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GMU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WELCOMES LEONARD SLATKIN, 2/25/07

January 22, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC WELCOMES
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSIC DIRECTOR
MAESTRO LEONARD SLATKIN,
GUEST CONDUCTOR OF THE
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CONCERT FEATURES DVORAK’S NEW WORLD AND
A SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED WORK!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2007, AT 3:00 P.M.

Fairfax, Virginia, January 22, 2007—“We are most fortunate to have such an outstanding world-class conductor and musician as Maestro Slatkin come to George Mason University to work with our Symphony Orchestra,” states Anthony Maiello, conductor of Mason’s Symphony Orchestra announcing National Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Leonard Slatkin’s fourth guest appearance with the acclaimed university ensemble. Mr. Maiello is firm in his conviction that this event will “leave a lifetime impression for every member of the orchestra. Watching him make music is a lesson in a class all by itself.” The concert takes place on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University.
The concert features the crowd-pleasing Dvorak’s crowd-pleasing “New World” and Vincent Oppido’s Celebrations, commissioned by Professor Maiello specifically for this performance.
Critics and audiences around the world have praised Leonard Slatkin for his imaginative programming and interpretations in a vast repertoire, particularly prominent in his years with the National Symphony. His tenure has included highly lauded European, Asian, and US tours; numerous national broadcasts; and intriguing themed festivals—among them Soundtracks and Journey to America—which have drawn national attention. Mr. Slatkin makes regular appearances with virtually all of the major international orchestras and opera companies.
His discography includes more than 100 recordings recognized with five Grammy Awards and more than 50 Grammy nominations.
His commitment to arts education and to reaching diverse audiences, continually reflected in his work with student orchestras at various
conservatories and across the country through the National Symphony Orchestra American Residencies program, Leonard Slatkin has participated in benefit performances for youth orchestras in the Washington area and beyond.
George Mason University’s Symphony Orchestra conductor Anthony Maiello’s academic experience includes extensive teaching in the public schools where he served as professor of Music and Chairman of Performance at the Crane School of Music, and Potsdam College of SUNY, Potsdam, New York. Under his direction, ensembles at Crane and George Mason have commissioned many new works, made numerous recordings and appeared statewide and at regional and national conferences in the United States and Canada.
Vincent Oppido is currently a sophomore at George Mason University. Since starting at George Mason, he has composed two pieces for Professor Maiello. His fanfare Skysplitter! will premiere, by the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio, in February 2006. A self-taught composer and arranger, Mr. Oppido is now highly sought after for his works and has commissions through the present year. American composers including Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, and Aaron Copland have inspired his music.
PROGRAM

Celebrations Vincent Oppido

Symphony # 9 (“New World”) op. 95 E minor Anton Dvorák

I. Adagio. Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Scherzo. Molto vivace
IV. Allegro con fuoco

Leonard Slatkin, guest conductor

Program subject to change without notice

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Tickets for the GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with LEONARD SLATKIN are $10, adults; and $7, students/seniors. 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