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DRESDEN PHILHARMONIC/Julia Fischer, 11/13

October 29, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
THE DRESDEN PHILHARMONIC
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conducting
with special guest
Violinist Julia Fischer
Saturday, November 13, 8PM


Fairfax, Virginia, October 20, 2004—The Dresden Philharmonic is the busiest symphonic orchestra in Dresden essentially characterizing the cultural life of the city. Dresden, often called "Florence on the Elbe," or "the metropolis on the Elbe," has embraced this beloved orchestra for nearly two centuries, since its inception in 1870 marking a social change in the city from concerts for the aristocracy to the concerts for the general public. The orchestra makes its long awaited Center for the Arts debut under the baton of Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, with special guest violinist Julia Fischer in a program featuring Sibelius and Beethoven compositions. The performance is Saturday, November 13 at 8PM with a pre-performance discussion beginning 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Historically, great composers like Johannes Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Antonin Dvorak and Richard Strauss have conducted and often premiered their works with the orchestra. Included among the great conductors who have led the Dresden Philharmonic are Hans von Buelow, Anton Rubinstein, Bruno Walter, Fritz Busch, Arthur Nikisch, Hermann Sherchen, Erich Kleiber, and William Mengelberg.

Previous music directors have included Paul van Kempen, Carl Schricht, Heinz Bongartz, Kurt Masur, Guenther Herbig, Joerg-Peter Weigle and Michael Plasson, nearly all of who have recorded with the orchestra.

Born in Burgos, Spain, in 1933, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos at the conservatories in Bilbao and Madrid, where he was awarded the Richard Strauss Prize. He has served as principal guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, and music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Vienna Symphony, among others.

Young violinist Julia Fischer, who, "plays with a winning blend of steely assurance and unabashed lyricism," according to Northern California’s Contra Costa Times has achieved critical acclaim all over the world for her precise and expressive artistry. With grace and poise that belie her age, her sumptuous, virtually faultless playing during her 2003 surprise debut at Carnegie Hall heralded her growing renown in the world of classical music, causing The Strad to praise her "manifold musical gifts – including a bright, lustrous string tone; easy, unforced technique; and an ability to sustain a melodic phrase over long stretches." The New York Times followed suit with praise for the young virtuoso, saying, "Ms. Fischer, a Maazel protégée, played with full and attractive tone, precise rhythm and intonation as well as a fine flair."

PROGRAM
Finlandia, Op. 26 Jean Sibelius
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 Sibelius
Allegro moderato
Adagio molto
Allegro, ma non tanto
Julia Fischer, violin

INTERMISSION

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 Ludwig van Beethoven
Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Allegretto
Scherzo: Presto
Allegro con brio

PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

THIS PERFORMANCE IS PART OF THE GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON, "MAGNIFICENT MUSIC SERIES" SPONSORED BY UBS.

Tickets for THE DRESDEN PHILHARMONIC are $50, $42, $25. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. 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 www.gmu.edu/cfa

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.