By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in concert Friday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
The program, with conductor Martin Panetleev, includes music by Barber, Walton and Rimsky-Korsakov. Violinist Philippe Quint, the featured soloist, will perform Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto.
"The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the three full-time professional symphony orchestras in South Africa, is making its first United States tour," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center, "and we are privileged to be one of the halls selected to present these world-class musicians.
"The music in the concert is wonderful, including Samuel Barber's much-loved Adagio for Strings, which has become widely familiar through its use on many TV and film soundtracks, most notably 'Platoon' and 'Elephant Man.'
"Also on the program is a masterpiece of Russian romanticism, Nikolai Rimsky-Korskov's 'Schéhérazade,' a musical narration of the legend of the woman who prolonged her life by telling stories night after night. Performances of this gorgeous work are less frequent than they once were, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to hear the piece played by this outstanding orchestra in the fabulous acoustics of the Weis Center," Boswell said.
The violinist Philippe Quint may soon be a movie star in addition to a world-class violinist. He is one of the stars of a soon-to-be-released independent film, "Downtown Express," which co-stars singer-songwriter Nellie McKay. This is the first time that a classical musician has been featured as the lead in an American independent film, according to its producers.
"I was instantly swept away by this story because it mirrored my life in so many ways," said the Russian-born Quint, who defected to the U.S. as a teenager, in part to avoid army service in Russia, in part to study with The Juilliard School's renowned teacher Dorothy DeLay and take instruction from such luminaries as Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman.
In addition to his work as a soloist, the two-time Grammy Award nominee is founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Series at Mexico Festival in Mexico City. He recently formed the Quint Quintet, a group dedicated to exploring music of Astor Piazzolla and Argentine Tango.
Tickets for the performance are $25 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.
Tickets for Weis Center series performances 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 box office in Lewisburg, weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; or the Campus Activities and Programs office on the ground 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.
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 event in the Weis Center Series is a performance by The DuPue Brothers Band
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