October 21, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Cabaret Jazz series will end the fall semester offerings with a performance by pianist Dick Hyman and clarinetist Ken Peplowski on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series, which is made possible by funding from the Weis family. The recital hall is an intimate space, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Throughout a busy career that began in the early '50s, Dick Hyman has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer," said Bill Boswell, executive director of Bucknell's Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the curator of this series. "Of Hyman's overwhelming amount of experience, performances, and credits, I was most taken with the number of Woody Allen movies he has worked on and been heard in.

"This evening performance with clarinetist Ken Peplowski will be a memorable one for old and new fans alike," he said.

An outstanding jazz clarinetist and saxophone player, Peplowski has been delighting audiences for more than 30 years. Known primarily for playing in the swing music idiom, he has been compared to Benny Goodman in terms of tone and virtuosity. In 2007 he was named jazz adviser of Oregon Festival of American Music and music director of Jazz Party at The Shedd.

Most valuable player
In a growing catalogue of chamber music compositions, Hyman's most recent pieces are "Dances and Diversions" for the Kinor String Quartet, a second string quartet which has been played by the Shanghai Quartet. He has been heard in Three-Piano Crossover with Marian McPartland and the late Ruth Laredo, in pops concerts under the direction of Doc Severinsen, and in duo piano performances with Derek Smith, one of which was given on the Janet Weis series at Bucknell a year ago.

The recipient of seven Most Valuable Player Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Dick Hyman acted as music director for such television programs as Benny Goodman's final appearance (on PBS) and for "In Performance at the White House." He received an Emmy for his original score for "Sunshine's on the Way" and another for musical direction of a PBS special on Eubie Blake.

He has served as composer/arranger/conductor/pianist for numerous Woody Allen films as well as "Moonstruck," "Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime", "The Mask," and "Two Weeks Notice."

"Dick Hyman's Century Of Jazz Piano", an encyclopedic series of solo performances, has been released on Arbors Records. Other new recordings include "Thinking About Bix" and "E Pluribus Duo" with Ken Peplowski.

For more information or to hear music samples, visit http://www.dickhyman.com/ and http://www.kenpeplowski.com/

Contact: Division of Communications


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