London chamber orchestra to perform with Jeremy Denk at Purdue

March 3, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will perform with pianist Jeremy Denk on March 24 at Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music. The 7:30 p.m. performance is presented by Purdue Convocations with Friends support from Nanshan America and the Jeanne Compton Endowment for Artistic Excellence.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a preshow discussion at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard and Patricia Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. Greg Kostraba, program director for WBAA, will discuss the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and its program.

It's a rather simple idea: Invite your best musician friends to perform together in your living room. For violinist Sir Neville Marriner and his cohorts - who, in 1958, were among London's elite classical musicians - the ambition was an intimate chamber music concert at the St. Martin in the Fields church. They were invited to make a recording from that very first engagement. More than 55 years, 500 recordings, and thousands of concerts later, rarely a day of classical music radio passes without hearing the work of what became the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

The next chapter in this ensemble's history was the 2011 appointment of Indiana native and violinist Joshua Bell as music director to succeed Sir Marriner. For this engagement at Purdue, Denk, MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant recipient and 2014 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year, will join them for two J.S. Bach keyboard concerti. Denk is familiar to Purdue audiences from his 2008 recital with Bell and a 2009 solo appearance. The Academy also will perform works by Antonín Dvorák and Josef Suk.

Tickets are $22-$45 for adults and $15 children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Stewart Center box office at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group discounts are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the United States. Convocations brings a diverse array of world-class performances and intellectual encounters, connecting them to academic, local and regional audiences through engaging educational opportunities. 

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