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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

January 23, 2006
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Program includes Sibelius and Mozart

Fairfax, Virginia, December 15, 2005 –The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its founder, Sir Thomas Beecham, regarded by many as one of Britain’s greatest conductors and classical music’s more flamboyant characters, are indelibly associated. In 1946, Beecham envisioned an orchestra that would bring the greatest music ever composed to every corner of the United Kingdom, and he set about creating a world-class ensemble from the finest musicians in the country. Today, under the inspired leadership and gifted musicianship of Daniele Gatti (music director since 1996), the Orchestra continues to expand its international reputation while maintaining a deep commitment to its self appointed role as Britain’s national orchestra. Maestro Charles Dutoit leads the Orchestra, “Under the secure, empathetic command of Charles Dutoit… the Orchestra was excellent,” (The Evening Standard) in their much-anticipated debut at the Center for the Arts on Friday, January 20, 2006 at 8PM. A pre-performance discussion is held at 7:15 on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Throughout a career that has energetically spanned the globe and mined the riches of orchestral repertoire, conductor Charles Dutoit is renowned for his polished and idiomatic interpretations of an eclectic array of musical styles. He regularly collaborates with the world's pre-eminent orchestras and soloists.

Since his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1980, Charles Dutoit has been invited each season to conduct all the major orchestras of the United States, including those of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He has also performed regularly with all the great orchestras of Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as with all the London orchestras, the Israel Philharmonic and all the major orchestras of Japan, South America and Australia.

Friday, January 20, 2006, 8:00 p.m.

Karelia Suite, OP. 11 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Symphony No. 39
in E-flat Major, K. 543 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 Sibelius

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