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LORIN MAAZEL, Music Director for Life
January 12, 2007, 8:00 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia, December 11, 2006—Symphonica Toscanini’s “In the Footsteps of Toscanini - Symphony of the Air” Tour, led by Music Director Lorin Maazel is comprised of more than 40 worldwide concerts commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Arturo Toscanini’s death. Symphonica Toscanini performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2007. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.
The “Symphony of the Air” Tour follows the historical tours Maestro Toscanini made with the Orchestra Arturo Toscanini in 1920, and in 1950 (at the age of eighty-three) with the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
Symphonica Toscanini, an orchestra comprised of a rotating group of nearly 200 young virtuoso musicians, is quickly gaining an international reputation for the incomparable excellence of its performances. Founded in Rome in May 2006, with Lorin Maazel as Music Director for Life, the orchestra is dedicated to the musical ideals and integrity embodied by the great conductor, Maestro Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957).
“When I was asked to lead an ensemble whose ranks are drawn from some of the most awesomely gifted young soloists of our day, first as guest conductor and eventually as Music Director, I felt it incumbent upon me to accept the challenge. I'm glad I did,” said Lorin Maazel. “In recent tours in Europe and Asia these young people have realized their musical potential in an orchestral frame so stunningly as to bring audiences to their feet at the end of each concert cheering and lauding these sterling virtuosi and roaring for more. In presenting the Symphonica Toscanini in their first major U.S. tour, I revel in anticipation of the acclaim they will surely be accorded.”
Lorin Maazel, who has led more than 150 orchestras in more than 5,000 opera and concert performances, became Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2002. Prior to his tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Maazel conducted more than 100 performances of the orchestra as a guest conductor. Mr. Maazel was named Music Director for Life of Symphonica Toscanini in 2006.
Symphonica Toscanini, a flexible group of musicians who alternate playing for the orchestra's varied projects, were selected by Maestro Maazel for their professional qualities and their motivation and artistic commitment. He had been able to observe the musicians firsthand since 2002, when he conducted many of them as members of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. When that experience drew to a close, the musicians and Mr. Maazel formed the Symphonica Toscanini, enabling them to pursue their musical ideals autonomously in a spirit of ongoing cultural exchange.
The 2007 Symphonica Toscanini tour title, “In the Footsteps of Toscanini - Symphony of the Air,” is inspired by the Symphony of the Air orchestra that formed after Maestro Toscanini’s retirement from the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1954. Against many odds, the musicians of that orchestra regrouped and continued to perform together for nearly a decade.
The repertoire for the tour is heavily influenced by the programmatic choices of Arturo Toscanini, the first Italian conductor of world-class talent to establish himself as being equally committed and adept at performing both foreign and Italian works. Maestro Maazel has selected repertoire steeped in this tradition for Symphonica Toscanini’s 2007 U.S. tour.
PROGRAM, JANUARY 12, 2007, 8:00 P.M.
ROSSINI Il Barbiere di Siviglia Overture
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 op. 90 in A major (“Italian”)
RESPIGHI Fontane di Roma
RESPIGHI Pini di Roma

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