April 1st, 2019

Performance Review: Aizuri Quartet- Intricate Machines

Aizuri Quartet: Intricate Machines performed in the Weis Atrium lobby last Sunday at 2 pm. The performance began with an introduction from two of the composers who chose the music for the program. Each piece of music is special in that they each inhabit a different musical space. Every song had its own unique, dimensional voice that intertwined with other songs, making each set unique and connected. The first song began soft, like a whisper, trickling across the notes. It’s a siren song; haunting and alluring simultaneously. A later song explored the “dimensions of the breath”, from rapid pants to deep […]

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April 1st, 2019

Lorelei Ensemble to perform with members of the Bucknell University Choirs at the Weis Center

Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble will join forces with members of the Bucknell University Choirs to present James Kallembach’s new oratorio Antigone: the Writings of Sophie Scholl on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Beth Willer will serve as conductor for the performance. The performance is free and tickets are not required. In the first half of the Weis Center performance, Lorelei Ensemble will present choral works by John Luther Adams, Maggie Payne, David Lang and Pavel Chesnokov. After intermission, the vocal ensemble will perform James Kallembach’s new oratorio for treble choir and cello […]

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April 1st, 2019

Michael Mwenso and the Shakes Bring Jazz/Funk/Soul Fusion to the Weis Center in Free Concert, Danville Hip-Hop Dancers Featured

Michael Mwenso and the Shakes will perform a unique blend of jazz, funk and soul on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is free and tickets are not required. A pre-performance talk with the artists will take place on the same day as the performance at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. Whether fulfilling the role of vocalist, emcee, showman or impresario, Michael Mwenso conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hard-core jazz and the music’s folkloric roots with impeccable craft, creativity and communicative flair. Mwenso and the Shakes […]

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March 26th, 2019

Performance Review: Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

The Utah based Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company performed at the Weis Center on March 23. A prominent figure in the contemporary dance scene, Ririe-Woodbury pursues a mission to incorporate dance into everyone’s life through dynamic education and community outreach programs. Their program for Saturday night was comprised of 4 beautiful pieces; including “Excerpts From Exilic Dances”, “Opposite of Killing”, “Strict Love” and lastly “Storm”. Using minimal props and simplistic but elegant costumes, the dancers performed with a grace that casts a light on the spectacle of dance and the capabilities of the human form. The choreography feels rooted in the sheer […]

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March 25th, 2019

World Music from Mongolia Comes to Weis Center

World music from Mongolia will be presented on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. A pre-performance talk with the artists will take place on the same day as the performance at 12 noon in the Atrium. Anda Union, a Mongolian phrase meaning “brotherhood of friends”, is a nine-member ensemble hailing from differing ethnic nomadic groups that unites tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia. As with all nomads, the Mongols have an oral culture, passed on generation to generation in stories, music and songs, and thus, Anda Union sing its […]

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March 18th, 2019

Aizuri Quartet teams up with five rising composers to present new project, Intricate Machines, in free Atrium performance at Weis Center

Internationally-distinguished string quartet, Aizuri Quartet, will present a new project, Intricate Machines, on Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. in the Atrium of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is free and tickets are not required. General admission seating is first-come, first-seated. Celebrating America’s compositional diversity and talent, Intricate Machines pairs the acclaimed Aizuri Quartet with rising American composers Nina C. Young, Sky Macklay, Daniel Temkin, Phil Taylor, and Katherine Balch. The five works on the program were all written since 2013. Co-curated with composers Daniel Temkin and Phil Taylor, the project features composers of diverse styles, […]

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March 12th, 2019

Contemporary Dance Company to Grace Weis Center Stage on Sat., March 23 + Two Free Dance Classes

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will perform four contemporary dance works on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is sponsored, in part, by Karl Voss and Chanin Wendling family. While at the Weis Center, they will perform Excerpts from Exilic Dances by Daniel Charon, The Opposite of Killing by Tzveta Kassabova, Strict Love by Doug Varone and Storm by Daniel Charon. TWO FREE DANCE CLASSES As part of the engagement, the dance company will lead two classes in the community. The first class, for children ages 3-5 years old and […]

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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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