January 22nd, 2020

The Tamburitzans will bring Folk Music and Dance from around the Globe to Central PA

America’s longest running live stage production, The Tamburitzans, will perform on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. The Tamburitzans present an elaborate live stage production that transports audiences to the heart of intriguing international cultures from around the globe. The Tamburitzans have entertained and delighted audiences of all ages for over eight decades. Dedicated to perpetuating international cultural heritage, the ensemble delivers a high caliber multi-media showcase. This season’s ensemble features 29 passionate young professionals in a vibrant and energetic production featuring festive costumes, bold visuals, daring acrobatics, and musical variety for the whole family. Through […]

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January 14th, 2020

Pacific Roots Music Comes to Weis Center in Free Performance

Pacific roots artist Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole will bring Hawaiian music to the stage on Friday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. This is a free performance and tickets are not required. A riveting performer, Kaumakaiwa creates some of the most original work to emerge in contemporary Hawaiian music, drawing from ancestral memory and hula practice as chant transforms to melody. Kaumakaiwa seamlessly melds Hawaiian culture and modern sensibilities in deeply powerful music. Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole has been on stage since she could walk. A charismatic dancer and singer, with an impressive vocal range from tenor chant to Hawaiian […]

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January 8th, 2020

Jazz Drummer Allison Miller Brings New Piece about Rivers and Social Change to the Weis Center

Jazz drummer, composer and teacher Allison Miller and her band Boom Tic Boom will present a new work, In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change, on Friday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Immediately before the performance, there will be a free pre-show talk with the artist from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. The Rivers project was commissioned by the Jazz Touring Network, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The co‐commissioning of this project was led by Lake Placid Center for the Arts in partnership with […]

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January 7th, 2020

Toshi Reagon to Perform Free Concert at Weis Center to kick off spring 2020 season

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon will perform her unique blend of rock, blues, folk, and spirituals on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. This is a free performance and tickets are not required. The performance is sponsored, in part, by Bucknell University’s Department of Music, Jazz at Bucknell and Martin Luther King Jr. Week 2020. Described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” and by Pop Matters as “a treasure waiting to be found,” Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the […]

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November 19th, 2019

Weis Center Celebrates Holiday Season with Celtic Music and Dance Performance

This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert you will never forget. Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas will be presented on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. All attendees are asked to bring a canned food item, which will be distributed to local families in need through Union County Children and Youth Services. Free kids activities from the Lewisburg Children’s Museum will be offered in the Atrium from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Materials are sponsored by the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau. […]

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November 13th, 2019

Performance Review: Nobuntu

On Tuesday night, we welcomed Nobuntu to the Weis Center stage for a mesmerizing performance that dealt with various issues facing Zimbabwe as well as traditional gospel music. Each song blended the quintet’s voices with minimal percussion. At one point, they even engaged the audience by turning on the house lights and teaching the snapping rhythm and some song lyrics to the performance goers.  The ensemble successfully promoted their mission of using music as a vehicle for change to transcend racial and gender boundaries. In one of their songs, Moya Moya, they touch upon the sad story of a woman […]

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November 4th, 2019

Performance Review: Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein

This Saturday at the Weis Center, Manual Cinema spooked and stunned the audience with its intriguing multimedia performance of Frankenstein. The well-known story was conveyed in a unique, attention-grasping way which was able to captivate any lover of the arts. The show included live acting, orchestra and vocals, shadow work and puppetry, film, visual art, and sound effects. All of these elements brought the audience into the world of the story and allowed us to experience it in a new way. The Weis Center shook as the sound of thunder permeated through the space. It was fantastic to be able […]

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October 29th, 2019

World Music from Zimbabwe Comes to Central PA

Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe will perform on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Free pre-performance music featuring Bucknell University’s student ensemble Voices of Praise will be offered from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Atrium. There will also be a free African Dance Workshop with 2 members of the ensemble from 1-2 p.m. the same day as their performance in the Atrium. This will be an interactive workshop – participants will learn the rhythms through drumming, clapping and movement. The workshop leaders will teach various dances from the Ndebele Culture, such as Isitshikitsha, Indlamu […]

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October 23rd, 2019

Performance Review: Philadanco

The Philadelphia Dance Company, better known as PHILADANCO!, stunned the audience on Tuesday night with their captivating ability to tell stories through movement. The first piece on their program, “Super 8!”, dealt with love, sensuality, and seduction via the examination of three different couples. Throughout this piece, the music and lighting played a key role in complementing the dancers’ movements and enhancing the overall experience. Additionally, the communication of body language between the dancers was visible to the audience and provided an authentic experience. PHILADANCO! also performed two other pieces titled “With(in)verse” and “La Valse” which were both raw and […]

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October 21st, 2019

Performance Review: Kat Edmonson

From Texas, to Brooklyn, to the Weis Center stage! Kat Edmonson, jazz vocalist with specialty in what she refers to as “vintage pop”, gave a truly captivating performance. As her recent album is titled, she truly is an “old fashioned gal”; her unique and romantic vocal style instantly places audience members into another time period. Kat conveyed to the audience and in several interviews that her main source of inspiration comes from 1930s and 40s movies such as Turner classic movies. These movies and personal life events such as breakups spark her spectacular songwriting method. Kat says she first hears […]

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