October 17, 2006

L'ensemble Pennetier

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — L'ensemble Pennetier will perform Saturday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

"I look for special opportunities to feature both of the Weis Center's Steinway concert grand pianos," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center, "and for years I have waited for the chance to do this with a performance of Bartok's seminal Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.

"Director Jean-Claude Pennetier and fellow pianist (and spouse) France Pennetier will perform the Béla Bartók masterpiece with the assistance of two percussionists – their son, Georges Pennetier, and Chris Thompson. 

"The rest of the program includes works by Bruno Ducol, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, and others," he said.

Free meet-the-artist chat

Prior to the concert, members of the ensemble will be available for a free meet-the-artist pre-performance chat at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building, next door to the Weis Center.

A multi-faceted musician, Jean-Claude Pennetier is a talented pianist, composer, conductor, teacher, and chamber player. He was won numerous awards for his talents including the First Prize Gabriel Fauré at age 18, First Prize in the International Montreal Competition at 23, and First Prize in the International Geneva Competition at 25.

France Pennetier, a pianist, composer, actress, and conductor, has been awarded several first prizes in piano, chamber music, harmony, and piano accompaniment. She had been affiliated with the principal Paris conservatories since 1969.

Georges Pennetier began his music education at home and went on to early training at the Chartres Cathedral and the children's choir of the Paris Opera. A professor of percussion and accompanist for contemporary African dance at the École de Musique et Danse in Trappes, he has written music for theatre and dance.

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/.  The box office in the Weis Center also opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance has been made possible in part by a generous contribution from donors who have asked to remain anonymous. The 2006-07 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with 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.

Posted Oct. 17, 2006

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