Welcome to the 2017-2018 season of Juniata Presents! This season is sure to entertain, with a diverse group of extremely talented musicians and performers. We opened this season with acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz, who offered a musical variation on the concept of A Moveable Feast. He brilliantly performed Bach’s Suites, as well as new contemporary overtures by Philip Glass, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Roberto Sierra, David Sanford, and Luna Pearl Woolf, which helped build a bridge from Bach’s time to our own. The feast began with Matt performing three overtures/suites in separate locations around the Huntingdon community, and concluded with a performance of the remaining three overtures and suites in Rosenberger Auditorium.
Our season continues on October 7, 2017, in Rosenberger Auditorium with the entertaining and outrageously talented Bindlestiff Family Cirkus! This family-friendly event is the perfect show for Homecoming and Family Weekend. Bindlestiff adds a contemporary twist to the grand traditions of American circus, by bringing a unique hybrid of Vaudeville, Circus, Burlesque, and Sideshow. Throughout the remainder of the Juniata Presents season, audiences will experience a diverse range of musical performances. Each performer is greatly inspired by a unique musical style and culture, thus creating a tremendous amount of diversity amongst the performances. On November 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., one of the world’s finest concert accordionists, Merima Ključo, will join acclaimed guitarist, Miroslav Tadić, to create an unexpected union of sounds to present Aritmia. Both musicians take their inspiration from their Balkan heritage and combine influences from the region’s folk music with Sephardi and Lezmer traditions, baroque, flamenco, blues and European classical sounds just to name a few!
Beginning our Spring season, on March 30 at 7:30 p.m., celebrated Inuit performer Tanya Tagaq will reclaim the controversial 1922 film Nanook of the North. Tagaq will join percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot to challenge static ideas of gender and culture seen in the film. Vice Music praises the performance and Tanya by stating, “She taps into humanity’s most naked emotions and forces them into the spotlight…the best musical performance any of us had ever seen”. Our 2017-2018 season will come to an incredible close with a beautiful and inspiring performance by Robin Spielberg. Named to the prestigious Steinway Artist Roster, Robin is one of America’s most popular contemporary female pianists/composers. Robin will transform Rosenberger Auditorium into an exquisite concert hall on April 21, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Complimenting her touchingly beautiful music, audience members will gain insight into Spielberg’s concert career through excerpts from her award-winning memoir, Naked on the Bench: My Adventure in Pianoland.
Join us this season in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts to experience these amazing performances for yourself. We hope to see you there! Also, be sure to click on our tickets tab to purchase individual tickets, season tickets, or make a donation to support Juniata Presents and help us to continue bringing world-class performances to Huntingdon County.