March 12, 2013


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Violist Marcus Smolensky and pianist Chi-Chen Wu will present a recital of musical rarities for viola and piano on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall in the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The program spans a period of 200 years of seldom-heard music by Bach, Vieuxtemps and Prokofiev. Admission is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Smolensky earned degrees in music performance from the Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rutgers University.

A former member of the Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony and Harrisburg Symphony, he has been the featured soloist with the Valley Symphony (Edinburg, Texas), the Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Central Pennsylvania Symphony (Hershey, Pa.), Genesee Symphony (Batavia, N.Y.), the Lowell Philharmonic (Lowell, Mass.), and the University Circle Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland, Ohio).

A faculty member at Bucknell and Susquehanna universities, Smolensky has held teaching positions at Lebanon Valley College, The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Texas - Pan American.

Smolensky's collaborator, pianist Chi-Chen Wu, has been praised by World Journal, Chicago for her "amazing playing" and has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Japan and Taiwan as well as the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, and the Mayfest Chamber Music Festival among others.

Her concerts have been broadcast on National Public Radio including WVIA's Simply Grand concert series and From The Top in Boston. Wu, who is an assistant professor of piano and coordinator of collaborative piano at University of Wyoming, was a member of the Susquehanna University faculty from 2010-12. She has been invited to give performances and master classes at numerous universities in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, and China this academic year.

Contact: Division of Communications

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