2012-2013 Great Performances at Mason Season Brochure
The Center for the Arts at George Mason University announces the 2012-2013 Season of Great Performances at Mason!
CFA.GMU.EDU Center for the Arts George Mason University's More than 50 Extraordinary Events! Choose three or more and save up to 25%. What is "Great Performances at Mason"? Great Performances at Mason is a series that presents leading national and international artists performing theater; contemporary dance and classical ballet; classical, world, and popular music; opera and much more. The season includes many events the whole family can enjoy together. Season subscriptions are available, offering many benefits such as savings, priority seating, and unparalleled customer service. All performances are held in the Concert Hall at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, Northern Virginia's premiere performing arts center. Why Should I Subscribe? Subscribers get benefits: Prime Seats Free Ticket Exchanges Great Savings Priority for preferred seating assignments Exchange tickets without a fee Save up to 25%. The more events you choose, the more you save. Discounts All Season Long Save 10% and pay no handling charges on Great Performances at Mason events throughout the year Premium Service Parking Deck Vouchers Exclusive Offers Unmatched personalized service includes a subscriber helpline for assistance with your order, seating requests, purchasing additional tickets, or other needs throughout the season. Purchase convenient parking vouchers along with your subscription. Special offers throughout the season s u b s c r ib e n o w . s a v e m o Subscriptions are processed in the order in which they are received. To ensure you get the best seats, order your subscription today! 2 George Mason University's Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Where Do I Begin? Explore the Season Simply turn the page. Learn about our whole season on pages 4 through 17, and choose the events you'd like to attend. Also, be sure to check out the series on pages 18 and 19. Order Your Subscription Complete the order form in the center of this brochure or order online at cfa.gmu.edu. Call our subscriber helpline at 703-993-2787 for personal assistance with your order. How Do I Subscribe? Choose from two subscription plans Choose the plan that works best for you. 1. Choose-Your-Own Series (pages 4 to 17) Choose any three or more events that interest you most and fit your schedule best. The more events you choose, the more you save! n n n n n How Do I Buy Tickets for Individual Events? Tickets for individual events go on sale September 1, except as noted. Until then, tickets are available only as part of a subscription. 3 performances 4 or 5 performances 6 to 9 performances 10 to 14 performances 15 or more performances Save 5% Save 10% Save 15% Save 20% Save 25% 2. Great Performances at Mason Series (pages 18 and 19) Select one or more of these series for the greatest savings and highest seating priority. There are nine different series grouped by genre. For example, the Magnificent Music Series is a collection of sublime concerts, and the Dynamic Dance Series is a variety of extraordinary dance experiences. Table of Contents Choose-Your-Own Series....................................... 4 Great Performances at Mason Series...............18 Holiday Events.........................................................20 Friends of the Center for the Arts.......................21 ARTS, by George!..................................................22 Student Productions..............................................23 n e y. g e t t h e b e s t s e a t s . Start now by turning to the order form in the center of this brochure, by calling 703-993-2787, or by visiting cfa.gmu.edu. Please note: Programs, artists, and dates are subject to change without notice. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age. call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2012/2013 Great performances at mason 3 choose YOUR OWN SERIES Keyboard Conversations� with Jeffrey Siegel Spellbinding Bach SUN / SEPT 23 / 7 PM $19, $30, $38 ff KC Sutton Foster SAT / SEPT 29 / 8 PM $40, $55, $70 This luminous ing�nue presents an unforgettable evening of Broadway showstoppers and tender cabaret-style ballads that showcase her powerful soprano, fantastic footwork, and dazzling stage presence. Actress, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster has drawn comparisons to Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand, and Julia Roberts for her Tony Award-winning roles on Broadway as evangelistturned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and her breakout performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has appeared in Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, and Shrek the Musical and is the star of the brand new television series, Bunheads. Don't miss this incredible vocal powerhouse that has taken the musical theater world by storm! "Ms. Foster has the voice of a trumpet and a big, gleaming presence that floods the house." (The New York Times) This concert is part of the ARTS by George! benefit. See page 28 for details. Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi FRI / OCT 5 / 8 PM SAT / OCT 6 / 8 PM $23, $38, $46 ff GV AD Celebrating 20 years of bringing his beloved Keyboard Conversations series to the Center for the Arts, virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns this year with a thrilling program honoring the grand master of Baroque music, Johann Sebastian Bach. Mr. Siegel has captivated both piano aficionados and neophytes alike with his "concerts with commentary" series, in which he illuminates the lives and works of the most famous composers of all time. In this concert, he spotlights this preeminent German composer, performing dramatic, poetic, virtuoso works that Bach wrote to "wow" his listeners. The evening includes the famous Italian Concerto, the awe inspiring Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, the scintillating Toccata in D Major, and the lively G Major Partita. Magnificent Music................................................................... MM Dynamic Dance.. ...................................................................... DD Global View.. ............................................................................ GV American Echoes..................................................................... AE Enthralling Theater.................................................................. ET Virginia Opera.. ........................................................................ VO Keyboard Conversations........................................................... KC All Music.. ................................................................................. AM All Dance.................................................................................. AD 4 George Mason University's Center for the Arts Subscription Series Key From a tiny country in Central Africa comes one of the most gifted and celebrated percussion ensembles in the world -- Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi. Their dance and drumming performances are based on ancient sacred traditions that have been passed down from father to son for centuries, yet these distinctive early rhythms sound as modern as any contemporary beat. The thunderous drum sound -- the "Burundi beat"-- has gained the rapt attention of audiences worldwide and influenced popular Western contemporary artists like Joni Mitchell, Adam and the Ants, and Bow Wow Wow. Originally used exclusively for ceremonial occasions, the distinctive drums are made from hollowed tree trunks and animal skins. Come witness ancient Burundi culture with its thunderous percussive rhythms and mesmerizing movements! Individual tickets for these events on sale August 1. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Subscribers save up to 25%! Like to save money? TAMING OF THE SHREW w THE SHAKESPEARE Aquila Theatre William The Taming of the Shrew SUN / OCT 7 / 4 PM $20, $32, $40 ET One of Shakespeare's most adored comedies is brought to the stage by this outstanding BritishAmerican touring company. Set in Northern Italy, this enduring tale is the classic battle for power between the sexes. Bianca, the beautiful youngest child of a lord, cannot marry until her elder sister, Katherina, finds a husband. The older girl's fierce temper and caustic wit frightens away every prospective suitor, until she meets her match in Petruchio, a newcomer who is hired to seduce and tame her. This timeless play with its controversial depiction of marriage told in Shakespeare's sharp, witty language, has inspired countless imitations from Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, to the modern retelling, 10 Things I Hate About You. This superb production is presented by Aquila Theatre, the theater company described by The New York Times as "extraordinarily inventive and disciplined." Virginia Opera The Pearl Fishers FRI / OCT 12 / 8 PM SUN / OCT 14 / 2 PM Friday � $44, $72, $86 Sunday � $48, $80, $98 VO Cirque Chinois Direct from Beijing, The National Circus of the People's Republic of China FRI / OCT 19 / 8 PM SAT / OCT 20 / 2 PM & 8 PM $24, $40, $48 ff GV AD One of China's most acclaimed and influential circus troupes introduces a spectacular new production for its inaugural North American tour -- Cirque Chinois. Audiences of all ages will marvel at the extraordinary feats of these talented artists. Their signature acts, such as the Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, and Group Contortion, have earned them numerous international awards and worldwide acclaim. For nearly six decades, Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People's Republic of China has been performing its unique style of circus and influencing circuses the world over, including Cirque du Soleil, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. Come enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience filled with juggling, flying trapeze, contortions, and more that will mesmerize and astound the entire family! Bizet's dazzling opera is the spellbinding tale of friendship, jealousy, loyalty, love, and religious duty. Premiering as one of his first works more than a decade before Carmen, this captivating opera is evidence of his great musical gifts and serves as a prelude to the brilliant work that followed. Set in a fishing village in ancient Ceylon, two pearl fishermen, Zurga and Nadir, whose friendship was tested years earlier over their romantic obsession with the same beautiful stranger, declare their brotherly bond in one of Bizet's best-loved duets, Au fond du temple saint. But their long lost love, Leila, soon returns as a mysterious priestess, and when her true identity is revealed their deadly rivalry is, quite literally, reignited. Sung in French with English supertitles. Family Friendly Performances Half price tickets are available for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult for events identified in the brochure with this icon ff . call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2012/2013 Great performances at mason 5 