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American University Announces Fall 2009 Music Season at the Katzen Arts Center

 American University announces its fall 2009 season of music performances, including jazz, orchestra, and choral offerings:

The Gorenman Beethoven Project, Featuring Yuliya Gorenman
8 p.m. Saturday, October 3
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 fifth in a series of eight concerts devoted to performing the complete cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Selections include Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 (“Tempest”); Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 (“The Hunt”); Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1; Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2; and Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, (“Waldstein”).

Meg Owens, oboe
3 p.m. Sunday, October 11
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students
Meg Owens, a faculty member of the Department of Music at American University, will be joined by Nancy Snider, cello; Scott Detra, harpsichord; and Michelle Humphreys, percussion, in a program of chamber music featuring Ned Rorem’s Lovers: A Narrative in Ten Scenes.  

American University Gospel Choir
8 p.m. Sunday, November 1
Kay Spiritual Life Center
Admission is free.
Join the American University Gospel Choir for a program of traditional and innovative gospel songs and spirituals. Sylstea Sledge directs.

American University Jazz Ensemble
8 p.m. Friday, November 6
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.

American University Wind Ensemble  
3 p.m. Sunday, November 8
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.  

American University Chamber Singers: From Teacher to Student
8 p.m. Saturday, November 14
3 p.m. Sunday, November 15
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 exploring some of the important teacher-student relationships within Johann Sebastian Bach’s circle: Johann Christoph Bach, an important composer-cousin; Johann Christoph Altnickol, a star pupil; and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, his eldest son.

American University Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Singers
8 p.m. Friday, November 20, through Saturday, November 21
3 p.m. Sunday, November 22
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 students.
American University’s Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Singers, conducted by Jesus Manuel Berard and Daniel Abraham, perform a joint concert. The program includes performances of Handel’s most famous anthem, Coronation Anthem—Zadok the Priest;  Franz Liszt’s Les Préludes (Symphonic Poem No. 3); and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

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.