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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday, Jan. 17 at GMU.

Daniel Meyer guest conducts the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at the George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

“People come to concerts for a number of reasons, but I believe it’s my role to offer an experience that will inspire you to think differently about your life. A tall order, I know, but music is capable of changing people’s lives,” said. Meyer.

The 8 p.m. concert is preceded by Meyer’s pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.

Meyer will conduct Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Bruch’s Violin Concerto and Brahm’s Symphony No. 1 in C-Minor.

“I suppose they constitute aspects of my life that fire my imagination, from the brash, jubilant music of Bernstein and the heart-on-sleeve Romanticism of Bruch to the near perfect balance of intellectual craft and emotional outpouring of Brahms’ First Symphony,” Meyer said.

Meyer, recently appointed the music director of the Asheville Symphony in North Carolina, is the resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony and the music director of the Erie Philharmonic.

Six finalists for the position of music director, selected from a pool of 249 applicants, are guest conducting the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra this season.

After each performance during the 2008-09 season, audience members will have the opportunity to offer feedback.

At the end of the season in June, the orchestra plans to announce its new music director, replacing William Hudson who held the position for more than 36 years and retired at the end of last season.

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