2023-24 Season

La Banda Morisca BAND

The Weis Center's 2023-24 Season will include 25 live performances, including world music and dance, modern dance, classical, jazz, Americana/roots, family discovery performances and so much more.

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Upcoming Performances

Caña Dulce Caña Brava

Caña Dulce Caña Brava


Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.

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. Offering an assortment of colors, textures and images to diverse and multi-generational audiences, the ensemble is defined by an original aesthetic concept that unites the traditional with the vanguard in a contemporary stage proposal.

Past Performances

  • DuPont Brass

    DuPont Brass


    Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m.

    DuPont Brass is a one-of-a-kind, brass-driven super group from the D.C. metropolitan area. Originally composed of five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season, they have grown to a nine-piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section and vocalists. Filled with a diverse arsenal of musical styles, they present a catalog made with every kind of listener in mind.

  • Martha Graham Dance Company

    Martha Graham Dance Company


    Thursday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.

    The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a leader in the evolving art form of 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. During its 90-year history, the Martha Graham Dance Company has received acclaim from audiences and critics in more than 50 countries.

  • Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

    Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway


    Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

    As one of the most compelling new voices in the roots music world, Molly Tuttle is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter with a lifelong love of bluegrass, a genre the Northern California-bred artist first discovered thanks to her father (a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist) and grandfather (a banjo player whose Illinois farm she visited throughout her childhood).

  • Emmet Cohen Trio

    Emmet Cohen Trio


    Thursday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.

    Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Leader of the Emmet Cohen Trio and creator of the Masters Legacy Series, he is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist, a dedicated educator, the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition.

  • The Legendary Ingramettes

    The Legendary Ingramettes


    Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

    Six decades of music and 65 years of song and generations have been tied together through the force of will of a matriarchy of powerful women. This is the story of African-American gospel quintet The Legendary Ingramettes, founded by the late Maggie Ingram (who passed away in 2015) as a way to keep her family together through hardship, and taken up by daughter Almeta Ingram-Miller as a way to continue Maggie Ingram’s legacy.

  • Dublin Guitar Quartet

    Dublin Guitar Quartet


    Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.

    Described as a quartet with a difference” by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is the first classical guitar quartet entirely devoted to new music. Since its formation at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, 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, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, György Ligeti and many more.

  • Terry Jenoure’s Secret to Life

    Terry Jenoure’s Secret to Life with Angelica Sanchez


    Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.

    Violinist, vocalist and composer Terry Jenoure embarks on an untraveled road. The 2023 Creative Capital Awardee invites her powerhouse Arizona-born pianist Angelica Sanchez on an exciting musical adventure during the concert. Jenoure’s newest experiment entitled Secret to Life is a vehicle that shines the spotlight on women’s accounts, ones that were once held in secret. Applying her deft skills as researcher, Jenoure conducts interviews, then invites the women’s stories to become her muse through her uniquely constructed compositions.

  • La Banda Morisca BAND

    La Banda Morisca


    Friday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

    Comprised of musicians from Cadiz, Spain, with different professional backgrounds, La Banda Morisca’s music is a convergence of roots and traditional music and the desire to experiment and evoke the cultural heritage of ancient al-Andalus and the legacy it has left on the music performed in Andalusia, the Maghreb and the Middle East. Inspired by this Andalusí heritage and by the folkloric cannon of ballads, the sextet 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.

  • Danish String Quartet

    Danish String Quartet


    Sunday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m.

    The Danish String Quartet celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2022–23, and the Grammy-nominated quartet continues to assert its preeminence among the world’s finest string quartets. Formed when they were in their teens, the members are renowned for impeccable musicianship, sophisticated artistry, exquisite clarity of ensemble and, above all, an unmatched ability to play as one. Performances are characterized by a rare musical spontaneity, giving audiences the sense of hearing even treasured canon repertoire as if for the first time.




    Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.

    BODYTRAFFIC’s infectious energy and far-reaching appeal continues to make waves throughout the U.S. and across the globe. Artistic Director Tina Finkelman Berkett leads a masterful troupe, nimble interpreters of each choreographer’s distinct vision. This absorbing, thought-provoking and vividly theatrical program features new work by the daring young team of Baye and Asa, The One to Stay With, a striking commentary on corporate greed; Matthew Neenan’s A Million Voices, a tribute to the legendary Peggy Lee, queen of cool; Canadian Ethan Colangelo’s Recurrence, and Richard Siegal’s o2joy, a charming and jazzy piece full of pure joy.

  • Alissa Moreno

    Alissa Moreno


    Friday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

    Alissa Moreno was born on a small Navajo reservation, grew up in Albuquerque, N.M., and studied vocal composition and performance at the College of Santa Fe. After moving to Los Angeles where she performed weekly at the Hotel Cafe, she co-wrote the Grammy-nominated hit “Every Day” for Rascal Flatts. She has a new song “Walking Blind” on The Voice winner Javier Colon’s latest album as well as two on previous ones — “When” and “That’s My Little Girl.” 

  • Okaidja Afroso: ‘Jaku Mumor — Ancestral Spirit’

    Okaidja Afroso: ‘Jaku Mumor — Ancestral Spirit’


    Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.

