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Russian National Orchestra, 3/10/06

February 27, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA
DC AREA PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED AS PART OF THE ORCHESTRA’S 15TH ANNIVERSARY, 17-CITY US TOUR!
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2006, 8:00 P.M.


Fairfax, Virginia, February 3, 2006—The Russian National Orchestra (RNO), founded as the first independent orchestra in Russia’s history by internationally renowned pianist, conductor and composer Mikhail Pletnev, debuted in Moscow in 1990. The first Russian ensemble to win a GRAMMY, the RNO has, despite its relative youth, garnered praise as “one of the most persuasive ambassadors of Russia’s new age,” by The Washington Times and “a living symbol of the best in Russian art,” by The Miami Herald, among others.

Consistently honored for its virtuosity, its independent style and adventurous commissioning program, the orchestra performs at George Mason’s Center for the Arts under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, led by WETA-FM Radio personality Nicole LaCroix and RNO Chief Executive Sergei Markov is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Hall’s Grand Tier.

Jurowski, is a member of the orchestra’s groundbreaking Conductor Collegium, which allows internationally renowned conductors to share podium leadership. He directs the orchestra in a program of Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, including excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty and La baiser de la fée (“The Fairy’s Kiss”).

Gramophone magazine (UK) called the Orchestra’s first recording in 1991 “an awe inspiring experience; should human beings be able to play like this?” and listed it as the best recording of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique in history. Since then, the RNO has made over 30 recordings with internationally revered conductors like Mikhail Pletnev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kent Nagano, and Alexander Vedernikov. Unique among principal Russian ensembles, the RNO is independent of the government, is supported by private funding, and is governed by a distinguished multinational board of trustees.

Maestro Vladimir Jurowski is a frequent guest to the world’s leading opera stages and concert halls. He began his collaboration with RNO in 2002. Jurowksi is Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

RUSSIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA
Vladimir Jurowski,
Member of RNO Conductor Collegium, conductor

Excerpts from the ballet Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky/arr. Stravinsky

La baiser de la fée (“The Fairy’s Kiss”)
Stravinsky

Intermission

Suite No. 3 for Orchestra in G Major, Op. 55
Tchaikovsky

Program subject to change without notice

This performance is sponsored by Phaup Wealth Management Group of Wachovia Securities.

Tickets for the RUSSIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA are $50, $42 and $25. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 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


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