By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Wind Soloists of New York will perform in concert on Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.
The program includes works by Mozart and Rossini as well as two rarely heard works by Richard Strauss, the Serenade and Suite in B-flat Major, both for 13 winds.
"People are much more accustomed to hearing what is essentially a string section of a standard orchestra as an independent ensemble," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "We have hosted several wonderful and well-received string orchestras on the series.
"It is rarer to have an orchestral wind section without the strings, which is essentially what this performance is about, a wind orchestra playing great music including two of my favorite, lush pieces by that arch-romantic Richard Strauss."
The ensemble's Friday night concert is also the culmination of a week-long residency for four of the ensemble members in Bucknell's department of music made possible with supporting funds from the Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell University. Additionally, there are plans for visits to local area schools.
During their residency, the musicians will offer several master classes and other sessions for students on Feb. 23, 24, 25 and 26 in the Rooke Recital Hall and other locations in the Sigfried Weis Music Building. To learn about opportunities to observe or participate in these classes, contact Peter Haberman, assistant professor of music, at email@example.com or 577-2238.
The Wind Soloists of New York includes some of the most esteemed instrumentalists in the United States including Elizabeth Mann, flute; David Shifrin and Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinets; Thomas Gallant and Marilyn Coyne, oboes; Cynde Ivorson and Thomas Sefkovic, bassoons; and William Purvis and Michael Atkinson, French horns. The group augments to orchestral proportions for concerts that include all the works on this Weis Center Series performance.
Individually, the ensemble members have performed with acclaimed groups ranging from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to the Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland, and Boston Symphony orchestras. They have performed at the Ravinia, Spoleto, Lucerne, Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart, and Marlboro Music festivals, as well as at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and Lincoln Center.
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For advance tickets, call 570-577-1000 or visit www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.
In addition to the Kushell Music Fund in support of the residency, this performance is made possible by generous contributions from members of the Weis Center Green Room Board and Green Room Circle. The 2008-09 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.
The final event in the Weis Center series is the performance by L.A. Theatre Works of "War of the Worlds" and "The Lost World," theatrical recreations of period radio live studio broadcasts, on March 27. Tickets for the performance are $20.
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