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January 10, 2008
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FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 9, 2008 – This spring, George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Department of Music present the Faculty Artist Series, showcasing the extraordinary musical talents of Mason’s music department faculty, who not only provide exceptional musical training to Mason students, but are also professional performers who have appeared with the finest symphonies and orchestras around the globe. The series is a wonderful opportunity for the Mason community to experience these remarkable artists practicing their craft. All of the performances are held in Harris Theater on Mason’s Fairfax campus.

“It is exciting to hear faculty, who are extraordinary teachers, perform at such a high level,” said James Gardner, chair of the music department. “Performance is their passion and these individuals are known nationally and internationally for their artistry. It is an honor to present them here at George Mason University.”

The Faculty Artist Series begins with a performance by tenor Richard Novak, a vocal studies instructor, on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Novak has performed with the Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, The Living Opera, San Antonio Symphony and Monroe Symphony, and is currently completing a doctor in musical arts degree in vocal performance degree at the University of North Texas.

The George Mason University Faculty Trio, composed of Kelly Ker-Hackleman, Peter Haase and Loran Stephenson, performs on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. An accomplished chamber musician and accompanist, Kelly Ker-Hackleman, was a founding member of the Peabody Trio in Memphis, and serves as a principal pianist for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. She has won or placed in numerous solo piano competitions, most notably, the National Masters Piano Competition and the International Beethoven Sonata Competition. Juillard-trained violinist Peter Haase was a member of the Atlanta Symphony before joining the National Symphony Orchestra in 1984 and was the bronze medal winner in the 1971 International Beethoven Competition. He has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Germany. Cellist Loran Stephenson has been a member of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1973; and has many professional appearances in Washington, D.C. as a chamber music performer and a soloist artist.

Dale Underwood, considered one of the foremost classical saxophonist of our time, performs on Tuesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. Underwood, who teaches applied saxophone at Mason, is the former saxophone soloist with the U.S. Navy Band, and has toured extensively as a soloist with leading orchestras both in the United States and abroad. As a recording artist, he has amassed a prolific discography of classical and contemporary works and he has had more than 30 original works written especially for him by other artists.

Glenn Smith, a music theory and composition instructor, presents a selection of his original compositions on Friday, March 21 at 8 p.m. A composer and performance artist, Smith has written more than 400 pieces, including choral, chamber and orchestral works, as well as jazz and electronic music for concert, dance, video, film and television. He has received numerous commissions from ensembles, institutions and individual artists, and has had performances at major venues including Carnegie Recital Hall, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress and on National Public Radio.

Pianist Anna Balakerskaia and Friends perform on April 20 at 7 p.m. Balakerskaia, a private music instructor in piano, has recorded with national and international artists and teaches at the International Summer Music Festivals in Holland, Germany, Italy and Russia.


The FACULTY ARTIST SERIES is FREE and open to the public. 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.