February 12, 2008

Violin soloist David Garrett

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Israel Kameret Orchestra will perform in concert Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

"The program combines beautiful classics by Mendelssohn and Beethoven with exciting new works by the contemporary Israeli composers Yehezkel Braun and Gil Shohat," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"In fact, one highlight of the evening's program may be the 'Symphony of Fire,' composed by Shohat, who also is artistic director of the Orchestra," Boswell said. Shohat's first orchestral composition, a cantata on 'The Nightingale and the Rose,' was commissioned by the IKO when he was just 18.

"Another highlight will be the well-loved violin showpiece 'Zigeunerweisen' by Sarasate, which will performed by soloist David Garrett. Garrett has been called part maverick, part genius and all virtuoso. His will be a performance possibly idiosyncratic, probably electric, and certainly not to be missed," said Boswell."

Garrett, who made his first public appearance with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra at age 10, was one of the first students to study with Itzhak Perlman. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he has performed worldwide.

Founded in 1965, the Israel Kameret Orchestra tours extensively in Europe, the Americas and the Far East, and has participated in prestigious festivals including Salzburg, Istanbul, Helsinki, Athens, Pompeii, and Sofia.

Tickets for this performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the Bucknell University Bookstore, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Advance tickets also are available online at www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice or by calling 570-577-1000. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Phyllis and Norman Rich.

The 2007-08 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.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Feb. 12, 2008

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