Thursday, November 30th, 2017

First Hip Hop Happening Breaks Ground

In breaking with traditional concert norms, the Weis Center hosted its first ever Hip Hop Happening. This panel-performance brought to attention many of the political issues most commonly discussed in hip hop music in the past to lead the performers to speculate on the genre’s future in social action. Moderated by Manny Faces, a New York City based hip hop journalist and advocate, the Weis Center welcomed artists Amos Lachman, J Pope and two Bucknell University students Mansa K and Amarachi Ekekwe. Keeping with the themes of social action, the panel discussion opened up with a question from Manny surrounding […]

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Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Roomful of Teeth Presents Fresh Musical Perspective

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I attended Roomful of Teeth’s performance at the Weis Center on Tuesday, Nov. 15th.  However, I was surprised and enlightened throughout the performance. Tuesday’s performance was filled with all kinds of sounds—some harmonious; some cacophonous; some beautiful; some unsettling. Through their skills in various singing techniques, the performers created sounds that redefine the traditional description of music. Each member of the group offered a unique skill or technique, such as Dashon Burton’s deep, powerful bass sounds and Caroline Shaw’s beautiful, melodious notes. When performed together, these different sounds blended together to create music […]

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Friday, 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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Tuesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

From the Executive Director

Dear Friends, Welcome to the 2016-17 season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. We are thrilled to offer you the opportunity to engage with some of the most vibrant, ground-breaking and compelling artists of our time. We believe that art is for everyone, and we’re dedicated to creating life-changing experiences that celebrate our humanity and our capacity for artistic and creative expression. Whether it’s the timeless and angelic voice of Judy Collins, the fiery footwork of Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, the haunting harmonies of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, the prolific power pop sensibility of The Bad Plus […]

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