LEWISBURG — The 2018-19 season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University will include nearly 40 professional performances, including world music from Egypt, Spain, Africa, China, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Denmark and Sweden, plus classical music, modern dance from two companies, world dance from India and Spain, Americana and folk, jazz and family friendly performances. Ten performances are free.
Performances begin in late August and continue through May. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
The season will kick off with a free outdoor concert by Banda Magda at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, on the Weis Center Plaza.
The ensemble moves from South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, to mid-century classics and even tunes sung in six languages.
Other highlights of the season include:
• For the first time, the Weis Center will offer a series of two National Geographic Live multimedia experiences: Egyptologist Kara Cooney on Aug. 30, and ocean photographer Brian Skerry on Feb. 19.
• Two artists who are on tour through Center Stage, a State Department initiative, will perform. First, Mohamed Abozekry with his ensemble Karkade on Sept. 14 and then Egyptian vocalist Dina Elwedidi will perform on Sept. 27.
• David Power and Willie Kelly’s Irish music comes to the Weis Center Atrium in a free performance on Sept. 6, followed up by Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and her quartet on Oct. 11. Nordic folk ensemble Dreamers’ Circus will round out the season on April 13.
• Other offerings from around the world will include: Sounds of China on Feb. 7; Anda Union will bring Mongolian throat singing to the stage on April 5; and Yumi Kurosawa will team with tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee for a performance at 2 p.m. Feb. 10.
• World dance from India takes the stage when Nrityagram Dance Ensemble visits Central Pennsylvania with its new performance, Samhara, on Oct. 18.
• On Feb. 28, world dance from Spain takes the stage. Farruquito, heir to a Gypsy flamenco dynasty, will appear
• Jazz lovers will enjoy vocalists Charenee Wade on Jan. 23 and Rene Marie on Feb. 21. Michael Mwenso and the Shakes will offer a free performance April 9 in the Atrium.
• Theatre Re will present “The Nature of Forgetting” on Oct. 25. The show focuses on Tom, a middle-aged father struggling in the early stages of dementia. The Weis Center will offer community resources about Alzheimer’s and dementia in the days leading up to this performance.
• Americana offerings will include Red Molly on Sept. 19, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives on Nov. 1 and Kaia Kater on Nov. 14.
• Family discovery offerings include the return of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia as it presents “The Rainbow Fish” at 11 a.m. Nov. 3. Imago Theatre’s production of “Frogz” will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 5, with a school matinee the following day at 10 a.m. Mexican folk music by Sonia De Los Santos will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 18. Underneath a Magical Moon will perform at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 13. A series of interactive performances called “Panda’s Home” will end the season with performances at 10 a.m., and 1 and 4 p.m. May 11. A sensory-friendly performance of “Panda’s Home” will be offered at 6 p.m. May 10.
• Classical aficionados will enjoy Jasper String Quartet on March 3, St. Olaf Orchestra with violinist Sarah Chang on Jan. 31, Les Violons du Roy featuring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo at 2 p.m. Oct. 14, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra featuring a mandolin and accordion duo on Nov. 3, Aizuri Quartet with a new project called “Intricate Machines” at 2 p.m. March 31. Lorelei Ensemble returns on April 11 to join forces with members of the Bucknell University Choirs to present James Kallembach’s new oratorio about Antigone.
• The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will present “Songs of the Free” Nov. 30, a program celebrating Nelson Mandela.
• Weis Center performances to be held at the Campus Theatre will include East African retro pop artists Alsarah and the Nubatones on Nov. 7, and a multimedia performance with folk musician Jenny Scheinman called “Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait” on March 6.
The majority of Weis Center tickets range in price from $20 to $35 for adults, with discounts available for subscribers, senior citizens, college students, groups and youth.
Subscribers have priority seating until noon Monday, Aug. 13.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, non-subscribers may order single tickets for any Weis Center season performance at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.
At that time, tickets will also be available in-person from several locations, including 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Weis Center lobby and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center.
For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.