Balkan Brass Comes to the Weis Center, Free Folk Dance Demo Prior to Performance

Balkan Brass Comes to the Weis Center, Free Folk Dance Demo Prior to Performance

The Weis Center will welcome Balkan brass band Lemon Bucket Orkestra (LBO) on Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Concert Hall.

Patrons are encouraged to come early for a Balkan folk dance demo in the Weis Center Atrium from 6:45-7:15 p.m., facilitated by Heather Ulmer and Mariya Monfette of the Global Music and Dance Collective. The teachers will introduce three Balkan/Roma folk dances — cocek, pravo and paidushko — all danceable to the energetic Balkan Brass music of Lemon Bucket Orkestra. No prior dance experience is necessary and the activity is open to all ages and abilities. The teachers will start with the very accessible pravo, and then move along to the beautiful cocek and then take on the rhythmically challenging paidushko. These dances originated in the countries of Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and Turkey and are common to the international folk dance community repertoire.

The LBO performance is sponsored, in part, by The News-Item and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT THE BAND
Lemon Bucket Orkestra are Toronto’s original guerrilla-folk, party-punk band. The multi-award-winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans alike, and over the past eight years have performed all over the world from WOMAD in New Zealand and Pohoda in Slovakia, to Festival D’Été in Québec City and Luminato in Toronto.

The Guardian proclaimed that their performances are “gorgeously sung and passionately played” and The New York Times declared them “charismatic … handsome and ambitious.”

Lemon Bucket Orkestra is: Ian Tulloch (sousaphone), Os Kar (savage drums, screams), Marichka Marczyk (accordion, vocals), Michael Louis Johnson (trumpet), Julian Selody (saxophone), Jaash Singh (darbouka), Alex Nahirny (guitar), Mark Marczyk (violin, vocals), Stephania Woloshyn (dance, percussion, vocals), Nathan Dell-Vandenberg (trombone) and James McKie (violin).

Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, the Orkestra’s live shows are a truly immersive experience — ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic and all points in between. They have expertly captured that unique blend of energy and emotion on their new album If I Had the Strength.

TICKETS
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $15 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

MASKING REINSTATED
Please note that as of Monday, Sept. 19, the current rate of transmission of COVID-19 in Union County is HIGH. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, including the Weis Center. For updates, please visit: Bucknell.edu/COVID-19

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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.

Dreamers’ Circus Returning to the Weis Center

Dreamers’ Circus Returning to the Weis Center

The Weis Center will welcome back Nordic folk trio Dreamers’ Circus on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Concert Hall.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by John and Julianna Cooper and family.

Their return United States tour includes stops in Lewisburg, PA; Richmond, VA; Burlington, VT; Saratoga, NY; Washington, DC; and Provo, UT.

A new driving force in Nordic world music is the young Danish trio, Dreamers’ Circus. Contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach, they draw inspiration from the deep traditions of folk music in the region and reshape them into something bright, shiny and new.

Dreamers’ Circus are: Nikolaj Busk (Danish) on piano and accordion; Ale Carr (Swedish) on Nordic cittern, and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (Danish), also of the Danish String Quartet, on violin.

Dreamers’ Circus display inventiveness and talent in their approach to performances that include music from Denmark and Sweden as well as Finland, Norway and the far reaches of the windswept Faroe Islands.

Winners of five Danish Music Awards, the trio’s sound is based on virtuosic and incendiary musical ability across a range of instruments that includes violin, accordion, piano and cittern.

The trio collaborates regularly with the Danish String Quartet and the Copenhagen Philharmonic and performs with other orchestras.

Sing Out said, “They’re world class. Now the world needs to hear them.”

“Dreamers’ Circus does for Nordic folk music, what Astor Piazzolla and the tango nuevo did for Argentinian folk music,” said Politiken (Denmark).

Endlessly exploring new challenges for themselves and for audiences, Dreamers’ Circus mine their backgrounds in traditional and roots music to present a genre-bending amalgam of folk sensibility, jazz improvisation and classical complexity distilled through an openness to popular music influences. The result is music that is resolutely contemporary and rhythmically and melodically engrossing.

On September 10, Dreamers’ Circus released Handed On, a published book of 58 pieces of their own new-Nordic music, arranged for varying degrees of difficulty, along with videos to accompany each tune.

Their most recent recordings of original tunes, Blue White Gold (for which the Trio was awarded the prestigious Carl Prize for Composer of the Year in 2021) and Lost Swans (2022), are set to be released on a double vinyl record reissue this fall.

