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World Renowned Orchestra to Feature Piano Soloist in Performance at Susquehanna

Published on October 22, 2010

SELINSGROVE—The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss will perform an all-Mozart catalog for audiences at Susquehanna University on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Weber Chapel Auditorium. The program is the first of this year’s Artist Series events at Susquehanna.

The group is currently in the middle of a North American tour that includes 14 U.S. performances. The program is set to include Mozart’s Concerto No.12 in A major and Concerto No.9 in E flat major, both composed for piano.

After 50 years of countless tours and recordings, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s most in-demand chamber orchestras. With more than 500 sessions in the books, the orchestra is the most recorded of its kind in the world, having recorded for such labels as L’Oiseau-Lyre, Argo, Capriccio Records, Chandos Records, Decca Records, EMI, Hännsler Records and Phillips Records. Among the orchestra’s recordings are the film soundtracks for “Amadeus,” which is the group’s best-selling recording, “The English Patient” and “Titanic.”

Pianist Jonathan Biss, born into the third generation of professional musicians in his family, began playing piano at the age of 6. Now 30 years old, he has played with every major U.S. orchestra, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic; the Boston, Chicago and San Francisco symphonies; and the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Metropolitan Opera orchestras, as well as many of the major orchestras in Europe. He has recorded five albums, including his most recent “Schubert Piano Sonatas,” a live recording of a performance from London’s Wingmore Hall.

The Susquehanna University Artist Series has been presenting internationally acclaimed artists of dance, music and theater for the university and larger community since 1902. The Artist Series seeks to encourage an aesthetic appreciation of diverse cultures as well as the artistic heritage of humankind. Performances are often linked in ways that advance intellectual engagement through master classes, lectures or content of the artistic presentation.

Karen M. Jones

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