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Weis Center for the Performing Arts

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Lewisburg, 17837
http://www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter

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August 2018

Free

Banda Magda (FRENCH POP / LATIN / JAZZ)

August 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian French chanson and Afro-Peruvian landó. Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia and the United States), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world chansons sung in six languages. FREE! Tickets not required.

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September 2018

Dina Elwedidi (WORLD MUSIC — EGYPTIAN VOCALIST)

September 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Dina Elwedidi channels the heritage and contemporary identity of Cairo to deliver “transcendent performances.” A sophisticated musical innovator, her richly ornamented and detailed compositions, generous arrangements, bell-clear voice and charismatic stage presence have established her as a global cultural force. Tickets: 570-577-1000 or Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice

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October 2018

Cristina Pato (WORLD MUSIC – GALICIA)

October 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Cristina Pato is a master of the Galician bagpipes, or gaita, a classical pianist and a passionate educator. Hailed as “a virtuosic burst of energy” by The New York Times and as “one of the living masters of the gaita” by the Wall Street Journal, her professional life is devoted to cultural exchange and to forging new paths for the Galician bagpipes. Pato has performed on major stages throughout the world and has released and produced six solo gaita albums…

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Les Violons du Roy with Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor (CLASSICAL—CHAMBER ORCHESTRA)

October 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Les Violons du Roy with a core membership of 15 players specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra and performs in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments, its approach to the works of the baroque and classical periods has been strongly influenced by research into 17th- and 18th-century performance practice — in this repertoire Les Violons du Roy uses copies of period bows. The orchestra also regularly delves…

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Nrityagram Dance Ensemble (WORLD DANCE – INDIA)

October 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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One of the premiere Indian classical dance ensembles performing today, Nrityagram had the unprecedented distinction of making The New York Times’ “Best Dance of the Year” list in 2015 and 2016. More than a dance company, Nrityagram was founded as a village devoted to Odissi dance. The all-female ensemble’s daily life of intensive training and meditation brings to the stage compelling performances that are at once sensual and lyrical. In 2018–19, the company returns to the United States with special…

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Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting (THEATRE)

October 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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At the intersection of art and science, The Nature of Forgetting bursts with creativity, joy and heartache. Collaborating with London neuroscientist Kate Jeffery, Theatre Re has created a moving articulation of the countless dimensions of memory and amnesia, linking science with real-life experiences. Through movement of great physicality and compelling live music, The Nature of Forgetting is the story of Tom, a middle-aged father struggling in the early stages of dementia. The piece and Tom’s memories are a life-affirming journey…

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November 2018

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives (AMERICANA / BLUEGRASS / ROCKABILLY)

November 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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While Marty Stuart’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Johnny Cash to Lester Flatt; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Tenn., Bakersfield, Calif., and points in between and safeguarded country music’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts, including its shoes. Stuart counts the brogan of Carter family patriarch A.P. Carter and an assortment of Cash’s black boots among his vast collection of…

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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Rainbow Fish (FAMILY DISCOVERY)

November 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in a new adaptation of Marcus Pfizer’s award-winning books about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s striking puppetry production includes two delightful companion stories, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep and Opposites. Suggested for ages 3–7 Run time: 60 minutes; no intermission FREE kids’ activities from the Children’s Museum of Bloomsburg in the Atrium…

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (CLASSICAL) Mandolin and accordion duo: Stars Aligned

November 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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One of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras, Orpheus has recorded 71 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, and has commissioned and premiered 48 original works. The members of Orpheus rotate musical leadership roles for each work. In Stars Aligned, Orpheus welcomes two innovative artists who are reinventing their time-honored instruments: Latvia’s Ksenija Sidorova on the accordion and Israel’s Avi Avital on the mandolin. From a novel rendition of Bach to a world premiere by Golden Globe, Grammy…

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Soweto Gospel Choir (HOLIDAY CONCERT — SOUTH AFRICAN GOSPEL)

November 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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The spectacular and colorful two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns to North America with Songs of the Free, a very special program celebrating the centenary of the birth of the father of their rainbow nation, Nelson Mandela. Songs of the Free will include South African classics as well as freedom songs and gospel music much loved by Mandela. Direct from South Africa, the choir is an awe-inspiring, 20-member ensemble that thrills audiences worldwide with a stunning blend of African…

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January 2019

Parsons Dance (MODERN DANCE)

January 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Friday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Known for its remarkable athleticism and stunning ensemble work, Parsons Dance brings exuberance, joy and passion to any stage. Flawlessly fusing the gestures and movements that comprise modern dance with the discipline and precision of a classical dance company has led to Parsons Dance being internationally renowned. Stunning works, like the iconic “Caught,” exemplify this company’s innovation and huge audience appeal. Tickets: 570-577-1000 or Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice

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St. Olaf Orchestra with Sarah Chang, violin (CLASSICAL)

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center FREE! Tickets not required. Named “one of the best college orchestras in the nation” by Time magazine’s Richard Ostling, the St. Olaf Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra known for its passionate music-making and professional-level performances. Founded in 1906, the ensemble has been heralded as one of the best collegiate orchestras in the country and was named the winner of the 2013 American Prize for Orchestral Performance among colleges and universities. Recognized as…

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February 2019

Imago: Frogz (FAMILY DISCOVERY)

