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Feb. 17, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — International Sejong Soloists (ISS) is replacing Concerto Köln for the scheduled Weis Center performance Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. at Bucknell.

Concerto Köln is unable to fulfill all of its contractual obligations for its spring tour. All tickets for Concerto Köln will be honored at the performance of International Sejong Soloists. For more information, call the box office at 570-577-1000.

"I am very pleased that we have been able, on short notice, to secure a similar-sized string orchestra for this concert," said Bill Boswell, director of cultural events for Bucknell.

The ISS concert features Orli Shaham as soloist in a Haydn piano concerto. Also on the program are Aaron Copland's Hoe Down from Rodeo, music by Grieg and Penderecki, and the Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky.

Since its inception in 1995, International Sejong Soloists (ISS) has performed a broad range of orchestral and chamber repertoire for strings. ISS players — all prizewinners at prominent competitions — hail from nine different nations. Based in New York City, the ensemble operates without a conductor, but incorporates the artistic direction of Hyo Kang, a violin professor at the Juilliard School.

Ensemble-in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival, ISS tours worldwide, giving concerts at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, among others.

"When these young performers come together on stage, the sumptuous and rich sounds they produce defy any limitations of age or ensemble performance," said Boswell.

For more than a decade the Weis Center at Bucknell has taken pride in presenting the best performing artists and companies from across the country and around the world. Two concerts remain in the spring semester of the Weis Center Performance Series.

The Orpheus orchestra with doublebass soloist and composer Edgar Meyer, who just performed to a sold-out Weis Center in duet with Béla Fleck, will be in concert March 26 at 8 p.m., in the Weis Center; tickets are $20. Winton Marsalis returns to the Weis Center April 16 at 8 p.m.; tickets are $30.

        

Advance tickets for performances are available from the Bucknell Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets also can be purchased one hour before the performance. For information regarding the availability of services for persons with disabilities at Weis Center events, call 570-577-3700.

The 2003-04 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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