The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra- Fairfax
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra performing at GMU’s Center for the Arts.
“So often symphonic music is regarded as something abstract and emotionally nonspecific,” says Music Director Christopher Zimmerman. “Over the next three years the orchestra will play music by a variety of composers whose message and expressive aims are deliberate, be they lighthearted, semi-provocative or completely out of the box.”
The 2012-2013 season marks the beginning of “Mischief in Music: Wit, Insolence and Insurrection,” which will consist of six Masterworks performances and feature two Virginia premieres that “make the season unique,” says Elizabeth Murphy, president and CEO. “We also have planned a new type of concert for us, which we hope will become a regular series sometime soon. On October 19, we are taking a chamber orchestra to the Austrian Embassy for a concert under the auspices of the Embassy Series.” The concert is open to the public and tickets are available through a link on the symphony’s website.
The two Virginia premieres include a co-commissioned piece, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s “Shadows” for piano and orchestra, which starts the season, and Jonathon Leshnoff’s “Flute Concerto.” “Ellen Zwilich is the only female composer to have won a Pulitzer Prize,” says Murphy.
During the Masterworks IV concert, the orchestra will play only the second hearing of Baltimore-based Leshnoff’s “Flute Concerto,” which premiered in 2011 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. “Our players have never sounded better,” Murphy says. FairfaxSymphony.org
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