Department of Music Hosts Annual Scholarship Concert

Posted: April 7, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

For this year’s George Mason Department of Music Annual Scholarship Concert, the orchestra and choruses perform works by Borodin and Bernstein and are joined by world-famous soprano Alessandra Marc. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 16, at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

In addition to singing some of Puccini’s passionate music from his dramatic 1926 masterpiece, Turandot, Marc will perform the opening aria from Wagner’s Tannhauser, Act II, “Dich, teure Halle.” Marc has made the role of the beautiful, cold-hearted femme fatale princess who lures love-struck princes to their death, her own.

Under the hand of conductor Anthony Maiello, the George Mason Symphony Orchestra executes its interpretation of Borodin’s Polovetsian Dance. This beautiful melody, known popularly as “Stranger in Paradise,” features a lilting woodwind introduction, leading into a trumpet solo, followed by a powerful full-band statement.

The George Mason University Choruses, led by Stanley Engebretson and Lisa Billingham, perform the serene, affirmative, and strongly tonal Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein. Moving from a dramatic introductory phrase to the chorus’ joyous outburst of praise to Psalm 100, the last movement finds the orchestra hushed until the chorus enters with a song of comfort; moving to the plea for peace, as the orchestra quietly adds its “Amen.”

This annual showcase of the best and brightest from the department supports both endowed and scholarships of distinction, assuring that the high standards within the Department of Music and the quality of music education and extraordinary performance opportunities will increase.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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