In addition to writing and performing their own music, Dreamers’ Circus is a frequent collaborator with other musicians. Recent projects include:

· Playing the music for the video game Chrono Cross, including: Sailing and Termina, a collaboration with Japanese composer Yasunori Mitsuda

· Performing and arranging music for a collaboration with the DR Børnekoret (Danish Radio’s Children’s Choir) on an album of Danish children’s folk songs.

· Collaborating with renowned Danish fiddler Poul Bjerager Christiansen on an initiative to bring traditional folk music to life from centuries-old handwritten scores.

TICKETS

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $15 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).
Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

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 this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble begins its 45th Season with ‘The Thin Place’

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble begins its 45th Season with ‘The Thin Place’

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s 45th Season begins this September 15th with the eerie Lucas Hnath play ‘The Thin Place.’ Since its inception as an ensemble theatre in 1978, BTE has produced exciting shows and immersive educational programming for our community and the surrounding area. Season 45 brings with it new faces, a world premiere, and shows for all ages!

BTE’s first show, ‘The Thin Place,’ brings audiences into New York City, where Hilda, whose grandmother tried to train her to read minds as a child, is desperate to get in touch with the other side. She finds comfort in Linda, a mentalist who claims to know ‘the thin place’ that separates the living and the dead. Eerie and unsettling, audiences will be questioning what is real and what is imagined by the end. The play runs from September 15th
to October 9th. Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Special Pay What You Decide nights are scheduled for September 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7:30pm. Reserve your seat for free and choose your own price after the show!

A family tradition returns to our stage with ‘A Christmas Carol.’ BTE’s newest Resident Acting Company member Aaron White has adapted the beloved classic with new eyes to create a brand new production filled with spectacle, wonder, and music! Good for all ages, this show begins November 25th and runs until just after Christmas, with bonus performances December 26th – 28th. For a full performance schedule, please visit our
website at www.bte.org.

Another holiday tradition, our annual Food Preview, will be the 2pm performance on November 25th. No advance tickets or reservations are necessary, just bring a few canned goods or non-perishable items for donation to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard and see ‘A Christmas Carol’ for free! Come early, as the line often extends around the block!

Starting off the new year is ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. For three nights only, one of our professional actors will take to the stage having never before seen the script. The stage manager hands them the sealed envelope, and off they go! ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ is a high wire act that an actor only performs once, teetering perilously between comedy and high-stakes drama. This show will be performed January 12th, 13th, and 14th at 7:30pm, with a new performer each night.

A world premiere lands on BTE’s stage with a new adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s classic ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author.’ Bloomsburg University Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance David A. Miller has reworked this absurdist work specifically for this co-production with Bloomsburg Players, intertwining the story of the six characters who have lost their author, with the Resident Acting Company itself. Performances begin February 23rd and run to March 12th, with Pay What You Decide nights for the first three performances.

April brings a fresh comedy in the form of Bess Wohl’s ‘Grand Horizons.’ When Nancy and Bill, married for decades, calmly decide to divorce while having dinner, their shocked families descend to talk them out of it. Funny and heartwarming, this show runs from April 27th to May 21st, with Pay What You Decide nights for the first three performances.

As a special treat to our audiences who love musicals, BTE is hosting ‘Showstoppers: A Broadway Revue’ June 1st through 4th. This presented event will bring glitz and glamour to the Alvina Krause Theatre stage, with professional vocalists belting out beloved songs from Webber to Sondheim and more! This event is included for our monthly subscribers. Season Ticket Package buyers can get their tickets for just $20 each.

Our summer family show ‘Dragons Love Tacos’ is based on the popular children’s book by the same name. Readers of this story know that when hosting a taco party for dragons, be sure to leave out the spicy salsa! The show runs July 6th to the 23rd, and is great for all ages.

Since its creation, BTE’s goal has been to show that theatre is “as important to its community as schools and churches.” (Quote by founding Artistic Director Alvina Krause.) As we begin our Sapphire Season, we carry that vision with us. Our community gives BTE its purpose and inspiration, and in turn BTE strives to be a thriving center of community and cultural engagement through theatre and arts education, and to promote creativity,
inclusion and dignity for everyone.

In order to make theatre accessible to all, we have a number of programs to ensure tickets are affordable for everyone. Through our Pay What You Decide nights and Food Preview matinee, patrons can pay as little as $0 to attend our shows. To support BTE’s continued work, we offer a monthly subscription for $12/month, and discounted Season Ticket Packages. There are individual ticket discounts for seniors, young professionals, and students. Bloomsburg University students pay only $9 with a valid ID, and high school students in IU16 can come for free, thanks to our patrons who sponsor Project Discovery. For details and further information, please visit our website at www.bte.org!

