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Beethoven Concert Highlights Fall '08 Music Season at the Katzen

American University's Department of Performing Arts announces its fall 2008 season of music performances, including jazz, orchestra, and choral offerings:

The Gorenman Beethoven Project, Featuring Yuliya Gorenman
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman, musician in residence, 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. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1 (1798–99); Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2 (1798–99); Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22 (1799–1800); and Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26 (1800–01).

American University Symphony Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition
3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 2
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Admission is free.
Aspiring American University instrumental and vocal students perform in the semifinal and final rounds of the AU Concerto and Aria Competition. The winners will perform with the American University Symphony Orchestra at a future performance.

American University Jazz Ensemble in Concert
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
American University’s Jazz Ensemble explores jazz classics and new dimensions of contemporary jazz. Fernando Benadon directs.

American University Wind Ensemble in Concert
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
American University’s Wind Ensemble presents traditional and contemporary music for winds, brass, and percussion. Anna Binneweg directs.

American University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
8 p.m. Friday, November 14 (open dress rehearsal)
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15
3 p.m. Sunday, November 16
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students. Open dress rehearsal is free.
American University’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Jesus Manuel Berard and Daniel Abraham, perform a joint concert. The program begins with Rossini’s playful overture to La gazza ladra (“The Thieving Magpie”), followed by soloist saxophone Emily Warden, winner of the 2007 Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition. As a prelude to the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death, the combined chorus and orchestra will conclude with the "Exodus" portion of the composer’s beloved oratorio Israel in Egypt.

American University Chamber Singers
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
American University’s Chamber Singers, directed by Daniel Abraham, present a program of mixed repertoire for chamber voices from the Renaissance to the present day.

VENUE and TICKET INFORMATION:

Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
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 events at both the Katzen Arts Center and the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre are available on the Web.