choose YOUR OWN SERIES Academy of St. Martin in the American Fields Chamber Ensemble Symphony Orchestra SUN / OCT 21 / 4 PM $25, $42, $50 MM AM Leon Botstein, conductor FRI / NOV 2 / 8 PM $30, $52, $60 MM Dr. John & The Lower 911 Band and The Blind Boys of Alabama Spirituals to Funk SAT / NOV 3 / 8 PM $23, $38, $46 ff AE AM AM Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36 Shostakovich: Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11 Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 20 Relish an afternoon of sublime music by this illustrious ensemble. "Compelling grandeur ... masterful," raves BBC Music Magazine about these eight stellar string musicians who have enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their rich, polished sound and remarkable artistry. Formed in 1967, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created to perform larger chamber works from quintets to octets. This gifted ensemble draws from the principal players of the orchestra who regularly work together, using this camaraderie to enhance the level of musicianship. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble presents an extraordinary program including Brahms's Sextet in G major, Shostakovich's Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, and Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings in Eb major. "Splendid playing; impeccable sound and balance." (Gramophone) Brahms: Serenade No. 1, Op. 11 in D major Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica), Op. 55 in E-flat major Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "a new concept in orchestras," this innovative orchestra curates its thematic programming around the visual arts, literature, politics, and history, while unearthing rare classical gems. Founded in 1962 by legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, the American Symphony Orchestra was conceived to showcase extraordinary American musicianship. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, this esteemed ensemble appears under the baton of its longtime Music Director Leon Botstein. This captivating program opens with Brahms' Serenade No. 1, Op. 11 in D major and also features Beethoven's bold and heroic Eroica Symphony (No. 3), Op. 55 in E-flat major. "Under Mr. Botstein, the orchestra brought clear, light textures to the variegated score." (The New York Times) Based on legendary Carnegie Hall concerts of the 1930s, Dr. John & The Lower 911, and the Blind Boys of Alabama join forces as icons of American music for a rousing night of jazz, blues, and gospel music. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John is the living embodiment of New Orleans' musical heritage. This keyboard master dazzles audiences everywhere with his blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, R&B, psychedelic rock, and Creole. Legends of gospel music, The Blind Boys of Alabama first raised their voices together over 70 years ago and are celebrated for their remarkable longevity, diverse repertoire, and a stunning collection of achievements: five Grammy Awards, a Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction, a National Endowment of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, and performances for two U.S. presidents. This fantastic concert is a joy for music fans of all ages. 6 George Mason University's Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Subscribers get the best seats! Enjoy great views? L.A. Theatre Works Pride and Prejudice SUN / NOV 4 / 7 PM $20, $32, $40 ET "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife;" and so begins this revered literary work by one of Britain's great authors. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of this masterpiece, America's premier radio theater company brings Jane Austen's glorious novel Pride and Prejudice to life with this rich adaptation by Cristina Calvit. Set in the English countryside, the story navigates through the intricacies of marriage, manners, and morals among polite British society. It follows the Bennets, a family of five daughters and their meddlesome mother. At the heart of this cherished story is the turbulent courtship between the spirited and independent Elizabeth, who wishes to marry for love, and the arrogant but honorable Mr. Darcy. Broadway and TV veterans Jane Carr and Nicholas Hormann join this talented cast as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Experience this classic as never before through the live radio drama format of this esteemed Los Angeles company. Shaolin Warriors Voices of the Masters SAT / NOV 10 / 8 PM SUN / NOV 11 / 4 PM $24, $40, $48 ff GV AD Keyboard Conversations� with Jeffrey Siegel Claude Debussy � Clair de Lune and Beyond SUN / NOV 18 / 7 PM $19, $30, $38 ff KC In a spectacular new production, these dynamic warriors from the Far East bring the mind-blowing skill, exhilarating movement, and sparkling imagery of the ancient art of Kung Fu to the stage. Performed by devoted disciples of the Shaolin schools in China, these monks are recognized throughout the world for their fierce martial arts prowess and tremendous self-discipline. From an early age, they undergo strenuous training in meditation, relaxation techniques, and rigorous physical exercise to focus their minds and bodies. Voices of the Masters showcases the diversity of this unique art form, and provides a glimpse into the daily life of these Kung Fu masters and their Zen philosophy. This performance of demanding skill and rich artistry is one for the whole family to enjoy. "An eye-filling evening of ancient legends, ritual