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2/16/03 - HUNGARIAN NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC

January 10, 2003
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A LEGACY OF 80 YEARS OF GRAND MUSICIANSHIP:
THE HUNGARIAN NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Zsolt Hamar, Permanent Conductor
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
CENTER FOR THE ARTS DEBUT:
Sunday, February 16, 7pm
"A NIGHT IN OLD VIENNA"
Program of popular composers and music evoke the romantic city on the Danube…


Fairfax, Virginia, January 13, 2003A Night In Old Vienna transports the audience to the old-world charm and elegance of 19th-century Vienna, when it was the capital of music and dance, with the music of Strauss, Lehar, and von Suppé.
The Hungarian National Philharmonic, conceived in 1923, performs this program of popular classical music on Sunday, February 16, at 7PM at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The performance includes an appearance by youthful soprano and Strauss and Schumann Song Competition prizewinner Júlia Hajnóczy. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Grand tier level of the Concert Hall.

Long considered the hub of musical activity in Europe, Vienna has the reputation as a city of gaiety and elegance, architectural magnificence, glittering ballrooms open-air restaurants and, above all, the waltz. The popularity of the Viennese waltz began with the city’s lower classes in its inns and beer gardens along the banks of the Danube. The men responsible for the eventual flowering of the city’s musical state were the ‘waltz kings,’ primarily Johann Strauss senior (1804-49) and his offspring.


Sunday, February 16, 7PM
"A Night in Old Vienna"


Franz Von Suppé
Light Cavalry – Overture

Béla Bartók
Hungarian Pictures

Johannes Brahms (arr. Dvorák)
Hungarian Dances No.21

Johann Strauss
Frühlingsstimmen – Waltz
Júlia Hajnóczy, soprano

Johann Strauss
Auf der Jagd - Polka schnell

Franz Lehár
Gold and Silver - Waltz

INTERMISSION

Johann Strauss
Vergnügungszug – Polka Schnell

Franz Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody No.1

Johannes Brahms (arr. Schmeling)
Hungarian Dances No.5, No.6

Johann Strauss
An der Schoenen Blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)

Hector Berlioz
Damnation of Faust /Hungarian March

PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

Tickets for THE HUNGARIAN NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA are $50, $42, $25. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 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.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. 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.