Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Brahms on the program Feb. 6 at BU

The Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico will perform Brahms' First Symphony in C minor Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 pm at Bloomsburg University's Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and BU students.

Performing for more than 40 years, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estada has moved audiences around the globe with classical and contemporary music from Mexico and Spain. Led by conductor Enrique Batiz, the orchestra has been recognized for having the broadest repertoire of any philharmonic in Mexico.

Their performance at BU is part of their second U.S. tour and will feature the symphonies of Brahms and include piano soloist, Irina Chistiakova, playing Manuel Ponce’s piano concerto, “Romantic.” The orchestra will also perform Alexander Borodin's Polovtsian Dances.

Upcoming BU Celebrity Artist Series productions include:

  • Tango Buenos Aires, a journey through dance and music from Argentina – Saturday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets $30. 
  • “Jekyll & Hyde,” the dazzling and dark national Broadway tour – Sunday, March 29, 8 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets: $45. 
  • Take 6, six voices combine to form the most awarded a cappella group in history – Thursday, April 2, 8 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Tickets: $30. 
  • Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, American Spiritual, 150 years of American music in one event – Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Tickets $25. 
For tickets or more information, visit www.bloomu.edu/cas or www.cas.buzz or call the box office at 570-389-4409.

BU poets to give reading Feb. 11

Two Bloomsburg University faculty members will read their poetry on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 pm in Monty's Assembly Room on the university's upper campus.

Jerry Wemple, assistant professor of English and creative writing, and Shanna L. Smith, English instructor, will give the reading as part of the university's Big Dog Reading Series, which is free and open to the public. 

Wemple’s work includes three poetry collections, “You Can See It From Here,” selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaafor the Naomi Long Madgett poetry Award; “The Civil War in Baltimore”; and “The Artemas Poems.” Wemple has received awards for both writing and teaching, including a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Word Journal chapbook prize. His work has been included in journals and anthologies, including publications in Chile and Ireland. A Susquehanna Valley native, Wemple’s work often details the people and places of this area.

 Originally from Kentucky, Smith was featured in the 2001 documentary, “Coal Black Voices,” celebrating the Affrilachian Poets’ 10th anniversary, and performed with the group again in 2011 at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. Her work has been published in Artists in Revolution, Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium: An Anthology of Contemporary Mid-Western Poetry and Java House Anthology. In 1999, Smith was selected to attend the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Institute for poetry and received a grant for poetry from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

The Big Dog Reading Series is a part of the College of Liberal Arts’ Center for Visual and Performing Arts. The series will continue on Tuesday, March 24, with Domenica Ruta, author of the memoir “With or Without You.” For information, contact Wemple at jwemple@bloomu.edu.

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 mslotkin@bloomu.edu.

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 msaracog@bloomu.edu.

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 www.chasingice.com.

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.