Western Washington UniversityCommunications and Marketing
DATE: February 14, 2008 4:53:51 PM PST
Orion Weiss to Play the PAC Feb. 29

Contact: Courtney Hiatt, Media/PAC Series Manager, (360) 650-2829, Courtney.Hiatt@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University will feature Orion Weiss in its final 2007-2008 Sanford Piano Series Season performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Concert Hall.

Orion WeissFeatured in both "Musical America" and "Symphony Magazine" as part of the next generation of great artists in classical music, Weiss has won acclaim from audiences, critics and colleagues for his deeply felt expression and technical mastery.  At age 25, Weiss has already been the recipient of numerous impressive awards such as the Gilmore Young Artist Award, the Juilliard William Petschek Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Julliard School.  He has performed as both a recitalist and chamber musician across the United States and in Europe and appears with orchestras such as the Houston Symphony, Vancouver Symphony and the Albany Symphony. 

In conjunction with his Sanford Piano Series recital, Weiss will conduct a master class for young musicians from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 in the Performing Arts Center, Room 16.  The master class is free and open to the public.  For additional information about this educational opportunity, please contact the WWU Music Department at (360) 650-3130. 

Tickets for the concert are available through the WWU Box Office and range in price from $9 to $16.  A limited selection of tickets will also be available at Village Books and the Community Food Co-op.

WWU Box Office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saurday and one hour prior to the performance.  For individual tickets or disability accommodations, contact the WWU Box Office, (360) 650-6146 or visit http://www.tickets.wwu.edu/.

The Sanford Piano Series, now in its fifth year at Western, is made possible through the generous contributions of the Whatcom Community Foundation's Spirit Fund and Sibyl Sanford.  Proceeds from this performance support the Music Department's Arthur Hicks and Ford Hill piano scholarships.  For more information, please visit http://www.pacseries.wwu.edu/.  

For a parking permit or information, please stop at the Visitor Center, open from 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and located at the Campus Services building at the corner of Bill McDonald Parkway and 21st Street. There is a $2 hourly charge for parking from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. No permit is required in (south campus) gravel C lots between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays, or on weekends. There is a $1 an hour charge for parking after 5 p.m. and on weekends in designated lots, which have blue machines that accept cash, coins, or credit/debit cards. There is no additional charge in these lots for those displaying a valid parking pass or a Viking XPress bus pass after 5 p.m. for faculty and staff and after 7 p.m. for students with the exception of lot 6V (Viking Union) where payment is required at all times. Parking meters at various campus locations cost $2 an hour, 24 hours/7 days. Faculty are reminded that reserved parking spaces are available for their use after hours and weekends with a valid parking permit or bus pass, as posted in lots 10G, 17G, and Parks Hall.

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