The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 13, 2012

Eclectic performance: cello music, dramatic lighting, interactive videos

LEWISBURG — Maya Beiser, an eclectic cellist known for stretching the boundaries of her instrument, will perform “World to Come” at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

Now through 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Weis Center is offering $12 tickets to Friday's show. That's an $8 savings on the adult ticket price. The discounted tickets are available online only by going to

Evocative, theatrical and spiritual, “World to Come” is a multimedia solo concert, featuring premieres of works by Steve Reich, Osvaldo Golijov and David Lang. The performance encompasses text, vocals, dramatic lighting and interactive videos, along with Beiser’s cello music.

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says, “Maya Beiser’s ‘World to Come’ is a sensational musical exploration that combines spirituality, visual arts and an extraordinary musical score. Maya is an amazing and passionate cellist who is always pushing the boundaries artistically. This is a truly modern-day masterpiece.”

Described by the The New Yorker as a “cello goddess” and by The Washington Post as “the diva of the cello,” Beiser has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument’s boundaries.

Over the past decade, she has created new repertoire for the cello, commissioning and performing many works written for her by today’s leading composers. She has collaborated with composers Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Reich, among many others.

Beiser is a featured performer on the world’s most prestigious stages, having appeared as soloist at the Sydney Opera House, New York City’s Lincoln Center, London’s Barbican and the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan.

Collaborating with renowned film composer James Newton Howard, she is the featured soloist on M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening,” Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters,” Edward Zwick’s “Blood Diamond” and Rupert Sanders’ “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

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