Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

World Music from Zimbabwe Comes to Central PA

Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe will perform on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Free pre-performance music featuring Bucknell University’s student ensemble Voices of Praise will be offered from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Atrium. There will also be a free African Dance Workshop with 2 members of the ensemble from 1-2 p.m. the same day as their performance in the Atrium. This will be an interactive workshop – participants will learn the rhythms through drumming, clapping and movement. The workshop leaders will teach various dances from the Ndebele Culture, such as Isitshikitsha, Indlamu […]

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Performance Review: Philadanco

The Philadelphia Dance Company, better known as PHILADANCO!, stunned the audience on Tuesday night with their captivating ability to tell stories through movement. The first piece on their program, “Super 8!”, dealt with love, sensuality, and seduction via the examination of three different couples. Throughout this piece, the music and lighting played a key role in complementing the dancers’ movements and enhancing the overall experience. Additionally, the communication of body language between the dancers was visible to the audience and provided an authentic experience. PHILADANCO! also performed two other pieces titled “With(in)verse” and “La Valse” which were both raw and […]

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Monday, October 21st, 2019

Performance Review: Kat Edmonson

From Texas, to Brooklyn, to the Weis Center stage! Kat Edmonson, jazz vocalist with specialty in what she refers to as “vintage pop”, gave a truly captivating performance. As her recent album is titled, she truly is an “old fashioned gal”; her unique and romantic vocal style instantly places audience members into another time period. Kat conveyed to the audience and in several interviews that her main source of inspiration comes from 1930s and 40s movies such as Turner classic movies. These movies and personal life events such as breakups spark her spectacular songwriting method. Kat says she first hears […]

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Multimedia Ensemble Brings Frankenstein to the Stage using Shadow Puppetry, Live Music and Cinematic Effects

Innovative theatre company Manual Cinema will bring the classic gothic tale, Frankenstein, to the Weis Center’s stage on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. Love, loss and creation merge in unexpected ways in the performance conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community and education shape personhood—or destroy it by their absence. In a special world premiere presentation, internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley’s own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema’s […]

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Philadanco Dance Company Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Weis Center

The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!) will leap onto the Weis Center’s stage on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of their 50th Anniversary celebration.   The performance is sponsored, in part, by Evangelical Community Hospital and PPL Foundation.    A free pre-performance talk by two dancers from the ensemble will take place on the same day as the performance from 1-2 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. The Philadelphia Dance Company, better known as simply PHILADANCO!, is celebrated across the nation and around the world for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African American traditions in dance. Founded by […]

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Jazz Vocalist Blends Old and New into Something Entirely Her Own

Possessing an airy, light voice with a sly touch, jazz vocalist Kat Edmonson will perform on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Edmonson brings both the songs and the sensibility of the Great American Songbook into the 21st century.  The performance is sponsored, in part, by Bold Gold Media. With a sweetly mellifluous soprano echoing Blossom Dearie’s lighter-than-air approach as well as her gift for evocative songwriting, the 35-year-old is a rare artist who embodies the spirit of the past while remaining resolutely au courant.  A Texas native and Brooklyn transplant, Edmonson […]

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Performance Review: The Amazing Max

On October 2nd, the seats in the Weis Center were filled to capacity (1200!) with elementary schoolers from Mifflinburg, Milton, Danville, Lewisburg, and Millville as well as homeschool families, to watch Max Darwin, better known by his nickname “The Amazing Max,” showcase his mesmerizing magic tricks. From start to finish, the energy in the room was infectious and the audience was on the edge of their seats, spellbound by the performance.  Max’s ability to captivate the audience can be attested by the fact that nearly every hand shot into the air to participate when he asked for volunteers for his […]

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