September 18th, 2017

Americana Mountain Music Comes to Campus Theatre as part of Weis Center’s season

Americana mountain music will be performed by Anna & Elizabeth on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market Street, downtown Lewisburg. Featured during the performance will be the Bucknell University Choir; Beth Willer will serve as Conductor. There will be a free lecture and demonstration with the artists on Tuesday, October 3 at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Eric Martin. The growing acclaim for the collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle springs from a shared talents as historians, storytellers, visual artists, and gifted, intuitive […]

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September 15th, 2017

Mariachi Flor De Toloache Delight Weis Center Audiences

It was a memorable evening of colorful music and dancing as Latin Grammy nominees Mariachi Flor De Toloache captivated the Weis Center audience with their fresh and unique take on traditional Mexican Mariachi music. The five piece ensemble, along with a vibrant female dancer, took the stage with their instruments in traditional Mariachi garb to perform their very untraditional take on the music genre. The all-female group upend cultural and ethnic traditions in what can be considered a classically male-dominated style of music. All of the members pride themselves on their diverse cultural backgrounds and represent countries like Cuba, Dominican […]

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September 11th, 2017

Ranky Tanky Shows Us the Gullah Music of the Southeast

In the Weis Center’s second free outdoor performance of the season, audiences were treated to the lively, upbeat, and spiritual music of Charleston, S.C.’s own Ranky Tanky. In a pre-performance talk, the band explained the importance behind their church and family influences and how they work to keep Gullah culture alive. Ranky Tanky certainly has a rock and roll vibe to their performance style, a testament to their playing of modern developed instruments, but it is clear that listeners can hear the ghost of older instruments and sounds reminiscent of early Gullah culture. Ranky Tanky began the performance in the Weis Center […]

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September 7th, 2017

A Look Back at How the Weis Center Came to Be

As the Weis Center kicks off its 30th Anniversary season and celebration, we wanted to begin an online celebration of our own by exploring the history and stories behind this historic venue. We thought it best to begin by looking into the events leading up the Center’s inaugural performance on April 4, 1988. The Sigmund and Claire Weis Center for the Performing Arts was constructed between 1985 and early 1988 with a projected total cost of approximately $9.7 million. The bulk of the funds came from a generous trust given by the estate of Claire Weis, mother of former Bucknell chairman of […]

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August 29th, 2017

All-Woman Mariachi Group to Perform at Weis Center

New York-based world music ensemble Mariachi Flor de Toloache will perform on Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. There will be a free lecture and demonstration with the artists on the same day as the performance at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. Latin Grammy nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its first and only all­-woman mariachi group. Founded in 2008, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is led by singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) and Shae Fiol (original member). Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi […]

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August 28th, 2017

Sea Island Gullah Music Comes to Weis Center in Free Outdoor Concert

Sea Island Gullah music by Ranky Tanky will be featured on Thursday, September 7 at 6 p.m. outside on the Weis Center Plaza. The family-friendly performance is free and tickets are not required. The rain location is the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic. A free pre-performance lecture and demonstration with the artists will take place the same day from 5:15-5:45 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. The performance is sponsored, in part, by the Bucknell Community Engagement Fund. Gullah comes from the West African language and means a people […]

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August 14th, 2017

Zydeco Music Kicks-Off Weis Center’s 30th Anniversary Season with Free Outdoor Concert

Zydeco innovator Corey Ledet and his Zydeco Band will kick-off the Weis Center’s 30th Anniversary season on Friday, August 25 at 6 p.m. outside on the Weis Center Plaza. The family-friendly performance is free and tickets are not required. The rain location is the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic. A free pre-performance lecture and demonstration with the artist will take place the same day at 12 noon in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. The performance is sponsored, in part, by Evangelical Community Hospital. Backed by a full band, Grammy-nominated zydeco […]

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August 8th, 2017

Guitar-Themed Photography Exhibit Comes to the Weis Center

Image:  Les Paul, Ralph Gibson, 2000, Gelatin Silver Print on Paper. Gift of Douglas Smith, Class of 1984   The Weis Center for the Performing Arts, in collaboration with the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, will host a free guitar-themed photography exhibit now through Friday, June 22, 2018 in its Atrium Lobby. Entitled State of the Axe, the exhibit includes 30 photographs which were drawn from the collection of the Samek Art Museum by photographer Ralph Gibson. The images depict guitar masters and the intimate relationship they have with their instrument. Richard Rinehart, Samek Art Museum Director and curator of the […]

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July 26th, 2017

Weis Center’s New Season Features 33 Professional Performances

The 30th Anniversary season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University features 33 events from across the United States and around the globe and includes Americana/roots, bluegrass, zydeco, classical, jazz, blues, world music, dance, and Family Discovery performances. Ten performances are free. Performances begin in late August 2017 and continue through April 2018. The season will kick-off on Friday, August 25 at 6 p.m. with a free outdoor concert on the Weis Center Plaza by Grammy-nominated Zydeco innovator Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band. A second free outdoor concert will be offered on Thursday, September 7 […]

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June 29th, 2017

New Brochure Cover Revealed

Our 30th Anniversary brochure is at the printer! Check out the gorgeous cover – we hope you like it as much as we do. Once again, we will offer 30+ professional performances.   The brochure will be available to the public (for free!) in late July. Patrons and subscribers will receive it in mid-July.

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