By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — International Steinway Artists Dean Kramer and Claire Wachter will perform in concert Sunday, March 24, at 4 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, will include Mozart's "Sonata in D Major," Bernstein's "Suite for Two Pianos" from "West Side Story," Milhaud's "Scaramouche" and two works by George Gershwin: "I Got Rhythm" Variations and "Porgy and Bess Fantasy for Two Pianos."
"We are lucky to catch two such fine artists on their way from Oregon to their New York debut concert at Steinway Hall," said Barry Hannigan, professor of music at Bucknell. "Each was named to the distinguished roster of International Steinway Artists in 2011, and both are members of the piano faculty at the University of Oregon where they teach award-winning students."
Kramer and Wachter are frequent artistic collaborators, performing together and separately throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Recent performances include recitals at Taiwan's National Recital Hall in Taipei and China's newest performing arts center, The Qingdao Grand Hall.
They have performed as soloists with the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, and Oregon Mozart Players and on National Public Radio's Performance Today. In addition to their duo concertizing, they enjoy careers as soloists and chamber music players.
Kramer has played for such great artists as Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, Gina Bachauer and Leon Fleisher. A prizewinner at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, he also won first prize in the first American Chopin Competition in Miami; first prize in the American Music Scholarship Competition in Cincinnati; first prize in the Kosciuszko Competition in New York; and laureate honors in the Three Rivers Competition in Pittsburgh. He was chosen by the United States Information Agency to represent the United States as Artistic Ambassador to Hungary, Rumania, Malta and Egypt.
Wachter has appeared in solo, chamber and concerto concerts throughout the United States and in Canada, Austria, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, China and Korea. She has been a collaborative artist in chamber music concerts with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago, Philadelphia, Oregon, and Pittsburgh Symphonies. She has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Oregon Festival of American Music, the Utah Music Festival, the Rome Festival (Italy) and the Russian River Chamber Music Festival.
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