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September 19, 2005
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PHILIPPE ENTREMONT, Conductor & Pianist
Saturday, October 22 at 8PM

Fairfax, Virginia, September 16, 2005—Since its founding in 1945, the Munich Symphony Orchestra has secured an important place in that city’s cultural life. Now, the orchestra makes its long-awaited inaugural U.S. tour under the sure hand of Maestro Philippe Entremont. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts welcomes the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Philippe Entremont in a crowd-pleasing all-Beethoven program, including the "Prometheus" Overture, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58; and Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, is held on the hall’s Grand Tier beginning at 7:15 p.m.

The orchestra has worked with young artists and leading soloists and singers the world over, including Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and many others. Recent tours have included performances in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Japan – all laying the foundation for the orchestra’s increasingly strong reputation abroad.

Philippe Entremont has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra since 2004. In this capacity, Entremont leads several tours in 2005 and 2006, conducting from the keyboard as well as on the podium.

Throughout his stellar career, Philippe Entremont has directed the greatest symphony orchestras of Europe, Asia, and America, including the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, and Montreal symphonies; The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. He was also Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra until 2002. After serving as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra for almost thirty years, he was confirmed as Conductor Laureate for Life. He was also Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and is now their Conductor Laureate as well.

Philippe Entremont is one of the most recorded artists of all time, and is an Officer of the French Legion of Honor, among many other honors, including Commander of the Order of Merit, and Commander of the Order of Arts et Lettres.

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Tickets for MUNICH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are $50, $42 and $25. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 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

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