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GMU DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC ANNOUNCES ITS 2008 SCHOLARSHIP CONCERT

April 22, 2008
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
ANNOUNCES ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP CONCERT
Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 7 p.m.
Featuring the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, University Singers, University Chorale, and Select Women’s Chorale

 

FAIRFAX, Va., April 22, 2008 – In a performance including vocal and instrumental winners of the 2008 Concerto Competition, as well as selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Pirates of Penzance," featuring George Mason University Provost Peter Stearns performing “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General,” George Mason University’s Department of Music’s annual scholarship concert features its Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, University Singers, GMU Chorale, Select Women’s Chorale and master’s in conducting candidates under Maestro Anthony Maiello, Lisa Billingham and Stan Engebretson, on Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra conductor Anthony Maiello, with master’s in conducting candidates Daniel William Boothe, Carrie Ann Delaney and Kris Chapman, lead the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra through several eclectic works for instrument and voice, featuring winners of Mason’s 2008 Concerto Competition: Robert Vitale, clarinet; Mi-Kyung Choi, soprano; Ji Yoon Park, piano; and Adrianna Sgarlata, soprano.

The first section of the program will include Mozart’s Concert for Clarinet, K. 622, Mvt. 1; “Tornami a vagheggiar” from Handel’s opera seria Alcina; Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Op. 54, Mvt. 1; and “Glitter and Be Gay” from Bernstein’s Candide, performed by master’s degree student and Miss Virginia 2006 Adrianna Sgarlata, conducted by Stan Engebretson.

After the intermission, Peters Stearns, provost and professor of history at George Mason University performs the satirical “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General,” perhaps the most famous song in the comedic Gilbert & Sullivan opera. The GMU Combined Choirs, conducted by Lisa Billingham, follow with “When the Foreman Bares His Steel,” also from "The Pirates of Penzance," and “Dance a Cachuca” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Gondoliers."

 

PROGRAM

Concerto for Clarinet, K. 622, Mvt. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Robert Vitale, clarinet
Daniel William Boothe, conductor

“Tornami a vagheggiar” from Alcina
George Frederick Handel (chamber)
Mi-Kyung Choi, soprano
Carrie Ann Delaney, conductor

Piano Concerto, Op. 54, Mvt. 1
William Schumann
Ji Yoon Park, piano
Kris Chapman, conductor

“Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide
Leonard Bernstein
Adrianna Sgarlata, soprano
Stanley Engebretson, conductor


Intermission


“I am the very model of a modern Major General” from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Arthur Sullivan
Provost Peter Stearns, baritone
Lisa A. Billingham, conductor

“When the Foreman Bares His Steel” from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Arthur Sullivan
Lisa A. Billingham, conductor

“Dance a Cachuca” from "The Gondoliers"
Arthur Sullivan
Lisa A. Billingham, conductor

 


Tickets for the George Mason University Department of Music Scholarship Concert are $20 adults, $15 students/seniors. 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

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.