By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Paavali Jumppanen will perform in concert Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.
"Paavali, who has been artist-in-residence at Bucknell for much of February, will end his visit here with an evening of powerful sonatas by Beethoven and Liszt," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "The concert will open with Liszt's piano transcription of Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser.
"Also highlighting the evening's performance are two preludes by Jouni Kaipainen, a young Finnish composer and contemporary of Paavali," he said, "one of which, the Op. 77, No. 1 'Selbstporträt,' is a world premiere, which is quite an honor for Bucknell and the Weis Center."
Jumppanen first came to Lewisburg as part of winning the Pennsylvania Prize along with a First Prize in the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He has returned several times in the past seven years in solo recitals, an all-Beethoven Sonata concert with violinist Corey Cerovsek, and playing two piano concertos with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra. Earlier this month he gave a rare performance of the complete monumental masterpiece Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus by Olivier Messiaen and also performed with the Czech Symphony Orchestra
Winner of the first prize in Finland's national Maj Lind Competition in Helsinki at the age of 19, Jumppanen has since performed as soloist with all of Finland's orchestras. Still in his early 30s, he has performed and continues to concertize around the world, in Asia, Australia, the United States, and all over Europe.
His recording work has been selective and monumental. With Corey Cerovsek he recorded all of the Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano. On Deutsche Grammophon, he released the complete Piano Sonatas of Pierre Boulez, a recording he made in Paris where he had the pleasure and honor of working with the composer. A more complete history of his accomplishments is available at www.artsmg.com/jumppanen/jumppanen.htm.
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 performance is made possible by generous contributions from Jane and Loren Amacher. 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 a concert by the Wind Soloists of New York on Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the concert, with music by Mozart and Rossini as well as two rarely heard works by Richard Strauss, are $20.
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