Weekly Event Breakdown: November 23rd

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I know you’re all itching to go home and dig in to that delicious turkey and your mom’s “famous pecan pie,” but before you head home, check out the two events coming up on Sunday to get your final music fix before you head out! 11/23: Bucknell Symphonic Band Concert, 2:30pm in the Weis Center

What better way to break the Sunday blues then with a concert! For those of you who are unaware, the Bucknell Symphonic Band is the main ensemble of the University Bands program. Directed by William Kenny, the chair of the Music Department, the band plays pieces by such composers as Holst, Grainger, Reed, Copland, Shostakovich, and Whitacre. The Band was one of only four university bands from the East chosen to perform for the conference of College Band Directors National Association. Check out footage of previous performances:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8rTOrwIgAA

 

11/23: Irish Pianist John O’Conor Guest Recital, 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall in the Weis Music Building

John O’Conor is an accomplished pianist from Ireland. He’s mastered his instrument for over 40 years, to high praise of many reviewers. For example, CD Review said of his recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonata: “by now [he] should be recognized as the world’s premier Beethoven interpreter.” Not too shabby! O’Conor has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and many more. The program on Sunday will include Beethoven’s Sonata in c minor Op. 13 “Pathetique”; Beethoven's Sonata in c sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"; Field's Three Nocturnes: No. 5 in B flat; No. 6 in F; No. 18 in E "Le Midi"; Chopin's Three Nocturnes: in c sharp minor Op. 27 No. 1, in e minor Op. 72 No. 1, and in E flat Op. 9 No. 2; and Ginastera's Argentinian Dances Op. 2. O’Conor will also be giving a masterclass at 11:30 a.m. that day in Rooke Recital Hall.

O’Conor is a Steinway Artist. He first gained widespread attention in the United States in 1986 when he released his first volume of Beethoven Sonatas on the Telarc Label. Since then, he has made over 20 recordings with that label. He is regarded as one of the most important piano teachers in the world today and is Distinguished Artist in Residence, Professor of Music and Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia.

The recital is open a free to the public and is sponsored by the Bucknell Department of Music. I’ll see you there!

 

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