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Bela Fleck among national acts coming to Ogden courtesy WSU's cultural affairs

July 31, 2013


July 31--OGDEN -- The Weber State University department of cultural affairs announces its 2013-14 season with a mix of well-known and emerging talents -- including famed banjo master Bela Fleck.

Other performances range from puppet shows and song cycles based on ancients texts, music dealing with the traumas of bullying, contemporary combos, and classical strings and guitar ensembles.

The shows at the downtown Peery's Egyptian Theater, including "It Gets Better," The California Guitar Trio/Montreal Guitar Trio, the Ethel string quartet and the Bela Fleck performances, are currently on sale through Smith's Tix, 800-888-TIXX. The balance of the performances go on sale Aug. 1 from the WSU ticket offices, 801-626-8500 or

--"The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27, 2 p.m. Sept. 28; WSU Browning Center; recommended for ages 13 and older -- This award-winning one-man micro-epic puppet show melds technology and multimedia in a story of enduring love. Tim Watts blends mime, puppetry, live and recorded music, and animation in an exploration of the deep blue sea. $12-$15.

--"It Gets Better," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Peery's Egyptian Theater, recommended for age 8 and older -- Presented by The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, "It Gets Better" provides a performing-arts response to bullying, one of the most challenging issues among today's young adults and adolescents. The chorus will also be working in the community Oct. 7-11. Other events, free and open to the public, include a World Cafe at the Eccles Community Arts Center at 7 p.m. Oct. 9, and an informal brown-bag lunch at noon Oct. 8 at Weber State's Center for Diversity and Unity. The Peery's performance is $10.

--The California Guitar Trio/Montreal Guitar Trio, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Peery's Egyptian Theater, recommended for age 8 and older -- These two musical trios collaborate on what they have dubbed a "six-by-six-string phenomensemble." The trios combined to release a live recording, showcased on this tour, with original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music. $20.

--yMusic, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Browning Center, recommended for age 8 and older -- yMusic is a sextet of young performers from New York equally comfortable in the classical and pop music worlds. They play a unique combination of instruments: strings, flute, clarinet and trumpet. Indie rock luminaries Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Ryan Lott (Son Lux) have crafted instrumental works specifically for the ensemble. $15-$17.

--"Penelope," 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and 28, WSU Allred Theater, recommended for age 8 and older -- This song cycle by composer Sara Kirkland Snider, with lyrics by playwright Ellen McLaughlin, features vocalist Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond. Inspired by Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey," the songs are a meditation on memory, identity and what it means to come home. $18-$20.

--Bela Fleck and Brooklyn Rider, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Peery's Egyptian Theater, recommended for age 8 and older -- A banjo virtuoso with 14 Grammys and more than 30 Grammy nominations, Fleck has worked in bluegrass, country, classical, jazz and world music, and collaborated with Edgar Meyer, Dave Matthews Band, Bonnie Raitt, the Grateful Dead, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, and many more. This season, he takes the stage with the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider, known for its work with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, its commitment to existing quartet literature and the creation of new works. $20.

--Ethel with Kaki King, 7:30 p.m. March 29, Peery's Egyptian Theater, recommended for age 8 and older -- The string quartet Ethel is world-renowned for its utter diversity, and virtuoso guitarist Kaki King has also garnered an enthusiastic international following. The New York-based artists combine forces for this program. $20.


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