ceremonies, and wondrous acrobatics." (Washington Times) In his second "concert with commentary" of the season, Jeffrey Siegel delves into the aural delights of Claude Debussy, the renowned French composer whose dreamy, beautiful music evokes vivid and sensuous imagery. For more than four decades, this brilliant pianist has earned critical acclaim for enchanting countless fans with his immense talent, sparkling wit, and rich and insightful commentary on the great composers in the classical canon. Celebrate Debussy's 150th birthday with the colorful Fireworks, the tender Girl with the Flaxen Hair, the humorous Homage to Samuel Pickwick, and the "orgiastic" Isle of Joy. call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2012/2013 Great performances at mason 7 choose YOUR OWN SERIES Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas Sat / Nov 24 / 8 pm $24, $40, $48 MM AM Die Fledermaus Fri / Nov 30 / 8 pm / $44, $72, $86 Sun / Dec 2 / 2 pm / $48, $80, $98 VO Virginia Opera Dan� Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in �irinn Sat / Dec 1 / 8 pm $23, $38, $46 ff One of the most acclaimed ensembles of traditional music in Ireland, Dan� brings a heartwarming and high-energy Celtic Christmas celebration to the Center for the Arts. Direct from County Waterford, this spirited band is known for its authentic interpretations, ebullient performances, and jawdropping talent. "A spirit raising concoction," raves The Irish Times. For more than a decade, Dan� has been performing for a growing base of fans worldwide, demonstrating its mastery of traditional Celtic instruments complemented by breathtaking vocals. Bring the whole family to experience this spectacular holiday concert featuring traditional Irish songs spanning many centuries. "A vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy." (The Washington Post) This Grammy Award-winning ensemble rings in the holiday season with their elegant and majestic Christmas concert. A Chanticleer Christmas is a glorious musical evening, and a longstanding holiday tradition at the Center for the Arts. With performances of ancient hymns, venerated sacred works, traditional European and American carols, and delightful holiday favorites, Chanticleer is a great start to the holiday season. Encompassing music from across centuries and genres, the 12 illustrious male voices have been compared to the great choirs of Europe. Audiences everywhere are enchanted by their unmatched vocal technique, rich melodic sound, and expansive vocal repertoire. "With their flawless pitch, great spirit, and widespread musical curiosity, Chanticleer is America's a cappella pride and joy." (classics.com) Virginia Opera presents this delightful tale of mistaken identities, practical jokes, elegant frivolities, intoxicating revelry, and plenty of freely flowing champagne. This is Strauss's most celebrated and beloved work, and it features some of the most captivating music ever written. The story follows Gabriel von Eisenstein, who faces a short prison term, as his wife Rosalinde is pursued by a former flame. Meanwhile, Dr. Falke invites everyone to a magnificent party as part of an elaborate scheme to exact revenge on Eisenstein for a youthful prank. This offers the cunning Rosalinde an opportunity to catch her womanizing spouse in the act. On the night of the party, bafflement and hilarity ensue. This deliciously provocative work captures the height of indulgent 19th century Viennese society and is filled with gorgeous waltzes, sophisticated humor, and memorable melodies sung by the glorious voices of the Virginia Opera. Sung in English with English supertitles. 8 George Mason University's Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Subscribers get free ticket exchanges! Change of plans? Rockapella A Rockapella Holiday Fri / Dec 7 / 8 PM $24, $40, $48 ff Featuring hits from their acclaimed album -- touted by Broken Records Magazine as "a fascinating, innovative wonder" -- Rockapella returns to our stage with a rockin' concert of classic carols and holiday tunes, both funky and soulful, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. From barbershop to Glee, unaccompanied vocal music has long fascinated people around the world. Ever since this a cappella powerhouse first captivated audiences with the unforgettable television theme song "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" they've stood apart as one of the world's most sophisticated and lasting of the popular vocalist ensembles. They have traversed the globe, enchanting young and old alike with their remarkable harmonies, breathtaking vocal percussions, and signature full-band sound. Audiences of all ages love their winning humor, style, and artistry as they perform a refreshing combination of soul, rock, R&B, and jazz. Vienna Boys Choir Christmas in Vienna Fri / Dec 14 / 8 pm $25, $42, $50 ff Nothing evokes the joy and magic of the Christmas season quite like the celestial voices of these extraordinary Austrian youngsters. In this special holiday concert, the Vienna Boys Choir presents a musical evening of Christmas spirit, performing everything from Gregorian chant and traditional Christmas carols to popular holiday favorites and songs from around the world. They have charmed audiences worldwide with their rapturous harmonies, purity of tone, pleasing repertoire, and charming demeanor. "The angelic voices of this most famous vocal group are ageless." (Salt Lake Tribune) This celebrated choir has been synonymous with fine choral music for over half a millennium and has collaborated with some of the great