Mason Symphony Orchestra Joins Virginia Chamber Orchestra in Concert

Posted: March 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm, Last Updated: March 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

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By Jill Graziano Laiacona

Dennis M. Layendecker conducts the Mason Symphony Orchestra. Creative Services photo

Dennis M. Layendecker conducts the Mason Symphony Orchestra. Creative Services photo

This spring, George Mason University’s School of Music presents two performances featuring the Mason Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra.

These two ensembles will perform at George Mason’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Wednesday, April 3, at 8 p.m.; and again at Vienna Presbyterian Church in Vienna, Va., on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Under the baton of its conductor, Dennis M. Layendecker, director of the School of Music and University Heritage Chair of Music, the Mason Symphony Orchestra joins the Virginia Chamber Orchestra in a program that includes

  • Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A major
  • Maurice Ravel’s “Ma mère l’oye” (Mother Goose) Suite
  • Paul Dukas’ “L’apprenti sorcier” (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)
  • “España,” Rhapsody for Orchestra by Emmanuel Chabrier
  • Henryk Wieniawski’s “Légende,” Op. 17 with violin soloist and Mason professor Peter Haase, who is retiring from teaching. Haase will continue to play violin with the National Symphony Orchestra; he has been a member of the orchestra since 1984.

“We are thrilled to enjoy this unique opportunity to perform side by side with the outstanding Virginia Chamber Orchestra,” Layendecker says. “I am certain our students will learn a great deal playing with such terrific musicians.”

Betty Farrell, president of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra says, “We are pleased to collaborate with Dr. Dennis M. Layendecker and the Mason Symphony Orchestra in this initiative, which enables Mason students to rehearse and perform with the professional players of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. The VCO reaches audiences in Northern Virginia with live concerts, educational television programs and streaming videos, and welcomes this opportunity to expand its reach further and perform with the rising talents of the Mason Symphony Orchestra.”

Tickets for the performance at Mason’s Center for the Arts are $15 for adults and $10 for college students and seniors. Tickets for the performance at Vienna Presbyterian Church (124 Park St, NE, Vienna, Va. 22180) are $20 for adults and $15 for college students and seniors. Tickets for each performance are free for students in grades K-12 and Wounded Warriors and their families.

To purchase tickets to either performance, please visit the Center for the Arts box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

For more information about George Mason University’s School of Music, please visit music.gmu.edu or call 703-993-1380.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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