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The Mendelssohn String Quartet, 10/5

September 6, 2002
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts welcomes the
Mendelssohn String Quartet
with virtuoso Leon Fleisher
Saturday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, September 6, 2002—George Mason University’s Center for the Arts presents an evening of musical superiority as legendary pianist Leon Fleisher joins the acclaimed Mendelssohn String Quartet. The October 5 program includes the Quartet’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Quartet No. 12, Op. 127 and Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34. Ticketholders are advised that an artistic discussion is held 45-minutes prior to the 8 p.m. curtain on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

In April of 2000 Leon Fleisher became the first living pianist to be inducted in to the Classical Music Hall of Fame. This is a remarkable accomplishment for a virtuoso who held the promise of the entire music world in his hands in the early 1960s, only to see his dreams dashed by a crippling injury. After his injury – which is now known to have been repetitive stress syndrome – he devoted his time to teaching, conducting and eventually, to the left-hand alone piano literature. His performances and recording of the repertoire for the left hand won him critical and popular acclaim and two Grammy nominations. In 1995, nearly thirty years later, at a concert with the Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Fleisher was again able to play with both hands. He now performs both the left-hand repertoire and select works for two hands. During the intervening years His reputation as a conductor was quickly established when he founded the Theater Chamber Players at the Kennedy Center in 1967, and became Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony in 1970. He made his New York conducting debut at the 1970 Mostly Mozart Festival, and in 1973 became Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony. Mr. Fleisher debuted with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Monteux in 1944, at the age of 16. His celebrated collaboration with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra resulted in a series of recordings that have remained touchstones of the classical catalogue to this day. Leon Fleisher is a native of San Francisco, where he began his keyboard studies at 4 and gave his first public recital at 8.

With an established reputation as one of the most imaginative, vital and exciting quartets of its generation, the Mendelssohn String Quartet is comprised of Miriam Fried, violin; Nicholas Mann, violin; Ulrich Eichenauer, viola and Marcy Rosen, cello. The Quartet’s musicians are dedicated to performing chamber music ranging from classical to contemporary, with innovative programs and novel presentations. The Quartet currently continues as Artist Faculty at the North Carolina School for the Arts and was, for nine years, the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University.

Mendelssohn String Quartet
with Leon Fleisher, guest pianist

Saturday, October 5, 8PM

Program:
Beethoven: Quartet No. 12, Op. 127
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
with Leon Fleisher, piano

Tickets for the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Saturday, October 5 at
8 p.m. are $42-$21. 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. For information or directions call 703-993-8888 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa


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