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Boguslaw Dawidow. Photo by D. Nagl

Hylton Performing Arts Center Presents Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

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Boguslaw Dawidow. Photo by D. Nagl
Boguslaw Dawidow. Photo by D. Nagl

BOGUSLAW DAWIDOW, CONDUCTOR

ROMAN RABINOVICH, PIANO

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at 4 p.m.

MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 14, 2014 – Appearing in Northern Virginia as part of its first tour of the United States, Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel is the centerpiece of musical and cultural life in Northern Israel and boasts a massive following in its homeland. This illustrious orchestra appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassason Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at 4 p.m., bringing an exquisite evening of some of the most treasured classical music works the world has ever known. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor.

Under the baton of Maestro Boguslaw Dawidow, Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel performs a stirring program that features Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to “Euryanthe” and Tchaikovsky’s impressive Symphony No. 4. Young, award-winning Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich joins the orchestra to perform one of the most difficult works in piano literature, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Founded in 1950, Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel is one of the most distinguished orchestras in its homeland, with more than 5,000 annual subscribers to its performance series. In addition, the orchestra presents diverse programming for its community, including the Chazanut Series (Jewish music), popular themed concerts such as “Abbey Road” and “Sounds of America” and performances at city festivals and holiday events. The orchestra has received the Prime Minister’s Award in Israel for its commitment to performing original Israeli compositions and supporting Israeli soloists and conductors. Acclaimed conductor and musician Noam Sheriff serves as the music director of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel.

Polish-born conductor Boguslaw Dawidow is recognized worldwide for the breadth of his musical knowledge, immense passion and welcoming stage presence. In addition to serving as principal guest conductor with Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, he holds the same role with the Bogota Symphony Orchestra and serves as the general music director of the Chopin Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble that he founded in the 1980s. He previously led Opole Philharmonic of Poland, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian National Academic Symphony Orchestra in Tomsk. Dawidow has recorded many albums, most notably the Brahms Symphonic Cycle and works by Tchaikovsky, Szymanowski and Elsner. In 2002, the American Biographical Institute in New York bestowed Dawidow with the title “Man of the Year,” in honor of his countless musical accomplishments across the globe.

“[Roman Rabinovich’s] mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age,” raves the San Francisco Classical Voice about this exceptionally gifted young pianist who collected top prize and four additional prizes at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and first prize at the Animato Competition. Audiences first got a glimpse of Rabinovich when he debuted at age 10 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and he has since performed as soloist with many acclaimed Israeli ensembles and orchestras abroad. A gifted painter, Rabinovich’s artwork can be viewed at www.romanrabinovich.net.

Please note: Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel also performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at 8 p.m. Under the baton of Boguslaw Dawidow, Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel brings a spectacular program that includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor. Virtuoso violist Avshalom Sarid joins the orchestra for “Melodies for Mount Carmel,” by Israeli composer Uri Bracha. The ensemble concludes with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World.”

Tickets for HAIFA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF ISRAEL are $60, $52 and $44. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.

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.

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