At George Mason: Munich Symphony Orchestra with The Romeros

Philippe Entremont, conductor and piano
Pepe Romero, guitar

  • November 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Bizet: Excerpts from Carmen Suites No. 1 and No. 2
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto Andaluz
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Massenet: Ballet Music

 

Two of Europe’s most esteemed ensembles share the stage for a sublime evening of Spanish and French classical music. The Munich Symphony Orchestra is one of Germany’s most venerated musical institutions, held in high esteem by audiences, critics, and experts alike. This important orchestra has enriched the cultural life of Bavaria with its unparalleled performances of symphonic concert pieces, opera and operettas, musicals, ballets, oratorios, and church music. The pairing of this orchestra with conductor Philippe Entremont, who is renowned for his outstanding interpretive abilities on the podium, creates a stunning collaboration. The orchestra is joined by Spanish classical guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero for a solo work. Mr. Romero is then joined by the other members of his quartet, an ensemble that has a sterling reputation in the world of classical music. As New York Times said, “the only classical guitar quartet of real stature in the world today; in fact, they virtually invented the format.” The Washington Post praised the Munich Symphony Orchestra for “conjuring up a joyous whirlwind of sound that ultimately launched the music blazing into the ether.”

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 7, 2015)

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$70, $60, $42. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on October 27, 2015

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Chopin and Grieg – A Musical Friendship

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  • October 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

George Mason Concert Hall

In his second concert of the season, Jeffrey Siegel presents music of two of the most popular composers of the Romantic era in a performance of engaging melodies and nationalistic pride! Edvard Grieg was known as “the Chopin of the North” and put Norway on the classical music map in the same way Chopin celebrated his Polish heritage and homeland.

This delightful program features Chopin’s exhilirating [sic] Polonaises, Op. 22 and a group of his soulful Mazurkas, as well as Grieg’s zesty Norwegian Dances, and his heartbreaking, narrative Ballade. Part artist, part educator, and part entertainer, Jeffrey Siegel has enchanted Center audiences for nearly a quarter century with his brilliant artistry, massive pianotechnique, and a remarkable gift for making the audience a part of the classical music experience. “Siegel lit the stage…piano playing to delight the ears.” (San Diego Evening Tribune)

In addition to the remaining two Keyboard Conversations performances at the Center for the Arts, Mr. Siegel will also be performing at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on March 6, 2016. Take a look.

$40, $34, $24. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on October 13, 2015

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Sean Chen, piano

Piano 6

October 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

George Mason Concert Hall

Sibelius: Valse Triste and Scene with Cranes
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
-Sean Chen, piano
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Hailed as a charismatic rising star, pianist Sean Chen won over fans and critics at the 2013 Van Cliburn Piano Competition as the Crystal Award winner with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post). Chen is the first American to earn a Cliburn award since 1997, just months after being named the 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association.

“It was a muscular, impassioned performance, and you felt that he is an artist with something to say.” – Cincinnati Enquirer

$58, $46, $34. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on October 13, 2015

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