July 12th, 2018

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Announces Grants: Weis Center Receives Two Touring Grants

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has awarded $134,366 in grants supporting 52 performing arts engagements through its 2018-2019 Mid Atlantic Tours program. The grants, awarded directly to presenting organizations, will support engagements by the following artists at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region. All engagements will include public performances and activities designed to foster greater appreciation for artists’ work and offer meaningful exchanges between artists and the public. Jazz: René Marie Warrenton, VA In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, […]

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June 18th, 2018

Center Stage Brings Compelling Performers from Ukraine and Egypt to US Audiences, Weis Center a Host Venue

Catalyzed by intense upheavals, Egyptian and Ukrainian performing artists are animating their nations’ public spheres. Now, some of the strongest performers and creative innovators from these countries are coming to the US, to share their perspectives and broaden ours. For its fourth edition, Center Stage, the cultural exchange program initiated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts, will bring five contemporary music and theater ensembles from Egypt and Ukraine to tour in the U.S. in Autumn 2018. During independent month-long tours Dina Elwedidi (Egypt), Kurbasy […]

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April 17th, 2018

Diversity at Home with the Silkroad Ensemble

Our 30th Anniversary Season is nearing its close and Saturday, April 14 marked the final in-house performance with Grammy Award-winning musical collective the Silkroad Ensemble. Silkroad redefines classical music through the presentation and celebration of artists from different nationalities and musical traditions. The group is comprised of  over three dozen musicians representing countries like Korea, Kazakhstan, China, and the United States. On Saturday we were introduced to ten ensemble members who performed with instruments unique to their cultures including the Spanish bagpipe, the pipa, the violin, the piano, and the gong. Listing all of these instruments as a part of one […]

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April 9th, 2018

Double Bassist Xavier Foley to offer free classical performance at Weis Center

This performance includes a world premiere work and Weis Center commission by composer Daniel Temkin. Avery Fisher grant winner Xavier Foley will perform a classical repertoire on Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. The performance is free and tickets are not required. Winner of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, double bassist Xavier Foley has captivated audiences “with superbly executed performances… playing fluidly and passionately” (Splash Magazines). As a Winner of the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions along with four Performance Prizes, he gave his New York and Washington, DC debut recitals this […]

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April 9th, 2018

World Music from Tunisia comes to the Weis Center in free performance

World music from Tunisia will be featured in a performance called “Suite for Abu Sadiya” on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. The performance is free and tickets are not required. In this musical take on a North African myth, Brooklyn-based, French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares and French cellist Vincent Segal will present an original suite of variations re-imagining the Tunisian healing trance music — Stambeli — for their trio with American drummer Nasheet Waits. Their original compositions form a series of variations on the legend of Abu Sadiya. In his wandering search for his […]

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April 2nd, 2018

Silkroad Ensemble Comes to Weis Center

Silkroad Ensemble, featuring musicians and composers from more than 20 countries, will perform on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. There will be a free pre-performance talk immediately before the performance from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. The Silkroad Ensemble creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the group has been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal, “one of the 21st century’s great ensembles” by the Vancouver Sun, and a […]

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April 2nd, 2018

Jazz Saxophonist to give free concert at Weis Center

Jazz saxophonist Melissa Aldana will perform on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. The performance is free and tickets are not required. There will be a free pre-performance talk immediately before the performance, from 6:45-7:15 p.m. The band will include Melissa Aldana on Saxophone, Sam Harris on Piano, Pablo Menares on Bass, and Tommy Crane on Drums. Acclaimed tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana follows up her 2014 Concord release Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio album with the explorative and deeply swinging Back Home, this time released on the Wommusic label. The New York Times calls […]

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March 26th, 2018

Classical Music with a Taste of Cuba

Classical music is a Weis Center specialty. Our architecturally striking and acoustically excellent performance hall suits the intricacies of the genre very well and the Weis Center was able to showcase this the evening of March 22 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. The performance featured Yekwon Sunwoo, renown South Korean pianist and gold medalist of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Sunwoo also graduated from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music and, interestingly enough, performed in the Atrium Lobby of the Weis Center back in 2014. The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba is one of the oldest and […]

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March 21st, 2018

Traditional Hula Ensemble Comes to Weis Center

Traditional hula ensemble, Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau, will perform on Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. There will be a free pre-performance talk on the same day as the performance from 1-2 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. The talk will include a brief history of hula and an informal hula dance lesson. Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau is dedicated to preserving and performing traditional hula, a dance style called hula ku‘i. This style evolved from the teachings of the late hula master Maiki Aiu Lake, a revered teacher and artistic director […]

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March 21st, 2018

Weis Center will feature art from ten local artists April 3 through May 25, part of Susquehanna River Arts initiative

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts, in collaboration with the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and the Susquehanna River Arts initiative, will host a free art exhibit and installation featuring the work of ten local artists from Tuesday, April 3 through Friday, May 25 in the Weis Center’s upper atrium lobby. Participating artists will include: Annie Barnhart, Robert Brown, Pete Grimord, Joan Grimord, Gail Fox (image at left), Glen Klein, Abigail Kurecian, Sara Mika, Pam Thomas (image above) and William Whitmoyer. Each artist will have several samples of artwork on display. Grounded in the belief that art shapes both the spirit […]

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