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Fall 2021 Entertainment Guide, Sponsored by Weis Center for the Performing Arts

Dear friends,

We are so excited to welcome you back to the Weis Center. This year’s season features a diverse schedule of live performances designed to inspire your mind, energize your body and restore your heart.

We've missed you and look forward to presenting the live experiences you crave, alongside the safety precautions you expect.

We've spent the past months preparing our spaces and taking every precaution to ensure that you are safe and comfortable while attending live performances at the Weis Center. When you visit, all you'll have to do is relax, sit back and enjoy the show.

Our safety measures meet or exceed all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, including masking requirements, increased sanitation measures and socially distanced seating. Should any of our policies evolve as the season progresses, we will communicate those changes with our guests.

Whether it's your first time visiting our performing arts center or you’re a seasoned patron, our team continues to work hard for you, making sure our guests and artists have the high-quality experience that has become the Weis Center standard.

Warmly,

Kathryn Maguet
Executive Director, Weis Center for the Performing Arts



FALL 2021 PERFORMANCES


ALT-ROCK & ROOTS

Amythyst Kiah

Friday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m.
Weis Center Plaza

The Exchange’s Art Cart will be on site from 5:30-7 p.m. with special all-ages activities.

The Rounder Records debut from Amythyst Kiah, Wary + Strange, marks the glorious collision of two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion, and the roots/old-time-music scene where she’s found breakout success in recent years, including recognition from Rolling Stone as “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets.” 

Along with tapping into the vibrant musicality she honed, in part, through her studies in East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program, the Chattanooga, Tenn.-bred singer/songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she’s displayed as a member of Our Native Daughters, an all-women-of-color super group. Its Kiah-penned standout “Black Myself” received a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Awards.

Kiah was included in People magazine’s “Meet the Talented Black Musical Artists Taking over 2021.”

FREE! Tickets not required.


WORLD MUSIC & DANCE

Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Auditorium

Hailed as one of Bali’s most forward-thinking music and dance ensembles, Çudamani is known for its exceptional creativity and superb artistry and also the performers’ unflagging love for the classical Balinese traditions. Nurtured and trained in the village of Pengosekan, the group is among Bali’s most respected and accomplished. One of its many singular features is that its artists are multi-disciplinary, mastering gamelan, dance, voice and visual art, resulting in artistically unified presentations.

This 20-member ensemble weaves layers of intricate sound: the punctuation of deep, great bronze gongs; charismatic leadership from the drums; stunning interlocking percussion from the bronze gangsa, and the finely-elaborated delicacy of voice and flute. The ensemble touches the soul with a program that spans the spectrum of human emotion, from sublime to fearless, from reverent to unapologetically playful. Çudamani intrigues the mind and heart with a radiant flash of their eyes that invites the audience into the transcendent experience of Balinese gamelan and dance.

FREE! Tickets required.

Tickets available at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000 beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.



INDIGENOUS CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Red Sky Performance: ‘Trace’

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. 
Weis Center Auditorium

Run time: 60 minutes

Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada.

Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), the group is approaching two decades of dance, theater, music and media. Their mission is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture that transform society. The members create, produce and tour original works that they share across Canada and with the world.

While at the Weis Center, Red Sky Performance will present the work, “Trace.” Members of the company have said,  “We are traceable to the very beginnings of the universe, our ancestral origins stretching across the Milky Way to the atoms burning inside of us in the ‘here and now’ on Earth.” “Trace” is a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Indigenous (Anishinaabe) sky and star stories, offering a glimpse into our origin as well as our future evolution. “Trace” has won two Dora Mavor Moore awards, presented annually by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, which honors theater, dance and opera productions in Toronto.

Tickets available at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000 beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.



CONTEMPORARY CIRQUE

Air Play

Friday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Auditorium

The creation of husband and wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, Air Play merges their circus and street theater performance art with the sculptural artistry of Daniel Wurtzel. Circus and science collide in a gorgeous homage to the power of air. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience and a huge snow globe will make audience members gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. Air Play is a visual poem using no words. It lives on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater. To audiences around the world the wonder and discovery of Air Play are bold reminders of childhood and growing up. With visual images seemingly sewn from the sky, Air Play’s poetic ode to friendship brings to life the very air we breathe.

