Leon Bates Performs at Music Scholarship Benefit Concert

Posted: April 24, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

Internationally acclaimed pianist Leon Bates will perform with the George Mason Orchestra and Choruses at the fifth annual Music Scholarship Benefit Concert. Hosted by Dennis Owens of WGMS 103.5 FM, the program begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. All proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for George Mason music students.

Since winning the Philadelphia Orchestra Senior Auditions as a student more than 20 years ago, Bates has emerged as one of America’s leading pianists. He has performed all over the world and with many of the major U.S. symphonies. His large repertoire includes more than 30 concerti by the major composers and several contemporary concerti. Bates will attend a Breakfast with the Artist on April 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Paul Robeson Room.

The benefit concert program includes an instrumental presentation of “Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky, and a choral performance of “The Coronation Scene” from Boris Godunov also by Mussorgsky and featuring soloist Jonathon Deutsh, bass. The McKinley Elementary Chorus will perform “Evening Prayer” by Humperdink and “Won’t You Come and Dance with Me?” from Hansel and Gretel. Krislyn Keller, McKinley Elementary conductor, received her master’s degree in music education from George Mason.

For ticket information, contact the Center for the Arts Box Office at x38888 or the Department of Music at x31380.

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