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Feb. 9, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Corey Cerovsek and Paavali Jumppanen will perform three of Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets for this event are $20.

"We are particularly happy to welcome Paavali Jumppanen back for his third visit to Lewisburg and the Weis Center," said Bill Boswell, director of cultural events at Bucknell.

"He first performed here as winner of the Janet Weis Award and the PA Presenters Prize at the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York City. He so awed our audience that he returned a year later by popular demand," Boswell added.

"Cerovsek, another outstanding young musician, and Paavali Jumppanen are presenting three concerts featuring all nine of the sonatas during this season at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston later this year," he said.

Violinist Corey Cerovsek won the grand prize in the Canadian Music Competition at the age of nine and graduated at age 12 from the University of Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music with a gold medal for the highest marks in strings.

In recital, he has performed throughout the United States and Canada, appearing regularly at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Italy's Spoleto Festival. Other recital credits include the Place des Artes in Montreal and Wigmore Hall in London as well as concert tours to Australia, Canada, Denmark, Japan, China, Austria, the Netherlands and Spain.

Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen won first prize in Finland's national Maj Lind Competition in Helsinki at age 19. He performed to unanimous rave reviews for his debut recitals in New York and Washington.

Jumppanen has performed as soloist with all Finland's orchestras, including the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic. He made his New York concerto debut in 2002 with the New York Chamber Symphony. 

Interested persons will have an opportunity to meet the artists in a free lecture-demonstration Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Advance tickets for the performance are available from the Bucknell Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets also can be purchased one hour before the performance. For information regarding the availability of services for persons with disabilities at Weis Center events, call 570-577-3700.

Associated residency activities in Bucknell University's department of music and local school districts have been funded in part by the Bucknell department of music, the Weis Center Green Room Board, and private donors including generous supplemental support from Gary and Sandy Sojka.

The Friday evening concert is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Clayton and David Lightman. The 2003-04 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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