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DEUTSCHE STAATSPHILHARMONIE BRINGS FIRST U.S. TOUR TO GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

December 10, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

DEUTSCHE STAATSPHILHARMONIE

ON ITS FIRST U.S. TOUR

PHILIPPE ENTREMONT, CONDUCTOR

SEBASTIAN KNAUER, PIANO

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 10, 2010 – “The German Philharmonic is without a doubt one of the best ensembles in German musical life.” (Peter Ruzicka, conductor and composer) The official cultural ambassador of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, this grand ensemble is the musical voice of the Rhineland, dividing its performance schedule between the region’s two most important cities – Mannheim and Ludwigshafen. With 88 talented musicians from more than 16 different countries, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, or the German State Philharmonic, regularly performs approximately 90 concerts each season in Germany and abroad. Under the direction of renowned conductor Philippe Entremont, this imposing orchestra brings its first national tour of the United States to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at 8 p.m. 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.

This spectacular program includes Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, Op. 98. Entremont also joins guest artist Sebastian Knauer on piano for Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos, No. 10 in E-Flat major, K. 365.

 Founded in 1919, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie is based in Ludwigshafen am Rhein and serves as a musical ambassador at home in Germany and abroad, having toured in South America, China, Spain, Finland and Austria. Karl-Heinz Steffens in currently the chief conductor of the orchestra and the principal guest conductor is George Pehlivanian. Former conductors include Otmar Suitner, Christoph Eschenbach, Theodor Guschlbauer, Bernard Klee and Ari Rasilainen. Richard Strauss and Ernst Boehe served as conductors during the orchestra’s early days.

“Entremont and his orchestra conjured up a joyous whirlwind of sound that ultimately launched the music blazing into the ether.” (The Washington Post) Entremont first gained international attention at age 18 with a successful appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall, which began his exceptional career as a pianist, a profession he has enjoyed for almost 60 years. He assumed the podium 30 years ago and his dedication to developing orchestras’ artistic potential has led to numerous engagements and international tours, and positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, Denver Symphony, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Israel Chamber Orchestra. Entremont is also the founder of the biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2007, and he holds the post of artistic director and conductor of the Festival Orchestra. During the 2010-11 season, he will conduct the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Festival Orchestra and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and become the principal conductor of the Boca Raton Philharmonic. For his many accomplishments, Entremont has been received numerous awards and honors: Officer of the French Legion of Honor, Commander of the Order of Merit, Commander of the Order of Arts et Lettres and the Arts and Sciences Cross of Honor of Austria. He is president of the International Certificate for Piano Artists, president of the Bel’Arte Foundation of Brussels and is director of the famed American Conservatory of Fountainebleau.

A former student of Entremont, Knauer began playing piano at age 4 and had his concert debut at Hamburg Musikhalle at age 13. Subsequent tours have taken him to prestigious venues and festivals across the globe, where he has performed as a guest artist with some of the most accomplished conductors and orchestras in the modern classical music world. A dedicated chamber musician, Knauer often tours with his duo partner, Daniel Hope, with whom he recorded his Grammy-nominated CD “East Meets West.” His CD with Sir Roger Norrington and the Camerata Salzburg was celebrated as one of the best Mozart recordings ever, and in its review of his CD of works by Franz Schubert, Gramophone Magazine said, “Poise and discipline from a pianist we must hear more from.” Knauer’s new CD “Pure Mendelssohn” was the Gramophone Editor’s Choice in March 2009.

 

 

Tickets for DEUTSCHE STAATSPHILHARMONIE are $30, $52, $60. 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

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