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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble Returns to the George Mason University’s Center for the Arts to Perform Schubert's Octet in F major    

October 3, 2016
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FAIRFAX, VA, Monday, October 3, 2016 – Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble returns to the George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 6 at 2pm for an exquisite program of string and wind chamber works that is sure to be one of the preeminent classical music events of the season.

In addition to performing Mozart’s Divertimento in D major and Strauss’s Till Eulenspeiegel, this renowned chamber ensemble from London will perform Schubert's rarely performed Octet in F major, and their performance of it is already capturing the attention of the press. "…the St. Martin Ensemble delivered a performance as remarkable as the [rarely heard] work itself" came the glowing review after a recent performance (

A contemporary of Beethoven, Schubert wrote Octet in F major in the spring of 1824. This hour-long composition consists of six movements and is of the largest scale for any chamber ensemble by Schubert.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is drawn from the principal players of the distinguished Academy orchestra, which has an international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. With more than 30 albums, they are the most recorded chamber ensemble, and their impressive repertoire ranges from Baroque to Bartók. The group tours extensively with regular performances in France, Germany, and Spain, as well as North and South America.

There will be a Pre-Performance Discussion withMembers of the Company. 

Ticket Information

Tickets for Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble are $60, $51 and $36. Youth Discount Tickets (half price tickets for youth through grade 12) are available for this event. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 888-945-2468, or in person at the Center for the Arts ticket office. One free student ticket will be available with Mason ID beginning on October 25, 2016.

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 to the Center for the Arts and free parking is located in university Lot K.

About George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts is the centerpiece of performing arts on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Each year, the Center welcomes hundreds of thousands of community members into its 2000-seat Concert Hall for performances by renowned professional artists, accomplished faculty, and emerging student artists. Great Performances at Mason, an annual season of national and international artists, features the best of classical music, opera, jazz, world music, dance, theater, global music and dance, and more. As a part of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Center hosts many student and faculty performances presented by the Schools of Music, Theater, and Dance. The Center for the Arts is also the performing home for the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.

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.