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August 21, 2012
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Celebrating Mason as an All-Steinway School and the

Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment Fund

 supporting student scholarships and programs in the School of Music

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at 3 p.m.

Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Post-concert reception in the Concert Hall lobby


Featuring the artistry of Linda Apple Monson, International Steinway Artist, in collaboration with stellar faculty colleagues: Anna Balakerskaia, piano; Lisa Berger, soprano; and Dennis Edelbrock, trumpet; as well as outstanding student piano artists


FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 21, 2012 – George Mason University’s School of Music is pleased to present “A Grand Piano Celebration” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at 3 p.m.

The program will feature Linda Apple Monson performing an exciting new solo piano work by Mason faculty composer Glenn Smith; the composition is written for and dedicated to Monson. In addition, Monson will collaborate in performance with several outstanding faculty colleagues from the School of Music, including duo-piano works by Shostakovich and Khachaturian with concert pianist Anna Balakerskaia; works by Wolf, Strauss and Puccini with coloratura soprano Lisa Berger; and compositions by Handel and Marvin with trumpet virtuoso Dennis Edelbrock. In addition, the program will also showcase several exceptionally talented student pianists in Mason’s School of Music who are recipients of scholarship support. They will perform works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin and Ginastera.

Recently named a Distinguished Service Professor at George Mason University,

Linda Apple Monson is an International Steinway Artist, as well as the associate director of the School of Music and director of Keyboard Studies. She was recently awarded the “George Mason University 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year” at the Alumni Association annual Celebration of Distinction Awards Ceremony. Monson has been a professor in Mason’s School of Music since 1999. In addition, she serves as director of music at Springfield United Methodist Church. An honored recipient of the George Mason University 2009 Teaching Excellence Award, Monson has been selected for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. An active performer/scholar, she has given lecture-recitals, solo piano recitals and piano master classes in the United States, Europe, Asia and Central America. Recent international performances include Dublin, Ireland; Nanjing, China; Oxford, England; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Madrid, Spain; Bangkok, Thailand; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Hannover, Germany. She is a frequent lecture-recitalist at international, national and regional conferences of the College Music Society. An advocate of new music, Monson has presented numerous solo piano world premieres. Monson earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a diploma in piano from Musica en Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Funds raised by “A Grand Piano Celebration” will support student scholarships and programs in the School of Music through the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment Fund, which honors the extraordinary commitment and impact that Monson has had on Mason’s students, faculty and friends. The endowment fund was established in 2011 by an anonymous donor who contributed $100,000 and was matched by an additional $100,000 from private sources.

The lead gift for the endowment challenge was made by Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. In 2007, George Mason University received the distinct honor of being named an All-Steinway School. Through the private support of individual donors and matching funds from the university, the School of Music was able to purchase new Steinway grand pianos for its practice rooms and teaching studios. Rapidly expanding facilities for music students in the past several years have led to the School of Music acquiring many additional Steinway pianos for teaching studios and practice rooms. The newly renovated Fine Arts Building, opening in fall 2013, will feature 32 additional Steinway pianos.

Tickets for “A Grand Piano Celebration” are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, $5 for students in grades K-12 and non-Mason students, and free to Mason students with a valid Mason ID. To purchase tickets, please call 888-945-2468 or visit or visit the Center for the Arts Concert Hall box office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment Fund, please contact Kate Leeds-Brody at or

(703) 993-4749. For more information about Mason’s School of Music, 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 main stage 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.

About George Mason University

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