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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents State Symphony Orchestra of México Enrique Bátiz, conductor Irina Chistiakova, piano Alfonso Moreno, guitar Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 8 p.m.

January 5, 2015
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Presents

State Symphony Orchestra of México

Enrique Bátiz, conductor

Irina Chistiakova, piano

Alfonso Moreno, guitar

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 5, 2015 – The esteemed State Symphony Orchestra of México pays tribute to its Spanish roots with an exquisite performance featuring works by Spanish and Mexican composers when it appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 8 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. 

Under the baton of founding conductor Enrique Bátiz, this illustrious Latin American ensemble performs a Spanish Festival program featuring Russian piano prodigy Irina Chistiakova and acclaimed Mexican guitar soloist Alfonso Moreno. Included in this stirring evening of classical music are three of Enrique Granados’ “Danzas Españolas” (Spanish Dances), Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez,” Manuel Ponce’s Piano Concerto “Romantic” and Manuel de Falla’s “Noches en los jardines de España” (Nights in the Gardens of Spain).  

The State Symphony Orchestra of México was founded in Toluca, Mexico in 1971 by Enrique Bátiz and the Mexican government to promote Mexican culture and identity. For more than 40 years, this outstanding ensemble has interpreted the classics with great reverence and has premiered exciting new compositions such as Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Mexican composer Revueltas Roman’s “Reflections of a Poet” (Tribute to Nezahualcoyotl). Known for its expansive and diverse repertoire, the orchestra’s collection of recordings include works by Verdi and Rossini, Mexican and Spanish classical music and symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Bátiz led the orchestra from 1971 to 1983. After seven years conducting the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, he resumed his directorship in 1990; he has also served as a guest conductor with more than 500 symphony orchestras worldwide.  

 

Program subject to change

 

 

Tickets for STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF MÉXICO are $50, $43 and $30. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket 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 and Instagram 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.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past  half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.