Bucknell’s Weis Center to offer free outdoor concert to kick-off new season

PHOTO PROVIDED Banda Magda will perform their unique style of French-pop, Latin and jazz music on Aug. 23 at the Weis Center Plaza.

LEWISBURG — Banda Magda will perform their unique style of French-pop, Latin and jazz music on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. outside on the Weis Center Plaza,525 Wells Dr., to kick off the Weis Center’s new 2018-19 season. The family-friendly performance is free and tickets are not required.

The rain location is the Weis Center Atrium. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic.

A free pre-performance lecture with the artists will take place the same day as the performance at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian-French chanson and Afro-Peruvian land¯.

Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia and the United States), the gr­oup combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, so­phi­sticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world chansons sung in six languages.

This show is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about this free performance contact Lisa Leighton at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at lisa.leigh­ton@bucknell.edu.

For additional information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

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