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ALL MOZART! ORCHESTRA VERDI EUROPA,NOVEMBER 2

October 9, 2003
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES
ORCHESTRA VERDI EUROPA
Nayden Todorov, principal conductor
ON THEIR FIRST U.S. TOUR – WASHINGTON, DC-area DEBUT PERFORMANCE
Sunday, November 2, 4PM

Fairfax, Virginia, October 3, 2003—A unique ensemble comprised of top international performers, Orchestra Verdi Europa represents a collaborative relationship between some of the premiere opera houses in Central Europe, historically nurturing grounds for eminent singers and distinguished conductors of international renown. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts welcomes this impressive roster of choirs, soloists, and many of the most respected musicians in Europe, for an afternoon of majestic Mozart—including the revered Requiem in D Minor, on Sunday, November 2 at 4:00PM. Having undertaken major concerts through Europe, including many of the world’s most prestigious opera stages, this date marks the D.C. debut performance – part of the orchestra’s first U.S. tour – of Orchestra Verdi Europa, under the baton of Nayden Todorov, principal conductor. A pre-performance discussion is held on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall, 45-minutes prior to the curtain.

Principal Conductor Nayden Todorov, born in Bulgaria, received his first piano lessons at the age of five and at the age of sixteen he led his first concert as a conductor. Maestro Todorov was Principal Conductor of the Sofia Festival Orchestra from 1997 to 1999, and Resident Conductor of the Israel Northern Symphony Orchestra of Haifa during the 1998-1999 season. In addition to being Principal Conductor of Orchestra Verdi Europa, Todorov has served as guest conductor for major orchestras throughout Europe, and has also participated in festivals in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Slovak Republic and the United States.

Soloists for this performance include Award-winning soprano Anna Veleva, who has sung roles in La Boheme (Musetta), Rigoletto (Gilda), Tales of Hoffman (Olimpia), and La Sonnambula (Amina). Mezzo-soprano Petya Dimitrova has performed with Opera Verdi Europa in Rigoletto (Maddalena), Il Trovatore (Azucena), Carmen (Carmen), and the Mozart Requiem. Tenor Kamen Chanev has performed throughout Europe in Candide and Faust, Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo), and others. Bass Diman Panchev has appeared with Opera Verdi Europa throughout the world, including the bass leads in Don Carlos, Rigoletto and the Verdi and Mozart Requiems .

PROGRAM
Sunday, November 2, 4PM
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

(1756-1791)

SYMPHONY NO. 40 IN G MINOR, K. 550
Molto allegro
Andante
Menuetto: Allegro. Trio. Menuetto
Allegro assai
INTERMISSION
REQUIEM IN D MINOR, K. 626
Introit: Requiem
Kyrie
Dies irae; Tuba mirum; Rex tremendae; Recordare;
Confutatis; Lacrimosa; Domine Jesus;
Hostias
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Anna Veleva, soprano
Petya Dimitrova, mezzo-soprano
Kamen Chanev, tenor
Diman Panchev, bass

PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE



Tickets for Orchestra Verdi Europa are $48, $40, $24. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. visit www.gmu.edu/cfa