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ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE APPEARS ON OCT. 21 AT 4PM

September 17, 2012
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 4 p.m. 

  • Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
  • Shostakovich: Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11
  • Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 20

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 17, 2012 – “Compelling grandeur … masterful,” raves BBC Music Magazine about these eight stellar string musicians who have enchanted audiences worldwide with their rich, polished sound and incredible artistry. The illustrious Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 4 p.m., presenting an exquisite afternoon of sublime chamber music. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the concert on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. 

Featuring several configurations of the ensemble from six to eight players, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble features an extraordinary program that includes Brahms’ String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Shostakovich’s Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in Eb major. “Listening to the glorious octet, which Mendelssohn wrote at a precocious 16, it’s easy to imagine the awe that his family and friends must have felt while hearing the work’s premiere in 1825,” The New York Times wrote after a past performance by the ensemble.

“Splendid playing; impeccable sound and balance.” (Gramophone) The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was formed in 1967 – eight years after the creation of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra – to perform larger chamber works from quintets to octets. This gifted ensemble draws from principal players from the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra who regularly work together, using the camaraderie to enhance the level of musicianship. Since its inception, the ensemble has produced more than 30 recordings on Philips Classics, Hyperion and Chandos. The ensemble tours annually to France, Germany and Spain and frequently performs in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble currently features violinists Thomas Bowes (guest leader), Harvey de Souza, Jennifer Godson and Martin Burgess; violists Robert Smissen and Duncan Ferguson; and cellists Stephen Orton and John Heley. Many of these musicians have been performing as members of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for more than 15 years.

Program and ensemble members are subject to change.


Tickets for ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE are $25, $42 and $50. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

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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.

 

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