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BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES, SUN. JAN. 28

January 25, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES
THE BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
EMBARKING ON FIRST U.S. TOUR!
Sunday, January 28, 2007, 4:00 p.m.
Led by Thierry Fischer, featuring pianist Llyr Williams
in a program of Mozart, Strauss and Brahms

Fairfax, Virginia, December15, 2006—“One of the most enthralling concerts of the season,” exclaimed the Evening Standard after the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Acclaimed for its range and musicianship, and possessed of an extensive repertoire of classical and contemporary compositions, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales recently celebrated its sixtieth anniversary and performs extensively throughout Europe. Now, on its inaugural U.S. tour, under the baton of Thierry Fischer, the orchestra plays an intriguing program at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 4:00 p.m., including Strauss’s Don Juan, Op. 20, Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73, and features pianist Llyr Williams on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins at 3:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales occupies a special role as both a recording and broadcasting orchestra. It has showcased its wide repertoire during its residence at St. David’s Hall Cardiff, at which it gives over 20 performances each year. The orchestra also performs a series in Swansea and is heard regularly on BBC Radio. Additionally, the orchestra has appeared during the BBC Proms and performed in other parts of Europe.
Previously principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Ulster Orchestra, Thierry Fischer was named principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in September 2006. The Swiss-born Fischer began his career as a flutist with the Hamburg and Zurich Operas and has since toured with orchestras in Prague and New York, as well as conducting cycles of Schubert, Mendelssoh, Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann. Fischer’s hallmarks are his lightness of touch and transparency of orchestra texture.


Fischer also regularly programs contemporary composers, including Steve Reich, whose Desert Music was featured by the Ulster Orchestra at the Belfast Festival this past season.
Llyr Williams is a 2000 graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music, winning its highest award. He was selected by the Young Concert Artists Trust in 2002. His playing has been described as possessed of a “slightly unnerving self-confidence” and “flawless fingers,” by the London Times.

Program
Don Juan, Op. 20…………………………Richard Strauss
Piano Concerto No. 21, in C, K. 467…….W. A. Mozart
Llyr Williams, pianist

INTERMISSION

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73…….Johannes Brahms

program subject to change without notice
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Tickets for THE BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES, January 28, 2007, 4:00 p.m., are $55, $47, $27.50. 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