Nov. 3: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to be Joined by Accordion and Mandolin Duo at Weis Center

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will be joined by the unconventional duo of Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital and Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova in a program called Stars Aligned on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Sam and Nancy Craig.

One of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras, Orpheus has recorded 71 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, and has commissioned and premiered 48 original works. The members of Orpheus rotate musical leadership roles for each work, and the group relies on collaboration and open dialogue in approaching its diverse repertoire. Performing without a conductor, the orchestra presents an annual series at Carnegie Hall and tours extensively. Orpheus has trademarked its democratic organizational approach, the Orpheus Process™, and has been the subject of studies and seminars at Harvard, Stanford and Morgan Stanley, among others.

From a novel rendition of Bach to a world premiere by Golden Globe, Grammy Award and Emmy-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch, these trailblazing soloists showcase their enormous sonic spectrum.

At the Weis Center, they will perform Waxman’s “Sinfonietta for Strings and Timpani;” Rota’s “Canzona;” Bach’s “Double Concerto for Mandolin and Accordion in C Minor” (arr. Paul Chihara); Wallfisch’s “Monomachía” (Concerto for Mandolin & Accordion, Orpheus Commission) and Rozsa’s “Hungarian Serenade, Op. 25.”

Tickets for the performance are $35 for adults, $28 for seniors 62-plus, $25 for youth 18 and under, $25 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $25 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about the performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at

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