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KIROV ORCHESTRA WITH MAESTRO VALERY GERGIEV PERFORMS AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES KIROV ORCHESTRA
WITH CONDUCTOR VALERY GERGIEV AND PIANIST ALEXEI VOLODIN
Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 10, 2008—“Conductor Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra are remarkable.” (Guardian) Founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great, the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater enjoys a distinguished history as one of the oldest musical traditions in Russia. Under the remarkable leadership of Valery Gergiev, the Kirov Orchestra appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. The program includes Prokofiev’s Cinderella Suite No. 3, op. 109 and Act III from Romeo and Juliet, as well as a Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, featuring Alexei Volodin as piano soloist.
This marvelous orchestra is credited with premiering the operas and ballets of a cavalcade of classical composers including Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Verdi. After the Russian Revolution, numerous internationally famed musicians conducted the orchestra, including Wagner, Mahler and Schoenberg. Renamed the Kirov Orchestra during the Soviet era, the orchestra continued maintaining its high artistic standards through the leadership of several artistic directors, with the last 20 years under Valery Gergiev. “Valery Gergiev, the Kirov’s brilliant conductor and artistic director, led his forces in a reading that sounded the depths of this powerful work,” the New York Post commented a Kirov performance.
The success of the Kirov Orchestra’s frequent worldwide tours have earned it the reputation of what one journalist referred to as “the world’s first global orchestra.” “The Kirov Orchestra is a perfectly balanced, impeccably blended virtuoso instrument, and Gergiev plays it with masterly élan.” (Los Angeles Times) Maestro Gergiev has brought the orchestra to 45 countries, including extensive tours throughout North and South America, Europe, China, Japan, Australia, Turkey, Jordan and Israel. When the orchestra made its debut tour of China in 1998, it was a momentous occasion, as it was the first time in 40 years that a Russian orchestra had performed in China. Under Maestro Gergiev, the orchestra has forged important relationships with the world’s greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and La Scala in Milan. In 2003, Maestro Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra opened Carnegie Hall’s season—Gergiev was the first Russian to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the first-ever concert in Carnegie Hall.
In addition to conducting the Kirov Orchestra, Maestro Gergiev is currently principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Alexei Volodin is a concert pianist from St. Petersburg, who began studying piano there at age 9, before moving to Moscow to study at the Gnessin Music School and the Moscow Conservatoire, and later at the Theo Lieven International Piano Foundation in Como. Volodin gave his debut recital at the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris, where he achieved extraordinary praise from the public and critics alike, and was immediately invited back. He has toured across Europe, Asia and Australia, and performed with celebrated orchestras worldwide. Volodin is a Steinway Artist.
The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.
Tickets for KIROV ORCHESTRA are $60, $52, $30. 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
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the 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.
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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.