Vienna Concert-Verein, featuring pianist Sebastian Knauer, performs Feb. 6

German pianist Sebastian Knauer joins the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra, on its first tour to the United States, to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. The orchestra, conducted by Philippe Entremont, also is set to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D Major, Haffner, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major.

Knauer and Entremont are scheduled to participate in master classes open to the public for observation. See details below.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $57 for an adult, $19 for a University Park student and $47 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Knauer has appeared in prominent concert halls on four continents. The Hamburg native earned a Grammy Award nomination in 2005 for the album East Meets West, his collaboration with violinist Daniel Hope.

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The Vienna Concert-Verein, created by members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1987, has gained international stature through its performances at Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, and on tours throughout Europe and Asia. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from orchestral works of the Viennese classical composers to contemporary Austrian music. The orchestra has premiered more than 65 works by contemporary Austrian composers.

Entremont, himself an acclaimed pianist as well as a conductor, began his career at 18 when he came to international attention by performing at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

This presentation is a component of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists and programs.

Dotty and Paul Rigby sponsor the presentation. WPSU is the media sponsor.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or local expert, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity. Seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

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The public is welcome to observe as Knauer leads a piano master class. Steven Smith, professor of music at Penn State, hosts the 90-minute session at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I on the University Park campus.

The public is also invited to observe as Entremont leads a master class for Penn State students studying conducting. Gerardo Edelstein, associate professor of music at Penn State, hosts the 90-minute session at 9 a.m. Feb. 7 in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I on the University Park campus.

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Last Updated January 28, 2014