Music and Dance from Bali Comes to the Weis Center in Free Performance, Lecture/Demo Precedes Performance

Music and Dance from Bali Comes to the Weis Center in Free Performance, Lecture/Demo Precedes Performance

Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali will perform on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance is free, but tickets are required by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

There will be a pre-performance lecture and demonstration on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium facilitated by Music Professor Bethany Collier.

The performance is sponsored in part by the Candland family, Remembering Mary Candland. It is co-sponsored by Bucknell University’s Department of Music in partnership with the Bucknell University Gamelan Ensemble. This engagement of Çudamani is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT CUDAMANI
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.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
While at the Weis Center, Cudamani will present a program called “WATER-TIRTA.”

The Balinese have myriad of ways of understanding and relating to water. The Balinese conceptualize their physical world in terms of the high mountain (the place of Bali’s the most sacred temple) and low ocean and the Balinese dedicate themselves to protecting the life-giving cycle of water. They call their form of Hinduism AGAMA TIRTA or “The Religion of Holy Water.” Water not only makes things grow, it is a medium for spiritual regeneration. All places of worship from the enormous temples to corners of the humblest of homes requires purification with water – ceremonies, offerings, and receiving the blessings of holy water.

As a centerpiece for this tour “WATER-TIRTA” Dewa Berata (Director of Cudamani) will showcase his personal and family history of painting. Dewa has explored how digital drawing/painting brings new possibilities to his work. For WATER~TIRTA he will create digital time-lapse story painting which will be projected behind the gamelan orchestra. Original music will be composed by Dewa and his younger brother Dewa Rai.

The audience will be taken on a journey as water falls from the sky to the highest and most sacred mountain in Bali – bathing the temples and replenishing the sacred springs. Water is central to prayer, to rice cultivation, to social ties, to health and well-being of all living things. For the Balinese the water cycle is the story of life on this island in the sea. Even at death, one of the most important ceremonies for the Balinese ends as ashes are released on the shore.

TICKETS
Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Seating for the fall 2021 season is general admission and specific seats cannot be reserved in advance.

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 the 2021–22 season, all seating will be socially distanced and general admission. Specific seats cannot be selected.

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

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.

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.

Weis Center Announces In-Person Season that Includes Nearly 30 Performances

Weis Center Announces In-Person Season that Includes Nearly 30 Performances

The Weis Center’s 2021-22 line-up includes a diverse schedule of nearly 30 live performances designed to inspire your mind, energize your body and restore your heart.

Performances will include music from Bali, Venezuela, West Africa, Mexico, and Colombia, plus classical music, Americana and roots music, modern dance from three acclaimed companies, jazz, and family-friendly performances. Seven performances are free.

Tickets for fall 2021 performances will go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 27 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.

The season will kick off on Friday, August 27 at 6 p.m. with a free alt-rock and roots concert by Amythyst Kiah as she performs outside on the Weis Center Plaza. Her song “Black Myself” received a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Awards. The Exchange’s Art Cart will be on site from 5:30-7 p.m. with special all-ages activities.

On September 14, world music and dance from Bali with ensemble Cudamani will perform. This 20-member ensemble weaves layers of intricate sound including gongs, drums, voice and flute.

On September 28, Red Sky Performance, a leading indigenous contemporary dance company from Canada, will perform their work “Trace”, which is a dance work inspired by Indigenous sky and star stories.

On October 1, the contemporary cirque duo, Air Play, returns to the Weis Center for a family-friendly performance highlighting the amazing 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.

Then, in the first of several engagements with the Jazz at Bucknell series – Jeremiah Abiah performs for free in the Weis Center Atrium on October 6. Abiah is a renowned singer, songwriter, celebrity vocal coach, author and producer.

The Julliard String Quartet will perform on October 17 with pianist and Bucknell Assistant Professor of Music Qing Jiang. They will perform works by Beethoven and Dvorak.

