Contemporary Dance Ensemble to Grace Weis Center Stage With Three Distinct Dance Works

Contemporary Dance Ensemble to Grace Weis Center Stage With Three Distinct Dance Works

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome renowned Martha Graham Dance Company (MGDC) on Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. MGDC has been a leader in the evolving art form of modern dance since its founding in 1926.

Patrons are encouraged to arrive early, as there will be a free pre-performance talk from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium with MGDC Artistic Director Janet Eilber. The talk will be facilitated by Bucknell Professor Kelly Knox.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Gary and Sandy Sojka.

The Company is both the oldest dance company in the United States and the oldest integrated dance company.

Today, the Company is embracing a new programming vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists. With programs that unite the work of choreographers across time within a rich historical and thematic narrative, the Company is actively working to create new platforms for contemporary dance and multiple points of access for audiences.

Since its inception, the Martha Graham Dance Company has received international acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The Company has performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House, Covent Garden, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as at the base of the Great Pyramids in Egypt and in the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus theater on the Acropolis in Athens. In addition, the Company has also produced several award-winning films broadcast on PBS and around the world.

Though Martha Graham herself is the best-known alumna of her company, the Company has provided a training ground for some of modern dance’s most celebrated performers and choreographers. Former members of the Company include Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Paul Taylor, John Butler and Glen Tetley. Among celebrities who have joined the Company in performance are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Maya Plisetskaya, Tiler Peck, Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo and Aurelie Dupont.

In recent years, the Company has challenged expectations and experimented with a wide range of offerings beyond its mainstage performances. It has created a series of intimate in-studio events, forged unusual creative partnerships with the likes of SITI Company, Performa, the New Museum, Barney’s, and Siracusa’s Greek Theater Festival (to name a few); created substantial digital offerings with Google Arts and Culture, YouTube, and Cennarium; and created a model for reaching new audiences through social media.  The astonishing list of artists who have created works for the Graham dancers in the last decade reads like a catalog of must-see choreographers: Kyle Abraham, Aszure Barton, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lucinda Childs, Marie Chouinard, Michelle Dorrance, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Andonis Foniadakis, Liz Gerring, Larry Keigwin, Michael Kliën, Pontus Lidberg, Lil Buck, Lar Lubovitch, Josie Moseley, Richard Move, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Annie-B Parson, Yvonne Rainer, Sonya Tayeh, Doug Varone, Luca Vegetti, Gwen Welliver and Robert Wilson.

The current company dancers hail from around the world and, while grounded in their Graham core training, can also slip into the style of contemporary choreographers like a second skin, bringing technical brilliance and artistic nuance to all they do — from brand new works to Graham classics and those from early pioneers such as Isadora Duncan, Jane Dudley, Anna Sokolow, and Mary Wigman.

“Some of the most skilled and powerful dancers you can ever hope to see,” according to the Washington Post last year.

“One of the great companies of the world,” says The New York Times, while Los Angeles Times notes, “They seem able to do anything, and to make it look easy as well as poetic.”

At the Weis Center, they will present Errand into the Maze, Diversion of Angels and Canticle for Innocent Comedians. 


Errand into the Maze premiered in 1947 with a score by Gian Carlo Menotti, set design by Isamu Noguchi and starring Martha Graham.  The duet is loosely derived from the myth of Theseus, who journeys into the labyrinth to confront the Minotaur, a creature who is half man and half beast.  Martha Graham retells the tale from the perspective of Ariadne, who descends into the labyrinth to conquer the Minotaur.  The current production of Errand into the Maze was created in reaction to the damage done to the sets and costumes by Hurricane Sandy. This version, stripped of the classic production elements, is meant to intensify our focus on the dramatic, physical journey of the choreography itself.


Diversion of Angels, originally titled Wilderness Stair, premiered at the Palmer Auditorium of Connecticut College on August 13, 1948. The title, as well as a set piece designed by Isamu Noguchi suggestive of desert terrain, was discarded after the first performance, and the dance was reconceived as a plotless ballet. Diversion of Angels is set to a romantic score by Norman Dello Joio and takes its themes from the infinite aspects of love. The Couple in Red embodies romantic love and “the ecstasy of the contraction”; the Couple in White, mature love; and the Couple in Yellow, a flirtatious and adolescent love.

