Sir James Galway, Irish Chamber Orchestra at GMU Nov. 2

Sir James Galway (Photo credit: Paul Cox)

Sir James Galway (Photo credit: Paul Cox)

Hailed as a “razor-sharp, fully seasoned ensemble” by the Chicago Tribune, the Irish Chamber Orchestra appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at 8 p.m., presenting an unequalled evening of music with Ireland’s great flutist, Sir James Galway. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, this outstanding orchestra is joined by Sir James Galway for a delightful program that includes works by two Irish composers: Hamilton Harty’s “In Ireland” and Philip Hammond’s “Carolan Variations.” Accomplished flutist Lady Jeanne Galway joins the ensemble for the “Carolan Variations.” Sir James Galway is also accompanied by the orchestra on Mozart’s beloved Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major. The ensemble also performs Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, the “Jupiter” symphony.

Called “the man with the golden flute” by the Seattle Times, Sir James Galway is lauded worldwide for his mastery of the classical flute repertoire and his sparkling reputation as a consummate entertainer. The Belfast-born flutist embarked on a career as a member of the Sadler Wells & Royal Covent Garden Operas, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Orchestra, before launching his solo career in 1975. He has since entertained countless music lovers across the globe – including Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, Princess Diana, the Empress of Japan and several U.S. presidents – and shared the stage with such diverse entertainers as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Jessye Norman, Ray Charles, Pink Floyd and The Chieftains.

His more than 65 albums have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, and he has earned numerous gold and platinum CDs. Honored twice by Queen Elizabeth II, Galway received the Order of the British Empire in 1979 and his knighthood in 2001. Galway recently collaborated with musical instrument manufacturer Conn-Selmer, Inc. in the development of a new student flute called “The Galway Spirit,” and with Nagahara Flutes of Boston, which recently released the “Galway Gold Nagahara Flute.”

Praised as “one of the finest conductors of her generation” by The New York Times, JoAnn Falletta is the first American and the first woman invited to lead the Irish Chamber Orchestra. She serves as music director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Chamber Orchestra, the principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center. She has been invited to guest conduct numerous ensembles across the globe, including more than 100 orchestras in North America. A champion of contemporary music, Falletta has conducted more than 100 world premieres by American composers. She is the recipient of many prestigious conducting awards, and her 18 recordings on the Naxos label have garnered her nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy Awards.

One of the leading female flute soloists of the decade, New York native Lady Jeanne Galway joins her husband for his 2013 engagement with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. When she isn’t touring internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, she fosters her love of teaching by dedicating much of her time to the music education of the younger generation.

Based in Limerick, Ireland, the Irish Chamber Orchestra presents its annual concert seasons in Limerick and Dublin, and also completes three regional tours of Ireland each year. The orchestra has collaborated with some of the world’s finest musicians and artists, including Gérard Korston, Leon Fleischer, Alison Balsom, Steve Mackey, Jörg Widmann, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Pekka Kuusisto, Nigel Kennedy and Sinead O’Connor. Its diverse repertoire spans from classical gems to modern day masterpieces and new commissions by contemporary Irish composers.

Ticket information

Tickets for the IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA are $75, $67 and $37.50. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468or visit

The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K.