February 17, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet with pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform in concert at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University on Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $20.

The program will include works for winds by Mozart and Darius Milhaud, and works for piano and winds by Beethoven and Ludwig Thuille.

"When this amazing quintet from one of the world's greatest orchestras played here in 2002 with Nakamatsu, the performance was exquisite and thrilling," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"Anyone who heard them in 2002 is aware of the magic they brought to the Weis Center. We had to bring them back," he said.

"As when they visited before, the quintet will spend time with local school children during the day on Friday, and Nakamatsu will give a piano master class for piano students at Bucknell.

"In 2002 the quintet played for nearly 900 students in the Milton High School auditorium, and it was an awe-inspiring event. The students became and remained absolutely attentive and gave the group a standing ovation at the end. They knew they were in the presence of something great," Boswell relates.

Founded in 1988, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is the first permanently established wind quintet in the Berlin Philharmonic's rich tradition of chamber music. The quintet — Walter Seyfarth, clarinet; Michael Hasel, flute; Andreas Wittmann, oboe; Fergus McWilliam, horn; and Henning Trog, bassoon — appears frequently throughout Europe, the United States, South America, Israel and Japan as well as at renowned festivals such as those in Berlin and Salzburg.

Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Competition, Nakamatsu is a highly sought-after recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Named Debut Artist of the Year in 1998 by NPR's "Performance Today", he has been profiled by "CBS Sunday Morning."

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

The 2005-06 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and 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.

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Story posted Feb. 17, 2006

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