A season highlight will be Mavis Staples’ performance on Thursday, October 28. Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” Staples is 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; and a Kennedy Center honoree. She’s collaborated with everyone from Prince and Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire and Hozier.

Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops will perform on November 3 at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg. Their harmony-soaked songs, blended with the tones of guitar, banjo and mandolin are sure to inspire.

Pianist Michelle Cann will perform on November 7 with a program that includes Chopin, Florence Price and Brahms.

Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, BalletX, will perform three new works on November 12.

The final fall performance will be a raucous holiday performance by eight-piece jazz band, The Hot Sardines, on December 3. The performance will feature timeless Christmas classics and original tunes.

The spring 2022 season includes: American roots ensemble American Patchwork Quartet on January 23, Jamal Aliyev on cello and Dominic Cheli on piano on January 27, The Crossing with Dublin Guitar Quartet on February 4, bluegrass band Della Mae on February 8, Circa Contemporary Circus on February 15, Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra on February 17, Nella on February 24, Reverso on March 1, The Peking Acrobats on March 6, Sona Jobarteh on March 22, classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang on March 25, Jake Blount on March 30, Sonia De Los Santos on April 2, pianist Qing Jiang on April 3, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE Dance on April 8, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on April 10 and world music ensemble from Colombia Chontadelia on April 21. Tickets for spring 2022 performances will go on sale on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at 10 a.m.

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.

Tickets

Please note that 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.

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

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

PLEASE NOTE

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.

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.

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

Gabe Stillman’s “Just Say the Word” available for pre-order

Gabe Stillman’s “Just Say the Word” available for pre-order

“Just Say the Word”, the debut album from native Pennsylvanian blues and americana artist, Gabe Stillman, is to be released on August 27, 2021, on the VizzTone Label Group. Stillman’s new record is packed with thirteen thoughtfully crafted originals plus two covers and further solidifies his reputation as an accomplished guitarist (winner of the 2019 Gibson Guitar Award at the International Blues Challenge), and now as a meaningful songwriter. Produced by Anson Funderburgh at Wire Recording in Austin, Texas, “Just Say the Word” is a compelling listen from beginning to end, with powerful contributions from the Texas Horns and special appearances by Funderburgh, Sue Foley, and Greg Izor. The lyrics and arrangements are interesting, diverse, and heart throbbing with messages that are both personal and universal. “Just Say the Word” appeals to the vast following in the blues world while stretching the boundaries into that realm of “just great music” that defies category.

“Just Say the Word” is now available for pre-order at www.gabestillman.com/merch

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces August Programs

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces August Programs

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce its August programs.

PDF calendar attached.

The Children’s Museum is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

GENERAL PROGRAMMING
S.W.O.R.D. at the Museum: Presented by T-Mobile
Sunday, August 1, 9:00 am-7:00 pm
1 pound and 3 pound combat robots battle it out in intense one-on-one mechanical matchups! Enjoy the Museum’s exhibits and watch these combat machines try to win a match by incapacitating the opponent or pushing it off the combat stage. Kids will have a chance to “battle” with the Museum’s “playable” battlebots. Register to compete a bot for $20. This event is free for spectators and open to the public.

Dog Days of Summer
August 4: Under the Sea, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Beat the heat and come to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum! Enjoy a special summer-themed craft every other Wednesday with free adult admission!

Saturday Sing-along with Miss Kerry
Saturday, August 7, 11:30 am-12:00 pm
Join Miss Kerry for this sing-along Saturday! Wiggling, singing and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place. This event is included in Museum admission.

Touch-A-Truck
Saturday, August 14 @ Rohrbach’s Farm, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Join us at Rohrbach’s Farm Market for a fun-filled day with trucks of all kinds. Get an up-close, hands-on look at loaders, campers, tractors, fire engines, and more! Free admission.

Two Dollar Tuesday
Tuesday, August 17, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day. The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10 am-2 pm.

