Bucks Live! Offers New Shows, New Screenings, and More for 2019
From Broadway to Bluegrass, Jazz to Blues, poetry and theater, a myriad of cultural events continues through May on the Newtown Campus
Bucks County Community College, which has been bringing unique cultural events to the region for more than 50 years, proudly presents the Spring 2019 lineup of Bucks Live! performances.
“Bucks Live! programs were launched four years ago to bring more diverse events to Newtown, and it keeps growing every year, “ said Pete Chiovarou, director of community programming and college events. “Thanks to the support of the community, we’re becoming a larger presence each season as we become known for bringing affordable shows to Bucks County that you can’t see without traveling to a large city.”
Offerings for the spring include musical treats from Broadway to Bluegrass, Jazz to Blues, and more. There are also theater events, poetry readings, and the new Cultural Streaming Series, bringing large-as-life video screenings of performances from opera houses and stages around the world.
Talented baritone Keith Spencer (pictured, right) brings “Brothers on Broadway” to the Zlock Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 1. Backed by an all-star band, Spencer pays tribute to Broadway’s African-American leading men, including legendary artists such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Cab Calloway, Ben Vereen, and Paul Robeson.
Sierra Hull, who is charting new territory for Americana, Bluegrass, and Roots music, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 15. The 25-year-old Hull made her Grand Ole Opry debut at age 11, earned a Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and has worked with banjo-master Bela Fleck.
March rolls in like a lion with “DrumStruck” (pictured, left) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9. This interactive show, where audience members get a drum to play along, is rooted in African culture and rhythms and is an energetic nonstop show of interactive fun for the whole family.
Also in March, Larry Kirwan (pictured, below) of Black 47 – host of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM – brings his St. Patrick’s Day concert to Newtown with “Celtic Crushing” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15.
Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers brings jazz with a world music vibe to the Zlock at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28. The Panamanian pianist, composer and bandleader got his start playing with Dizzy Gillespie, and continued with Wayne Shorter.
Blues guitarist extraordinaire Duke Robillard leads the Bucks Blues Explosion concert at the Zlock at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12. And the Bucks County Community College Jazz Orchestra wraps up the musical offerings of the season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.
Cultural Streaming Series, Poetry, Theater, More
Bucks Live! proudly introduces the new Cultural Streaming Series. Take in recorded performances of leading classical artists, ensembles, and orchestras from around the world in the comfort of the Zlock Performing Arts Center. From Swan Lake to Beethoven’s Ninth, from Leonard Bernstein to La Bohème, enjoy a diversity of culture without the high price tag. Admission is free, with 10 events scheduled from February to May.
The Wordsmiths Reading Series returns with “Inheriting the War” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 8. The event features poetry and prose by descendants of veterans and refugees of the Vietnam War. Other poetry events include “And this is how you are a citizen…” Wednesday, March 6, and “No River Twice” Friday, April 19.
A special presentation of an updated version of “The Vagina Monologues” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 22, in conjunction with the Hicks Art Center Gallery exhibition “And this is how you are a citizen…”.
And families of all ages are sure to enjoy a sing-a-long movie presentation of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
These are just a few of the events presented by Bucks Live! this spring. For a complete list of events, including links to buy tickets online, visit www.bucks.edu/tickets. For information about group sales, call 215-968-8469.
The Zlock Performing Arts Center, which has audio-loop technology available for the hearing impaired, is located inside the Gateway Center building on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa. There is ample free parking.
Bucks Live! is a series of innovative programs to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of greater Bucks County, brought to you by Bucks County Community College’s Cultural Affairs Committee. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/tickets.