March 26th, 2019

Performance Review: Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

The Utah based Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company performed at the Weis Center on March 23rd, 2019. A prominent figure in the contemporary dance scene, R.W.D.C 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 performance 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 […]

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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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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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