Pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer, and cellist David Finckel constitute a world-class trio. Han and Finckel, who in 2012 won Musical America’s Musicians of the Year honor, are the artistic directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The married couple appears at the most exclusive venues across three continents. Two decades ago they created ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed Internet-based recording company. Setzer, a founding member of Emerson String Quartet, has garnered acclaim in the musical capitals of the world. These extraordinary artists’ love for making music together has been the inspiration for bringing the Ludwig van Beethoven piano trios to audiences around the world. The trio’s Penn State concert features selected Beethoven piano trios. The ensemble returns in the 2017–18 season to conclude its presentation of Beethoven piano trios. “Pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer, and cellist David Finckel gave their sold-out audience an exuberant, eddying account. … grabbing listeners, as it were, by the throats,” writes a critic for San Jose’s Mercury News.
Artist website: David Finckel and Wu Han
8 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall
Wu Han and David Finckel are former winners of Musical America’s Musicians of the Year honor. Philip Setzer is a founding member of Emerson String Quartet.
Each Penn State student in attendance receives—at the end of the coffeehouse—a voucher for a serving of Berkey Creamery ice cream.
Classical Coffeehouse is free for University Park students. A $5 donation is suggested for each community member. Donations help to sustain the coffeehouse series.
10 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall
The public is welcome to observe as violinist Philip Setzer coaches Penn State School of Music students by parts—violins, violas, and cellos—as they play a string quartet with him. The session is scheduled to last two hours.
Noon Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Not open to the public
Pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel will share some of the things they’ve learned through travel and professional achievement with Penn State students seeking admission to the Schreyer Honors College.
3 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Penn State Altoona
Misciagna Family Center Titelman Study
Pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer, and cellist David Finckel will participate in humanities forum led by Penn State Altoona music faculty member Tim Melbinger. The musicians will perform excerpts from their repertoire and take part in a conversation about the impact of the arts.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Penn State Altoona
Misciagna Family Center Wolf-Kuhn Theatre
The trio of pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer, and cellist David Finckel will perform selected works in a one-hour concert. Light refreshments will be served after the performance.
Free tickets, required for the evening concert, are available at the Misciagna Box Office, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at the door. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. in the Misciagna lot. For more information, phone the box office at 814-949-5452.
Noon Thursday, February 23, 2017
State College Area High School
Not open to the public
Pianist Wu Han will instruct students participating in the State College Area High School music program.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017
The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1; Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3; and Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, Ghost.
Adult $42 | University Park Student $15 | 18 and Younger $32
Elinor C. Lewis
Nina C. Brown Endowment
Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.
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