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THE AHN TRIO RETURNS FEB 4 - MORE AHN PLUGGED!

January 23, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
MORE AHN PLUGGED
THE AHN TRIO RETURNS TO THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2006, 8PM


Fairfax, Virginia, January 9, 2006—“We don’t want such a huge barrier between the stage and audience,” says Angella Ahn of the Ahn Trio’s hugely popular programs showcasing an eclectic mix of contemporary classics and specially commissioned works. The multi-talented Ahn Trio returns to the Center for the Arts with their program of music by living composers, More Ahn Plugged, on Saturday,
February 4, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. A pre-performance discussion begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Ranging from the romanticism of Michael Nyman (“Big My Secret,” from the film The Piano) to specially commissioned works by living composers like “Contacto Permanente” by Argentine Fernando Otero and “Song on the Land” by Ronn Yedidia, More Ahn Plugged also features something jazzy from Chick Corea and a blues rendition by Katrina Wreede.

Each season the Ahn Trio tours the world, performing almost 100 concerts annually. The Seattle Times describes the Ahns in action: “Lucia, the pianist, is a lively extrovert whose entire body sometimes leaps off the bench as she attacks the keyboard. Maria, the cellist, is a more contemplative and soulful player, with a dark, smoky cello sound…Violinist Angella is the natural leader…discussing the music with the audience.” The Juilliard-trained trio, originally from South Korea, first gained public attention in 1987 when they were featured in a cover story entitled “Asian-American Whiz Kids” in Time magazine. They have been featured on NBC and PBS, in the pages of The New York Times, GQ, Vogue, Town and Country and even GAP ads. Newsday, however, reminds audiences to leave misconceptions at the door pointing out that, “beneath the club-kid clothes are talented, Juilliard-trained artists who know how to make thoughtful musical choices.” The Washington Post says, “Their technique was impressive, and they balanced unanimity and individuality in a spirit that is at the heart of chamber music.”

MORE AHN PLUGGED
February 4, 2006

“Slow Dance”
Kenji Bunch [b. 1973, Portland, OR]
“Addendum”
Chick Corea [b. 1941]
“Big My Secret,” from The Piano
Michael Nyman [b. 1944, England]
“Contacto Permanente”*
Fernando Otero [b. 1971, Buenos Aires]
“You Noticed Too”**
D Anger/D Balakrishnan
“Skylife”**
David Balakrishnan [b. 1954]

INTERMISSION

“Song on the Land”*
Ronn Yedidia [b. 1960, Israel]
“Tremors”**
D Balakrishnan
“Kenji Bunch Whispers:
Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac”*(2005)
Bunch
“David Bowie Space Oddity”**
Bowie
“Mr. Twitty's Chair’**
Katrina Wreede [b. 1960]

*Composed/Transcribed for the Ahn Trio
** Arranged for the Ahn Trio by Kenji Bunch
Program Subject to Change

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THIS PERFORMANCE OF THE AHN TRIO IS PART OF
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON’S AMERICAN ECHOES SERIES.
AMERICAN ECHOES IS SPONSORED BY VERIZON FEDERAL NETWORK SYSTEMS


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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.