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Oct. 19, 2004
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Percussion soloist Evelyn Glennie will perform in concert with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg in the Weis Center at Bucknell University Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Bramwell Tovey will conduct the orchestra's program, which includes works by Beethoven, Elgar, Vivaldi, and a recently premiered percussion concert by the MacArthur Grant award recipient Bright Sheng.
"I am thrilled to finally be able to bring Evelyn Glennie to the Weis Center," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center, "and she will be soloist for not one but two pieces, a Vivaldi and the new Sheng Concerto."
Glennie is considered the world's most in-demand percussion soloist, and she was the first percussionist ever to have a career as just a soloist. She has commissioned more than 100 new works. Her first CD, of Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, won a Grammy in 1988.
"Subsequent Grammy-nominated recordings include a collaboration with Béla Fleck," said Boswell.
Founded in 1933, the national orchestra of the Duchy of Luxembourg has performed in Europe's finest concert halls. Its many recordings have won all the major prizes including Grand Prix and Gramaphone awards.
Music director of both the Luxembourg and Vancouver Symphony orchestra, Tovey has conducted the London and New York Philharmonic orchestras, among many others.
Tickets 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/
This concert is made possible in part by a contribution from Nancy and Sam Craig. The 2004-05 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.