Center for the Arts Presents Lorin Maazel Conducting Symphonica Toscanini

Posted: December 13, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Symphonica Toscanini’s “In the Footsteps of Toscanini – Symphony of the Air” tour, led by Music Director Lorin Maazel, comprises more than 40 worldwide concerts commemorating the 50th anniversary of Arturo Toscanini’s death.

Symphonica Toscanini will perform at Mason’s Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12.

The “Symphony of the Air” tour follows the historical tours Toscanini made with the Orchestra Arturo Toscanini in 1920 and in 1950 (at the age of 83) with the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

Symphonica Toscanini, an orchestra comprised of a rotating group of nearly 200 young virtuoso musicians, is quickly gaining an international reputation for the incomparable excellence of its performances. Founded in Rome in May 2006 with Lorin Maazel as music director for life, the orchestra is dedicated to the musical ideals and integrity embodied by Toscanini.

Lorin Maazel conducting
Lorin Maazel conducting

“When I was asked to lead an ensemble whose ranks are drawn from some of the most awesomely gifted young soloists of our day, first as guest conductor and eventually as music director, I felt it incumbent upon me to accept the challenge. I’m glad I did,” said Maazel.

Maazel, who has led more than 150 orchestras in more than 5,000 opera and concert performances, became music director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2002. Prior to that, Maazel conducted more than 100 performances of the orchestra as a guest conductor.

The repertoire for the tour is heavily influenced by the programmatic choices of Arturo Toscanini, the first Italian conductor of world-class talent to establish himself as being equally committed and adept at performing both foreign and Italian works.

An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The program is scheduled to include selections by Rossini, Mendelssohn and Respigi.

Tickets are $55, $47 and $27.50. Tickets can be charged by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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