2022-23 Season

Feb. 2, 2022: The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra

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Maestro Wojciech Rodek conducts the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo courtesy of Cami Music.

On February 2, 2022, the University Performance Series proudly presents an evening of exceptional classical music with a performance by the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra, a truly world-class ensemble. The orchestra formed in Poland at the end of World War II and provided the first post-war concert in that country, a sign of resilience in very dark times. Since then, they have played around the world.

Maestro Wojciech Rodek is considered one of the best of his generation and soloists Thomasz Ritter (piano) and Sara Dragan (violin) are highly decorated. The performance will feature three fairly well-known pieces, the overture to Rossini's opera, La gazza ladra (or The Thieving Magpie), Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Performance Date and Location
Feb. 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Bondurant Auditorium, Preston Hall

Tickets
General Public $15
Children $7.50
RU ID Free

Tickets go on sale three weeks prior to the event online or at the Hurlburt Hall Information Desk 540-831-5420

Oct. 11, 2022: Trio con Brio - Copenhagen

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Trio con Brio Copenhagen is a fusion of two overlapping “musical pairs”: two sisters, violinist Soo-Jin Hong and cellist Soo-Kyung Hong from South Korea and pianist Jens Elvekjaer, Soo-Kyung’s spouse, from Denmark.

Recognized as one of the world’s finest piano ensembles, the Trio con Brio Copenhagen’s multifaceted members are not only performing artists who tour extensively, but also esteemed recording artists, artistic directors and educators. The Trio appears regularly at the world’s leading venues and concert series, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Pierre Boulez-Saal, the Concertgebouw and many more. Trio con Brio is a recipient of the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Award, one of Denmark’s most prestigious prizes. Recognized as one of the world’s finest piano ensembles, the Trio con Brio Copenhagen’s multifaceted members are not only performing artists who tour extensively, but also esteemed recording artists, artistic directors and educators. The Trio appears regularly at the world’s leading venues and concert series, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Pierre Boulez-Saal, the Concertgebouw and many more. Trio con Brio is a recipient of the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Award, one of Denmark’s most prestigious prizes.

Performance Date and Location
Oct. 25, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Bondurant Auditorium, Preston Hall

Tickets
General Public $15
Children $7.50
RU ID Free

Tickets go on sale three weeks prior to the event online or at the Hurlburt Hall Information Desk or by calling 540-831-5420

Oct. 25, 2022: Mummenschanz

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"Mummenschanz succeeds brilliantly because of its originality, exceptional ingenuity, sense of surprise and deft satirical touches." — Francisco Chronicle

Since its successful three-year run-on Broadway, Swiss based theater troupe Mummenschanz has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has since spawned multiple new genres reclaiming their legacy. Mummenschanz has been dazzling audiences worldwide for decades. By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, Mummenschanz  offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.

Celebrating a momentous anniversary, the troupe revisits its history while writing the next chapter in its story of inimitable, non-verbal language. Featuring some of their most popular and successful productions, their 50th Anniversary Tour will take audiences on an imaginative and poetic journey through the infinite – yet familiar- world of imagination conjured by Mummenschanz .

Performance Date and Location
Oct. 25, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Bondurant Auditorium, Preston Hall

Tickets
General Public $15
Children $7.50
RU ID Free

Tickets go on sale three weeks prior to the event online or at the Hurlburt Hall Information Desk or by calling 540-831-5420

Feb. 21, 2023: The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine

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The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is the most recorded conductor of his generation.

The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine headquartered in the Medieval city of Lviv was officially established on September 27, 1902 as, on this day, the first concert of the newly formed orchestra took place in the Philharmonic Theater of Count Stanislav Skarbko (presently known as the Ukrainian National Academic Theater of Drama named after Maria Zankovetska). The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine  has toured extensively around the world including Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and The People’s Republic of China. During the past several seasons they have completed highly-acclaimed recordings for major international labels including Naxos and Brilliant Classics. The orchestra is lead by conductor Theodor Kuchar who has worked and recored with such notables as Sarah Chang, James Galway, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and  Frederica von Stade, amoung many others.

Performance Date and Location
Feb. 21, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Bondurant Auditorium, Preston Hall

Tickets
General Public $15
Children $7.50
RU ID Free

Tickets go on sale three weeks prior to the event online or at the Hurlburt Hall Information Desk or by calling 540-831-5420