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AU Arts: Spring '09 Music Season Announced

American University's Department of Performing Arts announces its spring 2009 season of music performances, including jazz, orchestra and choral offerings:

Faculty Music Recital: Teri Lazar
8 p.m. Friday, February 6
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
American University musician in residence Teri Lazar and guest artist George Peachey perform works by Antonio Vivaldi, Claude Debussy, Osman Kivrak, Maurice Ravel, and Charlie Barnett.

Painted Music: The Art of Sound, The Sound of Art
8 pm. Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21
American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 AU community members; $5 students
Award-winning composer and pianist Jerzy Sapieyevski blends piano virtuosity with the harmony of color and rhythm. Painted Music is a dynamic multimedia event in which painters―in live performance―interact with and respond directly to the sounds, notes, and rhythms of piano music while the canvas they paint becomes a musical instrument.

American University Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Saturday, February 28
3 p.m. Sunday, March 1
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students.
Join the American University Symphony Orchestra for its first concert of the spring season, featuring Henry Brant’s Saxophone Concerto (Regional Première), and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97 (“Rhenish”). Jesus Manuel Berard, conducts; Noah Getz on saxophone.

American University Chamber Singers
5th Annual Early Music Program: A Celebration of Handel
8 p.m. Saturday, March 21
3 p.m. Sunday, March 22
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
Celebrate George Frideric Handel with a concert featuring Dixit Dominus, and works by his contemporaries. Conducted by Daniel Abraham.

American University Jazz Ensemble
8 p.m. Friday, April 3
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
The American University Jazz Ensemble puts a spin on what it means to be a jazz ensemble in today’s changing musical landscape. Fernando Benadon directs.

The Gorenman Beethoven Project
8 p.m. Saturday, April 4
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
Acclaimed concert pianist and American University musician in residence Yuliya Gorenman presents the third in a series of eight concerts devoted to performing the complete cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Selections include Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (“Moonlight”), Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 (“Pastoral”), and Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1.

American University Wind Ensemble
3 p.m. Sunday, April 5
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
American University Wind Ensemble presents traditional concert band music for winds, brass, and percussion. Anna Binneweg directs.

American University Chorus: A Choral Kaleidoscope
8 p.m. Saturday, April 18
3 p.m. Sunday, April 19
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
Experience the majesty of our large choral ensemble in concert. Hear works from a cross-section of choral traditions, from North American and European art music to selections from around the world, from Renaissance favorites to experimental music for voices, and music from non-Western traditions to the great spirituals of the United States. Conducted by Daniel Abraham.

American University Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Friday, April 24 (Open Dress Rehearsal)
8 p.m. Saturday, April 25
3 p.m. Sunday, April 26
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students. Open Dress Rehearsal is free.
This concert features Jennifer Corey and S. Elizabeth H. Zito, winners of the 2008 AU Symphony Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition, and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36. Conducted by Jesus Manuel Berard.

VENUE & TICKET INFORMATION

Katzen Arts Center: The landmark 130,000 square foot curved complex opened in summer 2005. The Katzen includes a 30,000 square foot three story art museum and sculpture garden; a sky-lit entrance rotunda; three performance venues; an electronics studio; numerous practice rooms; a 215 seat concert hall; new rehearsal and recital halls; classrooms; and an underground garage with 550 parking spaces.

Tickets for AU’s Performing Arts events at both the Katzen Arts Center and the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre are available the Web.