Martha Graham recalled that when she first saw the work of the modern artist Wassily Kandinsky, she was astonished by his use of color, a bold slash of red across a blue background. She was determined to make a dance that would express this. Diversion of Angels is that dance, and the Girl in Red, dashing across the stage, is the streak of red paint bisecting the Kandinsky canvas. —ELLEN GRAFF

Martha Graham created Canticle for Innocent Comedians in 1952, taking the title and inspiration from the 1938 poem by Ben Belitt, her old friend and colleague at the Bennington School of the Dance.  The multifaceted work was built around virtuosic vignettes for the stars of the Graham Company, each celebrating a different element of nature: Sun, Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, Moon, and Stars. The work was well received, reputed to have been magical; however, there is only a fragmented record remaining, and it is considered lost.

This 2022 Canticle for Innocent Comedians is a reimagining of the original.  The choreography is completely new but draws upon Graham’s stylistic blueprint.  The vignettes have been re-made for today’s Graham stars by dance-makers from diverse dance backgrounds.  Fortunately, Graham’s staging of “Moon” was filmed in the 1950s and is included in the new production.

A lyrical, percussive, ruminative score has been created by the great jazz pianist, Jason Moran.

The lead choreographer, Emmy and Tony award winner Sonya Tayeh, has designed the connective tissue for this eclectic assemblage – in the words of the original poem, “that binds the halves of first and last/To single troth, in time” — for the dancers of the Ensemble, weaving in and out of the sections in a manner reminiscent of a Greek chorus, and resonating with many Graham classics. The costumes by Karen Young are inspired by voluminous, swirling shapes that Graham often used for the costumes she herself designed.  They are fabricated from recycled plastic bottles to add to the conversation about the eternal values of nature — and our responsibilities to the planet.

Martha Graham has had a deep and lasting impact on American art and culture. She single-handedly defined contemporary dance as a uniquely American art form, which the nation has in turn shared with the world. Crossing artistic boundaries, she collaborated with and commissioned work from the leading visual artists, musicians, and designers of her day, including sculptor Isamu Noguchi and composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and Gian Carlo Menotti.

Graham’s groundbreaking style grew from her experimentation with the elemental movements of contraction and release. By focusing on the basic activities of the human form, she enlivened the body with raw, electric emotion. The sharp, angular, and direct movements of her technique were a dramatic departure from the predominant style of the time.

Graham influenced generations of choreographers that included Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp, altering the scope of dance. Classical ballet dancers Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mikhail Baryshnikov sought her out to broaden their artistry. Artists of all genres were eager to study and work with Graham—she taught actors including Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Gregory Peck, Tony Randall, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, and Joanne Woodward to utilize their bodies as expressive instruments.

During her long and illustrious career, Graham created 181 dance compositions. During the Bicentennial she was granted the United States’ highest civilian honor, The Medal of Freedom. In 1998, TIME Magazine named her the “Dancer of the Century.” The first dancer to perform at the White House and to act as a cultural ambassador abroad, she captured the spirit of a nation. “No artist is ahead of his time,” she said. “He is his time. It is just that the others are behind the time.”

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), free for Bucknell students (limit 1) and $20 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at

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].

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Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Goes Off Center (Street) with Free Shakespeare in Bloomsburg Town Park

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Goes Off Center (Street) with Free Shakespeare in Bloomsburg Town Park

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will be kicking off their 46th season with an exciting move off Center Street to present Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Bloomsburg Town Park. Free performances of the bard’s rollicking comedy will take place September 7th and 8th at 6:00pm and September 9th at 4:00pm. No tickets or reservations are needed; patrons need only show up and enjoy.

All are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs, bug spray, sunscreen, food, and beverages (no alcohol is permitted in the park). The performance is appropriate for general audiences, with mild comedic violence and bawdy Shakespearean language.

While the move off-site from the Alvina Krause Theatre became a necessity due to the installation of a new HVAC system, the company is excited to be performing out in the community. “BTE continues to exist because of this wonderful, supportive community,” stated Resident Acting Company member Amy Rene Byrne. “When we performed The Girl Who Swallowed the Cactus in the park in 2021, we saw how incredibly valuable it is to be out in and interacting with the community. People would stop and watch us rehearse and it gave us an opportunity to strike up a conversation about the show and our company. It built connections I never anticipated.”

