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Feb. 4, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — An Acoustic Evening with Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer, featuring the two musicians playing banjo, doublebass and more, will be presented Saturday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets for the event are $25.

Regarded as the world's premier classical solo bassist, Meyer has collaborated with other great musicians in almost every style and genre of music. He has performed with groups that include fiddler Mark O'Connor, legendary bluegrass musicians Sam Bush and Mike Marshall, and violinist Joshua Bell, and he has recorded with Garth Brooks, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, the Indigo Girls and the Chieftains.

Hailed by The New Yorker as "... the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument," Meyer also has earned acclaim as a composer.

Fleck first made his name in country-bluegrass music, but he has since recorded and performed with both rock stars and symphony orchestras. Widely known for his musical innovation, he is considered one of the best banjo players in the world.

Founder of the famous Flecktones, with whom he appeared in the Weis Center a few years ago, he is the only musician ever to be nominated for Grammy Awards in jazz, bluegrass, pop, country, spoken word, Christian, composition, and world music categories.

"These two musicians, Grammy Award-winners both, are probably the very best performers on their respective instruments in the entire world," says Bill Boswell, director of cultural events at Bucknell. "I expect to enjoy an exciting and even unpredictable evening of music."

Interested persons will have an opportunity to meet the artists in a free half-hour pre-performance talk by Fleck and Meyer Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building, next door to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

This tour is made possible in part by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

Advance tickets for the performance are available from the Bucknell Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets also can be purchased one hour before the performance. For information regarding the availability of services for persons with disabilities at Weis Center events, call 570-577-3700.

The 2003-04 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.


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