Music & Theatre

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (Top)
For additional information and to order tickets by phone, call: 570-784-8181 or 1-800-282-0283. By mail: BTE Box Office, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg, Pa. 17815. Tickets will be mailed in early September. All BTE performances are held at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg, Pa.
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  • Romeo and Juliet”, by William Shakespeare, Oct. 11-Nov. 3 (except Thursday, Oct. 31). Previews: Oct. 5 (7 p.m.) and 6 (3 p.m.)
  • Merry Christmas, George Bailey”, the Lux Radio Theatre production of the Frank Capra film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” based on The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern; directed by James Goode with musical direction by William Decker, Dec. 6-22. Previews: Nov. 29 and 30 (7 p.m.) and Dec. 1 (3 p.m.)
  • Rain. Some Fish. No Elephants”, by Y. York, directed by Andrew Hubatsek, Jan. 31-Feb. 16, 2003. Previews: Jan. 29 and 30 (7 p.m.)
  • The Laramie Project”, by Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theatre Project, March 21-April 6. Previews: March 19 and 20 (7 p.m.)
  • Second Skin”, created and performed by Joan Schirle; directed by Giulio Casare Perrone; original music by Tim Gray, April 10-13.
  • Human Hearts”, adapted and directed by Gerard Stropnicky, May 2-25, 2003 (except Thursday, May 22). Previews: April 30 and May 1 (7 p.m.)
  • Santaland Diaries”, from David Sedaris adapted by Joe Mantello, directed by Elizabeth Dowd, Dec. 5-21, Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 and 11 p.m. at Phillips Emporium (general admission); recommended for adults (age 16 and older).
  • Arabian Nights”, co-production with Bloomsburg University Players, Summer 2003

Celebrity Artist Series (Top)
The Celebrity Artist Series is sponsored by Bloomsburg University. For more information call 570-389-4409. Tickets can be purchased on the web at

  • Simple Gifts, July 31, 7:30 p.m., Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, $5.
  • Eileen Ivers Band, Sept. 14, 8 p.m., Mitrani Hall, $20-$25.
  • State Fair”, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Mitrani Hall, $25-$28.
  • Deborah Henson-Conant, Nov. 10, 8 p.m., Mitrani Hall, $18-$22.
  • Peter, Paul and Mary, Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Mitrani Hall, $30 to subscribers; $35, advance; $38, at the door.
  • Madame Butterfly”, Feb. 8,7:30 p.m., Mitrani Hall, $25-$28.
  • Hungarian Philharmonic, March 2, 3 p.m., Mitrani Hall, $25-$28.
  • Philadanco, May 3, 8 p.m., Mitrani Hall, $20-$25.

Knoebels Bandshell (Top)
Knoebels’s Bandshell offers free entertainment three times a day. All shows are at 1:30 p.m, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information call 1-800-its-4-fun.

  • Joe Stanky & The Cadets (Polka); July 25
  • Nashville Kats; July 26-27
  • The Mudflaps (Oldies), July 28
  • Covert Action (Pop); July 29
  • Hickory Rose (Country); July 30
  • King Henry & The Showmen; July 31- August 2
  • Phoenix (Coutnry); August 3
  • Rocket 88’s (Oldies), August 4
  • New Dawn Singers; August 5-11
  • Mahoney Brothers and Juke Box Heroes; August 12-18
  • Auntie Hula’s Hawaiian Revue (shows at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.)
  • Mike Bishop (Branson Style Country); August 27-29
  • Smokin’ Joe & The Wild Horse Band; August 30-31
  • Sham-A-Lama (Oldies); Sept. 1
  • John Stanky & The Coal Miners (Polka); September 2
  • Cruisin’ (Down Memory Lane-oldies); September 7
  • 5 County Band (Concert Band); September 8
  • Snapperhead Zydeco; September 14
  • Seasoned Sounds (Big Band); September 15
  • Cramer Brother Band (Country); September 21-22

Montage Mountain Ampitheater (Top)
Montage Mountain Ampitheater performances are scheduled during the summer months. The venue offers several different seating options. For complete information and tickets call Montage Mountain at 1-800-468-7669.

  • OLDIES SHOW with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Lou Christie, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and The Association; July 25, 7:30 p.m.
  • Creed; August 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Kenny Rogers; August 16, 8 p.m.
  • Hall & Oates with Todd Rundgren; August 20, 8 p.m.
  • Aaron Carter; August 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Alicia Keys; September 2, 8 p.m.
  • Aerosmith with Kid Rock and Run DMC; Sept. 10, 8 p.m.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (Top)
The Philharmonic presents concerts at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Public Square, Wilkes- Barre, the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 M. Washington Ave., Scranton, and at Mellow Theatre, 501 Vine St., Scranton. For ticket information call 570-457-8301.
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  • Oct. 18, 8 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center
  • Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Kirby Center

Experience the energy of Anderson’s Blue Tango, the gusto of a Sousa march, and the urban sophistication of Gershwin’s classics, I Got Rhythm, An American in Paris, plus the famous Rhapsody in Blue with guest pianist Sidney Yin.

  • Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Kirby Center
  • Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center

“Home for the Holidays” has become a time-honored tradition for music lovers of all ages in northeast Pennsylvania, and is just the thing to get you in the spirit of the season. Join The Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Ballet Northeast, and Ballet Theater of Scranton’s Parade of the Wooden Soldiers for a heartwarming concert of seasonal favorites — and many more — with sing-along carols, dance selections and a special visit from you-know-who.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 8 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center
  • Feb. 15, 2003, 8 p.m., Kirby Center

This Valentine’s Day, take pleasure in a purely romantic evening listening to the seductive sounds of Frank Sinatra, the head of the “Rat Pack.” Special guest vocalist Michael Hope brings the smoothness of Sinatra to life with his cool and charismatic songs such as My Way, and the jazzy and upbeat rhythm of New York, New York. So enjoy an entertaining evening that, like a fragrant rose, will leave you breathless.

  • April 12, 2003, 8 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center

Saddle up for an evening with the best of the old west with your good ol’ pals at the Philharmonic and their trail bosses Riders in the Sky! Gather ‘round the campfire and enjoy timeless western classics. Listen for the hoof beats of Rawhide, the coyote howls of South of the Border, and the quiet rustling of the Tumbling Tumbleweeds as you travel down the trail in your blue jeans and bandanas — the cowboy way!
The Philharmonic also offers the Masterworks series:

  • Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Kirby Center
  • Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Mellow Theater

Opening night concert: Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Hadyn, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

  • Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Mellow Theater
  • Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Kirby Center

Richard Todd’s performance of Mozart’s exhilarating horn Concerto No. 4, Schubert’s Overture to Rosamunde, Johann Strauss’ Voices of Spring, the Emperor Waltz and Haydn Symphony No. 104, “London.”

  • March 21, 2003, 8 p.m., Mellow Theater
  • March 22, 2003, 8 p.m., Kirby Center

Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in D Major, Vivaldi’s Sinfonia for Strings No. 2, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and Pachelbel’s famous Canon and Gigue. Guest pianist Catherine Lan is spotlighted performing Bach’s intense and mystical Piano Concerto No. 1.

  • May 9, 2003, 8 p.m., Kirby Center
  • May 10, 2003, 8 p.m., Mellow Theater

Violinist Erica Kiesewetter performs Chausson’s tender Poéme and Saint-Sains fiery Introduction, Rondo Capriccioso, Ravel’s Pavane, Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Symphony in D Minor by César Franck.
Masterworks is organized in conjunction with the Northeaster Pennsylvania Philharmonic. For ticket information call 570-457-8301 or log onto

Scranton Community Concerts (Top)

  • Friday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m. — Count Basie Orchestra, Mellow Theatre
  • Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Nnenna Freelon, Mellow Theatre
  • Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, 2:30, p.m., Philharmonia Virtuosi, Mellow Theatre
  • Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, 8 p.m., Houlihan McLean Center
  • Saturday, March 22, 2003, 8 p.m. — “Aida” by Guiseppe Verdi, performed by Teatro Lirico D’Europa, Scranton Cultural Center
  • Friday, April 25, 2003, 8 p.m. — Kenny Barron's "Canta Brasil", Mellow Theatre

For tickets or additional information, call 570-342-4137.

Williamsport Community Arts Center (Top)
All regular performances begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or additional information call the Center Box Office at 326-2424 or 1-800-432-9382.
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  • Gallagher, performing live; Thursday, Aug. 8
  • Michael Bolton, in concert; Tuesday, Sept. 7
  • Blast: Shockwave, performance artists; Wednesday, Oct. 2
  • Kenny Rogers, in concert; Sunday, Oct. 6
  • Kathy Mattea and Sam Bush, in concert; Friday, Nov. 8
  • Bluesfest 2002 with Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Deborah Coleman, Henry Butler and Corey Harris; Tuesday, Nov. 12
  • Jim Brickman’s Holiday Concert; Thursday, Dec. 12
  • Williamsport Civic Ballet in “The Nutcracker”; Saturday, Dec 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8
  • Richard Nader’s Doo-Wop Reunion with Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Orlons and Larry Chance & The Earls; Thursday, Jan. 23
  • The Ten Tenors, in concert; Wednesday, March 19
  • An Evening With Burt Reynolds, performing live; Friday, April 11
  • Fosse; Monday, May 5
  • Bill Cosby, performing two shows; Saturday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (Top)
All regular season concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth St., Williamsport. Box office: 570-326-2424 or 1-800-432-9382.

  • Classic starter: Guest cellist Anne Martindale Williams performs Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian”, Menndelssohn; Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104, Dvorak; October 15, 2002. Sponsored by Lycoming College.
  • Dramatic Interlude: Amahl & The Night Visitors, Menotti. With holiday selections; December 17, 2002. Sponsored by Lycoming College.
  • A Touch of Spice: Shaker Loops, Adams; Suite from “The Red Violin”, Corigliano; Valse-scherzo, Op. 34, Tchaikovsky; Romeo & Juliet Overture, Tchaikovsky; February 11, 2002. Co-sponsored by Jersey Shore State Bank and Jersey Shore Steel.
  • Mardi Gras: Pops Concert with WSO Billtown Brass conducted by Richard Coulter; young artists’ competition winner; March 18, 2003. Sponsored by M & T Bank.
  • Bacchanal: Carmina Burana, Orff. Featuring the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, the WIlliamsport Area School District Children’s Choir and soloists; May 13, 2003. Sponsored by M & T Banks.
  • Free Family Concert: Scottish Rite Auditorium, 2 p.m., 348 Market St.,Williamsport.

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