Center for the Arts Offers Two Great Performances This Weekend

Posted: October 7, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

The Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus will present two cultural events this weekend.

Valery Gergiev, conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra. Photo by Decca/Marco Borggreve

On Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. the Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly known as the Kirov Orchestra), will appear under the baton of esteemed conductor Valery Gergiev.

One of the oldest and most respected classical music ensembles in Russia, the Mariinsky Orchestra sets the standard to which others aspire, particularly in the performance of music by the Russian masters. The program will include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by Daniil Trifonov, who won the grand prize in piano at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in summer 2011. The orchestra will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

Tickets are $30, $52 and $60.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., the British-American touring company Aquila Theatre will bring a delightful production of Oscar Wilde’s deliciously witty satire “The Importance of Being Earnest” to the Center for the Arts.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” details the escapades of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, two wealthy young men who are members of Britain’s fashionable upper-crust. Bored with their lives in the English countryside, they invent new personas as the fictitious Ernest and Bunbury to add excitement to their lives. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious discoveries that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits.

The cast of "The Importance of Being Earnest." Photo by Richard Termine

This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $20, $32 and $40.

For tickets to either performance, charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit


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