November 13, 2006

Turtle Island Quartet

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Turtle Island Quartet, America's premier string jazz ensemble, will perform "A Solstice Celebration: The Festival of Lights," Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

"Turtle Island's Solstice celebration is a kind of joyous personal voyage through world winter holiday music," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "The program grew from the Quartet members' various  ancestral roots, and it includes music ranging from the songs of Chanukah and Dewali to old English carols and Scottish reels.

"Also featured are pieces that have touched lives more recently, including Vince Guaraldi's beloved music from A Charlie Brown Christmas. I can't imagine a musical program that is more inclusive and speaks more to the peace that is at the heart of holiday wishes in so very many cultures," said Boswell.

Grammy Award-winners

The Quartet, which won the 2006 Grammy for Best Classical Crossover album, comprises David Balakrishnan, violin and baritone violin; Evan Price, violin; Mads Tolling, viola; and Mark Summer, cello. The most acclaimed ensemble of its kind, the Quartet is a glorious fusion of jazz with the classical string quartet. The ensemble has recorded on Telarc, Koch, Chandos and Windham Hill. For more information or music samples, see

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office by calling 570-577-1000 or online at  The box office in the Weis Center also opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance has been made possible in part by a generous contribution from Louis and Joyce Betz. The 2006-07 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with 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.

[photo credit: Peter Serling 2004]

Posted Nov. 13, 2006


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