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David Finckel, cello, and Wu Han, piano to perform at Union College on Feb. 26

Posted on Feb 26, 2000

The critically acclaimed duo of David Finckel, cello, and Wu Han, piano, will return for their eighth Series recital on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. in Union College's Memorial Chapel.

Their performance, which is the thirteenth concert of this year's Schenectady Museum Union College Concert Series, will include Strauss's Sonata in F, Op. 6; Prokofiev's Sonata in C, Op. 19; Mendelssohn's Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 58.

David Finckel's early years were spent in a farmhouse (“with no plumbing,”) but with the richness of music. All of the male members of his family played the cello, with the exception of his father, from whom he inherited his phenomenal ear for music. At age 13, he heard a recording of the Saint Saëns cello concerto and “fell in love with music.” Today he is a member of the famed Emerson String Quartet.

Wu Han is no stranger to the Schenectady series; this is her twenty-fourth appearance. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she was a precocious child with a passionate desire to play the piano, beginning lessons at age 9. She attended the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Conn., where she played a duet Chopin sonata with Finckel. At that very moment they knew they were meant to be together – and not just musically. BBC Magazine (Jan., 1997) extols the couple's exceptional chemistry: “Good chemistry is the most mysterious element in music-making. Listening to…Finckel and Han in person, one is aware of musical collaboration as a sensual appetite, a triangle of composer and performers in passionate embrace.” Critics at The Los Angeles Times call their music “perfectly meshed instrumentalism.”

Finckel and Han are married, and live in Manhattan.

Frustrated by the record industry and fascinated with the Internet, the couple founded ArtistLed, their own non-commercial record label which is becoming the focus of media attention around the world. They are described by The Strad as “free spirits of the super-highway who do their own lever-pushing, knob-twirling and editing.

Following their Feb. 26 performance at Union, the couple's schedule takes them to Los Angeles where Wu Han will perform with the Asia America Symphony, and then on to the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

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EAP Offers Free Counseling

Posted on Feb 25, 2000

The Edison Employee Assistance Program offers free,
confidential counseling for Union employees and family members. Call

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AAC Minutes Listed

Posted on Feb 25, 2000

Feb. 14, 2000

1. The minutes of Feb. 7, 2000 meeting were approved.

2. The AAC unanimously approved the proposed policies
for AOP classwork.

3. Brooke Barylick introduced some proposed changes to
the pass/fail policy. The discussion will continue next week when Dean
Lewis is back.

4. The AAC discussed the sixth-week drop date for

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Photographer Heilman is Next ‘Daks Speaker

Posted on Feb 25, 2000

Nature photographer Carl Heilman, renowned for his
pictures of people, places and things in the Adirondacks, will give a
multimedia presentation, “Wild Visions,” on Thursday, March 2,
at 7 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

His presentation is part of the Winter 2000 seminar
series sponsored by the College's Environmental Studies program and the
Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks.

The last event in the series is “Adirondack Folk,
Bluegrass and Clog Dancing” with musicians Dave Kiphuth, John Kirk
and Trish Miller on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

Call ext. 6770 (Union) or 377-1452 (AFPA) in case of
cancellation or postponement due to weather.

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CICU Urges e-mails for TAP

Posted on Feb 25, 2000

CICU, the Commission on Independent Colleges and
Universities, is urging students, faculty and staff to join an e-mail
campaign to petition policymakers in Albany to increase the Tuition
Assistance Program (TAP) maximum award to $5,000 and to make college
tuition state tax deductible.

Participants are first asked to complete a brief survey
in order to target messages to appropriate legislators. On the basis of
survey responses, participants will receive a selection of letters to

For more information, see the Web site at http://www.cicu.org/sup_student_aid.html.

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