Young Masters Concert Benefits Scholarships

Posted: April 25, 2013 at 5:02 am, Last Updated: April 29, 2013 at 7:09 am

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Dennis Layendecker conducting the Mason Symphony Orchestra. Creative Services photo

Dennis Layendecker, director of the School of Music, conducting the Mason Symphony Orchestra. Creative Services photo

By Jill Graziano Laiacona

Where can you hear great music from rising young stars and raise money for scholarships at the same time? That’s easy — attend the Young Masters Concert: The Annual Music Scholarship Benefit Event on Sunday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax.

This stellar concert showcases the incredible talents of six student winners of the 2013 Concerto Competition, and the proceeds support scholarships for students in the George Mason School of Music.

Program highlights are:

  • Soprano soloist Jennifer Decker performing Strauss’ “Cäcilie,” Op. 27, No. 2
  • Cello soloist Sarah Haughton performing the first movement of Schumann’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 129
  • Mezzo-soprano soloist Laura Petravage performing two songs from Mahler’s “Songs to Poems by Rueckert”
  • Flute soloist Nayoon Choi performing François Borne’s “Fantaisie Brilliante” on themes from Bizet’s “Carmen”
  • Trumpet soloist Curt Christensen performing the first movement from Oskar Böhme’s Concerto in E minor, Op. 18
  • Piano soloist Andrew Miller performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for Piano and Orchestra

Also on the program are “Va Pensiero (Coro di schiavi ebrei)” from Verdi’s “Nabucco” and the Triumphal March from the finale of Verdi’s “Aida,” as well as the overture to Glinka’s “Russlan and Ludmilla.”

The Mason Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Dennis M. Layendecker, director of the School of Music and University Heritage Chair of Music, and guest conductor Igor Sarmientos, as partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Leading the Combined Choruses are Lisa A. Billingham, director of the University Chorale; Stanley Engebretson, director of the University Singers; and Mary Ann East, director of the Women’s Chorale.

Tickets for the Young Masters Concert are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.  To purchase tickets, 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

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