April 02, 2007


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Concertante will perform great Romantic string music Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20. 

"For this concert, Concertante performs music that is arguably the most beautiful and lushly romantic ever written for string ensemble by two of the giants of the genre," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"The program will feature Arnold Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and Richard Strauss's Metamorphosne and the String Sextet from his late opera, Capriccio.

"The Schoenberg work is programmatic music at its most intense, if by nature, abstract. It follows the storyline of the poem Weib und Welt by Richard Dehmel."

Members of Concertante are Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Ara Gregorian, violin and viola; Zvi Plesser, cello; Ittai Shapira, violin; Rachel Shapiro, viola; and Xiao-Dong Wang, violin. For Verklärte Nacht they are joined by guest artist Kurt Juroki on string bass.

Gifted young artists

The musicians of Concertante are outstandingly gifted young artists, winners of many major national and international competitions. As solo performers, they have graced the world's concert stages from London's Royal Festival Hall to Shanghai's Grand Theatre. 

Formed in 1995 by Juilliard School of Music graduates intent on maintaining their collaboration, the ensemble draws on its rich pool of artistic talent to perform a wide array of larger string repertory and infrequently performed works by celebrated composers. 

Concertante has performed across America to rave reviews, appeared on NPR's St. Paul Sunday Morning, and recently returned from a first tour of China.

Meet-the-artist chat

Members of the ensemble will participate in a free meet-the-artist pre-performance chat open to the public April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Sigfried Weis Music Building. For more information, see their webpage at http://www.concertante.org/info.asp?pb=46&pg=1

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 made possible in part by a generous gift in memory of Charles H. Watts II, the 11th president of Bucknell University. 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 April 2, 2007