By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Award-winning movie and television actor and Bucknell alumnus Edward Herrmann, Class of 1965, will portray August Franchomme in "Mazurka: My Friend Chopin" Saturday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
"This performance, presented as part of the celebrations of Frederic Chopin's 200th birthday, relates the friendship between Chopin and Franchomme in their own words," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell.
"Franchomme was a great Parisian cellist and a loyal and life-long friend to Chopin. Their story is told alongside performances of music for solo piano and cello, played by cellist Harry Clark and pianist Sanda Schuldmann."
Tickets for the performance, part of the university's Family Weekend celebration, are $20 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.
Herrmann is well known from performances on Broadway, in films, on television, and more than 50 books on tape, including the King James Bible. With numerous nominations, he has won Tony and Emmy and other awards.
He played Franklin Roosevelt three times and is currently most recognized for his performance as the patriarch Richard on TV's The Gilmore Girls.
After graduating from Bucknell, he used a Fulbright scholarship to study drama at London's Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
He has been director of Bucknell's Association for the Arts, was commencement speaker in 1989, was awarded the Bucknell Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession, and received an honorary doctorate.
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.; from the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 to 4 p.m.; or the Campus Activities and Programs office, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Advance tickets also are available online or by calling 570-577-1000. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour before performances.
This performance has been made possible in part by a generous contribution from Gary and Sandy Sojka. The 2010-11 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 Saturday, Oct. 23, with a concert by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin performing music by the great Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Miaskovsky, Kalinnikov and Stravinsky.
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