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KIROV ORCHESTRA, UNDER VALERY GERGIEV, YEFIM BRONFMAN, 4/2

March 7, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITYCENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMESTHE
KIROV ORCHESTRA, VALERY GERGIEV, MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST
YEFIM BRONFMAN, PIANO SOLOIST
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 8:00 P.M.


Fairfax, Virginia, March 4, 2005--The Kirov Orchestra, also known as the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. Founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great, it was known before the revolution as the Russian Imperial Opera Orchestra. On Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m., George Mason University’s Center for the Arts presents the Kirov Orchestra under the internationally acclaimed maestro Valery Gergiev, with special guest soloist, pianist Yefim Bronfman. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier.

The Mariinsky, the birthplace of numerous operas and ballets regarded as masterpieces of the 19th and 20th century, including Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, has long been an incubator for great classical music and ballet. Tchaikovsky was closely associated with the Mariinsky Theatre, as was Rachmaninoff, who conducted the Orchestra on numerous occasions.

GRAMMY-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman, who has recorded the nine Prokofiev piano sonatas as well as the five piano concertos with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, joins the Kirov Orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini during this program. Bronfman has recorded works by Bartók, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky and numerous others, and performs often with the world's top orchestras and conductors. His performance of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 is featured in Disney's Fantasia/2000.

Bronfman emigrated to Israel from Tashkent in 1973, later becoming an American citizen. At 16 he debuted with the Israel Philharmonic under Kostelanetz. Two years later he toured America with the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta and, in 1976, Bronfman emigrated to the United States, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin, Rudolf Firkusny, William Masselos and Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School.

“Gergiev…kept alive the Mariinsky Theatre after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Under his leadership, the Mariinsky has become one of the most celebrated - and recorded - opera companies in the world," stated The New Yorker. His leadership of the Mariinsky ushered in a new era of intense creativity and artistic opportunities.

The recipient of numerous international prizes, Gergiev is a People’s Artist of Ukraine, the country´s highest State award, in recognition of his "important contribution to the development of cultural relations between Ukraine and Russia and his many years of fruitful activity.”

Program
The Kirov Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, artistic director


Francesca da Rimini……………Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1……………Prokofiev
Yefim Bronfman, piano soloist
Intermission
Capriccio Espagnole……………Rimsky-Korsakov
Pictures at an Exhibition………Mussorgsky/Ravel

program subject to change

This performance of the Kirov Orchestra is part of the
Great Performances at Mason -- Magnificent Music series,
sponsored by UBS
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Tickets for the Kirov Orchestra 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.