Founded in 1978 as an artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble, BTE creates innovative work with local and national impact. Today, BTE produces a lively mix of classic and contemporary plays and original theatre education programs for all ages. For more information about our shows and programs, please see www.bte.org.

“Kids in the Kitchen” Fall Series Offered by Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

“Kids in the Kitchen” Fall Series Offered by Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum will again host a “Kids in the Kitchen” series this fall, offering three different events: Fall Treats, Spooky Spider Candy and Gingerbread House Decorating. All Kids in the Kitchen events will be held at Forest and Field Demo Kitchen, 1072 Alliance Park Drive in Bloomsburg. Registration is required.

Fall Treats will be held on Wednesday, September 28th from 6-8 p.m. The apples for this event will be donated by Rohrbach’s Farm Market in Catawissa. Students will make their own caramel apple slices and mini-apple pies. The event is recommended for ages 6+ and adults are welcome, too. The cost to attend is $30; register online at: https://bit.ly/bcm-kitchenapples

Spooky Spider Treats will be held on Wednesday, October 19th from 6-8 p.m. Kids will learn how to make delicious and spooky spider truffles with Rose in Bloom Candies! These allergen-friendly delectables will please everyone. Ingredients for this class are vegan and gluten-free (soy is present in the candies). All participants take home their own spider truffles. The event is recommended for ages 8+ and adults are welcome, too. The cost to attend is $30; register at https://bit.ly/bcm-kitchenspider

Gingerbread House Decorating will be offered on Wednesday, November 16th from 6-8 p.m. The class includes a large pre-assembled gingerbread house, royal and cake icing, assorted candies, sugar lay-ons, and much more. The class will feature instruction on making trees, windows, and decorations to make your house a work of art. Recommended for ages 6+, adults are welcome too. The cost to attend is $30; register at https://bit.ly/bcm-kitchenhouse

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a board of directors. This organization strives to offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach. For more information, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/.

Argentinean Soul Music Comes to Downtown Lewisburg as Part of Weis Center’s Season

Argentinean Soul Music Comes to Downtown Lewisburg as Part of Weis Center’s Season

The Weis Center will welcome Argentinean soul music ensemble Fémina on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg.

Fémina is a female powered four-piece band from Argentina that channels blissed out, harmony-soaked soul music with a purpose, lyrically poignant with hip hop and Latin folk major influences.

Fémina’s tour is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the U.S. government, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management Inc.

Fémina’s Center Stage tour has stops in Washington, DC; Lewisburg, PA; New York City; Gainesville and Miami, FL; Lexington, KY; and San Diego and Joshua Tree, CA.

The band is comprised of Sofia “Sof Tot” Trucco, voice, guitar, ronroco, Clara “Wen” Trucco, voice, percussion, flute, Uji, electronics, bombo leguero and Cruz, electronics, keys.

The harmony-soaked vocals and electro-folk charisma of the Trucco sisters propels a new project by this acclaimed female-powered band and carries messages of equality and empowerment. Clara and Sofia Trucco hail from the beautiful mountain town of San Martín de los Andes in the southern region of Patagonia, the group sings in Spanish waxing on themes of human potential.

Lyrically poignant with hip-hop and Latin folk influences, Fémina is Argentine soul music with a purpose. Their unbounded sound and theatrical visuals are vehicles for ideas, a direct hotline to people’s emotions that opens them up to new ways of thinking. Their diverse songs are characterized by show-stopping harmonies and a magical on-stage chemistry that incorporates Latin American instruments and melodies.

Fémina’s strength flows from a willingness to plumb the depths of the female experience and to distill it into something transcendently human.

“We talk about social issues, but not as slogans. We talk about what we live day to day. Something that’s very important to us is unity, being conscious of the really important things, the essence of being human,” explains Sofia Trucco. “When we talk about becoming aware and gaining power, we’re talking to everyone, not just women.”

A unique and thrilling combo, Fémina have toured the United States, Australia, Brazil, Mexico and Europe and have released three albums.

Their breakout 2019 album, Perlas & Conchas, was produced by Quantic and championed by Iggy Pop.

Rolling Stone said, “Plush poetic rhymes and ravishing harmonies glide over funk, boleros and chacarera rhythms ripe with rustic flair…”

TICKETS

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth 18 and under, and FREE for Bucknell students. No other discounts may be applied.
Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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.

