Leonard Slatkin to Conduct George Mason University Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Posted: January 30, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Leonard Slatkin, conductor and music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, will make his fourth guest appearance with the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

Anthony Maiello, Mason’s symphony conductor, is firm in his conviction that this event will “leave a lifetime impression for every member of the orchestra. Watching him make music is a lesson in a class all by itself.”

The concert will feature Dvorak’s crowd-pleasing “New World,” as well as “Celebrations,” a work commissioned by Maiello specifically for this performance and composed by Vincent Oppido, a sophomore at Mason.

Critics and audiences around the world have praised Leonard Slatkin for his imaginative programming and interpretations in a vast repertoire, particularly prominent in his years with the National Symphony.

His tenure has included highly lauded European, Asian, and U.S. tours; numerous national broadcasts; and intriguing themed festivals – among them Soundtracks and Journey to America – which have drawn national attention. Slatkin makes regular appearances with virtually all of the major international orchestras and opera companies.

His discography includes more than 100 recordings recognized with five Grammy Awards and more than 50 Grammy nominations.

Slatkin is committed to arts education and to reaching diverse audiences, continually reflected in his work with student orchestras at various conservatories and across the country through the National Symphony Orchestra American Residencies program.

Conductor Anthony Maiello’s academic experience includes extensive teaching in public schools. He served as professor of music and chair of performance at the Crane School of Music, as well as Potsdam College of the State University of New York.

Under his direction, ensembles at Crane and Mason have commissioned many new works, made numerous recordings and appeared statewide and at regional and national conferences in the United States and Canada.

Composer Oppido has already produced two pieces for Maiello in his time at Mason. His fanfare “Skysplitter!” will premiere by the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio in February. A self-taught composer and arranger, Oppido is now highly sought-after for his works and has commissions through this year. American composers such as Leonard Bernstein, John Williams and Aaron Copland have inspired his music.

Tickets are $10, adults; and $7, students and seniors. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

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