Marcus Smolensky and Faculty Perform This Tuesday


Come out to Rooke Recital Hall in the Sigfried Weis Music Building to catch an unforgettable and unprecedented music act, performed by Bucknell’s very own professor, Marcus Smolensky, and his collaborator, Chi-Chen Wu. The dynamic pair will be putting together an act with the viola (Smolensky) and piano (Wu)- a combination that is sure to please any classical music fan. Smolensky enters the stage on Tuesday with credentials that are overwhelmingly impressive for any musician, having been a former member of the Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony and Harrisburg Symphony, as well as having been the featured soloist with the Valley Symphony, the Martinu Philharmonic, Central Pennsylvania Symphony, Genesee Symphony, the Lowell Philharmonic, and the University Circle Chamber Orchestra. His performing experience covers a great length of the geographical spectrum, including performances from Texas all the way to the Czech Republic. On the side, Dr. Smolensky also offers private viola and violin lessons to students of all ages in the central-Pennsylvania area.

Here’s Marcus Smolensky leading a student’s violin recital!

Smolensky's collaborator for this event, Chi-Chen Wu, while not a Bucknell faculty member, also has a plethora of critical support for her piano abilities. She has been praised by World Journal for her "amazing playing" and has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in an even broader range of places spanning from Canada all the way to Taiwan, including various other North American music festivals. In the previous two years, Wu had served as a faculty member for neighboring Susquehanna University. Needless to say, she will prove a more than worthy accompaniment to Dr. Smolensky’s viola act.

Check out this elegant performance of Over the Rainbow, by Chi-Chen Wu!

Here’s the best part: this duo will be performing music that spans over 200 years, covering that of Johann Sebastian Bach, Henri Vieuxtemps and Sergei Prokofiev. Most of you should be familiar with Bach, but for those who may not know the former all too well, they both occupy noteworthy places as leading composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively. The musical pieces these two expect to play will be very rare, very unique, and very incredibly awesome.

That being said, come by Rooke Recital Hall this Tuesday, March 19th (3/19) @ 7:30 p.m. to check out this assured unforgettable performance, and show your support for Bucknell’s very own music faculty members!