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VIRTUOSO PIANISTS EMANUEL AX AND YEFIM BRONFMAN AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES VIRTUOSO PIANISTS
EMANUEL AX AND YEFIM BRONFMAN
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008 at 4 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 28, 2008—Legendary pianists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman come together an extraordinary performance this fall at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. Acclaimed for his poetic lyricism and brilliant technique, Ax seems to let the music just slide out from under his fingers. Bronfman’s dynamic and masterful interpretation brings tension and character to every phrase. Center audiences have the opportunity to witness these two Grammy Award-winning musicians, as they create a delightful and emotionally charged listening experience. The program includes Brahms’ "Variations on a Theme by Haydn," Bolcom’s "Recuerdos for Two Pianos," Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major and Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances."
Ax and Bronfman recently collaborated for the first time on two albums showcasing works by Rachmaninoff and Brahms. The Chicago Tribune described the pairing of these two musicians as “a marvel of manual dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment and jaw-dropping bravura.” Ax and Bronfman also recently partnered together to perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos, under the baton of Lorin Maazel for the opening gala of the New York Philharmonic, which was broadcast live on national television.
Ax is renowned not only for his poetic temperament and unsurpassed virtuosity, but also for the exceptional breadth off his performing activity. Each season, his distinguished career includes appearances with major symphony orchestras worldwide, recitals in the most celebrated concert halls, a variety of chamber music collaborations, the commissioning and performance of new music and additions to his acclaimed discography on Sony Classical.
Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings.
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 EMANUEL AX AND YEFIM BRONFMAN 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.
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.