.

Thanks to their dedication, innovation and consistency, the group has positioned itself as a reference point for current son jarocho music. They have collaborated with well-known artists such as Lila Downs, Geo Meneses, María Inés Ochoa and La Santa Cecilia (recording “Volver a los 17” by Violeta Parra, in the Grammy nominated album “Amar y Vivir”, 2017). Furthermore, Caña Dulce y Caña Brava has represented Mexico in forums and festivales worldwide in Latin America, the United States, Canada, Africa, Asia and Europe.


Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 1) and $10 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at

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].

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