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St. Olaf Orchestra to Perform Free Classical Concert at Weis Center

Jan 14, 2019 11:00AM ● By Erica Shames
St. Olaf Orchestra, featuring Sarah Chang on violin, will perform on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

The performance is free and tickets are not required.  The performance is family-friendly and is suggested for grades 5 and above.   

Named "one of the best college orchestras in the nation" by Time magazine's Richard Ostling, the St. Olaf Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra known for its passionate music-making and professional-level performances. 

Founded in 1906, the ensemble has been heralded as one of the best collegiate orchestras in the country and was named the winner of the 2013 American Prize for Orchestral Performance among colleges and universities.

The St. Olaf Orchestra is conducted by Steven Amundson. Under Amundson’s direction, the St. Olaf Orchestra has become recognized as one the finest undergraduate orchestras in the United States. In addition to his duties as conductor of the St. Olaf Orchestra, he teaches courses in conducting, aural skills, and music theory.

Recognized as one of the world's foremost violinists, Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 8, Chang has impressed audiences with her technical virtuosity and refined emotional depth.

While at the Weis Center, they will perform: Samuel Barber’s Overture to "The School for Scandal," Missy Mazzoli’s These Worlds In Us, and Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 featuring Sarah Chang on violin. After intermission, they will perform Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate and Martha and Alan Barrick.

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

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. 

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