Great Performances at Mason

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Isata Kanneh-Mason

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus


Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

Debussy (orch. by Ravel): Danse
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) returns to the Center for the Arts for an exhilarating program of Russian masterpieces with rising star pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason. Under the esteemed direction of Maestro Vasily Petrenko, RPO plays Debussy's sprightly colorful Danse (orchestration by Ravel) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s brilliant symphonic poem, Scheherazade, which depicts the exotic fantasy tale using every instrument of the orchestra to tell the story. RPO is cemented in its place at the forefront of classical music performance and is unwavering in its dedication to excellence while developing its programming, breaking down barriers, and making classical music accessible and inclusive. British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the 2022/2023 Artist-in-Residence with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, masterfully performs Prokofiev’s popular third piano concerto. In addition to recording three albums, she was an ECHO Rising Star and recipient of the coveted Leonard Bernstein Award and an Opus Klassik award for Best Young Artist. “She’s a phenom,” raves the San Francisco Chronicle; and is “calmly commanding… unfailingly subtle,” says The New York Times.

This performance is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets: $85, $65, $50; half-price for youth through Grade 12

The program for this performance will be available the week of the event. View digital program.

A pre-performance discussion with Second Violin and Board Member Sali-Wyn Ryan and Principal Bass Trombone and Board Member Joshua Cirtina will take place in Monson Grand Tier, which is located on the third level of the Center for the Arts Lobby, 45 minutes prior to curtain. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mason Arts Amplified will be offering a limited release of a pay-to-view digital performance of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Isata Kanneh-Mason. This recording will be available to watch beginning February 22 through March 21, 2024 at 1 p.m. ET. You can pre-order digital access for $15 now.    Pre-order access to the digital performance of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Isata Kanneh-Mason. Mason Arts Amplified troubleshooting tips and FAQs

A limited quantity of free student tickets will be available for each event. Learn more.

This program is sponsored by the Tom and Evelyn Kiley Fund.