March 19, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The spring season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University will close with a performance by violinist Jennifer Frautschi and pianist Paavali Jumppanen on Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m.

The program includes the Szymanowski Sonata in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 9; the Beethoven Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 96; Kuusisto's Valo, Op.23; and Brahms' Sonata No. 3 in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op.108.

Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Frautschi has gained acclaim as an adventurous performer with a wide-ranging repertory. Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she made her New York recital debut in 2004.

As part of the European Concert Hall Organization's Rising Stars series, she also made debuts that year at 10 of Europe's most celebrated concert venues, including London's Wigmore Hall, Salzburg Mozarteum, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, and La Cité de la Musique in Paris.

She has been heard in recital at the Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Washington's Phillips Collection, Boston's Gardner Museum, Beijing's Imperial Garden, Monnaie Opera in Brussels, La Chaux des Fonds in Switzerland, and San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico.

Her growing discography includes three widely praised CDs for Artek: an orchestral debut recording of the Prokofiev concerti with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, and highly acclaimed discs of 20th-century works and music of Ravel and Stravinsky. She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the "ex-Cadiz," on generous loan to her from a private American foundation.

Jumppanen first performed in Bucknell's Weis Center as winner of the Pennsylvania Presenters Prize at the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York City, where he was awarded a First Prize among others.

He has returned to the Bucknell campus several times, performing with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and violinist Corey Cerovsek as well as in numerous solo concerts and, most recently, with numerous artists as part of a three-week residency last spring.

With Corey Cerovsek, Jumppanen has recorded the complete Violin Sonatas by Beethoven. The CD won the Midem prize for best chamber music recording in 2007.

Deutsche Grammophon released his recording of the complete Piano Sonatas of Pierre Boulez in 2005; it received prizes in France and Germany and earned much critical praise.

Winner of the first prize in Finland's national Maj Lind Competition in Helsinki at age 19, Jumppanen made his New York concerto debut in 2002 with the New York Chamber Symphony.

Tickets are $20 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.

Tickets can be charged at www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAPS Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets also may be purchased one hour prior to each performance.

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