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ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WITH VIRTUOSO VIOLINIST ARABELLA STEINBACHER AT CENTER FOR THE ARTS

March 22, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

ARABELLA STEINBACHER, VIOLIN

Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., March 14, 2011 – Known for performing a diverse repertoire, the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has invigorated audiences and critics around the world with its outstanding artistry, unmatched energy and unique approach to music-making. This extraordinary group of musicians is one of the few self-governing orchestras in the music world today, performing without a conductor and rotating the music leadership roles for each piece. Appearing at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax on Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m., this marvelous orchestra joins forces with German violin virtuoso Arabella Steinbacher to perform a program that includes Strauss’ Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, Op. 7; Hartmann’s “Concerto Funèbre”; Mozart's Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, K. 373 and Adagio in E Major, K. 261; and Haydn’s “London” Symphony (No. 104). 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 in 1972 by cellist Julian Fifer and a group of fellow musicians who aspired to perform diverse orchestra repertoire using chamber music techniques, this egalitarian orchestra has strived to empower its musicians by integrating them into every facet of the organization, literally redefining the roles of musicians, conductors and orchestras. “The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra elegantly refutes the notion that a collective mind is unlikely to produce the same caliber of performance produced by a single mind.” (Chicago Tribune) Throughout its history, the ensemble has built a rich legacy with praiseworthy recordings, performances and collaborations with the world’s most celebrated soloists. In addition to the orchestra’s extensive national and international touring schedule, the New York-based ensemble presents an annual concert series at Carnegie Hall and frequently appears in many venues across the city, including Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Committed to music education, the ensemble launched the Orpheus Institute in 2003, through which college-aged musicians have the opportunity to learn from Orpheus musicians. The ensemble also started Access Orpheus, which provides hands-on music learning opportunities for hundreds of New York City public school students. In addition, to date, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has recorded more than 70 albums, including “Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures,” which earned the ensemble a Grammy Award. In December 2010, the ensemble announced the appointment of Ayden Adler as executive director.

Born in Munich in 1981 to a German father and Japanese mother, Steinbacher began studying violin at age 3 and began studying at the Munich Academy of Music at age 9. She made her debut in Paris in March 2004 when she stepped in for a colleague who was ill and performed Beethoven’s violin concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner to an audience and critics who showered her with superlatives. After her New York recital debut in 2006, The New York Times praised her for her “balanced lyricism and fire – among her assets are a finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres.” Steinbacher’s diverse repertoire includes more than 20 concertos for violin, and she has received numerous recording honors including the ECHO-Klassik Award (the German equivalent of a Grammy Award) for Young Artist of the Year, two German Record Critics Awards and the Editors Choice Award from Grammophone Magazine. She recently signed an exclusive recording contract with PentaTone Classics and released her first CD on that label, which included Dvorák’s Violin Concerto in A Minor and Syzmanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1, as well as Dvorák’s Romance in F Minor with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin led by Marek Janowski. Her second release, in October 2010, featured Bartók's First and Second Violin Concertos. This season Steinbacher makes her Carnegie Hall debut with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as well as her debuts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic and Maggio Musicale in Florence under Zubin Mehta. Steinbacher currently plays the "Booth" Stradivari (1716), generously provided by the Nippon Music Foundation.

 

Tickets for ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA are $28, $48, $56. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu or the Center for the Arts box office, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. 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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