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Distinguished Artist Series Features Cellist and Pianist April 22

Pianist Wu Han and cellist David FinckelCellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han will appear in concert Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in Hudson Hall in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center at Willamette University to conclude the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series for the academic year.

The program includes works by Schubert, Strauss, Rachmaninov and Chopin.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students and seniors at all Safeway TicketsWest outlets or by calling 1-800-992-8499.

A master class, free and open to the public, is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Rogers Rehearsal Hall in the Rogers Music Center.

Finckel and Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. Their concerts place them in some of the most prestigious venues in the United States, including San Francisco Performances, New York's 92nd Street Y, Washington's Kennedy Center and Dumbarton Oaks, Wisconsin's Union Theater, Milwaukee's Pabst Theater, UCLA's Performing Arts Series, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, and the University of Chicago's Mandel Hall, Boston's Gardner Museum, Princeton University Concerts, New Orleans Friends of Chamber Music, Santa Barbara's UCSB Arts and Letters, and Aspen's Harris Concert Hall.

The duo has also toured Mexico, Canada, the Far East, Scandinavia and continental Europe to critical acclaim. Highlights from recent seasons include their debuts in Germany, and at Finland's Kuhmo Festival, as well as their presentation of the complete Beethoven cycle in Tokyo, and their signature all-Russian program at London's Wigmore Hall.

In recent years, Finckel and Han have become widely recognized for their initiatives in expanding audiences for classical music, and for guiding the careers of countless young musicians. In August 2003, Finckel and Han launched Music@Menlo (www.musicatmenlo.org), a new chamber music festival in Silicon Valley that has attracted widespread attention and international acclaim.

Prior to launching Music@Menlo, they served for three seasons as artistic directors of SummerFest La Jolla, establishing that venue as one of the nation's leading summer music destinations. In June 2004, having firmly established a reputation as great musical innovators both on and off stage, they were named artistic directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The duo is regularly featured in the country's leading music festivals. Recent highlights include performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music Northwest, where they performed all five Beethoven sonatas in a single, sold-out marathon event. They have also appeared at festivals in Maine, Mexico and Finland.

03-07-2005