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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA WITH PINCHAS ZUKERMAN

December 4, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
PRESENTS
THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
WITH PINCHAS ZUKERMAN, VIOLIN/CONDUCTOR
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 28, 2007 – In 1946, one of Britain’s greatest conductors, Sir Thomas Beecham, founded the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to bring the world’s greatest music to the people of his country. His legacy continues as the Orchestra offers audiences the highest possible standards of music making with a style described as “incisive, insightful and extremely beautiful.” (The Guardian) Renowned conductor and violinist Pinchas Zukerman, whose genius and prodigious technique have long been a marvel to audiences and critics, joins the RPO for this performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, January 11 at 8 p.m.

The program includes Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 20, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor (guest conducted by Jean-Philippe Tremblay with a violin solo by Zukerman), Op. 26 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Phaup Brown Wealth Management of Wachovia Securities is the Performance Sponsor for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance.

Since its formation 60 years ago, the London-based orchestra has been led by a series of distinguished maestros including Rudolf Kempe, Antal Dorati, André Previn and Vladimir Ashkenazy. The RPO continues to thrive, undertaking a busy concert, touring and recording schedule, under the inspired leadership of Daniele Gatti (music director since 1996). As an international orchestra, the RPO has toured more than 30 countries in the last five years, including performances for the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and the president of China in Tiananmen Square. Recent tours have included the RPO’s first ever tour to Egypt, performing in the Cairo and Alexandria opera houses, as well as a tour of performances in Spain, Italy and Germany. The RPO extends its artistic work through a vibrant and innovative community and education program, bringing musicians to projects with young homeless people, youth clubs, probation services, schools and family events to educate and promote live music-making that reflects both the diversity of the individuals involved and the Orchestra itself.

Pinchas Zukerman has been recognized as a musical phenomenon for four decades and his exceptional artistic standards continue to earn him high acclaim from audiences and critics around the globe. Born in Israel, Zukerman began musical training with his father and then studied under famed violinist Isaac Stern before coming to American in 1962 to study at Juillard. Zukerman has served as conductor and soloist with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1976, and was named the music director of that orchestra in 1998. “His capacity to listen to everyone else on stage and respond to what they're doing is incredible,” says pianist Emanuel Ax. Zukerman’s recordings as a solo artist have earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two Grammy Awards for “Best Chamber Music Performance” in 1980, and “Best Classical Performance – International Soloist with Orchestra” in 1981. In addition to his conducting and performing career, Zukerman is strongly committed to education, bringing young musicians from across Canada and abroad to participate in master classes, chamber music rehearsals and concerts.

French-Canadian conductor and violist Jean-Philippe Tremblay was assistant conductor to Pinchas Zukerman from 2001 to 2003 at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and has developed an impressive and varied international career by age 28. He has conducted numerous orchestras around the world, including the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. In addition, Tremblay has been music director of l'Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne since its founding in the summer of 2001. He has recorded extensively and received several awards, including the Joyce Conger Award for the Arts, the Rose Roitman Award and an honorary membership in the Golden Key International Honor Society.

 

Phaup Brown Wealth Management of Wachovia Securities is the Performance Sponsor for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.

Tickets for ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA are $60, $52, $30. 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


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