Feb. 24, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Singapore Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets for the concert are $25.

Conducted by Lan Shui, the orchestra will play Richard Strauss' lush romantic tone poem "Don Juan," the "Butterfly Lover's Concerto" by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, and Antonin Dvorak's "Symphony No. 7 in D minor."

A highlight of the program is a performance by outstanding violinist Gil Shaham, said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "He is one of the world's best young violinists, and we have been trying to schedule him into the Weis Center for years.

"It is increasingly rare that an orchestra of this size - it will barely fit on the concert hall's stage - tours outside of very large cities. We are lucky to be able to host a concert on this orchestra's first tour of the United States," Boswell said, "and to hear music like the Strauss which requires big forces."

Aside from numerous concert performances in China and around the world, the orchestra, now over 25 years old, has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin and performed with José Carreras at the Cambodian Temples of Angkor Wat.

Known throughout the world as one of today's most virtuosic and engaging violinists, Shaham was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990. His 1998 recording of "American Scenes," with Andre Previn at the piano, won a Grammy Award.

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

This concert is presented in memory of Ronald J. "Pete" Pedrick and is made possible in part by the endowment fund established in his name. The performance also is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Sandy and Gary Sojka.

The 2004-05 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

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