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December 17, 2013
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Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at 8 p.m.


            FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 17, 2013 – Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, a focal point of musical life in Northern Israel, makes its George Mason University’s Center for the Arts debut, coming to Fairfax as part of its first tour of the United States on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at 8 p.m. Since its inception more than six decades ago, this popular orchestra has built an impressive and loyal following, and is known throughout its homeland for its support of Israeli composers, soloists and conductors. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 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.

            Under the baton of Boguslaw Dawidow, Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel brings a spectacular program that includes the exquisite and familiar melodies of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor and the warm sounds of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World.” Virtuoso violist Avshalom Sarid joins the orchestra for “Melodies for Mount Carmel,” by Israeli composer Uri Bracha.

            Founded in 1950, Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel is one of the most popular orchestras in its homeland, with more than 5,000 annual subscribers to its performance series. In addition, the orchestra presents diverse programming for its community, including the Chazanut Series (Jewish music), themed concerts such as “Abbey Road” and “Sounds of America,” and performances at city festivals and holiday events. The orchestra has received the Prime Minister’s Award in Israel for its commitment to performing original Israeli compositions and supporting Israeli soloists and conductors. Acclaimed conductor and musician Noam Sheriff serves as the music director of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel.

            Polish-born conductor Boguslaw Dawidow is recognized worldwide for the breadth of his musical knowledge, immense passion and welcoming stage presence. In addition to serving as principal guest conductor with Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, he holds the same role with the Bogota Symphony Orchestra and serves as the general music director of the Chopin Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble that he founded in the 1980s. He previously led Opole Philharmonic of Poland, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian National Academic Symphony Orchestra. Dawidow has recorded many albums, most notably the Brahms Symphonic Cycle and works by Tchaikovsky, Szymanowski and Elsner. In 2002, the American Biographical Institute in New York bestowed Dawidow with the title “Man of the Year,” in honor of his countless musical accomplishments across the globe.

            One of Israel’s most in-demand soloists, Avshalom Sarid has performed with his homeland’s leading orchestras and chamber orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Ra’anana Symphony Orchestra and Be’er Sheva Symphony. At the recommendation of celebrated conductor Zubin Mehta, Sarid served as principal violist with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence, Italy, as well as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He appeared with Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel in 2007, after he performed in the world premiere of a viola concerto that its music director, Noam Sheriff, wrote for him. In this performance with the ensemble, he performs “Melodies for Mount Carmel” (or “Carmel Melodies”), which guitarist and composer Uri Bracha wrote for him. Sarid studied at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, Manager’s College of Tel Aviv and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he now teaches.


Please note: Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel also performs at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at 4 p.m. Under the baton of Boguslaw Dawidow, the orchestra performs Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to “Euryanthe” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, as well as Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with award-winning Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich.



Tickets for HAIFA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF ISRAEL are $60, $52 and $30. 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.


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