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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Music, dance, theater, and more highlight the 2007-08 events schedule at Bucknell University’s Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

"The season brings to the region's architecturally striking and acoustically exceptional concert hall a wide range of top quality artistic presentations," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "We continue our tradition of bringing the world of performing arts to the Susquehanna Valley.”

All are invited to take advantage of the outstanding performances hosted by Bucknell and its beautiful arts center.

A Universe of Dreams
The season opens Saturday, Sept. 15, with A Universe of Dreams.  Breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope will be digitally shown on a large screen behind the musicians of Ensemble Galilei and National Public Radio’s Neal Conan who performs as a guest reader. Former Riverdance fiddler Liz Knowles and U.S. National Scottish harp champion Sue Richards lead Ensemble Galilei in performances of Irish, Scottish, early, and original music.

The young Russian-born pianist Ilya Yakushev presents an all-Russian concert Friday, Oct. 5. Winner of the gold medal and first prize in the 2005 World Piano Competition, Yakushev will perform Tchaikovsky's Dumka, Prokofiev's Seventh Piano Sonata, and the original piano version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, the last accompanied by projections of the art works which most likely inspired the composer.

From the people who put the "mock" in democracy, Capitol Steps performs its satirical and up-to-the-minute take on American and world politics on Saturday, Oct. 20. The company performs more than 500 shows a year in the United States, including their "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio specials on National Public Radio. "In the spirit of celebrating diversity, Capitol Steps is an equal opportunity offender," said Boswell.

Other scheduled performances include:

  • The Pro Musica Prague Orchestra with violin and oboe soloists - Oct. 27
  • The American Brass Quintet with composer and jazz pianist Billy Childs - Nov. 10
  • Metropolitan Opera star Heidi Grant Murphy and pianist Kevin Murphy with the St. Lawrence String Quartet - Nov. 16.
  • Avantango’s musicians and dancers perform Argentina’s best export - Dec. 1
  • Raisin' Cane, a one-woman tour de force about the Harlem Renaissance featuring stage and television star Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio - Jan. 25
  • The Sofia Festival Orchestra with pianist Terrence Wilson - Feb. 1
  • Alonzo King's LINES Ballet - Feb. 15
  • The Israel Kameret Orchestra with violinist David Garrett - Feb. 23
  • Sekou Sundiata's musical and poetic meditation on citizenship, the 51st (dream) state - Feb. 29.
  • Drummer Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra - March 28

"In addition to the perennial favorite, the Janet Weis free family matinee performance by The Paper Bag Players, this year on Dec. 8, the Weis Center will host two other special events," said Boswell.

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra perform music by Vaughan Williams and Dvorak with conductor William Payn and guest conductor Rebecca Miller and featuring as soloists soprano Jill Gardner and baritone Jake Gardner Saturday, Oct. 13. Tickets are $15.

Pro Musica Prague
Pro Musica Prague will present a free family matinee Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. entitled "I Went for a Walk and Ran into an Orchestra…" This special performance for children is made possible through the generosity of Clayton and David Lightman and members of the Weis Center Green Room Board.

Tickets for reserved seating for series evening performances are $20 or $25 depending on the event; discounts are available for children and senior citizens.  All evening performances begin at 8 p.m.

For more information or to receive a season brochure with order form call the Bucknell Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.  Tickets can be ordered by mail during the summer, and beginning Sept. 4, tickets can be charged on the Internet at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/, or by calling or visiting a Bucknell Campus Box location.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted June 27, 2007

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