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September 7, 2004
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Special guest
Saturday, October 9, 8PM

Fairfax, Virginia, September 10, 2004— Founded in 1959 by Sir Neville Marriner, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is internationally renowned for its cooperative spirit, its brilliantly energetic sound and exceptionally high standard of musicianship. From its beginnings as a small, directed string ensemble, the Academy is now one of the world’s most famous chamber orchestras, with its own chamber ensemble and chorus. Sir Neville’s principle of drawing players from a select pool of London’s finest musicians has endured. Under Artistic Director Kenneth Sillito and Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia, the Academy, with its broad repertoire and structural flexibility, remains one of the most distinguished and sought-after ensembles in the world. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts welcomes the orchestra back on Saturday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. in a program featuring four powerhouse composers: Shostakovich, Mozart, Liszt and Tchaikovsky. The evening features a special guest appearance by piano soloist Christopher O’Riley. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Hall’s Grand Tier.



Chamber Symphony

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414


Malédiction for Piano and Strings, S. 121

Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48
program subject to change

Christopher O’Riley’s broad repertoire ranges from music of the English Renaissance and French Baroque periods to the new works of today’s leading composers to such non-classical forms as the tango. He also plays many of his own arrangements and transcriptions. He has received top prizes at the Van Cliburn, Leeds, Busoni and Montreal competitions, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Prize. Reflecting the originality of his programming, Mr. O’Riley’s recordings include his latest CD, "True Love Waits," original transcriptions for solo piano of songs by the British band Radiohead. (Released by Sony Classical in June 2003, the CD received a four-star rating from Rolling Stone.) In addition to his regular touring, Mr. O’Riley is the host of a nationally distributed radio program for Public Radio International, "From the Top," which showcases the vibrant performances and personalities of young musicians.

Kenneth Sillito is Artistic Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and has been director of the Academy Chamber Ensemble since 1980. He began studying the violin at the age of 7 and when he was 14 was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Sillito is internationally renowned as a chamber musician. In 1967 he founded the Gabrieli String Quartet and remained its leader for 20 years, making numerous recordings and gaining the Quartet a formidable reputation.

This performance is part of the Great Performances at Mason, Magnificent Music Series, sponsored by UBS.

Tickets for the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, October 9,are $, $55, $47, $27.50. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.