March 8th, 2019

Performance Review: Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

Accompanied by Jenny Scheiman on the violin, Robbie Fulks on the banjo, and Robbie Gjersoe on the guitar, Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait is a multimedia performance set against the movies of H. Lee Waters, who documented more than 118 small towns in the American southeast between 1936 and 1942. The score is originally composed by Sheinman, a testament to her dedication and passion for capturing the essence of the time period. Scheinman and filmmaker Finn Taylor painstakingly reedited Waters’ images to Scheinman’s music, creating a new movie that speaks to any community as much as to the towns where it was filmed. The history […]

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March 1st, 2019

Performance Review: Farruquito

Thursday, February 28th: The lights go down. A gold backlight glows, revealing the silhouette of a well-dressed man poised in position. From seemingly nowhere a guitar picks up a rhythm. Drums and sound of hands clapping add to the beat. Suddenly the music rises and the man explodes into dance. His footfalls shake the room as he flies in a whirlwind; his dance so fiery and beautiful it takes your breath away. The next 90 minutes go on to be one of the most spectacular international dance performances ever seen at Bucknell. Farruquito is a living legend. Son of flamenco singer Juan […]

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February 25th, 2019

Jenny Scheinman’s “Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait” to be Presented at the Campus Theatre as part of Weis Center’s season

Jenny Scheinman’s Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait, which combines live folk music and historic film clips, will be presented on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market Street, in downtown Lewisburg. In this new live music and film piece, acclaimed musician Jenny Scheinman presents the captivating visual world of H. Lee Waters, who documented more than 118 small towns in the southeast between 1936 and 1942. Waters’ films are of regular people going about their lives – mill workers streaming out of factories, a mother and daughter dancing on a dirt road, an old man reading […]

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February 23rd, 2019

Performance Review: René Marie

American songwriter and jazz vocalist René Marie performed on February 21st with her band featuring Quentin Baxter on drums, John Chin on piano, Elias Bailey on bass, and Randy Napoleon on guitar. Opening with “Turn the Page” by Bob Seger, Marie incorporated a variety of covers and original songs in her soulful performance. Marie proves that all musicians, at their core, are storytellers. She spins stories not just with her voice and musical accompaniment but with her breath, her body, her fingers and her feet. She falls into her music like a dancer, embracing the quirky high notes and deepest blues. […]

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February 21st, 2019

Review: National Geographic Live “Ocean Soul”

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.” –  John F. Kennedy On Tuesday night, renowned underwater photographer Brian Skerry presented a jaw-dropping multimedia journey through the oceans of the world in Ocean Soul, a National Geographic Live! event. He led the audience from the glacial waters of the arctic, to the “deserts” of the open sea, to the predator infested waters of tropical coastlines. Skerry’s photography and impassioned storytelling also brought viewers face to […]

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February 18th, 2019

Classical Performance Will Feature Piano Soloist

Jasper String Quartet, featuring Qing Jiang on piano, will perform on Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Weis Center. The ensemble includes: J Freivogel and Karen Kim, violins, Sam Quintal, viola and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello. While at the Weis Center, they will perform Joseph Haydn: Quartet in Bb Major Op. 76 No. 4 ‘Sunrise’, Joan Tower: Wild Summer (2018 commission for the Jasper String Quartet), Shelley Washington: Middleground and Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2, A major, Op. 81, featuring Qing Jiang on piano. “The Jaspers…match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of […]

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February 18th, 2019

Flamenco Artist Comes to the Weis Center

Farruquito (Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya), heir to the most renowned Gypsy flamenco dynasty, will perform on Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. The performance is sponsored, in part, by RiverWoods. Farruquito has been called the Greatest Flamenco Dancer of this New Century (NY Times). Son of flamenco singer Juan Fernández Flores “El Moreno” and dancer Rosario Montoya Manzano “La Farruca”, the eldest of four brothers Juan Antonio Fernández Montoya “El Farru”, Manuel Fernández Montoya “El Carpeta” and Alegría Fernández Montoya, he was immersed in the purest form of flamenco founded by his grandfather, “El Farruco”, one […]

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February 14th, 2019

Special Valentine’s Day Ticket Promo: Buy One, Get One Free for Upcoming Jazz and Flamenco Dance Shows

This Valentine’s Day, give your special someone the gift of the performing arts! On Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15, the Weis Center is offering a special Buy One, Get One (BOGO) ticket offer for Rene Marie’s jazz performance on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. AND Farruquito’s flamenco dance performance on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. More info about Rene Marie: https://www.bucknell.edu/about-bucknell/weis-center-for-the-performing-arts/weis-center-2018-19-season/ren%C3%A9-marie.html More info about Farruquito: https://www.bucknell.edu/about-bucknell/weis-center-for-the-performing-arts/weis-center-2018-19-season/farruquito.html Now is the perfect time to share your love of music or dance with your sweetheart. Buy one ticket, receive the second ticket free. Offer expires at midnight on Friday, […]

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February 11th, 2019

Performance Review: Yumi Kurosawa with guest Anubrata Chatterjee

Yumi Kurosawa and Anubrata Chatterjee blended together the expressive musical traditions of Japan and India in an incredible performance on Sunday, February 10th in the Weis Center atrium. The audience went on a journey of sound – from Vivaldi on the koto to Japanese edo period lullabies to Kurosawa’s original compositions. Kurosawa and Chatterjee’s collaboration speaks volumes to the unifying power of music. Their visionary compositions demonstrate the similarities between their musical traditions as well the unique characteristics of the Japanese koto and Indian tabla. Kurosawa is one of today’s most exciting soloists on Japan’s national instrument. Her many collaborations […]

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February 11th, 2019

Jazz Vocalist René Marie Comes to the Weis Center

Jazz composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher René Marie will perform with her band on Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Her band features Quentin Baxter on Drums, John Chin on Piano, Elias Bailey on Bass, and Randy Napoleon on Guitar. This engagement is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its Mid Atlantic Tours program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Campus sponsorship is through the Women’s Resource Center at Bucknell University. In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René […]

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