Weis Center for the Performing Arts 2022-2023 Season

Theatre, Cinema & Dance Events

November 11, 2022 to April 20, 2023

Weis Center for the Performing Arts

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Weis Center’s 35th Anniversary Season Features
24 In-Person Performances

The Weis Center’s 2022-23 line-up includes a diverse schedule of 24 live performances that include world music, classical music, Americana and roots music, modern dance and world dance, jazz and family friendly performances. All performances take place at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Executive Director, Kathryn Maguet said of the new season, “As we welcome audiences, artists and visionaries from our area, as well as around the globe to the Weis Center, we believe now more than ever that the arts are a powerful force for transformation and understanding. They expand our humanity and connect us together during increasingly difficult times. We've embraced creativity and diversity in our programming by continuing to expand traditional repertoire, support a broad range of artists on our stage, and through deepened partnerships within the community and on campus, offering a range of innovative audience engagement.”

Tickets for 22-23 season performances will go on sale to the public beginning Thursday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. by calling 570-577-1000, online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or in-person weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Campus Box Office’s location in the Weis Center Atrium.

 

Then, classical ensemble Merz Trio performs on Thursday, November 17. The Merz Trio will bring together a series of diversely lyrical and stunningly rich works in a program called “After Vienna”. Merz Trio will perform works by Alma Mahler and Alban Berg, Daniel Temkin, Dmitri Shostakovich and Franz Schubert.

 

The fall season ends with 3-time Grammy-winning South African ensemble Soweto Gospel Choir on Thursday, December 1. They will present a new performance – HOPE: It’s Been a Long Time Coming. The concert will commemorate and remember South Africa’s Freedom Movement and the Civil Rights Movement in the US, bringing joy and inspiration to all.


SPRING 2023

 

Step Afrika! kicks off the spring season on Friday, February 3, Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional west and southern African dances and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.

Alash will present Tuvan throat singing at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg on Wednesday, February 8. Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music.

On Saturday, February 18, Ephrat Asherie Dance presents their work Odeon; the dance company is rooted in African American and Latinx street and club dances. Dedicated to exploring the inherent complexities of these forms, EAD investigates the expansive narrative qualities of various social dances, including breaking, hip-hop, house and vogue, as a means to tell stories, develop innovative imagery and find new modes of expression.

 

On February 22, The Wicked Chicken, based in Millheim, PA, plays a mix of driving rock ’n’ roll, old-time fiddle and blues. Armed with exciting new material, a powerful groove and a unique sound, the Wicked Chicken will surprise and captivate audiences of all varieties. The foundation of the band are the Tritsch brothers: Gus (guitar, vocals and fiddle) and Huck (drums, percussion and fiddle). The two have earned recognition at various festivals and competitions including the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, known as Clifftop. In 2019, Huck Tritsch won first prize in the youth fiddle competition at Clifftop, and the Wicked Chicken placed second in the neo-traditional band competition. Gus Tritsch won the prize for best original fiddle tune as well.

 

Danú performs traditional Irish music on Friday, March 3. Hailing from historic County Waterford, Ireland, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. For over two decades, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and vocals (Irish and English) have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums.

 

Then, on Tuesday, March 7, Trick of the Light Theatre presents The Griegol, an eerie, elegant wordless tale about death, love, grief and monsters. After a girl’s granny passes away, she starts to suspect she is being pursued by the smoke-demon shapeshifter from the old woman’s stories. In the tradition of Spirited Away and Coraline, The Griegol is a mythic gorgeously rendered dark fantasy for brave children and lovers of atmospheric theatre. This is an inventive new work that conjures magic and laughter out silhouettes, puppetry, live music and animation.

