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Symphony Orchestra Performs Brant, Schumann Works

WHAT: American University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jesus Manuel Berard

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, February 28
          3 p.m. Sunday, March 1

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
            Tickets available online or call 202-885-ARTS (2787)

MEDIA: For more information and media assistance, contact Maggie Barrett,  202-885-5951 or

WASHINGTON,  D.C.—American University’s Symphony Orchestra will hold its first spring concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 28, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.

The orchestra, under the direction of conductor and director of orchestral activities Jesus Manuel Berard, will perform Henry Brant’s Saxophone Concerto (Regional Première), as well as Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97 (“Rhenish”). The program will also feature the performance of saxophonist Noah Getz, also a professor at American University. 

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.