Tuesday, December 14, 2010

 For Immediate Release

Contact: Jill Graziano Laiacona

Phone: (703) 993-8794

E-mail: jgrazia1@gmu.edu







Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011 at 3 p.m. in Gregory Family Theatre


MANASSAS, Va., Dec. 14, 2010The Hylton Performing Arts Center presents an afternoon of world-class chamber music led by acclaimed Russian pianist Anna Balakerskaia in the Gregory Family Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011 at 3 p.m. The program, titled Anna & Friends, will feature works by such famous Russian composers as Glinka, Rachmaninoff and Khachaturian. This performance is a part of the Encore Events.

                In addition to Balakerskaia, this outstanding ensemble includes Ricardo Cyncynates and Zino Bogacheck on violin, Claire Eichhorn on clarinet and Amy Frost Baumgarten on cello. These fine musicians are renowned across the country for their electrifying synergy, technical expertise and rich, evocative sound. All four have appeared with prestigious ensembles in the Washington, D.C. area, including the Kennedy Center Orchestra, the Washington National Opera Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

                A three-time winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition “Best Accompaniment” Award, Balakerskaia has shared her mastery of piano with audiences in concert halls across the globe, from her native Russia to Europe and the Americas. Known for her incredible versatility, she is in great demand as a soloist, collaborator and a chamber musician and is praised for her singular ability for collaborating with string players. Balakerskaia is the founding member of the Ensemble da Camera, a trio of musicians from the Washington, D.C. area that includes Cyncynates and Eichhorn. Balakerskaia is also a professor of piano and a private music instructor in George Mason University’s School of Music and also on the faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. She is a sought-after teacher and gives master classes throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, she teaches at international summer music festivals in the Netherlands, Germany and Russia.


Tickets for ANNA & FRIENDS are $15 (general admission). Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.


About the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.



About George Mason University
Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.


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