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VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA WITH LABEQUES - MARCH 5, 8PM

February 14, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
AND WELCOMES BACK DUO PIANISTS
KATIA & MARIELLE LaBéque
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 8:00 P.M.
Fairfax, Virginia, January 26, 2005—"You really haven't heard the heart and soul of this music until you hear this" said ClassicsToday.com about Venice Baroque Orchestra, a new force in period instrument performance, led by Andrea Marcon. With acclaimed duo-pianists, Katia and Marielle LaBéque, the orchestra performs at George Mason University Center of the Arts for the first time during their highly anticipated 2005 North American Tour, on Saturday, March 5, at 8.00 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The Orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its recordings and concerts under baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon. Critics have hailed their concerts as "the true expression of the new Italian style Baroque" and an "authentic revelation." They have also recorded a highly acclaimed version of Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons" with Sony Classical.

The Labèque sisters, pianists known not only for the seamless ensemble of their playing, but also for their superlative musicianship and extraordinary scope, called "arguably the most visible piano duo on the planet," by Newsday, have performed with the world’s most prestigious conductors and ensembles.

"At most there were 14 players, standing up, shaking a leg and digging into Vivaldi’s rhythms…joy and sense of discovery are everywhere," exclaimed The London Times after seeing the Venice Baroque Orchestra in action. The Orchestra plays Vivaldi, Bach, Cavalli, Monteverdi and other composers with compact period instruments including 7 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, a string bass and a lute, receiving harpsichord support from Maestro Marcon.

The 14 members play as one, reflecting the demands of the repertoire, from a small chamber ensemble to the classic orchestra.

PROGRAM

Concerto for Three Fortepianos in F Major, K.242 ("Lodron")
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
[Two Fortepiano arrangement by Mozart]
Allegro
Adagio
Rondo: Tempo di menuetto


Katia and Marielle Labèque, Duo Pianists

Sonata in D major for Two Fortepianos, K. 448 Mozart
Allegro con spirito
Andante
Allegro molto


Katia and Marielle Labèque, Solo Duo Pianists

INTERMISSION

Concerto in C major for strings and continuo, RV 114 Antonio Vivaldi
Allegro
Adagio
Ciaccona


Concerto No. 8 in A minor, RV 522 Vivaldi
from L 'Estro armonico, Op. 3
Allegro
Larghetto e spiritoso
Allegro

Luca Mares, Giorgio Baldan, violins

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Tickets for Venice Baroque Orchestra are $44, $36, $22. 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 main stage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

This performance of the Venice Baroque Orchestra is part of the
Great Performances at Mason -- Magnificent Music series,
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.