    Born into a family of musicians and storytellers in the village of Kokrobite on the west coast of Ghana, Okaidja Afroso is a singer, guitarist, percussionist and dancer deeply connected to the musical traditions of the African Diaspora and devoted to bringing together diverse modes of expression in pursuit of global harmony. His four albums, most recently The Palm Wine Sea, chart a journey from his past as a vocalist, percussionist and dancer with the Ghana Dance Ensemble and Obo Addy through to the present, as a confident and mature songwriter and collaborator.

  • Mariachi Herencia de México

    Mariachi Herencia de México


    Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.

    The historic tradition of mariachi music has its roots of origin in Mexican cities like Guadalajara and Mexico City. As the ever-evolving genre’s influence spread, it reached Chicago and birthed the Mariachi Herencia de México. The energetic, virtuosic Latin Grammy-nominated group has issued chart-topping albums and performed across the North American continent. Nuestra Herencia, their 2017 debut album, topped the Latin streaming charts. The 2018 Herencia de la Tierra Mía was produced by celebrated industry veteran Javier Limón and charted all major streaming services. The 2019 Esencia topped industry charts, while a second volume, issued in 2020, performed similarly. In 2022, Herederos appeared as the group was performing a wildly successful North American tour. This performance will include both traditional mariachi music and holiday favorites.

  • Hamid Rahmanian’s Song of the North

    Hamid Rahmanian’s Song of the North


    Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.

    Song of the North is 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, all of which come together to create a spectacular experience that advances the themes of unity, collaboration and experimentation through performance and story. Song of the North, adapted from the Book of Kings (Shahnameh), challenges the Eurocentric worldview of art and storytelling through a contemporary multimedia experience of this classic Persian tale.

  • Ballet Hispánico

    Ballet Hispánico


    Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.

    Ballet Hispánico is the largest Latine/Latinx/Hispanic cultural organization in the U.S. and one of America’s cultural treasures. Ballet Hispánico’s three main programs — the Company, School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships — bring communities together to celebrate the multifaceted Latinx diasporas. Ballet Hispánico’s New York City headquarters provide the physical home and cultural heart for Latine dance in the U.S. It is a space that initiates new cultural conversations and explores the intersectionality of Latine cultures. No matter their background or identity — Latine, Latinx, Hispanic — Ballet Hispánico welcomes and serves all, breaking stereotypes and celebrating the beauty and diversity of Hispanic cultures through dance.

  • Kyshona



    Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.

    Kyshona is an artist ignited by untold stories, and the capacity of those stories to thread connection in every community. With the background of a licensed music therapist, the curiosity of a writer, the resolve of an activist and the voice of a singer, Kyshona is unrelenting in her pursuit for the healing power of song. She blends roots, rock, rhythm and blues, and folk with lyrical prowess. She is both a sought-after collaborative vocalist working with artists like Margo Price whom she accompanied on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Adia Victoria who features Kyshona, Margo Price and Jason Isbell on her single “You Was Born to Die,” as well as being a burgeoning performer in her own right whose 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 with Andrew Alli

    Jontavious Willis and Jayy Hop


    Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.

    Every generation or so, a young bluesman bursts onto the scene and sends a jolt through the blues community. Jontavious Willis may just have that effect on people. Many fans of Willis regard him as an old soul. 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., Willis grew up singing gospel music at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church with his grandfather. From an early age, he had the talent and passion for the music and the ability to sharpen his skills fast.

    Jayy Hop is part of the new generation of Black bluesman. From Georgia, he got his start in the Church, first playing drums in Gospel groups before being introduced to guitar by his cousin. The guitar led him on a musical journey backwards through time, unpacking the history of blues guitar from Jimi Hendrix through Albert Collins and Son Seals through the funky soul of the Ohio Players (founded by his Uncles Robert and Billy Ward). He went to school with Jontavious Willis, who then opened his ears to an even early generation of acoustic players.

  • National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

    National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine


    Friday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

    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

  • tenThing



    Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.

    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 group works closely with Norwegian guitarist and arranger Jarle Storløkken in the arrangement of scores for the ensemble, enabling them to play pieces of differing instrumentations. tenThing first came to prominence thanks to performances in their native Norway, eventually delighting a huge national audience by opening the 2011 Norwegian Grammy Awards.

  • Martha Redbone Roots Project

    Martha Redbone Roots Project


    Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.

    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.

  • Dervish



    Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.

    Dervish has been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. 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. The musicians are renowned for live performances that match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. Their studio and live albums — 12 to date — make up one of the outstanding catalogs in Irish music.

  • Bill and the Belles

    Bill and the Belles - CANCELLED


    Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.


    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. 

  • Jonathan Swensen

    Jonathan Swensen, cello and Adam Golka, piano


    Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m.

    Rising star of the cello Jonathan 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 fell in love with the cello upon hearing the Edward Elgar’s Concerto at the age of 6, and ultimately made his concerto debut performing that very piece with Portugal’s Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. 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. A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, he continued his studies with Torleif Thedéen at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory, where he received his artist diploma in May 2023. Polish-American pianist Adam Golka first performed all of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas when he was 18 years-old, and he returned to the complete cycle in 2020-2021 for performances in NYC, Orlando, and Houston.

  • U.S. Army Field Band/Jazz Ambassadors

    The Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band


    Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

    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. Many of these original works are available for free download through Perspectives, a jazz education initiative by the Jazz Ambassadors.

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