LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University will present a concert by the Hungarian Virtuosi orchestra on Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $20.
The program, which will include music by Handel-Halvorsen, Paganini, Kreisler and Tchaikovsky, is directed by Miklos Szenthelyi, who also plays violin in the orchestra.
"Miklos Szenthelyi is one of the foremost violin virtuosos in Hungary," said Bill Boswell, executive director of Bucknell's Weis Center, "as was reinforced for me recently when someone born in Hungary but now living in Lewisburg contacted me wishing to contribute hospitality to him and his musicians while they are visiting here. Her family knows his. She has been to his performances in Budapest. Great music makes the world smaller and more interconnected somehow.
"This concert features string instruments and the virtuosic playing of Mr. Szenthelyi in particular," added Boswell. "Two of the pieces were written by the best violinists of their time, Paganini (of the 'sold-his-soul-to-the-devil' myths) and Kreisler, as showpieces for their own talents."
Liszt Ferenc Acacemy of Music graduates
Szenthelyi, who graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1973 with distinction, has 11 solo records. He is the winner of the Leo Weiner sonata competition and the Hungarian Radio's violin competition in 1975.
Cello soloist Judit Faludi, who graduated in 1994 from the Academy, has been a regular participant on the Hungarian music scene in the Academy of Music, in concerts in Parliament building and in Hungarian Radio.
Organized in 1988, the Hungarian Virtuosi includes many graduates of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Since its founding, the orchestra has given more than 5,000 performances on more than 50 tours in Japan and South Korea, North and Central America, and in Europe.
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For advance tickets, call 570-577-1000 or visit www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.
This concert is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Robert Rosenthal in memory of Meryl Eisenberg Rosenthal, who graduated from Bucknell in 1947. The 2008-09 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.
The next event in the Weis Center Series is "Celtic Christmas" with Cherish the Ladies performance on Dec. 6. Tickets are $25. For more information about events in the Weis Center Series, visit www.bucknell.edu/x12457.xml
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