February 16, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Paavali Jumppanen will perform in concert Friday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. The program includes Beethoven's "Hammerklavier Sonata," along with Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K 533/494 and Stockhausen's "Klavierstück XI."

Jumppanen first performed in Bucknell's Weis Center as winner of the Pennsylvania Presenters Prize at the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York City, where he was awarded a First Prize among others. He has returned to the Bucknell campus several times, performing with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and violinist Corey Cerovsek as well as in numerous solo concerts.

This current season, Jumppanen is performing the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas at the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston as well as in four different cities in his home country Finland. In previous seasons, he did a similarly scheduled cycle of all of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas.

With Corey Cerovsek, Jumppanen has recorded the complete Violin Sonatas by Beethoven. The CD won the Midem prize for best chamber music recording in 2007.  Deutsche Grammophon released Jumppanen's recording of the complete Piano Sonatas of Pierre Boulez in 2005; it received prizes in France and Germany and earned much critical praise.

Winner of the first prize in Finland's national Maj Lind Competition in Helsinki at age 19, Jumppanen made his New York concerto debut in 2002 with the New York Chamber Symphony.

Ticket information
Tickets for the performance are $20 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.

Tickets for Weis Center series performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore box office in Lewisburg, weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; or the Campus Activities and Programs office on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Advance tickets also are available online or by calling 570-577-1000. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour before performances.

Paavali Jumppanen's appearance on the Weis Center Series has been made possible in part by a generous contribution from Lois Svard and Peter Karl Kresl. The 2010-11 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.

Family matinee Feb. 26
The Weis Center will present a family matinee performance of Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals," with pianist Barry Hannigan, Bucknell professor of music, guest pianist Paavali Jumppanen, and the Bucknell University Symphonic Band with conductor William Kenny, on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. The performance is free to the public through the generosity of the Weis Center Green Room Board.

In addition to his two appearances in the Weis Center, Jumppanen will perform Messiaen's masterpiece, "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus," on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building, as part of the ongoing Gallery Series. Also in the Rooke Recital Hall, he will perform the complete cycle of Bucknell composer William Duckworth's "The Time Curve Preludes" at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Jumppanen is artist-in-residence at Bucknell this month, funded by the Kushell Music Endowment.

The next event in the Weis Center Series is a concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, performing music by Barber, Korngold, Walton and Rimsky-Korsakov on Friday, March 4. Violinist Philippe Quint will be the featured soloist.

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