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  • Violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel, both wearing tuxedos, look at their music stands and sit on either side of pianist Wu Han, who sits at her instrument and wears a traditional-style Taiwanese gown.
  • Violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel play their instruments while they sit on either side of Wu Han, who sits at her piano and watches Setzer.

Wu Han, piano
Philip Setzer, violin
David Finckel, cello

7:30 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017

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.

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

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sponsor
Elinor C. Lewis

support provided by
Nina C. Brown Endowment

media sponsor
WPSU

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Secondary Events on Each Event

Classical Coffeehouse
featuring Wu Han, piano
Philip Setzer, violin
David Finckel, cello

8:00 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Free for University Park Students
$5 donation suggested for each community member

Wu Han and David Finckel are 2012 winners of Musical America’s Musicians of the Year honor. Philip Setzer is a founding member of Emerson String Quartet.

Refreshments will be served. Each attendee receives a Classical Coffeehouse mug, while supply lasts. Each Penn State student in attendance receives—at the end of the coffeehouse—a voucher for a serving of Berkey Creamery ice cream.

Seating is limited.

Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and the Penn State Alumni Association in partnership with the Council of LionHearts and the Blue & White Society.

Donations help to sustain the coffeehouse series.

Score Reading with Violinist Philip Setzer

10:00 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

Free and open to the public

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.

A Conversation with Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel

3:00 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Penn State Altoona
Misciagna Family Center Titelman Study

Free and open to the public

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.

An Evening with Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel

7:30 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Penn State Altoona
Misciagna Family Center Wolf-Kuhn Theatre

Free and open to the public

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 or visit Penn State Altoona online.

Cello Master Class with David Finckel

12:00 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017

Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

Free and open to the public

The public is invited to observe as cellist David Finckel teaches students in Penn State Distinguished Professor Kim Cook’s cello studio. The session is scheduled to last two hours.