OGDEN — Classical and unconventional in turns, the Weber State University cultural affairs season brings a musical fusion of styles and sounds to its 2012-2013 season.
As in past years, downtown Ogden’s Peery’s Egyptian Theater and several venues at the WSU Browning Center will host shows this season.
Kicking off the series at Peery’s on Oct. 20 is Hawaiian ukulele maestro Jake Shimabukuro. Tickets are $17 and $20.
The Quebec-based traditional outfit Le Vent du Nord follows on Nov. 16 at the Allred Theater. Tickets for this event are $12 and $15.
You can take your Valentine to a one-of-a-kind show on Feb. 14 when Senegalese musician Habib Koité and all-American bluesman Eric Bibb join forces in a unique project that meshes roots music from two continents. They play the Austad Auditorium. Tickets are $17 and $20.
Also at the Austad Auditorium, on Feb. 22, is another musical mashup, when the Bay Area chamber music group Turtle Island Quartet and Louisiana musician Michael Doucet, from BeauSoliel, play together. Cost is $17 and $20.
The Turtle Island Quartet will also be playing an additional cultural affairs house concert on Feb. 21. This special event is hosted by George and Mary Hall in the house formerly owned by Val A. Browning. Browning was a key figure in creating the cultural affairs series. Tickets, which include dinner, are $100 for this fundraising event.
March 25 brings singer/beatbox man extraordinaire Bobby McFerrin to Peery’s. He broke through with a huge novelty hit in 1988 with “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” but that is the tip of the iceberg for a performer who touches on jazz, rock, folk and other influences. Tickets are $30 to $35.
On April 5, the season closes with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Austad Auditorium with an evening of truly unique music. These talented and funny musicians spin their own brand of musical madness. Tickets are $17 and $20.
Tickets for the series can be purchased at various locations on campus, including at the WSU box office, 800-WSU-TIKS.
Tickets for the cultural affairs fundraiser house concert can be purchased by calling Diane Stern, 801-626-6570.
Further information about the cultural affairs series can be accessed at wsuculturalaffairs.org.