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LEIPZIG GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA, MARCH 3, 8PM

February 5, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S
CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES
GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA OF LEIPZIG
CONDUCTED BY RICCARDO CHAILLY,
FEATURING YOUTHFUL PIANO VIRTUOSO YUNDI LI
IN A PROGRAM OF STRAUSS AND LISZT
Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia, February 5, 2007—“Perhaps the greatest thing about the Gewandhaus Orchestra is its golden yet cultivated tone,” raved The London Times. One of the world’s most celebrated musical ensembles, Gewandhaus has had many illustrious partnerships with universally acclaimed musical directors, including Kurt Masur, and even Felix Mendelssohn. Under the precise hand of internationally renowned conductor Maestro Riccardo Chailly, the orchestra performs a program of masterpieces on Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. The concert features exciting pianist Yundi Li, winner of the prestigious Warsaw Competition in 2000, now just into his 20s, performing anticipated interpretations of Strauss and Liszt. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.
The Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and chief conductor Riccardo Chailly won the Echo Klassik 2006 and were named Gramophone Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice,” in January 2007. The orchestra has also secured a 2007 GRAMMY nomination for “Best Instrumental Soloists Performance with Orchestra,” for its recording of Brahms’s Piano Concertos with Nelson Freire, soloist.
Yundi Li is possessed of “celebrated limpid fingering, precise dynamic control and ear-melting tone” according to The Washington Post, commenting on a recent area appearance by this young piano sensation. The Washington Post declared his interpretation of Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B-Minor “rigorously coherent and unrelentingly powerful, breathing white-hot fury and ethereal calm—a knockout performance…”










Program

Don Juan, Op. 20 Richard Strauss
Piano Concerto No. 1, E-flat Major Franz Liszt
Yundi Li, pianist

Intermission

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 Richard Strauss


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Tickets for GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA OF LEIPZIG are $44, $36, $22. 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