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February 23, 2012
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 8 p.m.



·       Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 4 for Wind Orchestra, Op. 165

·       David Gillingham’s Concertino for Four Percussionists and Wind Ensemble

·       Rossini’s Overture to “Semiramide”

·       Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 22, 2012 – This spring, George Mason University’s School of Music presents the Mason Wind Symphony and Mason Symphony Orchestra performing an exciting program at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 8 p.m. Mark Camphouse, professor and associate director of the School of Music, conducts the Wind Symphony, while Dennis M. Layendecker, director of the School of Music and University Heritage Chair of Music, conducts the Symphony Orchestra.

The first half of the program will feature the Mason Wind Symphony performing Symphony No. 4 for Wind Orchestra by American composer Alan Hovhaness, who composed the work in 1958. According to Camphouse, “The Hovhaness symphony is a beautiful contemporary work that features fresh, new sounds and has a harmonic style ranging from the Renaissance to the present.” Born to Scottish and Armenian parents, Hovhaness’s music was greatly influenced by his cultural background. “You hear these cultural differences in his music … a quasi-East-meets-West, if you will,” Camphouse said.

The Mason Wind Symphony also will perform David Gillingham’s Concertino for Four Percussionists and Wind Ensemble. Gillingham, a professor of music at Central Michigan University, composed the work in 1997. This performance will feature four student soloists from the School of Music: Dylan Barber, Paul Durning, Matt Halligan and Max Fahland.

Following the intermission, the Mason Symphony Orchestra will perform the Overture to “Semiramide” by Gioachino Rossini. Rossini’s final Italian opera, “Semiramide” is based on Voltaire’s tragedy “Semiramis,” and was first performed at La Fenice in Venice in 1823.

The performance will conclude with the Mason Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, one of the most beloved and frequently performed compositions in all of classical music. This popular work was written between the years of 1804 and 1808.

Tickets for the Mason Wind Symphony and Mason Symphony Orchestra performance are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Please or call 888-945-2468 or visit or visit the Concert Hall box office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about this performance or other School of Music performances and activities, please visit or call 703-993-1380.


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


About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (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.


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