The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 25, 2014

Polish classical ensemble to perform Mozart, Puccini, among others


— LEWISBURG — The award-winning Polish classical ensemble Szymanowski Quartet will perform works by Mozart, Puccini, Weinberg and Mendelssohn on Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The program features Mozart’s Quartet in D minor, KV 421, Puccini’s I Crisantemi, Weinberg’s Quartet No. 13, and Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 80.

Founded in Warsaw in 1995, the Szymanowski Quartet has developed into one of the most exceptional international string quartets of its generation.

The Quartet’s extraordinarily high standard has been confirmed by numerous awards and distinctions. They took first prizes at the Premio Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence and the In Memoriam Dimitri Schostakowitsch in Hanover, and were prizewinners at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

From 2001-03, the Szymanowski Quartet participated in the New Generation Artists Scheme of BBC Radio 3 in London. In 2005 they were honored with the Szymanowski Award of the Karol Szymanowski Foundation in Warsaw, the only time ever given to a string quartet. In 2007 they received the Medal of Honor by the Polish government for their service to Polish culture.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for college students. Tickets can be purchased online at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling (570) 577-1000. Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The next performance in the Weis Center’s 2013-14 Series will be a free blues concert by Ruthie Foster and Eric Bibb on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market St. in Lewisburg. Longtime friends and collaborators Foster and Bibb will join forces to celebrate a night of joyful roots music. Performing on their own and together, the tour title, “Thanks for the Joy,” is drawn from a song written by Bibb and performed by Foster.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or facebook.com/WeisCenter