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FAIRFAX SYMPHONY PEFORMS OCTOBER 21, W/TIMOTHY FAIN

September 15, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
THE FAIRFAX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
William Hudson, conductor
with Timothy Fain, violinist
Saturday, October 21, 2006, 8:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, September 15, 2006—For half a century, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO)—“The pride of Fairfax County”— has showcased the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire to consistent acclaim each season. Begun in 1957 by a handful of talented musicians, the orchestra has been led unfailingly over the last 34 seasons by the indefatigable Maestro William Hudson. The Saturday, October 21, 2006 performance features the local concerto debut of violinist Timothy Fain, a recent winner of the Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York. Mr. Fain plays the demanding Beethoven Violin Concerto, on a program that also includes the warm-hearted Second Symphony of Brahms. A pre performance discussion begins 45-minutes prior to the concert on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The group that started from an inspired moment in a garden club meeting 50 years ago has grown into one of the finest regional orchestras in the United States. Critically acclaimed, with a strong reputation for artistic excellence, the FSO offers innovative programs and outstanding guest artists—both established names and emerging talent in the classical music world. Recently, The Washington Post noted the Symphony’s “lush strings, great rhythmic vitality, warmth in slow passages, and excellent string articulation in brisk ones, the performance had real conviction.”

William Hudson has led the orchestra in performance at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, the Shenandoah Music Festival and, of course, at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Hudson began early training with Anthony Gigliotti of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has enjoyed collaborations with some of the world’s most sought after musicians including Jorge Bolet, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Ida Kavafian, Ruth Laredo, Richard Stoltzman, and many more.

Violinist Timothy Fain has “everything he needs for a spectacular career…” exclaims The Washington Post and The Boston Globe concurs, noting his “strong musical instincts, and first rate chops.” Fain, the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, is in demand as a guest artist with orchestras across the country. He is also first violinist of the Rossetti String Quartet and performs regularly at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and New York’s Bargemusic. His win in the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions cemented Mr. Fain’s place among the today’s rising young musicians of the era.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Maestro William Hudson
Timothy Fain, violinist

Beethoven
Violin Concerto, Opus 61
Timothy Fain, violin

INTERMISSION

Brahms Symphony No. 2

Program subject to change

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www. Fairfaxsymphony.org
Deep roots in the community, artistic excellence, and convenient location at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts truly make the FSO, “Our Fairfax Symphony…top-of-the-line…Just around the corner!”

Tickets for FAIRFAX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are $50, $42, $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