Renown cellist-piano duo performs at Linfield

Finckel and HanCalled the “rock stars of chamber music” by the New York Times, the energetic husband-wife team of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han will perform Friday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. at Linfield College.

The Finckel-Han appearance, one of only two stops the team has scheduled in the Pacific Northwest, marks the 20th anniversary season of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra.

The New York City-based musicians will present “Great Expectations: Brahms As the Next Beethoven,” a program that features “Sonata No. 2, Op. 5 No. 2” by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Cello Sonata No. 1, Op 38” by Johannes Brahms; “12 Variations on ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’ from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45” by Beethoven and “Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 Op. 99” by Brahms.

The pair currently serves as artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of New York’s Lincoln Center. They are founders and artistic directors of Music@Menlo, a nationally-acclaimed chamber music festival and institute in California.

Finckel also performs as cellist with the Emerson String Quartet, which has won eight Grammy Awards, including two for best classical album, three Gramophone Magazine honors and the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, which was awarded in 2004 for the first time to a chamber ensemble.

Finckel-Han have favorably reviewed by American newspapers (Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, NewYork Times) and major newspapers in Europe and Asia. Broadcast appearances have included the NBC “Nightly News,” American Public Media’s “Performance Today” and others.

In addition to performance, the couple has nurtured the musical careers of young artists around the world with a series of residences, concerts, workshops and “Chamber Music Immersions.”

“When a pair of genuine artists performs on the stage exuding theatrical flair and superb musical insight, the audience is in for a two-fold thrill,” said Nora Stevens of Portland, president of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra board of directors.

The concert will be in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall on the Linfield College campus, 900 SE Baker Street in McMinnville.

Single reserved tickets are $25. General admission cost is $18 and $5 for students K-12.

For ticket and concert information, visit Linfield Chamber Orchestra or contact the orchestra at 503-833-2637 or

For information about the performers, visit

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