February 24, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jazz at Bucknell will host a solo jazz piano performance by Fred Hersch on Wednesday, March 4, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. The performance is free to the public as part of the University's ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series. (Hersch’s concert replaces the previously advertised performance by The Orrin Evans Trio.)

Two Grammys and a Guggenheim
Pianist and composer Fred Hersch is widely recognized for having created a unique body of original works while reinventing the standard jazz repertoire. His many accomplishments include two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance and one for Best Instrumental Composition, and a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition.

Hersch has toured with concert pianist Christopher O'Riley ("Heard Fresh: Music for Two Pianos") and he has also collaborated with sopranos Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, and Dawn Upshaw; violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; and pianist Jeffrey Kahane. He has received commissions from the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Doris Duke Foundation, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, the Gramercy Trio and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

In-demand pianist
After graduating from The New England Conservatory in 1977, Hersch relocated to New York City and quickly became one of the most in-demand pianists in town, appearing with jazz masters including saxophonists Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, and Jane Ira Bloom; flugelhornist Art Farmer; harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans; vibraphonist Gary Burton; and bassists Sam Jones and Charlie Haden.

He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Dr. Billy Taylor and on a wide variety of National Public Radio programs including Fresh Air, Jazz Set, Studio 360, and Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.

He also has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, and six composition residencies at The MacDowell Colony.

A committed educator, Hersch was a faculty member at the New England Conservatory for 10 years, and has taught at The New School and Manhattan School of Music; he is a visiting professor at Western Michigan University.

For more information or to hear music samples, visit www.fredhersch.com/

Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

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