Monday, November 03, 2014

Guitar duo to perform at BU Tuesday

The guitar duo of Kenneth Meyer and Steven Thachuk have reunited after a 10-year hiatus to offer a master class Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s Haas Center for the Arts, room 227, and a concert at 7:30 that evening in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

The concert by the Meyer-Thachuk Guitar Duo will feature works by Domenico Scarlatti, Carlo Domeniconi, Joaquin Rodrigo, Marek Pasieczny, Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados, including Rodrigo’s “Tonadilla” and Pasieczny’s “Sakura No Hana.” Meyer-Thachuk Guitar Duo Meyer, an American, and Thachuk, a Canadian, met during their studies at the Eastman School of Music. They performed in recitals and concertos throughout North America between 1997 and 2001 and released a CD of Spanish works, “Evocacion,” in 1999.

Meyer, who received first prize at the Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, continues to appear as a chamber musician and soloist with orchestras throughout North America, South America and Europe. His performances have been featured on film, radio and most recently on the Albany records label. He directs a guitar studies program at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music.

Playing both traditional classical guitar and a steel string instrument, Thachuk has appeared as a chamber musician and soloist with orchestras throughout North America and Europe. His concerts were broadcast on NPR in the United States and the CBC in Canada. Thachuk, who released “Currents,” a solo recital CD of 20th century guitar works, was appointed professor of guitar and chair of guitar studies at California State University, Northridge, in 2002. The program is supported by a Curricular Enhancement Award from BU’s College of Liberal Arts. For information, contact Matthew Slotkin, assistant professor of music, at

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Indian singer, scholar to present programs at BU

Indian singer and Sufi scholar Vidya Rao will present a lecture and concert this week at Bloomsburg University.

She will give a lecture, “Today is Your Wedding Day, Qasim: The Gendered Voice of the Shi’a Moharram Laments,” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in McCormick Center, room 2303. On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. she will present a concert, “An Evening of Thumri Music,” in Kehr Union, Ballroom.

The concert will feature Rao on vocals, Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Rajyasree Ghosh on harmonium. Both events are free and open to the public. Rao is a performer of thumri-dadra, Indian classical music, and ghazal, a form of Persian and Indian poetry closely linked to Sufism. A disciple of the legendary singer, the late Vidushi Naina Deve, Rao has performed at national and international forums. She conducts lectures, workshops and lecture demonstrations, and sings and composes for dance, film and theatre. While researching and writing extensively on the performing arts and music, she focuses most of her attention toward musical form and gender.

 Chatterjee, of India, is an expert tabla player. Traveling worldwide, he has performed in many festivals, both collaboratively and as a soloist, including the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007 and at the United Nations General Assembly. He has played with artists including Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn and Glen Velez.

Ghosh, a trained musician and vocalist of Indian classical music, has performed and been featured regularly on India’s national television and radio. She holds the position of lecturer at Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata.

 The program is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Institute for Culture and Society, International Faculty Association, Global Awareness Society International and Department of History. For information, contact M. Safa Saraçoğlu, associate professor of history, at

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Documentary 'Chasing Ice' to be shown

Bloomsburg University's Green Campus Initiative is screening of “Chasing Ice” tonight, Oct. 15, at 7:30 pm in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium.

The film has won numerous awards including an Emmy for its airing on the National Geographic Channel, an Academy Award nomination and it is a New York Time’s Critic’s Choice. The documentary chronicles the efforts of environmental photographer James Balog, whose National Geographic assignment was to bring back from the Arctic undeniable evidence of changes in climate. Through time-lapse photography in extreme conditions his amazing images tell the story of his quest.
The film is being screened with no admission fee, and Green Campus Initiative is inviting the public as well. More information at

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

High school students to exhibit in Haas Gallery

Works by 20 high school students will be exhibited in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Haas Gallery from May 14 to 31. The artwork was selected based on a review of art portfolios by faculty from BU’s art and art history department.

Three of the student artists will be offered tuition scholarship awards during a reception and awards ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the gallery. Awards will be announced at 7 p.m. 

Names and high schools of students whose works have been selected for exhibition are: Laura Chappell, Millville; Brandon Conrad, Breanna Fowler, Ava Guffey, Kagen Haberstick, McKayla Robbins, Scarlett Tuck and Lakota Wadena, all of Bloomsburg; Gunnar Feldmann, Morgan Gallagher, Abby Meredick, Justin Phillips and Taylor Roberson, all of Danville; Sarah Foster, Central Columbia; Olivia Greene, Southern Columbia; Darrian Keller and Logyn Smith, both of Selinsgrove; Merre Martin, Northwest Area; Cassandra Vanatta, Warrior Run; and Tailor Weible, Garnet Valley.

The exhibit will also be featured at The Antler, the Moose Exchange annex at 24 E. Main Street, during July and August, with a closing reception on Friday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The portfolio review and tuition scholarship program is possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor who was inspired by First Columbia Bank’s Teen Star Competition.

