Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Pulitzer Winning ‘Anthracite Fields’ Coming to The Weis Center

On Saturday, April 1st, Julia Wolfe, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Bucknell University Camerata and Lycoming College Chamber Choir conducted by Dr. Beth Willer will come together to present Anthracite Fields — the next performance installment of Coal Collections: Local, National, and International Stories. Anthracite Fields is an oratorio — a large-scale musical piece consisting of orchestra and voices with a narrative theme performed without costumes or scenery. The show follows the lives of early 20th century coal miners in Pennsylvania, using music to illustrate the hardships and triumphs of the coal mining community. According to Wolfe’s website, Anthracite Fields “draws on […]

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Dust and Light: A Coal Region Retrospective

From up-close portraits of coal miners and their families to landscapes of Pennsylvania’s coal region, Jack Delano’s photographs provide a retrospective of life in rural Pennsylvania during the 1930s. This photo series, Dust and Light, is currently on display at the Weis Center in partnership with the Samek Art Museum as part of the University’s year-long Coal Collections series. The black and white photos are presented in twos, as if they were pages in a scrapbook, giving a rustic, familiar feel to the exhibition. Delano, who came to the United States from Russia as a child in 1923, used his […]

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Art at The Weis Center Preview: Dust & Light

The Color of Sound exhibition has been livening up the Weis Center’s lobby since the fall, although soon a new exhibit will greet guests whenever they pay a visit to the Weis Center beginning March 20th and running through September 10th. As part of Art at the Weis Center, a partnership with the Samek Art Museum, the exhibition Dust & Light: Images of PA Coal Communities will debut, featuring a collection of photographs from artist Jack Delano. The exhibition is also part of Bucknell’s Coal Collections series, a yearlong collaboration between the Weis Center and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for […]

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Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Silencio Blanco Brings Puppetry to the Weis Center

Silencio Blanco, a touring group of puppeteers who use their puppets to tell stories, will perform twice at Bucknell on Friday, Feb. 17 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.). As part of the Weis Center’s ongoing series, Coal Collections: Local, National, and International Stories, the ensemble will perform with marionettes made from a newspaper base in order to share stories about the significance of coal mining in Chilean culture. In what is likely a first for the Weis Center, patrons will be seated on-stage with the puppeteers and puppets, gaining intimate access to this unique performance. As the group’s name suggests, […]

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

The Weis Center: Behind the Scenes

How much do you know about the Weis Center? Sure, it’s a beautiful space. The Atrium Lobby’s winding staircase and the theater’s high ceilings, wood paneling, and signature light fixtures are immediately recognizable to any student, staff, faculty or alumnus. It’s ranked as one of the country’s most beautiful university performing arts centers for a reason. However, when you dig a little deeper, there are many facts and eccentricities that make the Weis Center even more unique. Here are a few did you know?’s about Bucknell’s home for all things performing arts. The center has a “shoe box” shape. With […]

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Friday, January 13th, 2017

“Coal Collections” Series Continues this spring

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment (BCSE) are pleased to announce twelve more events related to the year-long series, Coal Collections: Local, National and International Stories. The series celebrates connections between the broader Bucknell community and Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region as it highlights histories, cultures, and stories from coal regions around the world. Noon Lecture Series:  Athletics in the Anthracite Coal Region Thursday, January 26, Noon-2 p.m., Weis Center Atrium Lobby, Free Drew Kelly (94KX) will moderate two panel discussions about the […]

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Friday, November 11th, 2016

Roomful of Teeth Will Bring Unique Style to The Weis Center Next Week

The GRAMMY award winning vocal performance group, Roomful of Teeth, isn’t your typical music group by any means. Through a mix of sounds from many different cultures, such as Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing, the group has created a unique sound experience. The group’s nine members, including Williamsport, PA native Dashon Burton, will perform at the Weis Center on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. If you’re interested in learning more about Roomful of Teeth’s unique style, make sure to arrive early for a […]

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Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Proserpina: A Deeper Look

Tonight, Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m., the Weis Center presents Annie Randall’s and Paul Botelho’s Proserpina: Two One-Act Operas. I wanted to delve deeper into the story of Proserpina herself and how the themes in the opera can be interpreted in a modern context. The myth of Proserpina was traditionally used to explain why the seasons change. Proserpina, also known as Persephone in Greek mythology, is an ancient Roman goddess who is known for being kidnapped by Hades, the god of the underworld, after she eats forbidden pomegranate seeds. Her mother, Ceres in Roman mythology and Demeter in Greek […]

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Monday, October 10th, 2016

Proserpina: Opera Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

On Friday, October 14th, audiences will be able to enjoy a unique performance of opera like they’ve never seen it before, through Annie J. Randall and Paul J. Botelho’s new work, Proserpina: Two One-Act Operas. This project began when Randall, a professor of music at Bucknell, began restoring Goethe’s original composition of Proserpina through a process called transcription in order to make the work usable for today’s musicians. This will be the piece’s North American debut and its first performance since 1778 since it was thought to be lost until recently when Randall recovered the piece from the Darmstadt University […]

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Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Art at The Weis Center Presents The Color of Sound

If you’ve stopped by the Weis Center recently, you’ve probably noticed something’s different. The Performing Arts Center’s lobby is boasting a new collection of art, thanks to its partnership with the Samek Art Museum. “The interplay between music and visual art goes back to the pre-histories of both forms and spans cultures and continents,” Samek Director Richard Rinehart’s curatorial statement reads. “Language often becomes involved in the dance between the two art forms as they borrow terms from one another. For instance, the visual arts appropriated the musical terms composition, tone, and harmony to describe painting, while music lifted from […]

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