This laugh out loud comedy will be directed by Tara Bradway, PhD. Bradway has served as the Artistic Director of the Adirondack Shakespeare Company–a company dedicated to producing world-class quality productions of Shakespeare’s plays unburdened by spectacle and technology. She brings with her a unique approach to staging and a focus on language that makes Shakespeare’s works accessible and engaging for all audiences. BTE is taking inspiration from the original practices of Shakespeare’s
company and this production will feature natural lighting, audience engagement, and live music. The combination of Bradway’s flexible direction and Aaron White’s original music ensures a lively, unique production at each performance.

New and exciting faces will be joining the familiar. RAC members Aaron White (Feste/Music Director), Elizabeth Dowd (Malvolio), and Amy Rene Byrne (Antonio/Curio) welcome Resident Acting Company Candidate Kimie Muroya (Orsino, Maria); Theatremaker Apprentices Diamond Gloria Marrow (Olivia), Arrianna Daniels (Viola), and Bruce Gomez (Fabian/Valentine/Assistant Director); and Guest Artists Michael Covel (Sebastian), Sean Loundsbury (Sir Toby), and Coleman Shu-tung (Sir Andrew).

The free performances in the park are made possible through the Shakespeare in American Communities Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and is supported by the Town Park Improvement Association.

‘Twelfth Night’ is sponsored by Service 1st Federal Credit Union. BTE’s Technology Sponsor is Innotek Computer Consulting, and Accommodation Sponsors are Mike and Samantha Capita and La Malbec Bar and Restaurant. BTE’s Season Media Sponsors are Hanna FM, Big Foot Country, Viamedia, and WNEP.

If you miss the free park performances or if you prefer to watch Shakespeare in air conditioning, additional performances will be taking place at: The Community Theatre League in Williamsport on September 15th-16th at 7:30pm and 17th at 2:00pm, and Lewisburg’s Riverstage Community Theatre on September 20th and 30th at 7:30pm and October 1st at 2:30pm.

Patrons should please take note of the varying performance times. Tickets are available on CTL and Riverstage’s websites.

BTE is honored to be able to share this magic of Shakespeare with their community and beyond. “If music be the food of love, play on!”

Founded in 1978, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) is a distinguished artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble that brings innovative and impactful theater experiences to audiences. BTE offers a diverse repertoire of classic and contemporary plays and delivers original theater education programs for all ages. For more information about BTE, upcoming shows, and programs, please visit

WRITERS OPEN MIC NIGHTS at The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center

WRITERS OPEN MIC NIGHTS at The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is thrilled to announce the return of the Writer’s Open Mic Nights after a summer break! Writer’s Open Mic Nights will be held on the first Tuesday of each month from September through December. Readings start at 7PM. Come early at 6:30 to sign up for a 10-minute slot if you plan to read. You can BYOB or grab a cup of coffee and some snacks, and socialize a little with other writers and appreciative audience members. 

This is a free event, organized by Ashley Ensminger and Lyndsay Costley, who usually share a little of what they have been working on as well. This group met for years at Conspiracy Coffee Company in Mansfield, but moved to the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center this year when the members realized that the majority of them live in Wellsboro. 

You do not have to be a writer yourself to attend. It’s fine to just come to listen and enjoy! Those in the audience are asked not to record without permission.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble To Offer Matinees and Workshops for  Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in September

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble To Offer Matinees and Workshops for Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in September

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Next month, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble ventures from their home on Center Street to bring their first production of the 46th Season to a park, school, or theatre near you! BTE’s production of William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ features special school matinees and workshops for middle and high school students in several regional venues.

The venues for the 10:00 a.m. ‘Twelfth Night’ matinees are:
● The Bandshell in Bloomsburg Town Park on Thursday, September 7;
● The Community Theatre League in Williamsport on Wednesday, September 13; Thursday, September 14; and Friday, September 15;
● Wednesday, September 20, Thursday, September 21, and Friday, September 22, are open for bringing the production to a local high school auditorium;
● RiverStage in Lewisburg on Wednesday, September 27; Thursday, September 28; Friday, September 29;

‘Twelfth Night’ has a rollicking plot of overlapping love triangles, mistaken identities, and musical merry pranksters, all brought to you in Shakespeare’s rich language.

Middle and high schools are encouraged to book early by contacting BTE’s School Programs Director, Paula Henry, at [email protected].

