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Fall 2018 Entertainment Guide, Sponsored by Weis Center for the Performing Arts

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,200 seat performance hall that is both architecturally striking and acoustically exceptional.

The 2018-19 season at the Weis Center once again includes nearly 40 professional performances spanning a dozen genres. Thanks to our generous sponsors and foundation partners, ten performances are free.


Banda Magda

Thursday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m., Weis Center Plaza
FREE! Tickets not required.

The Exchange's Art Cart will be on-site with special all-ages activities related to this performance.

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.


National Geographic Live: “When Women Ruled the World”

Egyptologist Kara Cooney
Thursday, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center

Throughout history, powerful women have been called many things — witches, regents and seductresses. But there was a time in the ancient world when at least one was called “king.” Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, will discuss strong female leaders whose power was compromised from the start.

Tickets: or 570-577-1000


David Power and Willie Kelly

Thursday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Atrium
FREE! Tickets not required.

One of Ireland’s foremost uilleann pipers meets one of the most beloved fiddlers of the northeastern United States for this performance. David Power is an award-winning piper from County Waterford, Ireland, with a stellar career in concert performance and theatrical productions and is now teaching the next generation of players. Willie Kelly from New Jersey plays fiddle in the stately East Clare style. Their new album Apples in Winter has received rave reviews.


Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé

Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center Atrium
FREE! Tickets not required.

Mohamed Abozekry has that rare gift of combining limitless virtuosity with an unbridled imagination. An oud master while still in his mid-20s, Abozerky’s ambitions to musically interpret the world around him and “de-exoticize” his instrument mark him as a polymath of forms. With Karkadé, Abozekry evokes the hibiscus tea found everywhere in Cairo, and the eponymous French café at which this project was born. He mixes Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, the Sufi calls and secular poetry to musically describe a path to an Arab world at peace with its history and turned towards the future. 


Red Molly

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., Campus Theatre

Known for their gorgeous harmonies, infectious songwriting and captivating stage presence, Red Molly (Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter) weaves together the threads of American music — from folk to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky-tonk — as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature crystalline, three-part harmonies. Their brilliantly wrought a cappella tunes are love letters to the art of the vocal blend, and their innovative instrumentation is perfectly suited for foot-stomping, bluegrass-tinged barn burners and heartfelt ballads alike. 

Tickets: or 570-577-1000


Dina Elwedidi

Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center

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: or 570-577-1000


Cristina Pato

Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center

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 and two solo piano recordings, and collaborated on more than 40 records as a guest artist. 

Tickets: or 570-577-1000


Les Violons du Roy with Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m., Weis Center

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 into the repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries. While at the Weis Center, they will perform works by G.F. Handel and Philip Glass. 

Tickets: or 570-577-1000


Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center

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 guest artists from Sri Lanka’s Chitrasena Dance Company for a tour of their critically acclaimed collaborative work, Saṃhāra. 

Tickets: or 570-577-1000


Theatre Re: The Nature of Forgetting

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center

Health and Wellness Fair, 5-7 p.m., Weis Center Atrium

The Exchange's Art Cart will be on-site with special all-ages activities related to this performance.

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 into a weakened mind, where broken does not have to mean defeated. Theatre Re’s productions examine the fragility of life in a captivating style that embraces mime, theatre and live music. 

Tickets: or 570-577-1000


Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center

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 memorabilia. But, most importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music that honors country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. Way Out West, his 18th studio album, hits both of these marks. The album is a cinematic tour-de-force with an exhilarating musical journey through the California desert that solidifies Stuart as a truly visionary artist. 

Tickets: or 570-577-1000


Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Rainbow Fish

Saturday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m., Weis Center
Suggested for ages 3–7
Run time: 60 minutes; no intermission

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.

FREE kids’ activities from the Children’s Museum of Bloomsburg in the Atrium from 10–11 a.m.

Tickets: or 570-577-1000


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Mandolin and accordion duo: Stars Aligned
Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center

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 Award and Emmy-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch, these trailblazing soloists showcase their enormous sonic spectrum.

At the Weis Center, they will perform Waxman’s “Sinfonietta for Strings and Timpani;” Rota’s “Canzona;” Bach’s “Double Concerto for Mandolin and Accordion in C Minor” (arr. Paul Chihara); Wallfisch’s “Concerto for Mandolin and Accordion” (commissioned by Orpheus) and Rozsa’s “Hungarian Serenade, Op. 25.”

Tickets: or 570-577-1000    


Alsarah & the Nubatones

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Campus Theatre

Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before moving to the United States, feeling at home in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she has resided since 2004. She is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East African retro pop music. Working on various projects, she has toured nationally and internationally.

Tickets: or 570-577-1000


Kaia Kater

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Campus Theatre

Born in Canada of African-Caribbean descent, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in the United States. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the United Kingdom, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, CBC Music, No Depression journal and Uncut magazine.

Tickets: or 570-577-1000


Soweto Gospel Choir

Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center

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 gospel music, spirituals and American popular music. Earthy rhythms and rich harmonies sung in six of South Africa’s 11 official languages are combined for a moving performance that uplifts the soul through the music and dance of South Africa. 

Tickets: or 570-577-1000

Officially amazing.

In December 2015, Tripping ranked the Weis Center third on its list of The Best College Performing Arts Centers: Top 10. In May 2014, BestValueSchools also ranked the Weis Center third on its list of 25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers in recognition of its mix of programming and community engagement.

When you attend a Weis Center performance, you will quickly realize that sharing this moment in time with hundreds of others will inspire, move and energize.

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