composers, such as Mozart, Bruckner, and Franz Schubert, whom himself was a chorister. This is truly an enchanting evening of music for the entire family. The Romeros with Concerto M�laga Sat / Dec 15 / 8 pm $23, $38, $46 ff Two of Spain's premiere string ensembles present an evening of exquisite Christmas music. Performing fresh and familiar carols, The Romeros interpret music through the intricate and velvety sounds of the classical guitar. Known the world over as "The Royal Family of the Guitar," The Romeros were founded in 1960 by the legendary soloist Celedonio Romero with his three teenage sons. Today, the quartet continues his legacy of virtuosity as Celedonio's sons and grandsons traverse the globe, performing at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Vatican, and entertaining such luminaries as Pope John Paul II, HRH Prince Charles, and King Juan Carlos I of Spain. "One of the enduring mysteries of musical talent is how skills seem to flow genetically from parent to child. In The Romero family the flow has been swift and unimpeded." (The New York Times) Joining The Romeros is Concerto M�laga, a 13-piece string ensemble that has brought its sophisticated interpretations of Spanish music to audiences around the world under the baton of conductor, and celebrated viola and viola d'amore soloist, Massimo Paris. call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2012/2013 Great performances at mason 9 choose YOUR OWN SERIES Aquila Theatre Leahy A Leahy Family Christmas Sun / Dec 16 / 7 pm $25, $42, $50 ff Experience a traditional Leahy family Christmas -- a time for friends and family, joyous song, lively dance, and storytelling that lasts well into the night. This delightful family of musicians and dancers performs a festive blend of Celtic melodies and treasured Christmas carols. Even their young children take the stage to join in the festivities and show off the marvelous talent that has touched every generation of this remarkable family. Described by the Buffalo News as "fresh, vibrant, and engaging," these eight musical siblings grew up playing music on their family farm, exploring their Irish-Scottish roots while perfecting their many musical talents. They have since captivated awestruck fans the world over with their mastery of the fiddle, ferocious step-dancing, and effervescent spirit. "Leahy makes Christmas a true family affair!" says the Calgary Herald. We couldn't agree more. American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season Anthony Maiello, conductor Sat / Dec 22 / 8 pm $24, $40, $48 ff AE Cyrano de Bergerac Fri / Jan 18 / 8 pm $20, $32, $40 ET One of the most vibrant characters in literature comes to life in Aquila Theatre's stunning production of Edmond Rostand's classic tale of unrequited love. A man of many talents and with a notoriously large nose, Cyrano longs for the beautiful Roxane who he believes could never have feelings for him. Suffering in silence, he instead expresses his love by helping a handsome but simple-minded suitor win her heart, thus beginning a decades-long love triangle. Based on a historical figure, this famous French play still delights today and has attracted some of the world's most renowned actors for the lead. "Beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing, and crystalline in effect," raves the New Yorker about this inventive BritishAmerican touring troupe. AM Northern Virginia's own American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for the holidays with a dazzling celebration that is sure to warm the hearts and brighten the Christmas spirits of the entire family. This joyful program features the American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Brass Quintet, a special guest narration of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and festive favorites including "The Holly and the Ivy," Jingle Bell Rock," and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." For the past three seasons, this brilliant ensemble has delighted audiences with its lively interpretations of classic pops music, and has established a loyal following. Under the baton and leadership of Anthony Maiello, the orchestra comprises some of the most talented musicians in the greater D.C. area. Capture the holiday spirit with this evening of traditional holiday music complete with an audience sing-along! 10 George Mason University's Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Subscribers save on tickets all season! Out-of-town guests? Savion Glover SoLe Sanctuary Sun / Jan 20 / 7 pm $23, $38, $46 DD AD In this distinctive new production, celebrated choreographer and tap dancer Savion Glover honors his art form with a Hoofer's meditation on the art of tap. This production honors dance legends like Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Slyde, and his teacher and mentor, Gregory Hines. The New York Times describes this reverent performance as "barebones and pure, full of the kind of rhythmic innovation that trips down one path, splinters off in different directions, and then sweeps back home." For the past 25 years, this nonpareil of the popular dance world has dedicated his career to restoring the African roots to the art of tap. With a string of Broadway hits such as the Tony Awardwinning Bring in `da Noise, Bring in `da Funk and Jelly's Last Jam to his appearances in Spike Lee's Bamboozled and the Academy Award-winning animated film, Happy Feet, Savion Glover has become a contemporary legend in the dance community. The New York Times has dubbed him "a peerless dynamo of rhythmic tap dance" because of his