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Weis Center for the Performing Arts

Arts & Performances

For more than 30 years, the Weis Center has presented world-class artists to Bucknell University and Central Pennsylvania audiences.

In our programming and within our community, our goal is always to inspire:

  • Artists to do their best work and to share it with the University.
  • Audiences to recognize the spiritual power of art and its capacity to change lives.
  • Our communities to become active participants, rather than passive spectators, through the deep integration of arts activities between our campus and region.

Through this inspiration, we believe we can transform the nature of the world in which we live. Our hope is that when you attend a Weis Center performance, you share in an experience and moment in time with hundreds of others. When that happens, you'll leave inspired, moved and energized.

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The Weis Center’s 2019-20 Season

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Our 2019-20 season features 25 professional artists from around the globe and across a dozen different genres.

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Great Performances and Beyond

While on campus, visiting artists participate in a variety of residency activities, including master classes, lecture demonstrations, pre-performance talks and post-performance receptions. Together, these moments increase involvement in and knowledge of the arts within the University, local community and the region.

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Curricular Connections

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Building Curricular Connections

Many of the performances presented at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts feature additional programming where Bucknell’s faculty and students can connect with visiting artists through masterclasses, pre-show talks, class visits, and community meals. These active-learning opportunities support the core values of a liberal arts curriculum as they engage students with real-world problems and ideas, challenge students to think critically and increase cultural intelligence. Curricular Connections with artists are designed to enrich the educational experience at Bucknell by expanding the walls of the classroom.

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Weis Center for the Performing Arts Blog

  • Nov 13, 2019 7:34 p.m.

    Performance Review: Nobuntu

    On Tuesday night, we welcomed Nobuntu to the Weis Center stage for a mesmerizing performance that dealt with various issues facing Zimbabwe as well as traditional gospel music. Each song blended the quintet’s voices with minimal percussion. At one point, they even engaged the audience by turning on the house lights and teaching the snapping rhythm and some song lyrics to the performance goers.  The ensemble successfully promoted their mission of using music as a vehicle for change to transcend racial and gender boundaries. In one of their songs, Moya Moya, they touch upon the sad story of a woman […]
  • Nov 4, 2019 4:13 p.m.

    Performance Review: Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein

    This Saturday at the Weis Center, Manual Cinema spooked and stunned the audience with its intriguing multimedia performance of Frankenstein. The well-known story was conveyed in a unique, attention-grasping way which was able to captivate any lover of the arts. The show included live acting, orchestra and vocals, shadow work and puppetry, film, visual art, and sound effects. All of these elements brought the audience into the world of the story and allowed us to experience it in a new way. The Weis Center shook as the sound of thunder permeated through the space. It was fantastic to be able […]
  • Oct 29, 2019 1:34 p.m.

    World Music from Zimbabwe Comes to Central PA

    Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe will perform on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Free pre-performance music featuring Bucknell University’s student ensemble Voices of Praise will be offered from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Atrium. There will also be a free African Dance Workshop with 2 members of the ensemble from 1-2 p.m. the same day as their performance in the Atrium. This will be an interactive workshop – participants will learn the rhythms through drumming, clapping and movement. The workshop leaders will teach various dances from the Ndebele Culture, such as Isitshikitsha, Indlamu […]

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