Tickets available at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000 beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.


JAZZ VOCALIST

Jeremiah Abiah

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Atrium

Jeremiah Abiah, better known as ABIAH, is a renowned singer, songwriter, celebrity vocal coach, author and producer. He has recorded for Universal Records, eOne and several international labels. His recent recordings include collaborations with Common, Robert Glasper, August Green, Cynthia Erivo and Brandy. 

His recordings include Chasing Forever, Life as a Ballad, Bottles and ABIAH SINGS NINA, which was Grammy nominated. In 2022, ABIAH will release his reimagined album of Madonna songs, ABIAH Sings Madonna. 

The professor of voice at Berklee College of Music can be seen on the stage at music festivals, concert halls and teaching master classes worldwide. His new book, Inside the Singer’s Voice, is slated for publication in 2022.

Through his artist development platform, The ABIAH Way, he works with a myriad of singers and artists with clients such as Brandy, Common, John Legend, Ro James, Henry Santos and many others on Broadway and in the music industry at large. 

FREE! Tickets not required. 



CLASSICAL

Juilliard String Quartet, featuring Qing Jiang on piano

Sunday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m.
Weis Center Auditorium

With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet continues to inspire audiences around the world. Founded in 1946 and hailed by The Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the ensemble draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works, a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. Each performance of the Juilliard String Quartet is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ profound understanding, total commitment and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature.

While at the Weis Center, Juilliard String Quartet will perform Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 •  Dvorák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81.

Tickets available at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000 beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.



RHYTHM & BLUES

Mavis Staples

Thursday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Auditorium

“I’m the messenger,” Mavis said on the eve of her 80th birthday. “That’s my job — it has been for my whole life — and I can’t just give up while the struggle’s still alive. We’ve got more work to do, so I’m going to keep on getting stronger and keep on delivering my message every single day.”

That message — a clarion call to love, to faith, to justice, to brotherhood, to joy — lies at the heart of We Get By, Staples’ spectacular 12th studio album and first full-length collaboration with multi-Grammy Award-winner Ben Harper. Backed by her longtime touring band, Staples breathes extraordinary life into Harper’s compositions on the record, delivering roof-raising performances with both a youthful vigor and a commanding maturity. 

We Get By is a timely collection, arriving in the face of deep social divisions and heightened political tensions, but like everything Staples touches, it’s also larger than any particular moment, a timeless appeal to the better angels of our nature that’s universal in its reach and unwavering in its assurance of better things to come.

Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” Staples is the kind of once-in-a-generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. 

She’s both a Blues and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; a Civil Rights icon; a Grammy Award winner; a chart-topping soul/gospel/rhythm-and-blues pioneer; a National Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient, and a Kennedy Center honoree. 

She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., performed at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration and sang in President Barack Obama’s White House. 

She’s collaborated with everyone from Prince and Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire and Hozier; blown away countless festival goers, from Newport (R.I.) Folk and Glastonbury (U.K.) to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo Music and Arts; performed with The Band at The Last Waltz, and graced the airwaves on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Austin City Limits, Later … with Jools Holland, the Grammy Awards and more. 

At a time when most artists begin to wind down, Staples ramped things up, releasing a trio of critically acclaimed albums in her 70s with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy that prompted Pitchfork.com to rave that “her voice has only gained texture and power over the years” and People magazine to proclaim that she “provides the comfort of a higher power.” 

In between records with Tweedy, Staples teamed up with a slew of other younger artists — Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Nick Cave, Valerie June, tUnE-yArDs and M. Ward, among others.

Tickets available at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000 beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.



AMERICANA DUO

The Honey Dewdrops

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Campus Theatre, 413 Market Street, downtown Lewisburg

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, together known as the Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops, have long felt the push and pull between their original roots in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia and their current home in Baltimore. It is the sound of their harmony-soaked songs, blended with the tones of guitar, banjo and mandolin and in the group's songwriting,  that the beautiful and hard realities of today are reflected. Artistically, Wortman and Parrish are inspired by American folk and traditional music and their sound expands on that style and showcases the dynamism and intimacy of musical duos. 

