November 03, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Russian State Symphony Orchestra with featured pianist Vladimir Feltsman in concert Saturday, Nov. 15.

The 90-piece Russian State Symphony Orchestra (RSSO) with featured pianist Vladimir Feltsman will perform on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by RiverWoods.

The evening's program includes Tchaikovsky's Slavonic March, Op. 3; Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18; and Prokofieff's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100.

Founded in 1957, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra was directed by renowned conductors Samosud, Aranovich, Shostakovich and Rozhdestvensky until the early '90s when Maestro Valery Polyansky took over the position. Polyansky has successfully chosen the right repertoire for both the orchestra and the choir for several decades.

A music critic from The Star (Great Britain) wrote about RSSO, "While listening to the music conducted by Maestro Polyansky, one starts thinking whether there is a limit to perfection."

Ranked among the finest Russian symphony orchestras of the 21st century, the RSSO is a frequent visitor of numerous international festivals in European countries and the Far East. Their recent tours have taken place in Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Croatia, South Korea and Taiwan. The orchestra's upcoming season in 2014-15 will feature three major international tours to Great Britain, the United States, and Japan.

Feltsman, whose vast repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque to 21st-century composers, has appeared with all the major American orchestras and on the most prestigious musical stages and festivals worldwide.

A dedicated educator of young musicians, he holds the Distinguished Chair of Professor of Piano at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and is a member of the piano faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. He is the founder and artistic director of the International Festival-Institute PianoSummer at New Paltz, a three-week-long, intensive training program for advanced piano students that attracts major young talents from all over the world.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $20 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a military-inspired multimedia/theatre production called Basetrack Live on Nov. 18. Recommended for ages 14 and older, Basetrack Live takes interactions from social media sites, which enabled military families to communicate with loved ones in Afghanistan, and pairs them with interviews of Marines filmed while they were deployed. The educational and moving theatrical work is a result of leading artists collaborating with service members of the First Battalion, Eighth Marines.

Basetrack Live uses photos and video from journalists embedded with Marines in Afghanistan, a live contemporary score and stories of those stationed abroad and their families as they struggle to cope with separation and the uncertainties of war. The production features musicians, actors, a video jockey and a sophisticated projection system with photos and videos taken from interviews in Afghanistan and the United States.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

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