October 26th, 2016

Judy Collins and Ari Hest Inspire with their Voices and Storytelling

On Thursday, October 20, the Weis Center hosted folk icon Judy Collins and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Ari Hest. The combination of her angelic voice and his velvety tone left patrons feeling inspired and transformed – even if just for one night. Ari performed a set of his own songs first and then after a brief intermission, Judy took the stage at 8:15 pm. Performing a wide-ranging set of her classic melodies, as well as some well-known covers from the 60s and 70s, Judy performed for over an hour. Throughout the set, she interjected lovely memories about the songs and the time […]

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October 18th, 2016

Drums of India Shares a Lesson in the Language of Music

Bickram Ghosh’s Drums of India filled the Weis Center with captivating rhythm and melodies on Sunday, October 16th. Ghosh was joined by Anoor R. Ananthakrishna Sharma, Gopal Barman, Suresh Vaidyanathan, and Abhisek Mallick, all of whom are celebrated musicians worldwide. One of the most interesting elements of the performance is the fact that most of it was improvised. Ghosh explained to the audience that improvisation is typical of drumming in India, jokingly adding that things could go wrong at any moment. Nothing ended up going wrong during the concert, however, from my perspective; the music sounded and felt thoughtful yet […]

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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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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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September 30th, 2016

“Aritmia” Captures Crowd

Merima Ključo and Miroslav Tadić filled the Weis Center Atrium Lobby with a blend of traditional Balkan and classical music on Wednesday night.  Ključo is from Bosnia and Tadić is native to Yugoslavia, so they were each able to bring their own personal background to the performance. Their duo performance, entitled Aritmia, allowed the instrumentalists to showcase their far reaching talents, performing a variety of songs from different cultures. Perhaps the most interesting element of the performance was the duo’s use of improvisation while playing traditional pieces.  Both Ključo and Tadić interjected at various points in the concert to give the audience more information about […]

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September 26th, 2016

Americana & Bluegrass Concert Kicks Off Coal Collections Series

What better way to kickoff Bucknell’s Coal Collections: Local, National and International Stories series than a night of Americana and bluegrass music? The year-long series, sponsored by the Weis Center and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment will feature musical performances, film screenings, lectures and art exhibits throughout the academic year in order to share the rich history of Pennsylvania’s coal region with the community. On Thursday, September 22nd, the Coal Town Rounders and Van Wagner played to an enthusiastic crowd at the Weis Center for the opening event of the Coal Collections […]

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September 13th, 2016

Rajab Suleiman and Kithara Bring The Sounds of Zanzibar to Lewisburg

Rajab Suleiman and Kithara rocked the Weis Center lobby on Friday night, playing to a captivated audience of all ages. Students, faculty, staff and community members filled every seat in the house, although the music brought much of the crowd to its feet, since the band encouraged dancing throughout the performance. Professor of history and international relations Dr. Cymone Fourshey, who introduced the band, taught the audience how to say, “welcome to Lewisburg” in Swahili. The group played taarab music, a style native to Zanzibar. Known for its rhythm and melody, this style of music features a variety of stringed instruments, […]

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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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September 2nd, 2016

Coal Collections Series Garners Local Buzz

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment, are excited to partner on a year-long series of events related to anthracite coal. “Coal Collections: Local, National and International Stories” will include performances, monthly noon-time lectures and panel discussions, films, and guest speakers. Many events are free. The project has already had press coverage in the News Item two times: once as an article and then as an editorial, Press Enterprise, Daily Item, Sun Gazette and Standard Journal. Check it out! The performances included in […]

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August 24th, 2016

Weis Center’s New Season Features 35 Professional Performances

The 2016-17 season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University features 35 events from across the United States and around the world and includes Americana/folk, classical, jazz, world music, dance, a Family Discovery Series and much more. Six performances are free. The season will kick-off on Friday, August 26 at 6 p.m. with a free outdoor concert on the Weis Center Plaza by Washington, D.C.-based Americana group, The Bumper Jacksons. A second free outdoor concert will be offered on Friday, September 9 at 6 p.m. on the Weis Center Plaza by a world music ensemble from […]

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