Music@Mason: 2012-02-17


School of Music Newsletter

February 17, 2012

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



Faculty Artist Series
***Final Concert in the Series this Semester!***


Anna & Friends
Monday, February 27 at 8pm
Harris Theatre


Admission is courtesy of the School of Music

(MUSI 300 credit event)


We hope you will take this opportunity to enjoy performances by our world-class music faculty! The ever-popular Faculty Artist Series draws to a close this semester with a concert by "Anna & Friends." Pianist Dr.Anna Balakerskaia will be joined by violinist Zino Bogachek, violinist Ricardo Cyncynates, violinist Brendan Conway, clarinetist Claire Eichhorn, pianist Dasha Gabay, bassoonist Arnold Irchai, and cellist Alicia Ward.

Be sure to check the event calendar for details about the Faculty Artist Series this semester!


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    College Music Society

    Composers' Concert


     Friday, February 24 at 8pm
     Harris Theatre 

     This performance is FREE and open to the public 
                                            (MUSI 300 credit event)

The CMS Composers' Concert features works by faculty composers from the mid-Atlantic region.  This not-to-be-missed event will include World Premieres and cutting-edge compositions, several of which will be performed by Mason School of Music students, including Mason String Quartet, Mason Percussion Ensemble and Mason Woodwind Duo.


The Composers Concert is FREE and open to the public, no registration is required.


The College Music Society's Mid-Atlantic Chapter will be holding its annual regional conference at George Mason on February 24 and 25. Musicians and scholars look forward to this conference as a chance to share ideas about music at the university level and the future of the field.


The daily conference events, including lecture-recitals, scholarly papers, and poster sessions are available with a daily registration fee. Contact Dr. Linda Apple Monson, President of CMS Mid-Atlantic Region at for further information about registration.


The Keynote speech will be given by Dr. Dennis Layendecker, Director of the Mason School of Music. We hope you'll take the opportunity to register for this conference, as the School of Music is honored to be hosting such an important event!   


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Click here for the Conference Schedule



Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra Concert

 $15 adults, $10 students/seniors
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Join the Mason Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra for their first ever combined concert! The Wind Symphony under the direction of Professor Mark Camphouse will open the program with Hovhaness' Symphony No.4 for Wind Orchestra and Gillingham's Concertino for Four Percussionists & Wind Ensemble. In the Hovhaness Symphony No.4, audiences will hear a refreshing blend of traditional Western music with influences from around the globe, all with the unique instrumentation of a wind orchestra. Gillingham's Concertino showcases the talents of undergraduate and graduate percussion students while adding a sense of modernism to the program.


Mason's Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Dennis Layendecker, will perform Rossini's overture to the opera Semiramide and the beloved Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C minor. Since the overture by definition was intended to begin Semiramide, this piece is full of all the passion and tragedy of Italian opera. The orchestra will close the concert with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, proving why we never tire of the classics. Though this work is heard everywhere from concert halls to cartoons, performers and audiences alike are sure to find something new to appreciate in this monument of Western music. 


This performance showcasing such a wide range of instrumental literature is not to be missed! 


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More Music at Mason!


Jazz Combos Concert
March 6 at 8 p.m., deLaski 3001; admission is courtesy of the School of Music

(MUSI 300 credit event)


Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra Concert
March 7 at 8 p.m., Concert Hall; $15 adults, $10 students/seniors


University Singers and Womens' Chorale Concert
March 25 at 4 p.m., Providence Presbyterian Church; admission is courtesy of the School of Music


Friends & Family Chamber Orchestra and Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert
April 1 at 4 p.m., *Please note the location change to deLaski 3001*

admission is courtesy of the School of Music


Symphony Orchestra "An Evening of Latin Fire"
April 4 at 8 p.m., Hylton Center; $15 adults, $10 students/seniors

Of course you may always view our entire event calendar on our web site.





School of Music Students to Participate
in ACDA Conferences

The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) regional conferences will take place across the country February 29th through March 3rd.  Several current and former Mason School of Music students have been fortunate enough to be selected to participate! GMU Alumnus Scott Glysson was selected to be a conductor for a masterclass at the Western Division Conference in Reno, Nevada. Glysson earned his bachelor's degree in Music Education at GMU and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona. Eight current GMU students will represent the Mason Choral Department in the Southern Region Collegiate Honors Chorus at the Southern Division Conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. These students were nominated by Dr. Lisa Billingham to participate in this unique experience; over the course of the conference, the students will rehearse, perform, and participate as a laboratory choir for a conducting master class. Undergraduate Dominick Izzo will be participating in the masterclass as a conductor.  We're so proud of all of you and know that you will represent the School of Music well!









Saturday, February 18: 

            4pm, Patriot Center: Men's Basketball ESPN Bracketbuster, Mason vs. Lamar


Sunday, February 19: 

            12pm, Patriot Center: Women's Basketball, Mason vs. Georgia State


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