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HELSINGBORG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with MAESTRO ANDREW MANZE presents "THE EROICA EFFECT"

February 28, 2008
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

HELSINGBORG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

WITH ANDREW MANZE, CONDUCTOR

"THE EROICA EFFECT"

Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 7 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 28, 2008 – “There are many ways to look at a masterpiece such as Beethoven’s ‘Eroica,’” explains Andrew Manze, one of today’s leading musicians and musical preservationists. Manze, with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, elucidates an iconic pillar of symphonic repertory – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, to answer some of the questions that the symphony has inspired. Conducted by Manze, the Helsingborg Symphony performs a program titled "The Eroica Effect" at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 30 at 7 p.m. The program includes Manze sharing a brief history of the symphony before this renowned orchestra performs Beethoven’s monumental composition, allowing audiences to experience the “Eroica” with a new appreciation and a genuine sense of discovery. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Principal conductor of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra since 2006, Andrew Manze has become known for the energy and insight he brings to a remarkable range of music, including baroque, classical, and 19th- and 20th-century repertoire. As a violinist, he specializes in music from 1610 to 1830. Manze teaches, edits and writes about music, and his performances have been broadcasted regularly on radio and television. Before leading the HSO, Manze was the associate director of the Academy of Ancient Music from 1996 to 2003, and the artistic director of the English Concert from 2003 to 2006, and is currently the artist-in-residence with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He has also guest conducted with orchestras throughout Europe and the United States. Audiences and critics alike have praised Manze for making the music of classical composers of the past accessible and enjoyable, such as when the Orange County Register extolled Manze for revealing through music “Mozart the man, not Mozart the deified composer” after a performance. “Manze scaled the full range of emotions and went for every gesture, no matter the risk … he possesses that great gift of engaging the newcomer while pleasing the most learned fan.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Manze has released a number of recordings that have received critical acclaim, including a collaboration with Richard Egarr of the Academy of Ancient Music, which earned the pair a Grammy nomination in 2003.

The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra is one of Scandinavia’s leading, most innovative orchestras, with the reputation of being extremely ambitious and relishing in a constant succession of new challenges. Founded in 1912, the HSO has been recognized on an international level since the 1980s, due to the appointment of exceptionally professional, well-established principal conductors and the artistic skills and commitment of its musicians. The 54-member orchestra has a sensitive, carefully cultivated style of playing, with the ability to combine precision with musical zeal to be both dedicated and disciplined. This renders a very distinctive sound: clear, vivacious and expressive. “The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra has a freshness and vitality appropriate to the music’s character.” (BBC Music Magazine) The HSO performs 70-80 concerts a year, and works regularly with international celebrated conductors and soloists, who often express their deep appreciation of the orchestra’s professionalism, enthusiasm and warmth.

The program includes: the Overture to "Romeo and Juliet," Manze’s eloquent discussion of Beethoven’s "Eroica" and a performance of the complete Beethoven Symphony No. 3.

 

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