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September 30, 2004
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Afternoon’s classical gems include Beethoven, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff

Fairfax, Virginia, September 29, 2004—"He played each note exactly, with such feeling, such expression. He was an entire orchestra," said The New York Times of the talented, young pianist Ivo Pogorelich whose elimination in the third round of 1980’s International Chopin Competition sparked a fierce controversy and drew the attention of the whole musical world. Ever since his debut recital in New York's Carnegie Hall in 1981, Pogorelich has created a sensation with his performances. In his Center for the Arts debut, on Sunday, October 31 at 4:00 p.m., Pogorelich presents a program that includes, among other pieces, Beethoven sonatas and Rachmaninoff’s evocative Moments Musicaux. A pre-performance discussion – free to ticketholders – begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier.

Since his auspicious entry into the international classical music scene, he has received invitations to play with numerous major orchestras such as the Berlin and Wiener Philharmoniker Orchestras, all the London orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris.

Ivo Pogorelich gives much back to the community by supporting young musicians. In 1986, he established a foundation in Croatia to raise funds for scholarships for young artists to further their studies abroad. And, since 1989, he has mounted the annual Ivo Pogorelich Festival the aim of which is support to promising musicians. In 1993, the Ivo Pogorelich Piano Competition was held for the first time in California. In 1994, the pianist set up a foundation in Sarajevo to raise money to build a hospital and he also gives many charity concerts in support of, for example, the Red Cross, the rebuilding of Sarajevo, or the fight against illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. In 1988, UNESCO named him an "Ambassador of Goodwill."


Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78 Ludwig van Beethoven
Adagio cantabile - Allegro, ma non troppo
Allegro vivace

Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 Beethoven
Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Areietta con variazioni - Adagio molto semplice e cantabile


Moments musicaux, Op. 16, No. 1
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Andantino in B-flat minor

Sonata No. 2 (Sonata-Fantasy) in G-sharp minor, Op. 19 Alexander Scriabin

from Etudes d' exécution transcendente, S 139 Franz Liszt
No. 5 in B-flat major : Feux follets
No. 8 in C minor: Wilde Jagd
No. 10 in F minor: Appassionata


Tickets for IVO POGORELICH are $40, $32, $20. 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

Ivo Pogorelich is presented as part of the Great Performances at Mason "Magnificent Music" Series of events, sponsored by UBS.

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.