By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Shanghai Quartet will perform in a concert featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
The concert is part of the university's celebration of John Bravman's inauguration as Bucknell's 17th president as well as one of the offerings on the 2010-11 season of the Weis Center Series of professional arts performances.
"The Shanghai Quartet melds the delicacy of Eastern arts with the power of Western music, in performances which include everything from traditional Chinese folk music to the most challenging classical works," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.
"Wu Man, who was born in China but now lives in the United States, has almost single-handedly introduced the beauties of the pipa, an ancient, lute-like instrument, to Western audiences."
A highlight of the performance is the Pennsylvania premiere of Lei Liang's Quintet for Strings and Pipa. Other works are Beethoven's D Major String Quartet, Opus 18, No. 3, and Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" Quartet.
Tickets for the performance are $20 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance 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 in Lewisburg Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 to 4 p.m.; or the Campus Activities and Programs office, located on the third 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.
This performance has been made possible in part by generous contributions from Nancy and Sam Craig and Mary and Doug Candland. 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.
The next performance in the Weis Center series is "This Christmas" by Imani Winds & Friends on Dec. 4. Imani Winds, which first performed at Bucknell in 2005, is an outstanding Grammy-nominated woodwind ensemble whose members are of African-American and Latin heritage. "This Christmas" mixes classical, jazz and world influences into a program of holiday standards.
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