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Contemporary Cello Guitar Duo Perform Free Concert in Weis Center Lobby

Nov 11, 2015 01:32PM ● Published by Erica Shames

The Richter Uzur Duo will perform a whimsical blend of classical, world, and contemporary music on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The free performance is open to the public and tickets are not required.

Guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur are consummate performers and accomplished composers who have each played around the globe to critical acclaim and international awards. Trained in two of the most lauded musical institutions — the Royal College of Music and the Moscow Conservatory, respectively — they approach the concert stage with effortless virtuosity, soulful musicality and self-effacing humor. Together, the Richter Uzur Duo pairs exquisite originals with blazing improvisations and iconic works by composers such as Bartok, Gershwin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Saint Saens.

The Richter Uzur Duo has played hundreds of concerts in North America, South America, Europe and Asia and has a rapidly widening circle of communities around the globe that invite them back again and again. In the U.S. the duo is perhaps best known through its regular appearances on Performance Today — North Americaʼs most listened to classical music program — as well as frequent national and international broadcasts on the Armed Forces Radio Network and programs such as PBSʼs WoodSongs and NPRʼs Classical Guitar Alive, which named their debut CD Best New Release in 2010.

While it is unusual for two composers to write music together, Richter Uzur has found a unified voice, molding two idiosyncratic creative minds into a single bold expression. Together, Brad Richter and Viktor Uzur have composed and arranged the most expansive collection of music for cello and guitar duo in existence. The result is fine art music of ferocious energy and orchestral complexity. Their Duo Concerto for Cello and Guitar, commissioned by the Jackson Symphony in Michigan, premiered in May 2012. Like all of the Duoʼs music, the Duo Concerto is a seamless blend of musical cultures brimming with flash and drama.

The Richter Uzur Duo are outspoken advocates for the arts and arts education, Brad Richter as the Executive Director of Lead Guitar, a not-for-profit that establishes guitar programs in public schools nationwide, and Viktor Uzur as professor at Weber State University and director of the Bonneville Chamber Music Festival.

For more information about this free performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center’s 2015-16 Series is a performance by French-Canadian Traditional/Folk Music ensemble De Temps Antan on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, visit Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or Facebook.com/WeisCenter.

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