February 01, 2007

Pianist Paavali Jumppanen

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra with Paavali Jumppanen, who returns to the region this time as a featured soloist, will perform in concert Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

The young Finnish pianist will perform two piano concertos, Liszt's Second and Bartok's Third.

Tickets for the performance, which also will include Rossini's Overture to 'Semiramide' and Mussorgsky's 'Night on Bald Mountain', are $25.

"Paavali Jumppanen has been a growing favorite of our audiences for the past six years, and it is wonderful that he is playing with this amazing European orchestra on its first ever American tour," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"I was particularly pleased to convince Paavali and the orchestra's conductor to program not the usual one, but both of the piano concertos with which they are touring. This is highly unusual, but Paavali's many local fans will be well rewarded for their loyalty," he said.

The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1907 and has reached ever-higher artistic heights. Since 1995, the orchestra has been in residence at the Matav House of Music in Budapest. Under the leadership of music director and conductor Andras Ligeti, the ensemble has become one of the most prominent in Europe.

Jumppanen first performed in the Weis Center as winner of the Janet Weis Award and the Pennsylvania Presenters Prize at the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York City. He has returned several times by popular demand, including a 2004 all-Beethoven performance with violinist Corey Cerovsek.

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. His first CD, on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophone label, was of the three piano sonatas for Pierre Boulez, for which he worked with the composer in Paris. Jumppanen and Cerovsek recently released a three-CD set of all the Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonatas on the Claves label.

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/.  The box office in the Weis Center also opens one hour prior to performances.

This concert is offered in memory of Ronald J. "Pete" Pedrick and is made possible in part by the endowment established in his name. This performance also has been made possible by generous contributions from Jane and Loren Amacher, and Phyllis and Norman Rich.

The 2006-07 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with 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.

Posted Feb. 1, 2007