September 08, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Narek ArutyunianClarinetist Narek Arutyunian will perform with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Lobby of the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

The event is free and tickets are not required.

The program includes Hebrew Melodies in the form of a Suite by Weinberg; Clarinet Sonata, Op.167 by Saint-Saens; Sonata for solo clarinet by Denisov; Sonatina for Klezmer clarinet and piano by Schonfield; and Fantasy on Themes from Verdi's "Rigoletto" by Bassi.

Arutyunian's 2014-15 season includes engagements at the Marlboro Music Festival and Germany's Usedomer Musikfestival; recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, Westport Arts Center, and Macomb Center for the Performing Arts; and a chamber music concert with AGBU Performing Arts at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. In 2015, he will appear at the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney, Australia.

In addition to performing Artie Shaw's Concerto for Clarinet with The Boston Pops, he has appeared with the Meridian Symphony, the Albany Symphony, and the Longwood Symphony. Last season, he made his Alice Tully Hall debut, performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and Carlos Miguel Prieto, and his Weill Recital Hall debut in a program titled Musical Armenia.

Arutyunian has performed extensively in Australia, Asia and in Europe, where he appeared at the Louvre in Paris and the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa, as soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in Russia with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. His festival appearances include Juilliard ChamberFest, where he performed Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, the New York Festival of Song, Musica Viva's Huntington Estate Festival in Australia, and the 2013 Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing.

Winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. By the age of 16, he had won First Prizes in the International Young Musicians Competition in Prague and the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow. He has performed concerts with violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet and recorded the Weber Concertino for clarinet with the State Symphony Orchestra of New Russia.

Born in 1992 in Armenia, Arutyunian moved with his family to Moscow when he was 3. He graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory where he worked with Evgeny Petrov. He lives in New York City, and works with Charles Neidich at The Juilliard School.

Yekwon SunwooAs winner of 2013 Sendai International Music Competition and 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition, Yekwon Sunwoo has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Lockington, Orchestre National de Belgique under the baton of Marin Alsop, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie under the baton of Paul Goodwin, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Wilkins, l'Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Daegu City Symphony Orchestra.

Sunwoo made his New York City debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2009 as winner of the Florida International Piano Competition and performed as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Itzhak Perlman at Avery Fisher Hall in 2012 after winning the Juilliard Concerto Competition.

Other awards include First Prize and Audience Prize in the 2012 Piano Campus International Concours, a Laureate in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and First Prize in the 2009 Concours International de Piano "Interlaken Classics."

For more information about this free 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 blues-infused rock and roll performance by North Mississippi Allstars on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Tickets for the performance, part of the University's Family Weekend, are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $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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