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AU's Chorus and Symphony Orchestra  Open Season with Joint Concert

WHO: American University Chorus and American University Symphony Orchestra, directed by professors Jesus Manuel Berard and Daniel Abraham

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15
          3 p.m. Sunday, November 16

WHERE: Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University,
            4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

TICKETS: $15 general public, $10 AU community, $5 students

MEDIA:  Media interested in attending the event, contact Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, at 202-885-5952 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.— American University’s symphony orchestra and chorus will open the 2008–2009 season with a joint performance at 8 p.m. Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15, and 3 p.m. Sunday, November 16, in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center on the university’s main campus.

This concert will open with Gioachino Rossini’s overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie). Also featured will be the 2007 AU concerto competition winner, saxophone soloist Emily Warden. As a prelude and to commemorate the 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handel’s death, the chorus and orchestra will conclude with the “Exodus” portion of Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Professor Jesus Manuel Berard, director of orchestral activities, and Professor Daniel Abraham, director of choral activities, will conduct.

AU’s symphony orchestra is made up of more than 50 accomplished members from the American University community, including undergraduate and graduate music majors, as well as non-music majors, faculty, staff, and members of the Washington, D.C., community.

AU’s chorus is a select music ensemble consisting of more than 70 vocalists. The group is composed of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Washington, D.C., community.


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 events at both the Katzen Arts Center and the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre are available on the Web.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.