‘Twelfth Night’ is sponsored by Service 1st Federal Credit Union. BTE’s Technology Sponsor is Innotek Computer Consulting, and Accommodation Sponsors are Mike and Samantha Capita and La Malbec Bar and Restaurant. BTE’s Season Media Sponsors are Hanna FM, Big Foot Country, Viamedia, and WNEP.

Founded in 1978, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) is a distinguished artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble that brings innovative and impactful theater experiences to audiences. BTE offers a diverse repertoire of classic and contemporary plays and delivers original theater education programs for all ages. For more information about BTE, its upcoming shows, and its programs, please visit

Weis Center Announces 2023-24 Season of 25 Professional Performances

Weis Center Announces 2023-24 Season of 25 Professional Performances

The 2023-24 season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts includes 25 professional performances – including world music, classical, Americana and roots music, modern dance, jazz, soul, and so much more. All performances take place at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Tickets go on sale to the public on August 24 at 10 am by calling 570-577-1000, online at or in-person weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Campus Box Office’s location in the Weis Center Atrium.

As always, season subscribers of five or more performances receive 20 percent off ticket purchases. Subscription orders will be given priority until Tuesday, August 22 at 10 a.m.

The fall season will kick off on Thursday, September 7 at 6 p.m. with a free concert by DC-based brass ensemble, DuPont Brass, outside on the Weis Center Plaza. This lively nine-piece ensemble consists of brass, a rhythm section and vocalists. The event is co-presented with Bucknell Basketball; patrons are encouraged to come early for free family-friendly events from 5-6 pm. Pre-concert activities will include: hoops on the Plaza – come play basketball with the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, Meet the Teams: Autograph Signings, pics with Bucky the Bison, Bison Girls Dance Team showcase performance, Bucknell Cheerleaders appearance, cornhole, raffles and prizes. Bucknell’s food truck The Flying Bison will also be parked on-site from 5-7 pm with snacks, drinks, and dinner offerings for a fee.

On Thursday, September 14 we will welcome the Martha Graham Dance Company, which has been a leader in modern dance since its founding in 1926. It is both the oldest dance company in the U.S. and the oldest integrated dance company. Today, the company is embracing a new programming vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists.

On Friday, September 29, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway will bring roots music to the Weis Center stage. Molly Tuttle is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter with a lifelong love of bluegrass. On her new album, Crooked Tree, Tuttle joyfully explores her family’s rich history with bluegrass, resulting in a record that is both forward-thinking and steeped in bluegrass heritage.

On Thursday, October 12, jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen takes the stage with his Trio. Emmet is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and was a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Cohen headlines regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Village Vanguard and Birdland.

Gospel powerhouse ensemble, The Legendary Ingramettes, will perform on Thursday, October 19. The African-American gospel quintet was founded six decades ago as a way to keep a family together through hardship. The Legendary Ingramettes bring roof-raising harmonies and explosively powerful vocals, all driven by the voices of women.

On Friday, October 27, the Dublin Guitar Quartet performs new music on classical guitars. The quartet has worked to expand the limited repertoire by commissioning new works and adapting modern masterpieces from outside of the guitar repertoire. With the help of eight- and eleven-string guitars, the quartet has created an original catalog of arrangements by composers such as Philip Glass, Rachel Grimes, Arvo Pärt and many more.

On Wednesday, November 1, violinist, vocalist and composer Terry Jenoure performs with powerhouse pianist Angelica Sanchez in a new project called Secret to Life in the Weis Center Atrium. The project shines the spotlight on women’s accounts, ones that were once held in secret.

Then on Friday, November 3, world music from Cadiz, Spain comes to Central Pennsylvania. La Banda Morisca blends roots and traditional music of Andalusia, the Maghreb and the Middle East. The group has developed a creative and unique repertoire that combines the traditions of the eastern and western Mediterranean with the spirit of flamenco and Andalusian rock.

Classical music by The Danish String Quartet will be featured on Sunday, November 5 at 4 pm. The Grammy-nominated quartet is known for impeccable musicianship, sophisticated artistry, and an unmatched ability to play as one. They exude a palpable joy in music making and will present an intriguing program that includes Mozart, Britten, and a selection of Scandinavian folk music.

The contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC takes the stage on Thursday, November 9. BODYTRAFFIC uses the creative spirit of its Los Angeles home to fulfill its mission of delivering performances that inspire audiences to simply love dance. The company is composed of artists who received their training at some of the finest schools throughout the world. The Los Angeles Times described BODYTRAFFIC as “one of the most talked about companies—not just in LA, but nationwide.”

Bucknell Music Department’s Gallery Series presents a free performance by singer-songwriter Alissa Moreno on Friday, Nov. 10 in the Weis Center Atrium. After moving to Los Angeles, she co-wrote the Grammy-nominated hit “Every Day” for Rascal Flatts. Her music is featured in television and film with numerous songs licensed to shows like The Vineyard, The Hills, Laguna Beach, How I Met Your Mother, Guiding Light, Will and Grace, Criminal Minds, among others.

Then on Tuesday, November 14, Okaidja Afroso returns to the Weis Center with a new project, Jaku Mumor – Ancestral Spirit. Born into a family of musicians and storytellers on the west coast of Ghana, Afroso is a singer, guitarist, percussionist and dancer deeply connected to the musical traditions of the African Diaspora. His new project combines percussion, guitar, dance and native language vocals.

Finally, the fall season ends with world music from Mariachi Herencia de Mexico on Thursday, November 30. The energetic, Latin Grammy-nominated group has issued chart-topping albums and performed across the North American continent. This performance will include both traditional mariachi music and holiday favorites.

The spring 2024 season kicks off on Tuesday, January 30 with a family-friendly performance of Hamid Rahmanian’s Song of the North, a large-scale, cinematic performance combining the manual art of shadow puppetry with projected animation to tell the courageous tale of Manijeh, a heroine from ancient Persia, who must use all her strengths and talents to rescue her beloved from a perilous predicament and help prevent a war. This epic love story employs a cast of 500 handmade puppets and a talented ensemble of nine actors and puppeteers.

Ballet Hispanico returns to the Weis Center on Tuesday, February 6. Ballet Hispánico is the largest Latine/Latinx/Hispanic cultural organization in the U.S. and one of America’s cultural treasures. They will present a mixed repertoire of three pieces.

Kyshona, an artist who blends roots, rock, rhythm and blues and folk, will perform on Thursday, February 8. Her release, Listen, was voted Best Protest Album of 2020 by Nashville Scene. Kyshona’s nonprofit organization, Your Song, offers songwriting programs for youth empowerment programs, detention, re-entry, recovery, mental health and veterans centers and organizations.

Jontavious Willis is an up-and-coming blues artist who will perform on Wednesday, February 14. His style of playing and his voice touches the very roots of country blues, bringing back the true soul of the music. A newspaper headline once called him a “70-year-old Bluesman in a 20-year-old Body.” Hailing from Greenville, Ga. He got his much-needed break from the living legend Taj Mahal in 2015, when Mahal asked Willis to play on stage with him. That appearance resulted in a roaring response from the audience and led Willis to bigger stages and broader opportunities, including an opening slot at select shows along the TajMo tour, featuring his musical mentors Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’.

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will perform on Friday, February 23 under the chief conductor Volodymyr Sirenko. Pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky will be featured. Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in November 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe.

Then on March 1, tenThing returns to the Weis Center. Formed in 2007 by Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth as a fun and exciting collaboration among musical friends, the 10-piece, all-female brass ensemble has firmly established itself on the international scene to great acclaim. tenThing is celebrated for its commitment to outreach and access to music through a diverse repertoire, from Mozart to Weill, Grieg to Bernstein and Lully to Bartók.

The Martha Redbone Roots Project comes to the Weis Center on Tuesday, March 5. Martha Redbone is a Native American and African American vocalist/songwriter/composer/educator. She is known for her unique gumbo of folk, blues and gospel from her childhood in Harlan County, Kentucky, that is infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s Southeastern Cherokee/Choctaw culture, Redbone broadens the boundaries of American roots music. With songs and storytelling that share her life experience as a Native and Black woman and mother in the new millennium, she gives voice to issues of social justice, bridging traditions from past to present, connecting cultures and celebrating the human spirit.
Traditional Irish music will be performed on Friday, March 22. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music,” the band has played at festivals from Rock in Rio, Brazil, to Glastonbury, England, toured with the Irish president and struck up tunes on the Great Wall of China. Dervish has a lineup that includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers Cathy Jordan. Dervish has been long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally.

