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SYNERGY BRASS QUINTET PRESENTS "CHRISTMAS IN BRASS" AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

November 5, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

SYNERGY BRASS QUINTET
“CHRISTMAS IN BRASS”

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 5, 2010 – “Blazing precision … amazing technique,” says the Watertown Daily Times about this illustrious brass quintet that averages about 300 performances a year. Acclaimed for amazing technical skill, marvelous showmanship and diverse programming, the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the country’s most exciting new classical music ensembles. The quintet performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. Titled “Christmas in Brass,” this spirited holiday program features lush brass arrangements of Bach’s choral works, as well as Handel’s triumphant “Messiah,” amid a broad selection of classic Christmas carols. “Unadulterated exuberance and a rock star approach of performing.” (U.S. 1) This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Praised for “a veritable fireworks display of outstanding musical ability combined with superb showmanship” by Door Concerts, Inc., Synergy Brass Quintet has appeared at prestigious festivals throughout the United States, including the Ravinia Music Festival in Illinois, the Bethlehem Musikfest in Pennsylvania and the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts, as well as the Festival de Musica de Camara de Aguascalientes in Mexico. In addition to its rigorous performance schedule, the ensemble is committed to music education and has presented programs at more than 500 schools across the United States, and masterclasses at the Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School, University of North Texas, Northwestern University, the San Francisco Conservatory, UCLA and the Eastman School of Music, among others. The group served as “quintet-in-residence” at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and has had residencies at the International Festival at Roundtop and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.  The quintet also makes frequent appearances on National Public Radio, and in 2005, the group appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a performance that was broadcast on NBC.

Tickets for SYNERGY BRASS QUINTET’S “CHRISTMAS IN BRASS” are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu. 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs. 

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.