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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin Amanda Forsyth, cello Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at 4 p.m.  

December 4, 2013
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Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin

Amanda Forsyth, cello

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at 4 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 4, 2013 – Praised by the Guardian as “incisive, insightful and extremely beautiful,” Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns with renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman for an evening of unequalled classical music. This illustrious orchestra performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

For this concert, guest conductor and violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman leads the orchestra to perform Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor and Schoenberg’s Romantic masterpiece, “Verklärte Nacht” (Transfigured Night), inspired by a poem of the same name and the music of the late German Romantics. Celebrated cellist Amanda Forsyth, who is married to Zukerman, joins her husband for Brahms’ Double Concerto in A minor, a remarkable work requiring two equally brilliant soloists.

Known as Britain’s national orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, who envisioned an elite ensemble of the country’s finest musicians. The orchestra flourished, first under Beecham’s direction, and then under a distinguished list of conductors including André Previn, Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit. Based in London, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra boasts an impressive schedule of concerts at home, as well as regular tours across the United Kingdom and other countries throughout Europe. Internationally, the orchestra has appeared before audiences across the globe, and performed for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, the president of China in Tiananmen Square and at the 10th anniversary celebration of Kazakhstan’s independence.

Israeli-born violinist Pinchas Zukerman has been one of the most acclaimed figures in the classical music world for more than four decades and has inspired countless young artists with his passion for music, remarkable technique and charismatic personality. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal guest conductor since the 2009-2010 season, Zukerman has led the ensemble on numerous tours throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East and has worked extensively to develop the orchestra’s education department and community activities. Zukerman has been the music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada since 1998 and the ensemble and educational programming have thrived under his leadership. In addition, Zukerman performs at prestigious venues and classical music festivals across the globe with Zukerman ChamberPlayers. His notable collection of recordings contains more than 100 titles and has earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two Grammy Awards.

Juno Award-winning cellist Amanda Forsyth has appeared as a soloist with distinguished orchestras across the globe and has collaborated with renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, Louis Lortie and even jazz great Wynton Marsalis, who featured her prominently in his soundtrack for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, “The War.” Forsyth, who was born in South Africa and moved to Canada as a child, was a prodigy who began studying cello at age 3. She studied at the Juilliard School and later performed as a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Forsyth is the principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and is a founding member of Zukerman ChamberPlayers.


Tickets for ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA are $75, $67 and $37.50. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. 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 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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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