February 5, 2007

Cellist Finckel, pianist Han to explore Romanticism at Loeb

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han will present a program of Viennese and Russian Romanticism in the Purdue Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse at 3 p.m. Feb. 18.Purdue Convocations is presenting the performance

Finckel, who performed at Purdue in 2001 with his other group, The Emerson Quartet, and Han will trace the path of Romanticism in music through the entire 19th century. The program, "Portrait of Romanticism: Lyric Works for Cello & Piano," includes Franz Schubert's Sonata in A Minor, "Arpeggione;" Richard Strauss' Sonata in F Major, op. 6; Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" from "Fourteen Songs," op. 34; and Edvard Grieg's "Sonata for Piano and Cello in A Minor," op. 36.

Patrons are invited to join in a free pre-show discussion at 2 p.m. in the Stewart Center gallery during which Wu Han will illuminate the works to be performed that afternoon.

Finckel and Han's repertoire almost spans the entire literature for cello and piano, with an equal emphasis on the classics and the contemporaries, said Kerry Schutt Nason, Purdue Convocations director of marketing.

Their wide-ranging musical activities include the launch of the ArtistLed label, the first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company. Nason said they also have become widely recognized for their initiatives in expanding audiences for classical music and for guiding the careers of countless young musicians.

In 2003, Finckel and Han started Music@Menlo, a new chamber music festival in Silicon Valley that has attracted widespread attention and international acclaim for its innovative programming and world-class artist roster, Nason said. In 2004, Finckel and Han were named artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Tickets for the performance by Finckel and Han, "Portrait of Romanticism: Lyric Works for Cello & Piano," are $26 for adults and $16 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students.

Tickets are available at the Stewart Center and Elliott Hall box offices at (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Source: Kerry Schutt Nason, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, (765) 494-5045, knason@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Publication-quality photographs of David Finckel and Wu Han are available at http://www.purdue.edu/convos/finkelimages.htm

Related Web sites:
Purdue Convocations: http://www.convocations.org

ArtistLed recording company: http://www.artistled.com

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