 

Divinity “Divi” Roxx is a multi-hyphenated award-winning musician, recording artist and composer who is celebrated for her inspirational lyrics and infectious grooves. She will present family friendly pop/rock music on Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Her career as a bass-player skyrocketed after attending a bass camp led by the legendary Victor Wooten where she was invited to tour with the five-time Grammy Award-winning virtuoso three months after attending the camp. After touring with Wooten for five years, she toured and performed with Beyoncé as her bassist and musical director. Roxx was a featured soloist and also composed original music for Beyoncé’s I… Am Sasha Fierce tour and DVD.

Trinity Irish Dance Company will bring Irish dance to the stage on Friday, March 24. A fusion of Ireland’s vibrant and longstanding dance-form and elements of American innovation, Trinity Irish Dance Company dazzles audiences around the globe with its hard-driving percussive power, lightning-fast agility and aerial grace. Minutes into watching the awe-inspiring precision of its dancers and musicians, TIDC expands whatever notions the audience may have about Irish dance … revealing its limitless possibilities.

 

Camerata RCO performs on Friday, March 31. The ensemble performs chamber music in multiple formations from duet to small chamber orchestra, with a special focus on the Classical and Romantic repertoire for winds and strings, along with active relationships with living composers. At the Weis Center, they will perform Martinů’s La Revue de Cuisine (for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello and piano) and four pieces by Poulenc: L’Invitation Au Chateau (for clarinet, violin and piano), Sonata for Cello and Piano, Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano and Le Bal Masqué (for baritone, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello, percussion and piano).

 

Solo pianist Juho Pohjonen will perform on Thursday, April 13. He is regarded as one of today’s most exciting and unique instrumentalists. The Finnish pianist performs widely in Europe, Asia and North America, collaborating with symphony orchestras and playing in recital and chamber settings. At the Weis Center, Pohjonen will perform: Grieg’s ballade in G minor, Op. 24; Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and Chopin’s four ballades, Op. 27, 38, 47 and 52.

The season ends with Artemis’ jazz performance on Thursday, April 20. Artemis is the super group of seven of the most acclaimed musicians in modern jazz. The band features pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, alto saxophonist and flautist Alexa Tarantino, tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover, bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Allison Miller.


Season Brochure

The season brochure is now available as an eco-friendly, downloadable and printable PDF and online flipbook at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

A limited number of hardcopies are available upon request. To request a hardcopy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or e-mail [email protected] and one will be mailed at no cost.

Hardcopies are also available at the Weis Center and will soon be available throughout the Susquehanna River Valley region.

Sponsors

The Weis Center’s 2022-23 season is supported by the following season-level sponsors: Bucknell Sports Properties, The Daily Item, Geisinger, Seven Mountains Media, Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation and WVIA.

Event sponsors include Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, Centre Daily Times, Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, Doug Candland, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Julianna and John Cooper, Nancy and Sam Craig, Evangelical Community Hospital, the Exchange/Art Cart, Geisinger, Jazz at Bucknell, Lewisburg Children’s Museum, Clayton and David Lightman, Teri MacBride and Steve Guattery, The News Item, PPL, Press Enterprise, Asbury Riverwoods, Adriana Rojas and family in memory of Andrew, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, Gary and Sandy Sojka, Standard Journal, Stone State Entertainment, TIAA, ViaMedia, Williamsport Sun Gazette, Karl Voss and Chanin Wendling family, WNEP and WVIA.

Grant funding for the season includes Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

 

TICKETS

Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, August 25 at 10 am.

·        Weis Center Atrium
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

·        Elaine Langone Center, Campus Activities & Programs Center
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Campus Box Office opens one hour prior to performances at the performance location.

570-577-1000 or Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice

 

PLEASE NOTE

Bucknell's face covering requirements follow CDC guidelines, based on current rates of transmission of COVID-19 in Union County. When transmission rates are high, face coverings are required of everyone in all public and academic indoor campus spaces, including the Weis Center. Masks are not required indoors when transmission rates are low or medium. This guideline applies to all visitors regardless of vaccination status. Please always have a mask available when you are on campus. KN95s are recommended. To view Bucknell's current status, visit
bucknell.edu/COVID-19.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 


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