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Weis Center Since 1979, Imago has been creating transformative theatre that crosses boundaries traditionally associated with language, age and the physical realm. The company’s trademark style — which combines masks, dance and slapstick with witty social commentary on the human condition — is the direct result of more than 30 years of study, development and practice. Not easily pigeonholed, Imago has repeatedly proven unique in its ability to create both popular family-oriented fare as highly…

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Sounds of China (WORLD MUSIC)

February 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Led by artistic director and composer Ma Jiuyue, Sounds of China features an outstanding ensemble of contemporary Chinese folk musicians that blends the ancient with the modern by combining time-honored Chinese music with modern arrangements. The group incorporates traditional Chinese instruments like erhu (a two-stringed spike fiddle), liuqin (a four-stringed Chinese mandolin), xun (a globular, vessel flute), pipa (a plucked four-string lute) and guhzeng (a Chinese zither) with Western orchestral instruments. With critically…

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Sonia De Los Santos (FAMILY DISCOVERY — MEXICAN FOLK MUSIC)

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Monday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., Weis Center FREE! Tickets not required. Sonia De Los Santos was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and sings in English and Spanish, playing guitar, mandolin and jarana. With her own multicultural band, she shares songs from her celebrated album, Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island (Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award Winner), which is a collection of songs that reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning…

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National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul (MULTIMEDIA) Brian Skerry, photographer

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Voyage across the oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves. Using his camera to communicate, Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater telling the oceans’ stories. His images celebrate the mystery of the depths and offer portraits of creatures so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. Since 1998, Skerry has produced over 25 feature stories…

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René Marie (JAZZ VOCALIST)

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, René Marie borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to…

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Farruquito (WORLD DANCE—FLAMENCO)

February 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Farruquito, heir to the most renowned Gypsy flamenco dynasty, is the greatest flamenco dancer of this new century, according to The New York Times. He made his first international stage appearance on Broadway at age 4 alongside his grandfather El Farruco. He has created and directed over 15 works since the age of 11, and has not only been hailed by critics and audiences for his prodigious artistry, but also for his incredible…

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March 2019

Jasper String Quartet with pianist Qing Jiang (CLASSICAL)

March 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m., Weis Center The Jasper String Quartet matches “their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments,” according to the New Haven Advocate. Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, this Philadelphia ensemble is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” by The Strad and…

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Ririe-Woodbury Dance (MODERN DANCE)

March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is in constant motion. The group is known both nationally and internationally for commissioning works by exceptional choreographers as well as performing dances by their own artistic director Daniel Charon. Ririe-Woodbury is deeply invested in the language of contemporary dance and strives to be at the forefront, providing audiences with a variety of choreographic styles in a single evening. The company’s repertory ranges from minimalist to multi-media dances. While at…

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April 2019

Anda Union (WORLD MUSIC — MONGOLIAN THROAT SINGING)

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center 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 history. The band’s thoroughly addictive combination of Mongolian musical styles is a reflection of the performers’ roots. The group have influenced a generation of young Mongolians as traditional music flourishes. Hailing from differing ethnic nomadic cultures, the 10-strong band unite tribal and music traditions from all over…

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Lorelei Ensemble with members of the Bucknell University Choirs (CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL)

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center FREE! Tickets not required. Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble joins forces with members of the Bucknell University Choirs to present James Kallembach's new oratorio Antigone: the Writings of Sophie Scholl. Kallembach weaves a striking narrative combining parallel lives across centuries: Antigone of ancient Greece, and Sophie Scholl of Germany's White Rose Movement. Featuring cello quartet and treble voices, Antigone combines Baroque form, modern lyricism, and a powerful libretto, in a powerful work of profound relevance.

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Underneath a Magical Moon (FAMILY DISCOVERY)

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Weis Center A reimagining of Peter Pan as told by Wendy Darling, who gazes out at the night sky dreaming of blue lagoons, magical moons and, most of all, the stories. Audiences will fly with Wendy and her brothers as they create the world of Neverland, where time stands still and the impossible seems possible. Even everyday objects become extraordinary under the magical moon. This sparkling new production is by international award-winning…

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Dreamers’ Circus (NORDIC FOLK)

April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center A new driving force in Nordic music is the young Danish trio, Dreamers’ Circus. Contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach, the group draws inspiration from regional folk music traditions and reshapes them into something bright, shiny and new. Dreamersʼ Circus is comprised of Nikolaj Busk on piano and accordion, Ale Carr on Nordic cittern and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen on violin. The trio views its traditional roots as a point of departure for…

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May 2019

Compagnia T.P.O.: Panda’s Home (FAMILY DISCOVERY)

May 11
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Weis Center Stage This enchanting and interactive performance allows audience members to take a journey to ancient China, following the footprints left by a panda. The panda’s “house” is in a forest as large as all of China. This imaginary journey explores China’s stories, traditions and culture. Along with the panda, the audience will discover and interact with the five elements of nature — wood, fire, earth, metal and water…

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September 2019

Jazzmeia Horn (Jazz Vocalist)

September 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, 17837
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Grammy Award nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. Since winning the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2015, Jazzmeia’s star has continued to rise, along with her reputation as an artist with an assured maturity and a vocal confidence far beyond her years. Her debut album, A Social Call, was released on Concord’s Prestige label to overwhelming acclaim from critics and fans alike, earning Jazzmeia her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz…

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