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Academy of Ancient Music, March 30

February 26, 2003
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George Mason University’s
Center for the Arts
welcomes violinist and conductor
Andrew Manze leading
The Academy of Ancient Music
in a program including Handel, Biber, Locatelli and
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Sunday, March 30, 7 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia, March 1, 2003—The original Academy of Ancient Music was established in 1726 for the purpose of studying and performing ‘old’ music — defined initially as music composed at least a century earlier. The modern revival of The Academy, founded by Christopher Hogwood in 1973, created what is now one of the world’s most renowned ‘period-instrument’ orchestras. The ensemble is known for its concerts and recordings of music from the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic eras.

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Sunday, March 30 is the setting for an evening of sublime interpretations of the masterworks of Georg Frederic Handel, Heinrich Biber, Pietro Locatelli and Antonio Vivaldi. Called "the first modern superstar of the baroque violin" by the San Francisco Examiner, Andrew Manze leads this exceptional ensemble praised the world over for its technical virtuosity and purity of interpretation. The performance begins at 7:00PM, and a pre-performance discussion begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier.

As Andrew Manze prepares for his new role as Music Director of the English Concert, a position he’ll assume in summer 2003, North American audiences have their final opportunities this season to hear him direct the Academy of Ancient Music.
During the March 30 program, The Academy performs Heinrich Biber’s Sonata: the peasants’ church procession allowing a glimpse into simple lives – a Sunday morning – on the way to church. Contrasted with Locatelli’s Concerto grosso, Il pianto d’Arianna('Ariadne's lament'), Op.7 no.6, the musicians move to the stuff of legends as Ariadne, daughter of Minos, King of Crete, falls helplessly in love with the Athenian Prince Theseus. In his notes, Mr. Manze describes the Locatelli as "a scene from a voiceless opera for stringed instruments: no words are necessary to show us the peace of Ariadne’s sleep, or her disbelief, yearning and anger."

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, whose ubiquity (on the radio, in the mall, supermarket and on cell phones everywhere…) has nearly served to mask the fact that the music’s abstract qualities – its melodies, flourishes and use of color – are the benchmarks of the composer’s genius.

The Academy proves, with their performance of The Four Seasons, and the other pieces on
the program, that they can bring performer, audience and live music-making together.

The Academy of Ancient Music
Andrew Manze, director and violin soloist
Sunday, March 30, 7:00 p.m.

Handel Concerto grosso in G minor, Op.6 no.6 Georg Frederic Handel (1685-1759)
Larghetto e affettuoso
Allegro, ma non troppo

Sonata: the peasants’ church procession Heinrich I. F. Biber (1644 - 1704)
The peasants’ church procession

The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Violin Concerto in E major, Op.8 no.1, La Primavera (‘Spring’)
Largo e pianissimo
Allegro: Danza Pastorale

Violin Concerto in G minor, Op.8 no.2, L’Estate (‘Summer’)
Allegro mà non molto-Allegro
Presto: Tempo impettuoso d’Estate


Concerto grosso, Il pianto d’Arianna ('Ariadne's lament'), Op.7 no.6 Pietro Locatelli (1695 - 1764)
Largo andante

The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concerto in F major, Op.8 no.3, L’Autunno (‘Fall’)
Allegro: Ballo, e Canto de’Villanelli
Adagio molto
Allegro: La Caccia

Violin Concerto in F minor, Op.8 no.4, L’Inverno (‘Winter’)
Allegro non molto

Program subject to change

Tickets for the Academy of Ancient Music are $42, $34, $21. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit 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. Logon to

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