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January 10, 2008
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Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 9, 2008 – For more than 30 years, the State Symphony of Mexico, led by Enrique Bátiz, has created numerous recordings that cover a broad range of musical literature, including the works of Verdi, Rossini, Mexican and Spanish music, and the symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. In a concert featuring gifted pianist Leonel Morales, the State Symphony of Mexico performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 9 at 8 p.m. The program includes Carlos Chávez’s Chacona in E-minor (based on the work by Dietrich Buxtehude, Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D-Major (“Reformation”), Sergei Rachmaninoff’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 in D-minor, Op. 30 and Silvestre Revueltas’s "Sensemaya,"  or "The Snake Killing Ritual." A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Founded in 1971 by Enrique Bátiz and the Mexican government, the State Symphony of Mexico resides in the city of Toluca and tours extensively in Mexico and abroad, fulfilling its mission of presenting music as an art form throughout Mexico, and creating union and identity among Mexican citizens worldwide. In addition to performing and recording the works of Mexican and Spanish composers, the orchestra has interpreted the works of classical composers from across the globe. “Fluency exuded from every music stand, with the coloring of immaculate woodwinds and an almost perfect fusion of Latin connotations and Anglo-Saxon technique.” (Le Journal) The orchestra frequently performs at cultural festivals throughout Mexico and is a repeat recipient of the Annual Award from the Mexican Union of Chroniclers of Theater and Music.

Enrique Bátiz is revered as one of the most famous orchestra conductors in Latin America and is recognized as a gifted artist who has won international fame and whose musical interpretations produce deep and profound emotion. Born in Mexico City, Bátiz studied piano before attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the Julliard School of Music. After performing with orchestras worldwide, he returned to Mexico to found the State Symphony of Mexico. He conducted the orchestra for 12 years and then conducted the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years, before resuming the directorship of the State Symphony of Mexico in 1990. In addition to being a guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1984, Bátiz has led more than 500 symphony orchestras around the world, created a collection of more than 145 recordings, and has won numerous awards for his exceptional music-making.

With the perfect combination of extraordinary gifts, technique, talent and inspiration, Leonel Morales is widely recognized as one of today’s most brilliant and successful pianists. “He shows the beauty of sound with an assured technique and great dynamics that never pass the limits.” (La Libre Belgique) Cuban-born Morales now resides in Spain, performing music by great Spanish composers with orchestras across Europe. In addition to his performances, Morales is often invited to participate as a jury member for many international piano competitions and is president of the jury for the International Piano Competition “Spanish Composers” that takes place annually in Madrid.


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

Tickets for STATE SYMPHONY OF MEXICO are $50, $42, $25. 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

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