The Performing Arts Center presents cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han (right) March 23 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. The Grammy Award-winning cellist and his equally talented wife will perform a program entitled, “Portrait of Romanticism: Lyric Works for Cello and Piano” featuring compositions by Schubert, Strauss, Rachmaninoff and Grieg. Tickets are $19 (rear balcony) and $24 (orchestra/front balcony). They are half price for UGA students with valid ID. Discount tickets are available for groups.
The concert will be recorded for national broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Finckel and Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today, enjoying a multi-faceted career as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators and cultural entrepreneurs. The duo has performed to critical acclaim in the most prestigious venues and concert series throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The New York Times has praised the pair, stating, “It would be hard to think of a cello and piano duo that plays with greater precision, nuance and fire,” and the Wall Street Journal has called them “America’s power couple of chamber music.” Finckel and Han’s wide-ranging musical activities also include the launch of ArtistLed, the first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company. The duo’s Russian Classics recording received BBC Music Magazine’s coveted Editor’s Choice Award, and Finckel has been honored with a Grammy Award as cellist for the Emerson String Quartet.
Finckel and Han were named artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2004. They are also the founders and artistic directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival in Silicon Valley that has garnered international acclaim since its inception in 2003.
A pre-concert lecture will be given at 7:15 p.m. by Chris Johns, a graduate student in cello performance at UGA. The lecture is free and open to the public.