Campus Performances

Dancing Wheels Company

The Dancing Wheels Company will be visiting Bloomsburg University on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the University Disability Advisory Committee, this lecture performance is free and open to the public.

The Dancing Wheels Company will be visiting Bloomsburg University on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the University Disability Advisory Committee, this lecture performance is free and open to the public.

Dancing Wheels Company brings inclusive arts to campus

The Dancing Wheels Company will be visiting Bloomsburg University on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. in Haas Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsored by the University Disability Advisory Committee, this lecture performance is free and open to the public.

Dancing Wheels Company’s lecture performance explores the diversity of dance, disability, and accessibility by utilizing dance, demonstration, narration, audience participation, and a Q&A session.

Mary Verdi-Fletcher founded the Dancing Wheels Company in Cleveland, Ohio in 1980. Since then, it has become the most physically integrated dance company in the U.S. The dance company is newly branded as the World Center for Integrated Dance & Arts Access. The company incorporates professional dancers, both standing and sitting. They tour around the globe and present works from nationally acclaimed choreographers.

The School of Dancing Wheels embraces inclusive arts programming, reaching over 7,000 children and adults with disabilities and economic challenges each year.

Celebrity Artist Series

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series returns for the 2017-18 year welcoming an outstanding line up of performers for their 33rd season.

This series includes a lineup of six different shows returning for the second year of the On Screen/In Person film series which tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region.
Here at BU we call the series Mostly Monday’s at the Movies, and the first film will be screened Monday, Sept. 18 in Gross Auditorium at 7:00 pm. DEEJ tells the story of a young man, DJ, a non-speaking autistic who is a gifted writer and advocate for other nonspeaking autistics.  Films in October, November and into spring semester will confront subjects ranging from the environment, mental illness, sports, domestic violence, and the Holocaust.

The Celebrity Artist Series kicks off with the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet and The Soul Queen of New Orleans, Miss Irma Thomas on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Mitrani Hall. The Preservation Quintet is comprised of some of the most revered alumni of the Hall, many of whom have toured the world for decades. Joining the tour is Irma Thomas, a Grammy Award-winning singer with her own rich musical history. She is one of America’s most distinctive and classic singers, a treasure from the golden age of soul music who remains as compelling and powerful now, as when she released her first single in 1960. Altogether, you will be getting a stimulating evening of New Orleans’ musical royalty.

The series continues as The Illusionists present Adam Trent, The Next Generation of Magic on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Mitrani Hall. The Next Generation of Magic is Broadway’s best-selling magic show, which is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music designed to entertain students and families. Adam Trent has been a featured guest on America’s Got Talent, The Today Show, Ellen, and countless other TV appearances. Yahoo! Entertainment reports, “If you are looking for the next big thing in Magic, look no further than Adam Trent.” The Illusionists sold out when it appeared in Bloomsburg three years ago. Buy your tickets early!

The Ten Tenors will be performing their “Home for the Holidays” series on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Mitrani Hall. Following 20 years of sell-out performances across the globe, the TEN Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest entertainment success stories. Celebrated for their colorful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, the TEN Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical composers, but also to contemporary music’s most popular artists. More than 90 million people worldwide have witnessed their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Buy your tickets early for the best possible seats and make your preshow dinner reservations ASAP, because this will definitely be a huge holiday date night in Bloomsburg!

After returning from Winter break, the semester will kick off with the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Gross Auditorium. The 135-year-old Berlin Philharmonic is consistently ranked as one of the best orchestras in the world. Since 1970 it has earned eight Grammy’s, two Classic BRIT Awards, six Gramophone Awards (aka Oscars for classical music), and numerous additional international awards. For lovers of classical music, or those hoping to broaden their musical taste, or anyone at all, the opportunity presented by Celebrity Artist Series to hear a performance by musicians of this caliber and sophistication in Gross Auditorium, where the acoustic are perfect for this kind of sound, is unmatched and unprecedented.

Put on your dancing shoes Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Mitrani Hall for the Dublin Irish Dance. Directly from Dublin, Ireland, Celebrity Artist Series will present Dublin Irish Dance. Choreographer Anthony Fallon, a principal dancer with Riverdance for 12 years, is also a four-time World Irish Solo Dance Champion. The Dublin Irish Dance company is vibrant troupe of world champion Irish step dancers, together with an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist, who have performed throughout the world with Riverdance, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Women. Fallon and his all-star cast will bring to life in Mitrani Hall the epic tale of Celtic culture in a gala celebration of Irish music and dance. For the Irish and Irish at heart, this performance arrives just weeks before St. Patrick’s Day and recalls the rousing enjoyment from other great Celtic musicians previously presented by Celebrity Artist Series.

The final show for the 2017-2018 Celebrity Artist Series presents The Cashore Marionetters on Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Gross Auditorium. For centuries, artists and performers have used their creative talents to illustrate simple but important messages to people of all ages, especially children. Joseph Cashore’s Life in Motion portrays commonplace but universal emotions through a collection of his marionette masterworks. His exquisite artistry and refinement of movement turn his marionettes into characters of depth, integrity and humanity. Interpreted through a series of vignettes, themes of love, joy, sadness, humor, loss, remembrance and acceptance are evoked by diverse and engaging characters and animals in different contexts. Delivered with a simplicity that expresses the essence of the moment, set to music by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copeland, with themes taken from everyday life, the Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Presented in the intimacy of Gross Auditorium, this show is a powerfully entertaining, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for everyone young and old.