September 19th, 2018

Acclaimed Bagpiper, Cristina Pato, to Perform with her Band at the Weis Center

Internationally acclaimed Galician bagpiper master and classical pianist Cristina Pato will perform with her band on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. There will be a pre-performance talk with the artist the same day as the performance at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. She will perform with Julien Labro on accordion and bandoneon, Edward Perez on double bass and Eric Doob on drums. Cristina Pato enjoys an active professional career devoted to cultural exchange and to creating new paths for her unique instrument. Her dual careers have led to performances on major stages throughout […]

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September 15th, 2018

Performance Review: Mohamed Abozekry and Karkadé

Mohamed Abozekry and his instrumental ensemble Karkadé introduced Lewisburg to the sounds of classical Arabic music, Sufi music of northern Egypt, and secular poetry on Friday,  September 14 in the Weis Center Atrium. Abozekry is a world-renowned Egyptian oud virtuoso. Karkadé is Abozekry’s second ensemble. It is a compositional effort to return to his roots, presenting a more traditional Egyptian style of music infused with a sense of modernity. He released Karkadé’s album in September 2016. Karkadé mixes styles and traditions to describe “a path to an Arab world at peace with its history and turned towards the future.” On Friday night, the Weis […]

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September 10th, 2018

Interview with Dina El Wedidi

Dina El Wedidi comes from a self described traditional Egyptian background, attending university in Cairo were she composed her own music. From 2007 to 2010 El Wedidi worked as a singer and actress with the Warsha Theatre Troupe, the first independent troupe in the free theater movement in Egypt. With the Warsha Troupe El Wedidi took on multiple projects exploring Egyptian folklore, including The Nile Project, an artist collective created to “inspire, inform, and connect Nile citizens to help them collaborate on cultivating the sustainability of the river”(http://nileproject.org/about/). Since 2011, El Wedidi started her own band, exploring contemporary Egyptian music […]

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September 10th, 2018

Americana Trio Red Molly Returns to Lewisburg

*Tickets are now limited. Please purchase tickets in advance; availability at the door is not guaranteed.* Americana trio Red Molly will bring their gorgeous harmonies, infectious songwriting and captivating stage presence to downtown Lewisburg on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market Street, Lewisburg. There will be a pre-performance talk with the artists from 6:45-7:15 p.m. Red Molly (Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter) weaves together the threads of American music – from folk to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky-tonk – as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature […]

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September 10th, 2018

Performance Review: David Power and Willie Kelly Bring Traditional Irish Music to Weis Center Atrium

In the Atrium of the Weis Center, it’s a full house. The audience watches the sun set through the glass-panel walls as Willie Kelly and David Powers take their position on the stage at the base of the spiraling staircase. After a brief introduction by Kathryn Maguet the musicians lift their instruments and, without wasting another breath, begin to play, transporting the audience back into the history of Ireland. David Power of Ireland and Willie Kelly, a native of New Jersey, brought an uniquely Irish experience the Central Pennsylvania with their free performance on Thursday night, September 6th, at 7:30 […]

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September 7th, 2018

Egyptian Vocalist Comes to Weis Center, part of U.S. State Department Initiative

Dina El Wedidi, a well-loved name in Egyptian contemporary music, will perform on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. There will be a pre-performance talk with the artist on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. Since she burst onto the scene with her powerful voice and inventive but rooted style, Dina has been driven by a curiosity and a propensity to shed her skin and venture down new paths. She draws deep into her musical roots of performing Egyptian folkloric music with the Warsha Theater Troupe and Habaybena band, filtering this […]

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September 4th, 2018

Sufi and Classical Music of Egypt Comes to Weis Center in Free Performance

Mohamed Abozekry, an oud (lute) master and his instrumental ensemble Karkadé, will explore classical Arabic music, Sufi music of northern Egypt, and music popular along the Nile River on Friday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. The performance is free and tickets are not required. There will be a free pre-performance talk with the artists on Thursday, September 13 at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. Mohamed Abozekry, an oud (lute) master still in his mid-20s, brilliantly explores Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, Sufi calls, and secular poetry with a new instrumental project called […]

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August 31st, 2018

National Geographic Live: “When Women Ruled the World” with Egyptologist Kara Cooney

Egyptologist Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney, at first glance, seems like the female Indiana Jones. She studies a civilization so ancient it’s steeped in myth, travels the world, and speaks in forums at distinguished universities. But her work isn’t all about studying stories inscribed in coffins or translating hieroglyphics. In her National Geographic Live presentation “When Women Ruled the World,” sponsored by the Weis Center, Cooney asks a critical question: What can we learn from the women who once ruled Egypt as kings? Dr. Cooney is a professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA. Specializing in craft production, coffin studies, […]

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August 21st, 2018

Traditional Irish Music Comes to Weis Center in Free Performance

David Power, one of Ireland’s foremost uilleann pipers will join beloved New Jersey fiddler Willie Kelly to bring traditional Irish music to Central PA when they perform on Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. The performance is free and tickets are not required. There will be a free pre-performance talk with the artists on the same day as the performance at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. Their collaborative new album Apples in Winter has received rave reviews. The Irish Echo says, “There’s a magic to Apples in Winter that will resonate with people […]

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August 13th, 2018

National Geographic Live featuring Professor of Egyptology Comes to Weis Center

Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney, National Geographic author and professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA, will present “When Women Ruled the World” on Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. There will be a meet-and-greet with Dr. Cooney in the Weis Center Atrium following her presentation. Dr. Cooney explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens to illuminate a time when women ruled the world.  Often neglected in the history books, these strong female leaders were considered exceptions to the rule, but their power and influence is undeniable. Cleopatra used her sexuality – and her money – to build […]

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