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EVELYN GLENNIE, 3/6/04

February 11, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES
PERCUSSIONIST EVELYN GLENNIE
Saturday, March 6, 2003, 8PM


Fairfax, Virginia, February 9, 2004—Considered a pioneer in classical music, Evelyn Glennie, the first person to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, brings her high energy performance style to George Mason University Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 6, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, is held at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Glennie, who gives more than 100 performances a year with the world’s finest orchestras and conductors and in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, has the unique ability to combine her exceptional musical and technical abilities with a profound appreciation of the visual elements of percussion. The Center for the Arts performance contains some of the many works that Ms. Glennie has commissioned from composers around the world, including American composer Stewart Wallace’s piece "The Cheese and the Worms" – inspired by a children’s book (and includes a part for bagpipes!), Jazz composer Dave Heath’s "Darkess to Light" and a composition by one of the world’s most influential composers for the marimba, Keiko Abe.

Ms. Glennie has an exceptional recording career; her 17 discs encompass many different genres and include a wide variety of artists. Her first CD, a recording of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, received a Grammy in 1988. Subsequent solo recordings have garnered further awards including two Grammy nominations for her recordings of Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra and "Reflected in Brass: Evelyn Glennie Meets the Black Dyke Band." She received her second Grammy Award in 2002 for a collaboration with Bela Fleck.

Evelyn Glennie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, where she studied timpani and percussion from the age of 12. In 1982 she entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, winning many prizes, including the Queen’s Commendation Prize for all-around excellence, the highest award given by the Royal Academy, and graduating with an honors degree at the age of 19. In 1990, she was named "Scot’s Woman of the Decade" and in 1993, at the age of 27, she was awarded the Officer of the British Empire (OBE).

EVELYN GLENNIE, Percussion
PHILIP SMITH, Piano

Saturday, March 6, 2004, 8:00 p.m.

Fluctus Nebojsa Zivkovic

Drum Dances< John Psathas

Rhythmic Caprice Leigh Howard Stevens

Darkness to Light Dave C. Heath

Intermission

The Cheese and the Worms Stewart Wallace

Prim Askell Masson

Los Destellos de la Resonancia Roberto Sierra

Prism Rhapsody Keiko Abe

Program subject to change without notice.


Tickets for EVELYN GLENNIE, Saturday, March 6, 2004, 8PM are $35 $27, $17.50. FAMILY FRIENDLY! Children 12 and under half price. 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