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Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at 8 p.m.


American Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 50th season in 2012

and Leon Botstein celebrates 20th season as music director


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 24, 2012 – Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, the illustrious American Symphony Orchestra appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfaxon Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at 8 p.m., performing under the baton of longtime music director Leon Botstein, who celebrates his 20th season as music director this year. This captivating program opens with Brahms’ Serenade No. 1, Op. 11 in D major and also features Beethoven’s bold and heroic masterpiece, the “Eroica” Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 in E-flat major. 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.

Leopold Stokowski founded the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in 1962 with the mission of presenting “concerts of great music within the means of everyone.” Under Botstein, the ASO has further defined its mission by unearthing rare classical music gems and reintroducing them into the symphonic canon, while curating its thematic programming around the visual arts, literature, politics and history to help the audience understand the context in which the music was created. For its 50th anniversary season, the ensemble is presenting a Carnegie Hall concert on Oct. 26, 2012 featuring 1962 ticket prices, and the Empire State Building will be illuminated in the ASO’s signature red and white on that same evening. This year, the orchestra also continues its popular “Classics Declassified” series at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The ASO has recorded albums on Telarc, New World, Bridge, Koch and Vanguard; many live performances have also been made available for digital download.

Leon Botstein has served as the music director and principal conductor of the ASO since 1992, and is now the conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he served as the music director from 2003-2011. Botstein has also been the president of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. since 1975 – a post he assumed at 28 years old – and he is also the founder and co-artistic director of the SummerScape Festival and the Bard Music Festival. In addition, he serves as the editor of The Musical Quarterly. He has received numerous honors, including the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Harvard’s Centennial Award; Austria’s Cross of Honor, First Class; and the Carnegie Foundation’s Academic Leadership Award. Under Botstein’s direction, the ASO is the resident orchestra of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.

Tickets for AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are $30, $52 and $60. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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 Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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.


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