The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 23, 2014

Dance with the gypsies

Free dance class before concert


— LEWISBURG — Hungarian gypsy band Romano Drom will perform Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., downtown Lewisburg.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A dance class will be led by Stephen Kotansky from 6:45-7:15 p.m. on the Campus Theatre’s mezzanine.

The dance class and world music performance are presented by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Both are free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Romano Drom’s U.S. tour is made possible in part by the Trust for Mutual Understanding and presented in association with the Balassi Institute-Hungarian Cultural Center.

Romano Drom is one of the most prominent representatives of the contemporary Gypsy culture in Hungary. Romano Drom, meaning “Gypsy’s road,” plays in original Olah Gypsy language with modern scoring.

Although their original compositions are deeply rooted in the ancient Olah Gypsy music, they reach a wider audience by integrating the authentic gypsy melodies with influences from world music and several modern trends.

Their success lies in their unique fusion music that combines centuries-old musical culture with Catalan rumba, Arabic, Balkan and even pop rhythms.

In the musical arrangements, they utilize guitar, bass/double bass, as well as the traditional household items like pots, cans and spoons in order to achieve a unique and captivating sound that exudes the soul and passion of the Roma people.

The next performance in the Weis Center’s 2013-14 Series is a family-friendly matinee by Corbian Visual Arts and Dance in collaboration with Lightwire Theater. The performance, Dino Light, will take place on March 1 at 1 p.m. and is intended for kids ages 7+. Experience a world where moving light sculptures light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. Unique and visually dazzling, Dino Light has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance by audiences all over the world. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62+ and $5 for youth.

For more information go to bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or facebook.com/WeisCenter