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March 22, 2012
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 8 p.m.

“Meet the Musicians: Q & A with the Mason Symphony Orchestra student performers”

after the concert in the Didlake Grand Foyer


MANASSAS, Va., March 22, 2012 – This spring, George Mason University’s School of Music presents the Mason Symphony Orchestra performing a spicy program titled “An Evening of Latin Fire” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason’s Prince William Campus, on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Under the baton of Dennis M. Layendecker, director of the School of Music and University Heritage Chair of Music, the Mason Symphony Orchestra will perform excerpts from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” Suites No. 1 and No. 2, as well as “Boléro” by Maurice Ravel. Guest conductor Igor Sarmientos will conduct other Latin-inspired works as part of his doctor of musical arts degree requirements.

Guatemalan-born guest conductor Igor Sarmientos was awarded First Place in the First International Latin-American Competition for Orchestra Conductors in 1993 and later served as the principal guest conductor of that orchestra. He also served as music director and conductor of the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras of the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica, the String Orchestra of Ciudad de Guatemala and the Symphony Orchestra “Jesus Castillo,” in addition to guest conductor roles with Mexico’s Filarmonica de Jalisco and Orquesta de Camara de Colima, and numerous orchestras in South America, Central America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Sarmientos studied cello at the National Conservatory of Music (where he later served as dean) in Guatemala City and also studied at the University of North Texas and the Tafel Musik Baroque Institute in Toronto. He is a doctor of musical arts degree candidate in George Mason University’s School of Music.

Following the performance is “Meet the Musicians: Q & A with the Mason Symphony Orchestra student performers” in the Didlake Grand Foyer. This event is spearheaded by Mason Symphony Orchestra member and lifelong Manassas resident Molly Henry.

Tickets for the Mason Symphony Orchestra performance of “An Evening of Latin Fire” are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Please or call 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org or visit the Hylton Center box office, open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about this performance or other School of Music performances and activities, please visit music.gmu.edu or call 703-993-1380. 

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.



About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.