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The concert scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 with Fleezanis and Paulnack has been canceled by the performers for personal reasons.
Bethlehem, Pa., February 28, 2008—Moravian College will present an evening of music featuring performances by violinist Jorja Fleezanis and pianist Karl Paulnack on Wednesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Peter Hall. The pair will perform both new and familiar works, covering almost 300 years of repertoire, including sonatas by Bach and Debussy, the Concert Duo of 2006 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wyner, Triptych by American composer Perle, and songs and dances from Ravel and de Falla.
Paulnack has partnered vocal and instrumental soloists, chamber groups, symphony orchestras, conductors and opera companies in nearly a thousand concerts throughout North America and Europe. Engagements of recent and current seasons include the festivals of Bard College, Madeline Island, Round Top, Royaumont, Sonic Boom and Tanglewood, as well as the Bridge, Noe Valley, Stillwater, Walker Museum, Williams College, UC Davis, UT Austin and University of Oregon concert series.
Early in his career, he served as rehearsal pianist and musical assistant to conductors Sir Charles Groves, Christopher Hogwood, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Otto Werner Mueller and Michael Tilson Thomas. A frequent performer of new music, Paulnack has been privileged to work closely with many of the important composers of our time in preparing performances of their works.
Committed to a diverse, comprehensive practice of collaborative musicianship as an artist/teacher for more than two decades, Paulnack has served as director of the Boston Conservatory's Music Division since 2002. He co-chaired the highly acclaimed accompanying and coaching department of the University of Minnesota, and served on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center, University of Southern California, Ithaca College and Music Academy of the West. He holds an undergraduate degree in solo piano from Eastman, and completed the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees at USC, where his teachers included Gwendolyn Koldofsky, and Brooks Smith.
Fleezanis has been concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra since September 1989, assuming that position after nine years with the San Francisco Symphony, eight of them as associate concertmaster. Her 2001-02 season includes appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra in Sofia Gubaidulina's Offertorium and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra in the Barber Violin Concerto; recitals in Fredonia (New York), Interlochen (Michigan), and Minneapolis; and master classes at the New World Symphony, Interlochen, and the University of Texas at Austin. She will play numerous concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Twin Cities with the FOG Trio, which she founded in 1984 together with pianist Garrick Ohlsson and Michael Grebanier, principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony.
Fleezanis is a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota, where she teaches violin, conducts courses in orchestral and concertmaster training, and leads sectional rehearsals. She has been Artist-in-Residence at the University of California at Davis, leads master classes, seminars, and sectional rehearsals for the New World Symphony in Miami, and has been artist-teacher for nine summers at the Round Top (Texas) International Festival. She is an occasional host on nationally distributed Minnesota Public Radio's popular chamber music program Saint Paul Sunday. Ms. Fleezanis has been soloist with, among others, the San Francisco Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra.
General admission to the concert is $15; and $10 for senior citizens, students, and children 12 and under. Peter Hall is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in downtown Bethlehem. For more information, call 610-861-1650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.