Piano4 to open BU’s Celebrity Artist Series
For Immediate Release
Date: August 25, 2006
BLOOMSBURG—Music, illusion, Broadway shows and light-hearted entertainment for the entire family will be presented during 2006-07 as part of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Celebrity Artist Series. Programs will be presented in two campus venues: Haas Center for the Arts’ Mitrani Hall and Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.
The series opens with “One Grand Evening” featuring Philadelphia-based Piano4 on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium. The ensemble, made up of four pianists performing on four grand pianos, draws its repertoire from original works and more than 400 transcriptions by the First Piano Quartet, heard weekly on NBC Radio in the 1940s and 1950s.
Piano4 debuted in 1998 in Long Beach, Calif., and has toured nationwide. At BU, the ensemble will perform one number with four BU piano students selected by audition – for a total of 16 hands – and another with the University String Ensemble. The program is supported by Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for BU students and children.
Two weeks later, BU’s Celebrity Artist Series will sponsor a free program at area elementary schools featuring children’s entertainer Thaddeus Rex. T-Rex combines comedy and music to get first- through fourth-graders excited about the power of reading. He’ll visit local elementary schools during the week of Oct. 2.
Other Celebrity Artist Series programs, all scheduled for BU’s campus, are:
- A Night of Super Illusion, Friday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Mike Super, who created his first illusion when he was 6 years old, will present a complete theatrical experience with digital music and comedy surrounding feats of magic and illusion. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for BU students and children.
- “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m., Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” includes 30 musical numbers that take the audience on a journey through the Fats Waller songbook to Harlem in the 1920s and ’30s. In addition to the title song, musical numbers include “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do.” Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for BU students and children.
- Poinsettia Pops, Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. The University Community Orchestra and the BU Chamber Singers will present a concert of holiday music. Admission is free; tickets are required.
- Family Presentation: Inflated Egos, Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, 7 p.m. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. will present feats of magic and comedy, cloaked in colorful parachute silk that transforms into cubes, squares, cylinders and wheels of varying sizes. The duo has appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Broadway and on stage and television in Chile, Japan, Ireland and Brazil. This Celebrity Artists Series family presentation is 70 minutes in length. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for BU students and children.
- Now and Forever: “CATS” 25th Anniversary Tour, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, 8 p.m., Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become the longest-running show in Broadway’s history. “CATS,” presented in 26 countries and translated into 10 languages, won seven Tony Awards and features 20 musical numbers, including “Memory,” which has been recorded by more than 150 artists. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for BU students and children.
- A Festival of (Guitar) Strings, Saturday, March 3, 2007, 7 p.m. Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium. Acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Tim Farrell, blues artist Bradley N. Litwin and the Classical Guitar Trio of Philadelphia will perform rock, folk, blues, ragtime and classical music by favorite composers, along with their own compositions. The program will feature each performer individually and then mixing it up as they play together, influencing each other’s musical style and interpretation. This collaboration is an exclusive Celebrity Artist Series presentation, supported by Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for BU students and children.
- Life: A Guide for the Perplexed, Saturday, March 24, 2007, 7 p.m., Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. In “Life: A Guide for the Perplexed,” the Flying Karamazov Brothers will sing, dance and juggle through the stages of life. Founded three decades ago in San Francisco, the troupe has performed on Broadway, appeared with celebrities from Frank Sinatra to The Grateful Dead and been featured on TV shows including “Seinfeld” and “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for BU students and children.
- Improvisation: Steve Rudolph Trio with J.D. Walter, Friday, April 27, 2007, 7 p.m., Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium. For nearly 30 years, jazz pianist, composer and teacher Steve Rudolph has been based in Harrisburg, where he is the founder and former president of the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz. Vocalist J.D. Walter will improvise with Rudolph’s trio, building on their collaboration for the recent CD, “Dedicated to You.” The program will be presented as part of BU’s annual Jazz Festival and supported by Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for BU students and children.
Also available to area residents is the opportunity to become members of the Celebrity Circle at a cost of $35 per person or $50 for couple. Celebrity Circle members receive advance notice of all shows, a non-transferable parking pass valid the entire season, first choice of seats and invitations to pre- or post-show receptions.
For program details or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (570) 389-4409 or visit http://orgs.bloomu.edu/arts/celebrity_list.htm.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.