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MOSCOW STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS, 2/14

February 2, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY WELCOMES BACK
THE MOSCOW STATE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
AND CHORUS


Fairfax, Virginia, February 2, 2004—Based on the concept of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's successful radio series in the United Kingdom, the Moscow State Radio Symphony and Chorus was founded under Leonid Brezhnev. Expanding its reach after the fall of communism meant critically acclaimed worldwide tours. Last season, after hearing their performance of Verdi’s Requiem, The Washington Post raved, "when this work is as beautifully presented as the Moscow State Radio Symphony and Chorus did…the impact of the composer’s vision lingers long after." Now, on February 14, 2004 at 8PM, the Symphony and Chorus are led by Sergey Kondrashev, with guest pianist Navah Perlman for one of music’s most daring and popular compositions, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Opus 18 and a selection of Tchaikovsky pieces including "Long Live the King" (chorus from The Maid of Orleans) and the chorus and orchestra on Eugene Onegin, Act I, Scene 3. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.
Born in Moscow, Sergey Kondrashev has conducted the Moscow Philharmonie Orchestra and the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, while also collaborating with several leading Russian opera theaters. In 2001 Kondrashev was named a principal conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre and has been hailed as one of Russia’s finest young talents. His repertoire includes music by many famous Russian composers: including Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Rinsky-Korsakov, Glinka, and others. His operatic and ballet repertoire includes La Traviata, Rigoletto, Iolanta, Pique Dame, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty.
Known for her lyrical eloquence on the stage, Navah Perlman has performed to critical acclaim in major concert venues throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to her successful solo career, Ms. Perlman collaborates frequently with violinist Kurt Nikkanen and cellist Zuill Bailey. Together, they have appeared at the Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Ravinia Festival/Rising Stars Series, the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, Florida and the Barns at Wolf Trap, where the trio was awarded the Wolf Trap Debut Artists Award in 2001. Ms. Perlman began her piano studies at age six with Ronit Amir Lowenthal and later attended the Juilliard School where she worked with Herbert Stessin. She also studied chamber music with Robert Mann, Felix Galimir, and Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Perlman holds an honors degree in Art History from Brown University.

PROGRAM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 8PM


MOSCOW STATE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
SERGEY KONDRASHEV, CONDUCTOR

Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 8:00pm
Fairfax, VA


Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Opus 18

Navah Perlman, pianist

Intermission

Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) Souvenir d’un lieu cher
(Melody and Waltz Scherzo), op.42
(Grigori Unanyan, Violin)
Choir and Dance of the Skomorokhs
"Long Live the King"
(chorus from The Maid of Orleans)
Eugene Onegin, Act I, Scene 3
(chorus and orchestra)
Pique Dame,
Intermezzo and Chorus (chorus and orchestra)
1812, Festival Overture, Op. 49 (chorus and orchestra)

Tickets for MOSCOW STATE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS are $50, $42, $25. 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.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.