LEWISBURG, Pa. — As part of its first-ever American tour, Bulgaria's Sofia Festival Orchestra will perform in concert Friday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $25.
The program, under conductor Martin Panteleev, features excerpts from Prokofiev's much-loved and exquisite score for the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" and Tchaikovsky's great Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.
"Perhaps the highlight of the evening will be the performance of Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F with Terrence Wilson as soloist," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "This gifted young pianist has appeared to great critical and popular acclaim with major orchestras in most American cities."
Wilson also has performed with Switzerland's Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic at the Dewan Philharmonik Petronas, and the Estonian Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in a concert that was televised in nine countries and radiocast live in 14.
A native of the Bronx and a graduate of the Juilliard School, Wilson is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Juilliard's Petschek Award, and the SONY ES Award for Musical Excellence. He has been featured on NPR's Performance Today and programs on the Bravo, A&E and PBS networks.
Sofia Festival Orchestra
The Sofia Festival Orchestra, which includes many of Bulgaria's leading musicians and former principals of Europe's best-known orchestra, performs regularly in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Switzerland.
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the Bucknell University Bookstore, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Advance tickets also are available online at www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice or by calling 570-577-1000. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.
This performance is the annual offering to honor the memory of Ronald J. "Pete" Pedrick, and is made possible in part by the endowment fund established in his name. Additionally, the event has been supported by a generous contribution from Elizabeth and Henry Maguire.
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 Jan. 24, 2008