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Eos Orchestra: "The Celluloid Copland"

January 28, 2003
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Saturday, March 1, 8PM


Includes Film Scores from Eos’ Grammy-Nominated CD
Celluloid Copland
Copland’s 1939 Suite from "The City" is accompanied by film
in Center for the Arts Concert Hall!

Fairfax, Virginia, January 24, 2003
—Artistic Director Jonathan Sheffer leads the Eos Orchestra on Saturday, March 1 at 8PM at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, as part of the Magnificent Music series of ‘Great Performances at Mason.’ The program for this performance, part of the young orchestra’s first national tour, includes Copland’s Music for Movies, The Cummington Story, The City Suite(with film), and the complete ballet of Appalachian Spring. The program also includes music by Paul Bowles including his Suite for Small Orchestra and Romantic Suite. An artistic discussion – free to ticketholders -- begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

"We are very pleased to embark on Eos’ inaugural national tour," said artistic director and conductor Jonathan Sheffer. "Marking an historic moment in Eos’ eight year history, our visit to locations throughout the southeastern United States offers us an opportunity to perform Aaron Copland’s rarely heard film scores for a new and diverse audience." And, Sheffer continues, "Eos seeks to re-imagine the live music experience with a focus on re-discovery of important neglected works and composers, thematic programming, and collaboration with other artistic disciplines."

Eos strives to bring American classics and new discoveries to new audiences. Aaron Copland's masterpiece, the full ballet of Appalachian Spring is paired with works from Eos' 2002 Grammy-nominated CD of early works brought out of the Library of Congress: music from a World War II documentary and a film with music from the 1939 World's Fair. Also on the program, the music of Paul Bowles, expatriate novelist and composer.

The Eos Orchestra became a new musical force during its first concerts in 1995, The Music of Paul Bowles, a three-day festival at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

Composer and conductor Jonathan Sheffer founded and has led the Eos Orchestra for eight years, garnering both national and international recognition. Released in January 2001, in honor of Aaron Copland's centenary year, the orchestra’s CD Celluloid Copland was recently nominated for a Grammy Award. In addition to many guest conducting engagements, Mr. Sheffer was appointed Music Director of Red {an orchestra}, a new chamber ensemble in Cleveland, launching its first season in 2002-2003. He made his conducting debut at the New York City Opera leading John Philip Sousa’s The Glass Blowers.

Tickets for Eos Orchestra, "The Celluloid Copland," Saturday,
March 1 are $40, $32, $20. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 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.

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.