George Mason University Will Host

Fall for the Book Festival in September

Nearly 90 top authors and performers are scheduled to attend the eight-day Fall for the Book Festival to be held Sept. 14-21 at George Mason University in Fairfax.

Novelist Pat Conroy will receive the first Fall for the Book prize, which festival organizers said celebrates an author "who has made extraordinary contributions to bringing literature to a wide reading public." Conroy wrote "Beach Music," "The Prince of Tides," "The Great Santini" and other works.

Others scheduled to participate include Walter Mosley, Tim O'Brien and Khaled Hosseini, whose novel "The Kite Runner" is the Fairfax County library's selection for this year's All Fairfax Reads initiative aimed at encouraging more people to read books. Norman Mailer, Mark Winegardner and Marion Blumenthal Lazan also will give readings.

The festival will feature discussions, lectures and exhibits, too. It is designed to promote and celebrate literacy, learning, reading and writing. About 6,000 people attended last year.

For more information, call 202-334-4740, 703-993-3986 or visit www.fallforthebook.org.

Oriental Brush Paintings on Rice Paper

To Be Displayed at Vienna Arts Center

The Vienna Arts Center will host an exhibition of Oriental brush paintings by Darlene Kaplan from Aug. 30 to Sept. 25.

The exhibit, "From My Garden," depicts works of nature on rice paper from the artist's experiences.

Kaplan said there are five disciplines of the Orient carried from the past to the present that make for a well-rounded person -- art, poetry, medicine, martial arts and music.

Kaplan, who has not tried poetry, participates in four of the five disciplines.

The center is at 115 Pleasant St., Vienna. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 703-319-3971 or visit www.viennaartssociety.org.

Works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

To Open Fairfax Symphony's 49th Season

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will open its 49th season Sept. 17 with a performance of Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E Minor at the concert hall at George Mason University.

Pianist Claude Frank will be the soloist. The concert begins at 8 p.m.; there will be a free pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. Other planned concerts:

* Violinist Judith Ingolfsson will be the soloist at the Oct. 8 concert, which will include Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 4.

* Classical guitarist Christopher Parkening will appear with the orchestra Nov. 12 to give a local premiere of a concerto written for him by Elmer Bernstein.

* David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will make his symphony debut Jan. 21 with an all-Brahms program.

* On March 18, an all-French program will feature cellist Zuill Bailey in Camille Saint-Saens's Cello Concerto No. 1 and Jules Massenet's "Meditation" from "Thais."

* Two members of the symphony will perform as soloists during an April 22 concert, and three local musicians will perform Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C Major on May 13.

Tickets range from $35 to $60. For more information, call 703-827-0600 or visit www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

-- DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR

"Sunflower With Dragonfly," by Darlene Kaplan. The Vienna Arts Center will show her works starting Aug. 30. PAT CONROY