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August 28, 2007
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Sunday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 28, 2007 – An extraordinary gift of 16 Steinway grand pianos has enabled George Mason University to receive the distinction of being an all-Steinway school. Sidney O. Dewberry, former rector of George Mason University Board of Visitors and a novice pianist, spearheaded the initiative to secure the university’s designation as an all-Steinway school. George Mason University’s Department of Music and the College of Visual and Performing Arts celebrate this achievement with A "Grand" Piano Celebration: All-Steinway School Piano Dedication concert on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m.

The performance will begin with a dedication ceremony by Sally Coveleskie, director of institutional sales at Steinway and Sons; followed by George Mason piano students Jorge Luis Martinez Padron, Hwana Lee, Jennifer Robinson, Min Son, Yoonji Rachel Kim, Oh Sun Choi, Jihae Lim and Christine Nguyen, and music department faculty Linda Apple Monson, Patricia Miller, Anna Balakerskaia and Miron Yampolsky, performing selections by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and other composers. The students are former recipients of the Jean Carrington Cook Memorial Piano Scholarship or other music department scholarships and awards.

To receive the official designation as an all-Steinway school from Steinway and Sons, 90 percent, or 16 of George Mason University’s pianos had to be Steinways. Dewberry volunteered to raise half of the funds for the purchase of the Steinways and the university committed to matching the funds. Local area Steinway retailer Jordan Kitt’s Music also partnered with the university in the effort.

All-Steinway schools provide a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music. Pianos are critical to every aspect of the instrumental and vocal programs at Mason. This enhances the quality of the practice, teaching and performance situations that music students encounter on a daily basis.  In a recent Washington Post article, Monson, the associate chair of Mason’s music department, along with her students, declared that the designation a “‘badge of honor’” for the university. Wearing the mantle of all-Steinway school, George Mason University joins the ranks of distinguished schools such as the Juilliard School of Music, the Yale School of Music and the Oberlin College Conservatory.



Suite No. 5 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Jorge Luis Martinez Padron

Sonata Tempest, Op. 31, No. 2 – Ludwig van Beethoven
III) Allegretto
Hwana Lee

Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38 – Frederic Chopin
Jennifer Robinson

Rhapsody, Op. 79, No. 2 – Johannes Brahms
Min Son

Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 57 – Frederic Chopin
II) Scherzo
Yoonji Rachel Kim

Liebesfreud – Fritz Kreisler, trans. Sergei Rachmaninoff
Oh Sung Choi

Sonata Appassionata, Op. 57 – Ludwig van Beethoven
III) Allegro, ma non troppo
Jihae Lim

Slavonic Dance in F Major, Op. 46, No. 4 – Antonín Dvo_ák
Christine Nguyen
Jennifer Robinson
Min Son
Jihae Lim


Evocation (from Suite Iberia) – Isaac Albeniz
El Pelele (from Goyescas) – Enrique Granados
Linda Apple Monson

Suite Populaire Espagnole (from Siete Canciones populares Españolas) – Manuel de Falla, trans. Maurice Marechal
Miron Yampolsky, cello
Anna Balakerskaia, piano

El Paño Moruno (from Siete Canciones populares Españolas) – Manuel de Falla
Patricia Miller, mezzo-soprano
Linda Apple Monson, piano

Meine Liebe ist Grun, Op. 63, No. 5 – Johannes Brahms
Morgan, Op. 27, No. 4 – Richard Strauss
Zueignung, Op. 10, No. 1 – Richard Strauss
Patricia Miller, mezzo-soprano
Linda Apple Monson, piano

Jamaican Rhumba – Arthur Benjamin
Linda Apple Monson, piano
Anna Balakerskaia, piano

Program subject to change without notice


Tickets for A "Grand" Piano Celebration: All-Steinway School Piano Dedication are $15, adults; $10, seniors; and free for students. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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

The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.