Bill and the Belles returns to the Weis Center on Thursday, April 4. Happy Again isn’t exactly happy, but the delightfully deadpan new album from roots mainstays Bill and the Belles is full of life, humor and tongue-in-cheek explorations of love and loss. This album marks a new chapter for the group by featuring 11 all-original songs penned by founding member Kris Truelsen. There’s no dancing around it: this album is about his divorce. But the group has a knack for saying sad things with an ironic smirk, pairing painful topics with a sense of release and relief. Anyone who’s been to one of their shows can attest that you leave feeling lighter and refreshed.

Rising star of the cello Jonathan Swensen performs on Sunday, April 7 at 2 pm. Swensen is the recipient of the 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant and was featured as both Musical America’s New Artist of the Month and One to Watch in Gramophone magazine. Swensen captured first prizes at the 2019 Windsor Festival International String Competition, 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition and the 2018 Young Concert Artists international auditions in 2018.

Then, the U.S. Army Field Band/Jazz Ambassadors take the stage on Friday, April 12 in a free performance. Known as America’s Big Band, the Jazz Ambassadors are the premier touring jazz orchestra of the U.S. Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-piece ensemble has received critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz. Performances by the Jazz Ambassadors offer some of the most versatile programming of any big band. Concerts include classic big band standards, instrumental and vocal solo features, patriotic favorites, contemporary jazz works and original arrangements and compositions by past and present members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

Finally, the season ends with Caña Dulce Caña Brava on Thursday, April 18. Caña Dulce Caña Brava offers a performance that shows off the music, poetry, dance and traditional attire of Veracruz, Mexico, interpreted by artists who are beneficiaries of the jarocho culture and noteworthy performers with years of experience on both national and international stages. The group stands out as an artistic project that highlights feminine poetry and voices. Creating an experience that connects the spectator with distinct emotions, one is taken on a voyage through multiple rhythms, accompanied by traditional string instruments, such as the harp and the jarana, percussion and zapateado (percussive dance), poetic improvisation in rhyme and visual effects.

Season Brochure

The season brochure is now available as an eco-friendly, downloadable and printable PDF at

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 including the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau, local Chambers of Commerce and all local libraries.


The Weis Center’s 2023-24 season is supported by the following season-level sponsors: Bucknell Sports Properties, The Daily Item, Seven Mountains Media, Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation and WVIA.

Event sponsors include Backyard Broadcasting, Bucknell Music Department Gallery Series, Martha and Alan Barrick, Centre Daily Times, Class of 1953 Fund, Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Nancy and Sam Craig, Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger, Jazz at Bucknell, Clayton and David Lightman, Teri MacBride and Steve Guattery, The News Item, PPL Foundation, 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, ViaMedia, Williamsport Sun Gazette, Karl Voss and Chanin Wendling family, PAHomepage/WBRE/WYOU, WNEP and WVIA.

Grant funding for the season includes Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) Touring Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, August 24 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

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Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Announces Auditions for A Christmas Story

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – BTE is pleased to announce an audition date for young community actors in the holiday production of A Christmas Story. Auditions for children ages 8-13 will be held on August 26, 2023, at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg.

The doors will open at 9:30 am, and auditions begin at 10:00 am. Callbacks will be held at 1:00 pm on the same afternoon. A Christmas Story is a stage adaptation of the beloved holiday movie recounting young Ralphie Parker’s relentless campaign to get his dream Christmas present. BTE is looking for two casts of community kids (2 girls, 5 boys per cast).

Anyone auditioning should prepare a brief, fun story (true or made-up!) about a holiday or birthday gift they really wanted and whether or not they got it, paying attention to details in the story and speaking with energy and expressiveness. If you don’t have a story, a short poem is fine.

Cast members must be available for after-school, evening, and Saturday rehearsals beginning Oct. 17th and for alternating performances running from November 24th through December 28th (no performances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day). Questions can be emailed to the Director, Elizabeth Dowd at [email protected].

To audition for the play, potential cast members must have had their first COVID vaccination by the audition date and must present their vaccine card upon registering that morning.

Everyone cast in the show will be required to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of rehearsals on October 17th. BTE follows the current CDC guidance on what constitutes ‘fully vaccinated’ per age group.

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