April 16th, 2021

Weis Center Sessions #45: J.A. Holm ’22, “City Streets” (Poetry)

Welcome to our 45th installment of Weis Center Sessions. Since April is National Poetry Month, we will be featuring poetry readings for the next few weeks. Today, we highlight Bucknell student J.A. Holm ’22 and his poem “City Streets.” In the coming weeks, we will highlight Joselyn Busato and Andy Ciotola. J.A. Holm is a Junior who recently switched majors from Psychology to Creative Writing to pursue a career writing poetry or working in related industries. Only in the last few years has he begun to take poetry seriously and has since been published in Toho Journal Vol. 2, No. 1. He […]

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April 9th, 2021

Weis Center Sessions #44: Deirdre O’Connor, “Sunflowers” (Poetry)

Welcome to our 44th installment of Weis Center Sessions! April is National Poetry Month, so for the next few weeks we will be featuring poetry readings. Today, we highlight Deirdre O’Connor and her poem, “Sunflowers.” Coming later this month: Bucknell students Josh Holm and Joselyn Busato, and Andy Ciotola. Deirdre directs the Writing Center at Bucknell and also serves as the Associate Director of the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets. She is the author of two books of poems, most recently The Cupped Field, from Able Muse Press. Deirdre says, “[The poem] ‘Sunflowers’ began with the image in the first […]

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April 2nd, 2021

Weis Center Sessions #43: Colleen Hartung (Clarinet)

It’s time for another Weis Center Session! Today, we feature our treasured colleague in Bucknell’s Department of Music, clarinetist extraordinaire Colleen Hartung. Colleen Hartung is an avid freelance musician that has performed with the Allentown Symphony, the Williamsport Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony, Opera Roanoke, the Roanoke Symphony, and the Ashlawn Opera Festival Orchestra. She has also been a participant at the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Masterclass program with Wesley Foster. In 2014 Hartung premiered Ryan Woodward’s Suite for Clarinet and Violin with Marcus Smolensky at the International Clarinet Association’s Mid-America Clarinet Festival in Ohio. Along with colleague Stacie Thompson, […]

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March 26th, 2021

Weis Center Sessions #42: Sami Wurm ’22, “Wrong Guy” (Vocal Performance)

Welcome to our 42nd installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Bucknell student Sami Wurm ’22 performing an original piece, “Wrong Guy.” Sami is an R&B/Pop singer, producer, and songwriter from New York. She is majoring in Computer Science and Multimedia Music Composition at Bucknell. She began singing when she was cast as the Tin Man in a local production of The Wizard of Oz at 4 years old, and after that, Sami grew up pursuing her love for musical theatre, performing in musicals […]

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March 19th, 2021

Weis Center Sessions #41: Flora and the Gleaners, “Flatbush Waltz”

Each Friday, we release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. This week, we are again featuring Flora and the Gleaners, which includes Flora Eyster-Newburgh on two silver flutes (Bass Flute in C and C Concert Flute), Mark Doncheski on acoustic guitar and Mary Hermann on acoustic upright bass. This time, they are performing the soothing and reflective tune, “Flatbush Waltz.” Flora shared that nine members of her family attended Bucknell over the decades. Flora worked at Bucknell for 9 years as the Biology Department Greenhouse Caretaker. She also worked for 2.5 years as the Native […]

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March 16th, 2021

Weis Center Snaps #5: Coach Pat Flannery, “For All Sports Fans”

The BIG DANCE is BACK this year!! And we KNOW you’re all working on those very important tournament brackets. Our Executive Director is picking her hometown team, #1 seed Illinois, for the National Championship. Who’s on your Final Four prediction? Any surprises? Upsets? Big wins? In celebration of NCAA March Madness, we thought you’d enjoy this Weis Center Snap talk, “For All Sports Fans,” by beloved Coach Flannery. Coach Pat Flannery has spent 60 years in sports, as a player, as a coach, and as a fan. What goes in to coaching? What goes in to sports? He discusses: Recruiting, […]

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March 12th, 2021

Weis Center Sessions #40: Isee Martine (vocals, cajón) and Aleah Spiro (vocals, guitar), “Hannah Hunt”

Welcome to our 40th installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Isee Martine (vocals, cajón) and Aleah Spiro (vocals, guitar) as they put their own acoustic spin on the song “Hannah Hunt” written by Ezra Koenig and Rostam Manglij (of Vampire Weekend). Aleah is a sophomore at the University of Vermont (UVM), double majoring in Spanish and Environmental Studies. She has been playing the guitar since she was 12 with some formal lessons, but mostly taught herself. She has loved singing for as long as […]

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March 5th, 2021

Weis Center Sessions #39: Maren Snow, “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” (Guitar/Vocals)

Welcome to our 39th installment of Weis Center Sessions! Each Friday, we release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Maren Snow performing Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.” Maren is the daughter of Judy Grisel (Professor of Psychology at Bucknell) and Jimmy Snow. She is a senior at Lewisburg Area High School and has been playing guitar and singing since she was 10. Maren is a member of the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport. Recorded at and produced by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. […]

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February 26th, 2021

Weis Center Sessions #38: Ryan Flannery (Guitar) and Taylor Fleming (Piano), “Raise Four” by Thelonious Monk

Each Friday, we release a video that features a member of the Bucknell University community. Today, we feature Lewisburg natives Ryan Flannery on guitar and Taylor Fleming on piano as they perform “Raise Four” by Thelonious Monk. Ryan Flannery is a guitarist and Lewisburg native. He studied jazz performance at College of Charleston and graduated in 2016. Since then, he has been performing with jazz, pop, rock and funk groups up and down the east coast. Also, a lot of weddings. He spent several years as an educator at Black Tie Music Academy in Charleston, SC, and most of his […]

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