Cashore Marionettes open BU’s 2007-08 Celebrity Artist Series

For immediate release: August 15, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 2007-08 Celebrity Artist Series opens with a show for the entire family, The Cashore Marionettes, Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Known for artistry, grace and refinement of movement, award-winning artist Joseph Cashore creates and manipulates the lifelike marionettes, assisted by his wife Wilma. The program, “Simple Gifts,” is a series of character portrayals and scenes from everyday life set to original and classical music, including Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. The show is recommended for adults and children ages 6 and older. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for BU students and children age 12 and younger.

Other programs in the Celebrity Artist Series’ 22nd season are listed below. All will be presented in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

  • East Village Opera Company, Friday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. The East Village Opera Company – a five-piece band, string quartet and two vocalists – mixes opera and rock ’n’ roll with original, hard-hitting arrangements of music’s “greatest hits,” including “La donna e mobile” from “Rigoletto,” “Habanera” from “Carmen” and “Nessun dorma” from “Turnadot.” According to co-founder and lead singer Tyley Ross, “Our goal has been to approach these songs the way we feel the composers would were they alive today.” Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for BU students and children age 12 and under.
  • “The Producers,” Monday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Mel Brooks’ musical “The Producers” won a record 12 Tony Awards during its six-year Broadway run that ended in April. “The Producers” is the story of a down-on-his-luck theatrical producer, Max Bialystock, and his mousy accountant, Leo Bloom, who hatch a scheme to raise more money than needed for a guaranteed Broadway flop and pocket the difference. The show contains adult subject matter and some profanity and is not recommended for children age 12 and younger. Tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for BU students.
  • Illusionist Mike Super, Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Magician and illusionist Mike Super returns to BU with an all-new show for Parents and Family Weekend. In a show described as a fusion of performance art and personal interaction, Super presents a complete theatrical experience with digital music, comedy and lighting to accompany his distinctive style of magic and illusion. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for BU students, their parents and siblings and children age 12 and under.
  • Poinsettia Pops, Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. The annual concert for the entire family features holiday music by the University Community Orchestra and the BU Chamber Singers, as well a carol sing-along. Admission is free.
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 8 p.m. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy kicked off the swing revival in the mid-1990s with their appearance in the film, “Swingers.” Performing original creations that combine the influence of early swing, jazz, Latin and other American music, the band draws inspiration from performers such as Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has played at the Super Bowl, Orange Bowl, White House and Billboard Music Awards and on TV shows, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for BU students and children age 12 and under.
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company, Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 8 p.m. The Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 16 dancers will perform 19 different works during 26 engagements in Pennsylvania. BU’s unique program includes the new dance, “De Sueno,” set to the music of the Kronos Quartet, as well as “Musical Offering” choreographed in 1986 and “Cloven Kingdom” from 1976. A choreographer for more than 50 years, Taylor has built a reputation for creating dances featuring athleticism, naturalism and extraordinary skill. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for BU students and children age 12 and under.
  • “Evita,” Monday, April 13, 2008, at 8 p.m. The winner of seven Tony Awards and a Grammy Award, the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber collaboration, “Evita,” tells the story of the beloved wife of Argentina’s Juan Peron through song and dance. Beginning in 1934, the musical follows her rise to prominence as an advocate for the working class who obtains wealth and power. The show’s best-known song is “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” Tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for BU students and children age 12 and under.
  • BU Jazz Festival, featuring Bobby Zankel & The Warriors of Wonderful Sound, Friday, April 25, 2008, at noon. Philadelphia-based Bobby Zankel & The Warriors of Wonderful Sound will perform a lunchtime concert for middle and high school students and the general public in conjunction with the ninth annual BU Jazz Festival. Zankel, a composer and saxophonist, leads a 14-member band that performs original modern jazz which mixes bebop with the soul and blues depth of Duke Ellington and Count Basie touched with an avant-garde energy. Tickets are $5 for adults; $2.50 for BU students and children age 12 and under.

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