September 20, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The young and extraordinary pianist Ilya Yakushev will present an all-Russian concert Friday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

The program will include Peter Tchaikovsky's Dumka and Sergei Prokofiev's iconic Seventh Piano Sonata.

"Yakushev also will perform the original piano version of Modest Mussorgsky's well-known and much-loved Pictures at an Exhibition, accompanied by projections of the works, which most likely inspired the composer," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"I heard him play this large and demanding piece along with the Prokofiev in New York last year and it was a spectacular performance," he said.

Award-winning pianist

Winner of the gold medal and first prize in the 2005 World Piano Competition, Yakushev won his first prize at age 12 in the Young Artists Concerto Competition in his native St. Petersburg. He also received "The Award for Excellence in Performance" from the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation in 1998.

Yakushev moved to New York in 2000 to study with Dr. Arkady Aranov; he is studying now with legendary pianist Vladimir Feltsman. He has won numerous awards at the Mannes College of Music and has performed in Finland, Singapore, Italy, Malaysia, Germany and Indonesia.

Tickets for the Yakushev performance are $20. For more information about the pianist, see
Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; by calling 570-577-1000; or online at The box office in the Weis Center also opens one hour prior to performances.

The 2007-08 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.

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Posted Sept. 20, 2007