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Famed Pianist to Perform at Susquehanna University

April 25, 2008 

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Pianist Garrick Ohlsson, “the most versatile of America's important pianists” according to the Boston Globe, will perform AT 8 p.m. April 29 at Susquehanna University's Degenstein Center Theater. The performance, sponsored by the Stella Freeman Weis Cultural Endowment, will be presented free of charge.

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although he has long been regarded as one of the world's leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature.

The repertoire for this performance includes works by Prokofiev, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Justin Dello Joio.

A Steinway artist and student of the late Claudio Arrau, Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. His concerto repertoire alone is unusually wide and eclectic - ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century - and to date he has at his command some 80 concertos.

Ohlsson is an avid chamber musician and has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Takács and Tokyo string quartets, among other ensembles. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio.

A prolific recording artist, Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, Bridge, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc and Virgin Classics labels. His undertaking of the complete Beethoven sonatas for Bridge Records has already resulted in three discs, the third of which won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance.

Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of eight. He attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music and at 13 entered The Juilliard School in New York City.

This concert is made possible by the Stella Freeman Weis Cultural Endowment at Susquehanna University, established by Robert and Patricia Weis of Sunbury. Tickets are not required and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: Gerald Cohen

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