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OPOLE, PHILHARMONIC OF POLAND BRINGS FIRST U.S. TOUR TO GMU'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
OPOLE, PHILHARMONIC OF POLAND
BOGUSLAW DAWIDOW, CONDUCTOR
EVGENI MIKHAILOV, PIANO
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 7, 2010 – In its first North American tour, this impressive orchestra makes its debut appearance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. for a sublime evening of symphonic music. Formed in 1947, Opole, Philharmonic of Poland regularly appears at prominent cultural events in its homeland, while also touring extensively abroad. Under the leadership of Maestro Boguslaw Dawidow, this esteemed ensemble has hosted a growing number of world-class musicians, as well as winners of piano, violin and conducting competitions. The orchestra was also invited to perform in honor of Pope John Paul II’s 80th birthday in May 2000. The program features Mozart’s delightful overture to “Die Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute) and Beethoven’s powerful Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” Virtuoso Evgeni Mikhailov is joined by the orchestra for Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 17 by celebrated Polish composer I.J. Paderewski. 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.
Founded immediately after the conclusion of World War II, Opole, Philharmonic of Poland is considered one of Poland’s leading orchestras and has been awarded the State Award for Arts Excellence by the Ministry of Culture of Poland. Since 1960, the orchestra has participated in prestigious festivals and cultural events throughout its homeland, and has toured extensively abroad through Europe, South America and Asia, performing music of contemporary Polish composers to great critical and popular acclaim.
The music director of Opole, Philharmonic of Poland since 1999, Dawidow has been a key figure in shaping the orchestra and raising its international stature. Internationally renowned for his musical knowledge, immense enthusiasm and extraordinary stage presence, Dawidow has conducted ensembles across the globe throughout his career and served as the resident conductor of the Polish Chamber Orchestra, and the artistic director and principal conductor of the Russian National Academic Symphony Orchestra. He founded the Chopin Chamber Orchestra in Krakow, with which he continues to tour, and he is also the principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. In honor of his exceptional music talents, experience and management, the American Biographical Institute presented Dawidow with the “Man of the Year” Award in 2002.
Prizewinner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, the Scriabin International Piano Competition, the Eriksson International Piano Competition and the Pozzoli International Piano Competition, Evgeni Mikhailov has performed more than 400 concerts around the world. He has been a soloist with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre of Montevideo, Mexico City Philharmonic and the Buenos Aires Philharmonic. An acknowledged master of the “Silver Age” of Russian music – the works of Medtner, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin – Mikhailov’s performances in the Great and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and Great Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra have become an honored tradition and have garnered rave reviews from international music press.
PLEASE NOTE: Opole, Philharmonic of Poland also appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 at 8 p.m. with a program that features Liszt’s Symphonic Poem No. 6, “Mazeppa” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in C minor, op. 98. Mikhailov is joined by the orchestra on Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major.
Tickets for OPOLE, PHILHARMONIC OF POLAND are $25, $42, $50. 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.
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