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Feb. 10, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Britain's Fitzwilliam String Quartet returns to Bucknell University for a series of recitals. All concerts, which are free to the public, will be held in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.
The first recital, to be held Sunday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. (note time change) will feature pianist Barry Hannigan. The program includes selections by Shostakovich, including "Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op. 40" and "Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138."
Professor of music at Bucknell, Hannigan is known for his piano performances throughout the United States and in Europe. An active concert soloist, he has appeared as a guest artist at numerous festivals and universities, and many of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio. The recipient of a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, he joined the Bucknell faculty in 1978, and also has served as a faculty member of the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado.
The second recital, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m., will include "The Susato Dances" by Heathcock, "Serenade No. 13 in G major (`Eine Kleine Nachtmusik')" and "Ein musikalischer Spass" by Mozart as well as two pieces for flute and string quartet: "A Night Piece" and "Scherzo" by Arthur Foote.
Performing with the Fitzwilliam on Feb. 16 will be Mary Hannigan, flute, and William Kenny, horn. A member of the faculties at Susquehanna University and Dickinson College, Mary Hannigan has performed widely across the United States as a soloist, concert soloist and chamber musician. Principal flutist for orchestras in Colorado and Pennsylvania, she has been a member of the Harrisburg Symphony since 1984. Hornist in Commonwealth Brass Quintet and founder and conductor of the Penn Central Wind Band, Kenny is principal horn with the Williamsport Symphony and the Orchestra of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and associate professor of music at Bucknell.
The third recital, on Monday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m., will include music from Purcell's "The Fairy Queen," Suk's "Meditation on the old Czech Hymn `St. Wenceslas,'" "Malickosti" and "Drobnosti" by Dvorak and "Quartet No.1 (1923), after L. Tolstoy's `Kreutzer Sonata,'" by Leos Janacek.
Members of the string quartet are Nicola Baxter, violoncello; Alan George, viola; Lucy Russell, violin; and Jonathan Sparey, violin.
Founded in 1968 by four Cambridge undergraduates, the Fitzwilliam first became well known through their close personal association with Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who entrusted them with the Western premières of his last three quartets.
Quartet-in-residence at the Universities of York and Warwick, they also were affiliate artists at Bucknell from 1978 to 1986, returning to campus again on a regular basis since 1998. They are one of the very few string quartets in Britain using classical instruments for the appropriate repertoire, and perhaps unique in that they perform on both historical and modern instrumentation, sometimes within the same concert.
The residency is supported by the Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell University. For more information concerning the concerts or class visits, call 570-577-1239.
For more information about the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, see the webpage at http://www.fitzwilliamquartet.org/