Friday, 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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Friday, 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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Saturday, 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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Thursday, 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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Monday, 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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Friday, February 8th, 2019

Review: Sounds of China Performance

With all the energy of a rock band and the synchronism of an orchestra, Sounds of China brought a magical performance to Bucknell University on Thursday, February 7th. The Sounds of China Neo-Folk Music Group was founded in 2014 by artistic director Ma Jiuyue, one of the pioneers and initiators of Chinese neo folk music. The group is made up of young instrumentalists from China’s top conservatories and state-owned performing arts companies. With strong roots in traditional Chinese music, Sounds of China creates a harmonious blend of Chinese instruments— including the erhu (a two-stringed spike fiddle), liuqin (a four-stringed Chinese mandolin), xun (a globular, vessel flute), pipa (a plucked four-string […]

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Review: FROGZ! by Imago Theatre

FROGZ! is everything you could want from children’s theatre. The Imago Theatre brought on a spectacle of costumes, dance and comedy in their Weis Center performance on Thursday, February 5th. The ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original music score created a fantastic carnival of the absurd. Kids of all ages (and their parents!) enjoyed free pre-show activities for Frogz!, provided by the Public Library for Union County. Featuring a selection of unique acts; including Orbs, Strings, Lizards and more, FROGZ! engaged with the audience both on stage and in the crowd. For multiple acts the performers came out […]

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Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Soweto Gospel Choir Performance Review

The Soweto Gospel Choir are a spectacle of pure joy. The South African gospel group preformed on Friday, November 30th for the biggest crowd we’ve seen this season – the audience peaking at around 700 people. The Soweto Choir was preceded by the Eric Ian Farmer Trio. Eric, joined by Josh Troup on drums and Denise Strayer on accordion, played music inspired by percussive stylings of rock legend Bo Diddley. For the first half of the show the choir “Songs of the Free,” a rousing program celebrating the centenary of the birth of the father of their Rainbow Nation, Nelson Mandela.  Following […]

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Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Performance Review: Alsarah and the Nubatones

Alsarah (left) and her sister Nahid Alsarah & The Nubatones performed at the Campus Theatre Wednesday, November 7th at 7:30 pm. The show was preceded by a pre-performace talk at 6:30 pm with Alsarah led by Professor Angele Kingue. Alsarah performed with her band, including her sister Nahid, on backing vocals, bassist Mawuena Kodjovi, oudist Brandon Terzic, and percussionist Rami El-Aasser of the Cafe Antarsia Ensemble. Singing original music inspired by Nubian/Sudanese traditions and songs, the Nubatones put on a fabulous, foot stomping show that got people out of their seats and dancing. At the Q&A pre-show talk Professor Kingue introduced Alsarah as “a young artist dealing […]

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Performance Review: Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives performed at the Weis Center on Thursday, Nov. 1st at 7:30 p.m. Dressed like they just stepped out of 2005’s Walk the Line, the musicians were welcomed by an uproarious audience of die hard fans. Country music legend and Grammy winner Marty Stuart was a master crowd pleaser, engaging with the audience and even taking song suggestions, and his Superlatives were truly super; with Kenny Vaughan on acoustic guitar, Harry Stinson on multiple instruments and Chris Scruggs on the bass. The Superlatives covered some of country’s greatest hits in honor of the musical genre’s rich legacy. […]

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