January 12, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Britain's acclaimed Fitzwilliam String Quartet will be in residence at Bucknell University from Jan. 24 to Feb. 5, 2006. They will present three concerts and meet with classes and workshops during their residency. All concerts, which are free to the public, will be held in the Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall of the Sigfried Weis Music Building on the Bucknell campus.

The program for the first concert, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m., will include the String Quartet in B flat major (1865) by Tchaikovsky; the Quartet in C, Op. 33, No. 3, by Joseph Haydn; and other works by Johann Strauss Jr., Tchaikovsky, and Alexander Glazunov.

The second concert, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., will include Barry Hannigan and Clipper Erickson as guest pianists. The program will be an all-Shostakovich concert, including the String Quartet No. 10, the Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147, Three Violin Duets, and the String Quartet No. 8 in C minor.

The third concert, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m., will include the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Rathbone's "More Fools than Wise" and the American premiere of Philip Radcliffe's Quartet in D major. In addition, Bucknell music professor and department chair William Kenny will join the quartet in the first performance of professor Jackson Hill's "Threnody for Horn and String Quartet." The second half of the concert will consist of a unique version of Mozart's Requiem, reconstituted for string quartet by Peter Lichtenthal

In addition to the three concerts, members of the quartet will perform with the Kushell Sinfonia in the premiere of Jackson Hill's second and third symphonies in Weis Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. on Jan. 28. The quartet also will perform during the Interdenominational worship service Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. in Rooke Chapel.

Members of the string quartet are Lucy Russell, violin, Jonathan Sparey, violin, Alan George, viola, and Andrew Skidmore, violoncello.

Founded in 1968 by four Cambridge undergraduates, the Fitzwilliam first became well known through their close personal association with Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who entrusted them with the Western premieres of his last three quartets.

The quartet has performed widely in Europe, Africa, and North America, and maintains an affiliation with Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Quartet-in-residence in the past at the Universities of York and Warwick, they also were affiliate artists at Bucknell from 1978 to 1986, returning to campus again on a regular basis since 1998.

The residency is supported by the Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell University. For more information concerning the concerts or class visits, call 570-577-1239.


Story posted Jan. 12, 2006


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