Honey Bee Awareness Day
Saturday, August 21, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Did you know the honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans? Learn more about these insects and why they are important to our ecosystem. Included with regular admission.

Celebrate Peach Month
Saturday, August 28, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum as we celebrate peach month. Learn all about these delicious fruits while learning some new recipes. Included with regular admission

For a complete listing of all programs, visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Hosting Battlebot Competition this Sunday, Aug. 1, Presented by T-Mobile

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Hosting Battlebot Competition this Sunday, Aug. 1, Presented by T-Mobile

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, located at 2 West 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is hosting a battlebot competition that is produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Student Wildcats of Robotic Design (SWORD).
Come see 1-pound and 3-pound combat robots battle it out in intense one-on-one mechanical matchups. While you are there you can also enjoy the Museum, grab some food, score some swag from event sponsor T-Mobile, and try out our kid-friendly battlebots in our small arena!

“The Museum hosted a battebot team for the past 6 years,” Ginny Weibel, Children’s Museum Director said. “Our team, Infectious Intelligence, is comprised of middle school and high school-aged students. We started the club as a way to get kids involved in the engineering design process. It is a real challenge to design a robot that can withstand the attacks from the other robots and it’s a lot of fun to see these machines in action.”

The competition is open to all ages but is limited to ant weight (one-pound) and beetle weight (three-pound) robots.

Ryan Bohenek is the President of the SWORD Club. Bohenek says the sport of battlebots, “gives students the opportunity to take an idea and follow through with the design, manufacture, and assembly processes until they have a functioning robot. Then at these competitions learning what worked properly and what did not and improving and building upon those skills.”

Admission to the competition is free for spectators and it includes Museum admission.

If you have a battlebot and want to compete, you can register it at www.robotcombatevents.com/events/627

Registration is $20 per robot. All proceeds are being donated to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. If you don’t have a battlebot but always dreamed of operating one, there will be a novice ring sponsored by Dyco Inc. and FIngertech Robotics where you can try out operating a scaled-down version of the battle bots.

Food will be available for purchase on-site.

Doors open at 9 a.m., first fights start at 10:30 a.m. Battles will continue throughout the day until 6 p.m. when the final awards ceremony takes place.

For more information about the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, please visit  https://the-childrens-museum.org/

Weis Center Will Host Live Performances this fall, Season Kicks-off on Friday, August 27 with Free, Outdoor Concert

Weis Center Will Host Live Performances this fall, Season Kicks-off on Friday, August 27 with Free, Outdoor Concert

This fall, the Weis Center curtains will rise again, and the Central PA community is invited to experience it live. The 2021-22 line-up includes a diverse schedule of 30 live performances designed to inspire your mind, energize your body and restore your heart.

Performances will include music from Bali, Scotland, Venezuela, West Africa, Mexico, and Colombia, plus classical music, Americana and roots music, modern dance from three acclaimed companies, jazz, and family-friendly performances. Seven performances are free.

The season will kick-off on Friday, August 27 at 6 p.m. with a free alt-rock and roots concert by Amythyst Kiah as she performs outside on the Weis Center Plaza. Tickets are not required.

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

Amythyst Kiah’s debut, 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.”

Full Season Announcement and Brochure
The Weis Center’s full season will be announced in mid-August.

The season brochure will be available at that time as a digital PDF. A limited number of hardcopies will be 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.

Limited hardcopies will also be available at the Weis Center and throughout the Susquehanna River Valley region in late August.

Sponsors
The Weis Center’s 2021-22 season is supported by the following season-level sponsors: Bucknell Sports Properties, The Daily Item, Seven Mountains Media, Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation and Susquehanna Life.

Event sponsors include Glenn and Raquel Alexander, 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, PPL, Press Enterprise, Riverwoods, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, Gary and Sandy Sojka, Standard Journal, Stone State Entertainment, Williamsport Sun Gazette, Karl Voss and Chanin Wendling family, 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
Please note that 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.

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.

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