The Honey Dewdrops have released six albums and toured internationally since 2009, with over 1,000 shows under their belts on stages such as the one on the Prairie Home Companion as well as at Merlefest, Celtic Connections (Scotland) and the Bluegrass Jamboree (Germany). The duo's latest collection of songs, Anyone Can See, was released in March 2019. Baltimore Magazine said “…their sincere, stripped-down songwriting is just the kind of music we need more of.” Wortman and Parrish are working on a new recording project that is set to release in late 2021. 

Tickets available at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000 beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.



SOLO PIANO

Michelle Cann

Sunday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.
Weis Center Auditorium

Pianist Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at 14 and has since performed as a soloist with numerous ensembles including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. 

A champion of the music of Florence Price, Cann performed the New York City premiere of the composer’s Concerto in One Movement with The Dream Unfinished Orchestra in July 2016 and the Philadelphia premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra in February 2021, which the Philadelphia Inquirer called “exquisite.” She has also performed Price’s works for solo piano and chamber ensemble with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and the New World Symphony, among others. 

Cann regularly appears in solo and chamber recitals throughout the U.S., China, and South Korea. Notable venues include the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), and the Barbican (London). 

Cann has appeared as co-host and collaborative pianist with NPR’s From The Top and has been featured on WRTI-FM and WHYY-TV in Philadelphia. Her summer festival appearances have included the Taos Chamber Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Perlman Music Program, Music Academy of the West, Geneva Music Festival and Pianofest in the Hamptons, N.Y., where she serves as artist in residence. 

An award winner at top international competitions, in 2019 she served as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Multicultural Awareness Council Music Innovator in recognition of her role as an African American classical musician who embodies artistry, innovation and a commitment to education and community engagement.

Cann studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, where she holds the inaugural Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies.

While at the Weis Center, Michelle will perform Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47 • Florence Price: Sonata in E minor • Brahms: Ballade in D major, Op. 10, No. 2 • Brahms: Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118, No. 2 • Florence Price: Fantasie Nègre No. 1 in E minor • Bonds: Troubled Water.

Tickets available at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000 beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.



CONTEMPORARY BALLET

BalletX

Friday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Auditorium

BalletX produces original choreography that expands the vocabulary of classical dance for all audiences. As Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, BalletX unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion and grace. 

Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, and now under the direction of Cox as artistic and executive director, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. The company is committed to producing new works of the highest quality and integrity that bring the combined visions of choreographers and dancers to life and cultivate in audiences a collective appetite for bold, new dance.

While at the Weis Center, BalletX will perform works by Dwight Rhoden: We The People • Matthew Neenan: Mapping Out a Sky.

Tickets available at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000 beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.



JAZZ HOLIDAY

Holiday Stomp with The Hot Sardines

Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center Auditorium

This raucous Christmas celebration features timeless classics and original tunes performed by the eight-piece Hot Sardines. Songs will include “La Noel de la Rue,” “Mistletoe & Holly,” “Please Come Home for Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “Santa Claus Got Stuck in my Chimney,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Christmas Blues,” “White Christmas” and “White Cliffs of Dover,” among others.

Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.

The Hot Sardines have released two albums on Universal Music Classics to rave reviews and earned a No. 1 slot on the iTunes jazz chart in the United States and internationally.

Tickets available at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000 beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.


TICKETING INFORMATION

We are excited to safely welcome you back to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. 

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to update policies and procedures for our 2021–22 season. 

Please note that our usual ticket subscriptions and seating selections have been temporarily changed for the 2021–22 Season. 

  • Subscriptions will not be available during the 2021–22 season. 

  • Tickets for fall 2021 performances will go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.

  • Tickets for spring 2022 performances will go on sale on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at 10 a.m. 

  • All seating will be general admission and will comply with current guidelines. Specific seats cannot be selected when purchasing tickets, and patrons should plan to arrive early to ensure ample time to select an available seat. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. For events with balcony seating, please note that the balcony level is not accessible by elevator and can only be accessed by stairs. Weis Center staff can assist patrons with accessibility needs to find seating.

  • Capacity limits will be adjusted for each performance at the venue’s discretion and based on current health and safety guidelines. 

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings, if still being implemented.

We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises. 

While we are taking measures to enhance the safety of our visitors, performers and employees, an inherent risk of exposure to and infection with COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present, and a visit to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts may still pose a risk to your safety. By visiting the Weis Center, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.


Campus Box Office Information

  • 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

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