By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Piano soloist Jon Nakamatsu will join Philharmonia of the Nations on Friday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $25.
In addition to Brahms' First Piano Concerto featuring Nakamatsu, the program includes Beethoven's 'Egmont' Overture and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 'The Titan.'
"This is the first time since the opening of the Weis Center over 20 years ago that one of the landmark symphonies of Gustav Mahler will be heard in the hall," said Boswell, "and I am really pleased that this unique ensemble, one which demonstrates the connective and peaceful power of music, is the orchestra that will do it."
Founded in 1995 by conductor Justus Frantz, Philharmonia of the Nations symphony orchestra is a multicultural professional world-class ensemble of extremely talented young musicians from more than 40 countries and five continents.
The orchestra has performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world, including a state visit to China in 1996 and in New York to celebrate United Nations Day in 1998. In 2001, the Philharmonia gave a private concert for Pope John Paul II in his summer residence. That same year, the orchestra gave a concert at the Church of St. Michael in Hamburg in memoriam of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Competition, Nakamatsu is a highly sought-after recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Named Debut Artist of the Year in 1998 by NPR's "Performance Today," he has been profiled by "CBS Sunday Morning." Nakamatsu played at the Weis Center in both 2002 and 2006 with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
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 p.m. Advance tickets also are available: call 570-577-1000 or visit www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour before performances.
This concert has been made possible in part by a generous contribution from Jane and Loren Amacher. The 2009-10 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 performance in the Weis Center series is Friday, Feb. 12, with Collage dance ensemble and musicians. Collage integrates Eastern European, Turkish, Israeli and other traditional performance practices with modern Western techniques. Tickets are $20 for the Feb. 12 performance. Visit Weis Center for more information about the Weis Center series.
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