Music@Mason: 2012-10-05


School of Music Newsletter

October 5, 2012

Hello Mason Music Fans!
Here's this week's School of Music news:





Mason Symphony Orchestra
Oktoberfest Concert


Sunday, October 14th at 4 pm, Harris Theatre


General admission $10; students, faculty, staff, seniors, and groups $5;

Limited FREE student tickets available!



It's that time of year again: Oktoberfest! Orchestras around the world have a deep musical connection with Germany, home to many of the most prolific composers. In light of this, Dr. Dennis Layendecker and the Mason Symphony Orchestra will kick off "Think Transatlantic", Mason's 2012 German week! They will perform masterpieces of German orchestral music from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Beethoven's Symphony No.1 and Paul Hindemith's Noblissima Visione Suite. The concert also features graduate French horn student Natalie Higgins, playing the Franz Strauss Horn Concerto No.1, op. 8. Audiences who had the chance to hear her solo performance with the Wind Symphony last year will not want to miss it! 


Poster displays by German language students, refreshments, and German Information Office giveaways will follow the concert.


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 Mason Wind Symphony and

Fairfax Wind Symphony Concert

Tuesday, October 16th at 8 pm, Concert Hall


General admission $10; students, faculty, staff, seniors, and groups $5;

Limited FREE student tickets available!



Can't get enough of the sounds of woodwinds, brass and percussion? The School of Music is pleased to announce that the Mason Wind Symphony is continuing its tradition of performing a combined concert with the Fairfax Wind Symphony. Mason's ensemble, under the direction of Professor Mark Camphouse, will perform a classic Sousa march as well as more recent pieces that have successfully brought band music into the 21st century. The Fairfax Wind Symphony, directed by Stan Schoonover, includes talented members of the greater Fairfax community, many of whom are music teachers in the public schools. Professor Tony Maiello will conduct the Fairfax Wind Symphony and Mason Wind Symphony in a side-by-side performance to end the evening of musical camaraderie. We hope you'll join us!  


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Mason School of Music and Department of Theater present
Into the Woods

Friday, October 26th at 8 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 2 and 8 pm
Sunday, October 28th at 4 pm 
Concert Hall


Reserved seating: Adults $20; Students, faculty, staff, seniors, and groups $15;

Limited FREE student tickets available! 


Into the Woods draws together the stories and characters of Grimm’s fairy tales to weave a tapestry of poignant lessons and beautiful melodies, bringing new meaning to the stories we tell our children. While everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act I, the consequences of their actions return to haunt them in Act II, and what begins as a lively, irreverent fantasy becomes a complex and moving allegory for personal responsibility and the most valuable moments in life. 


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A 20th Century Spectacular!

Celebrating the Legacy and Creativity of

Dr. Glenn Smith, composer

Friday, October 5 at 8 PM
Harris Theatre




Anna Balakerskaia, piano            Mark Bergman, bass

Dennis Edelbrock, trumpet            Kathryn Heardon, soprano

Marta Howard, viola            Laura Kobayashi, violin

Linda Apple Monson, piano            Kathleen Mulcahy, clarinet 

Michael Nickens, tuba             Meg Owens, oboe

 Patricia Parker, piano            Larry Snitzler, classical guitar

Darrick Speller, baritone







Sunday, October 7 at 2 PM  

deLaski 3001








Pop, Rock, Country, and Jazz!

Saturday, October 13 at 8 PM 
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas






Sunday, October 14 at 1 PM

Choral Room (323)









Friday, October 19 at 12:30 PM in deLaski 3001



Sunday, October 21 from 12-6 PM in deLaski 3001



Tuesday, October 23 at 8 PM in Harris Theatre




Ker-Hackleman, Haase,

Kobayashi, Thomas, and Law *

Sunday, October 28 at 7 PM

Harris Theatre

and Saturday, November 3 at 3 PM Kirkwood Presbyterian Church



*Admission is courtesy of the School of Music

(MUSI 300 credit)





Mason Percussion Students to Participate in Carmina Burana Performance 


Sunday, October 28 at 4 PM

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

Northern VA Community College

3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria


Musicians often love performing with their friends and colleagues; knowing each other well can make it easier to play together as a cohesive unit. However, part of the excitement of being a musician is going out and playing with many different ensembles and under the baton of numerous conductors. Members of the Mason Percussion Ensemble are doing just that! On October 28th, the students will be performing in collaboration with other local musical organizations in the New Dominion Chorale's performance of Carmina Burana. In addition to Carl Orff's masterpiece, the concert will include the famous "Polovetsian Dances" by Alexander Borodin and the waltz from Charles Gounoud's Faust. These pieces will make for a very energetic, passionate performance!


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Upcoming Student Recitals

Admission is courtesy of the School of Music (MUSI 300 credit)


Friday, October 19:

              7 pm, Harris Theatre: Katie Anderson Junior Voice Recital





In Memory of Fred Begun


The Mason School of Music remembers Fred Begun, principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1951-1999, who died on September 23rd at the age of 84. Though born in Brooklyn, New York, Begun spent most of his life in Washington, D.C. He moved there with his family in 1936 and returned to join the NSO after studying at the Juilliard School of Music with Saul Goodman.  

      Fred Begun is well known not only for his many years with the NSO, but for his distinctive playing style. He was described in the Washington Post as “a world-class percussionist with a flair that set him apart.” Percussionists and composers also remember him as a champion of new works for solo percussion; while with the NSO, he premiered multiple timpani concerti. As timpanist of the NSO, Begun had the opportunity to perform under the batons of some of the twentieth century’s most renowned conductors, including Bernstein, Copland, Fiedler, Maazel, Rostropovich, Slatkin, Stokowski, and Stravinsky.  

      Begun was also committed to the next generation of percussionists. He wrote Twenty One Etudes for Timpani and gave master classes for percussion students. George Mason University was fortunate enough to benefit from his generosity and interest in tomorrow’s percussionists. On April 12, 2012, the Mason School of Music celebrated the dedication of the Fred Begun Percussion Suite in the de Laski Performing Arts Building. Begun attended a performance by the Mason Percussion Ensemble and donated his personal timpani library to the school. Thanks to many benefactors, the School of Music established the Fred Begun Percussion Scholarships. Donations honoring his extraordinary life and career can be made to the Fred Begun Percussion Suite.

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Mason Madness

Friday, October 12 at 9 pm

Patriot Center


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