“The donor is impressed by the talented high school vocalists and musicians who perform in the annual Teen Star Competition,” said James Brown, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “The concept behind these scholarships is to recognize talented young people who excel in the visual arts.”

Monday, April 28, 2014

BU seniors to show work

Nineteen BU art and art history majors will show their artwork in the Spring Senior Exit Show in the Haas Gallery of Art from Tuesday, April 29, through Saturday, May 10.

The show will open with a reception on Tuesday, April 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where the seniors will talk briefly about their work. This event is open free to the public.

Seniors presenting their work are Rachel Di Renzo, Jo Pennypacker, Carrie Reber, Timothy Wright, Stephanie Chambers, Alyssa Kopf, Matt Chenski, Kristina Ciaccio, Rhea Mitchell, Emily Davis, Amanda Higgins, Laura Iacono, Sara Kahr, Lindie Lloyd, Candice McFall, Dylan Oralls, Paige Willock, Michael Zielinskie and Melinda Chappell.

Haas Gallery of Art is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.

Documentary on Art Installation to air Tuesday

A documentary detailing the creation of the large collaborative art installation in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Haas Center for the Arts will premiere at BU. “Confluence: The Making of an Installation Art Piece” will be shown on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Haas Center’s Mitrani Hall.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Renaissance Jamboree on Main Street Saturday

The 36th annual Renaissance Jamboree will be held on Main Street, Bloomsburg, Saturday, April 26.
The event features hundreds of craft vendors from the region and delicious food from stands provided by non-profit organizations in Columbia and Montour counties. Enjoy FREE entertainment, kiddie rides, and games. Free parking with shuttle service will be available from the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds starting at 9:30 am.

Renaissance Jamboree Entertainment Schedule

Courthouse Stage

10 am: Beef—Classic Rock
11 am: BU Jazz Ensemble- Jazz Classics
Noon: Joyous—Classic Motown & Funk
2:30 pm: Chamuris and Brown—Classic Acoustic Rock
3:45 pm: Third Street- Original & Classic Rock

 Iron Street Stage 

10 am: Darren Inman- Acoustic Rock
11 am: NC7—Original & Contemporary Christian Rock
Noon: Darling Run- Modern Rock
1 pm: Clickard Consortium—Straight Ahead Jazz
2 pm: Emily Inman- Alternative Pop
3:00 pm: NC7—Original & Contemporary Christian Rock
4:00 pm: Fricknadorable- Americana, Roots, Novelty

 Market Square 

10:30 am: Flippenout Extreme Aerial Trampoline Team
11:15 am: The Friendship Squares
Noon: Flippenout Extreme Aerial Trampoline Team
12:30 pm Crosswinds Martial Arts
1:15 pm: YMCA Zumba
2:00 pm: Flippenout Extreme Aerial Trampoline Team
2:30 pm: Covered Bridge Cloggers
3:15 pm: Karen Gronsky School of Dance Dancers
4 pm: Flippenout Extreme Aerial Trampoline Team

 Jefferson Street Children’s Show Area 

10:30am: The Magic of Brent Kessler
11:15 am: Elmo Show Noon: Juggler Rob Smith
12:45 pm: Sully Show 1:30 pm: The Magic of Brent Kessler
2:15 pm: Elmo Show
3 pm: Juggler Rob Smith
3:45 pm: Sully Show 

Strolling performances by Rob Smith, Elmo, Sully, and Leo Schott on Bagpipes.

BTE will be performing their Theatre in the Classroom show (The Amazing Mr. Franklin or Ben There, Done That) at 2 pm in Phillips Emporium. The show is free.

 Pony Party Paradise will be offering pony rides for a nominal charge on Market Street north of the Fountain. Backyard Bouncin’ will be offering 3 inflatables for a nominal charge at Main & West streets.

 Renaissance Jamboree is co-sponsored by: Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, Bloomsburg University, Town of Bloomsburg, and Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Economist to discuss globalization and jobs

An expert on economics and public policy will share his perspective on the global economy and what it will mean for college graduates during a lecture, “How the Global Economy Works – And Will It be Working to Find You a Job?” on Tuesday, April 15, at 12:30 pm in Bloomsburg University’s Kehr Union Ballroom.

Peter Navarro, a professor of economics and public policy at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, will explain how the global economy works in a relationship of consumer, producer and commodity nations and forecast future conditions with an eye toward the job market for college graduates. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

As a preview of his lecture, Navarro will show the film he directed, “Death by China,” Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m., also in the KUB Ballroom. The film, based on his book of the same title, discusses the economic trade relationship between the United States and China and its effects on U.S. workers. A question-and-answer session with Navarro will follow the free screening.

 Navarro  has written best-selling books about management strategy, the stock market and public policy that include “The Well-Timed Strategy,” “Always a Winner,” “If It’s Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks” and “The Coming China Wars.” He is a frequent media commentator on networks such as CNBC, CNN and MSNBC. He has written articles that have appeared in Business Week, the Harvard Business Review, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

He earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University in 1986 and became a professor of economics and public policy at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, in 1988.