Paul Taylor Dance Company Will Grace the Weis Center Stage, Presenting Three Diverse Works

Paul Taylor Dance Company Will Grace the Weis Center Stage, Presenting Three Diverse Works

The Weis Center will welcome Paul Taylor Dance Company on Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Concert Hall, as part of Bucknell University’s Family Weekend festivities.

There will be a free pre-performance talk with Rehearsal Director and former Taylor dancer Cathy McCann on the same day as the performance, from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. The talk will be facilitated by Bucknell University Associate Professor and Director of Dance, Kelly Knox.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and Douglas Candland.

At the Weis Center, they will perform Arden Court, Cloven Kingdom and Diggity. The entire performance is 1 hour and 40 minutes, with intermissions.

The genesis of the Paul Taylor Dance Company transpired on May 30, 1954, in Manhattan, when dance-maker Paul Taylor first presented his choreography with five other dancers on the Lower East Side. That performance marked the beginning of 64 years of unrivaled creativity.

In the decades that followed, Taylor became a cultural icon, one of America’s most celebrated artists and a part of the pantheon that created American modern dance. Leading the company that bears his name until his death in 2018, Taylor molded it into one of the preeminent performing ensembles in the world. Under the artistic direction of Taylor dancer Michael Novak, the company continues to perform throughout the world as well as at its New York City home, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – where it appears under the aegis of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance.

The company has traveled the globe many times over, bringing Taylor’s unrivaled repertoire to theaters in cultural capitals, on college campuses and in rural communities. It has performed in more than 600 cities in 66 countries, representing the United States at arts festivals in more than 40 countries and touring extensively under the aegis of the U.S. Department of State.

In 1997, the company toured throughout India in celebration of that nation’s 50th anniversary. While continuing to garner international acclaim, the company performs more than half of each touring season in cities throughout the United States. In celebration of its 50th anniversary and 50 years of creativity, the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation presented Taylor’s works in all 50 states between March 2004 and November 2005. That tour underscored the company’s historic role as one of the early touring companies of American modern dance.

The New York Times says, “One of the most exciting, innovative and delightful dance companies in the entire world.”

The San Francisco Examiner says, “America’s most magnificent dancing machine.”

About the Performance Pieces
Arden Court (1981) – 25 minutes
In a seminal and exuberant work, Taylor examines three kinds of relationships: Supportive, competitive, and flirtatious.

“One of the few great art works created in [the 20th] century… exploring a new movement field of love and relationship. The women dance into the men’s arms as if Shakespeare had only written Romeo and Juliet the day before yesterday. I am convinced that this is one of the sentimental works of our time… something extraordinary in the history of dance. It bounces to a different drummer.” – Clive Barnes, New York Post

Cloven Kingdom (1976) – 23 minutes

“Man is a social animal,” said Spinoza. Just below the surface of humans’ civilized veneer lurks an animal nature that cannot be ignored. The scene is a cotillion ball where members of high society are dressed in formal attire – the gentlemen in tailcoats and the ladies wearing gowns and mirrored headpieces. A baroque score vies for dominance with urgent, percussive 20th-Century music, reflecting the struggle between our gentler and more savage natures. As primitive impulses emerge, the women plant seeds and bear progeny, while the men seem no longer to wear tails but bear tails. They prance and stalk on all fours, and their totemic friezes suggest the prehistoric ancestors from whom we have descended. Although the dance ends on a triumphant note with social structures intact, it has become clear that we are not separate from animals, we are animals.

“A sharp comedy of manners [about] the conflicting natures within people and, more specifically, the darker side that surfaces under the veneer of gentility. Revealing their true selves, the dancers turn humorously grotesque. The writhe as well as waltz, they crawl as well as glide. There’s so much movement-invention that it is hard to take everything in.” – Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

Diggity (1978) – 22 minutes

With set and costumes by Alex Katz and a commissioned score by Donald York, is one of Paul Taylor’s most playful and bright dances. Surrounded by an obstacle course of two dozen metallic cutouts of canines, the dancers perform an impressive display of virtuosic movement with a warm spirit as only Taylor dancers can do.

“A mysteriously joyous… wonderful, crazy excursion into the unknown. Taylor has bestrewn the stage with wonderful Alex Katz profiles of dogs – mean, handsome, arrogant, underprivileged – that provide an obstacle course for Taylor’s dancers…who swing their way through the obliquely simple choreography with an almost contemptuous élan.” – Clive Barnes, New York Post

TICKETS

Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $20 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

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 this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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.