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BEETHOVEN ORCHESTRA BONN UNDER CONDUCTOR STEFAN BLUNIER AND GUEST PIANIST LOUIS LORTIE PRESENT ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM ON MARCH 9 AT 8PM
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
BEETHOVEN ORCHESTRA BONN
Stefan Blunier, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano
Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Program includes three works by Beethoven:
Overture from “The Ruins of Athens” in G major, Op. 113
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 7, 2013 – Celebrated throughout its homeland and abroad, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, March 9,2013 at 8 p.m. Conductor and Music Director Stefan Blunier leads this revered 106-member orchestra as it showcases its artistic genius with a thrilling all-Beethoven program. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets for youth grades 12 and under are half price when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
The Beethoven-focused program for this performance includes the overture from “The Ruins of Athens,” as well as the jubilant Symphony No. 7. The concert also features renowned French-Canadian piano soloist, Louis Lortie, who joins the orchestra to perform Piano Concerto No. 4.
Hailing from the birthplace of its namesake, Ludwig van Beethoven, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn has been a pillar of cultural life in Bonn since its founding more than a century ago. Throughout the years, it has become one of the most celebrated orchestras of its kind in Germany, as the distinguished ensemble performs more than 100 concerts every year, ranging from concerts and performances in the Oper Bonn (Bonn Opera House) to premieres, recordings and special events. The orchestra is widely respected throughout Bonn for its commitment to working with various children’s, youth and adult choirs throughout the city and the region. Additionally, the orchestra has been recognized internationally after successful world tours and performances at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg. The orchestra has been under the baton of Stefan Blunier since August 2008.
Stefan Blunier received his degree from Folkwang College in Essen, Germany, where he studied piano, bugle, composition and conducting. Blunier has since made guest appearances with more than 90 symphony orchestras in Asia and Europe. Additionally, he has been invited to national and international locales, including Berlin, Munich, London and Oslo, to serve as a guest conductor. Blunier is also a producer and two of his recordings with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn won the prestigious Echo music award in Germany. In 2010, he was appointed “Premier Chef Invité” of the Orchestre National de Belgique in Brussels.
Louis Lortie, whose playing has been described as “sterling … note-perfect and scintillating” by The Washington Post, is a pianist and conductor with the Montreal Symphony. His illustrious career includes performing with some of the world's leading conductors, including Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel and Charles Dutoit. He has also been involved in music projects with such world-class musicians as Frank Peter Zimmermann, Leonidas Kavakos, Augustin Dumay and Gidon Kremer. Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonie and the Sala Grande del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, earning him widespread acclaim for his interpretation of the famous German composer.
Program subject to change.
Tickets for the BEETHOVEN ORCHESTRA BONN are $30, $52 and $60. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 can obtain half price tickets when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or 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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