thundering footwork and unmatched technique. The Black Watch and the Paco Pe�a Band of the Scots Guards Flamenco Vivo The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of 1st Battalion Sat / Jan 26 / 2 pm & 8 pm $25, $42, $50 ff GV Experience the magnificent pageantry of British military tradition and history when these two esteemed military bands take the stage in full ceremonial dress. The Black Watch has participated in major world conflicts for nearly three centuries and its celebrated pipes and drums have escorted troops into many famous battles, including Ticonderoga, Waterloo, and even the Second Gulf War. Originally formed in 1642 by King Charles, The Band of the Scots Guards has entertained the British troops serving in battles, including both of the World Wars. Beyond touring the globe, this respected 40-member orchestra performs at the daily Guard Mounting at Buckingham Palace and at various state functions throughout Britain. With the distinctive sounds of bagpipes and brass, the high-spirited Scottish sword dances and regimental marching, this spectacle is a feast for the eyes and ears and is sure to captivate the entire family! Fri / Feb 1 / 8 pm $23, $38, $46 GV Named the "Best Flamenco Guitarist" by America's Guitar for five consecutive years, Pe�a brings his troupe of brilliant flamenco musicians and dancers to the Center for a tour through the history of flamenco. The journey begins with the most primitive forms of this captivating art form and travels to the highest levels of modern flamenco, demonstrating the rhythmic complexities of its latest variations. Born in C�rdoba, preeminent artist Paco Pe�a was a guitar prodigy at the age of 12 and has been the embodiment of flamenco for more than 50 years. In the 1960's, he skyrocketed to fame in London where he was embraced for his brilliant solo recitals. Now, with this production that he calls Flamenco Vivo, he presents the passion of flamenco with an ensemble of guitar, percussion, and voice paired with the raw emotion, spectacular color and rhythmic expression of flamenco dancers. "Music and dance that threatens to blow the roof off the auditorium. A fantastic night." (Daily Express) call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2012/2013 Great performances at mason 11 choose YOUR OWN SERIES China National Symphony Orchestra En Shao, conductor / Xi Chen, violin Sat / Feb 2 / 8 pm $30, $52, $60 MM AM Mark Morris Dance Group Fri / Feb 8 / 8 pm Sat / Feb 9 / 8 PM $23, $38, $46 DD AD Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Mardi Gras with the MJO Sat / Feb 16 / 8 PM $22, $36, $44 ff AE AM Guan Xia: Requiem for the Earth, Mvt. I Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 This grand orchestra, credited with creating an orchestral tradition unique to China, showcases its impressive artistry and award-winning instrumentalists with music from East to West. For the last half century, the China National Symphony Orchestra has introduced audiences throughout its homeland to an immense repertoire of classical, romantic, modern, and contemporary orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers. They have collaborated with some of the world's great musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, and Isaac Stern. The program includes the opening movement from Guan Xia's Requiem for the Earth, written in remembrance of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Sibelius' glorious Violin Concerto with celebrated soloist Xi Chen, and Rachmaninoff's passionate Symphony No. 2. "A solid, energetic, and meticulously drilled ensemble." (The Washington Post) 12 George Mason University's Center for the Arts This world-renowned company has captivated audiences for more than 30 years with its sophisticated artistry, extraordinary movement, and overriding musicality. "Astonishingly beautiful and intricate demonstration of genius," raves The New York Times about the ensemble and its choreographer. Christened "one of the greatest living choreographers" by the New Yorker, Mark Morris is celebrated for his enthralling dance that combines wit and grace, and his unparalleled commitment to the use of live music. "His choreography creates human drama and visual textures, as well as the rhythmic punch and complexities of the musical virtuoso." (The Washington Post) This wonderful program features two D.C. area premieres, The Office set to the music of Antonin Dvor�k and Festival Dance set to Hummel's Piano Trio No. 5 in E major. Escape to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras! Join the "second line" (a New Orleans brass band parade tradition!) as the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra celebrates the birthplace of jazz. These first-rate jazz musicians from the D.C. area bring audiences to their feet in enthusiastic ovations whenever they perform their swinging interpretations of the great jazz classics. Artistic Director Jim Carroll has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Apollo Theatre, and the White House. A versatile performer, he has shared the stage with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Don't miss this festive evening of swingin' New Orleans big band tunes. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Subscribers get personalized service! Need help? Walnut Street Theatre Around the World in 80 Days Sat / Feb 23 / 8 pm $20, $32, $40 ff ET The mother of all adventure stories, this epic tale by Jules Verne is jam-packed with exotic locales, narrow escapes, death-defying adventure, and extreme excitement. Set in 1872, the play follows the eccentric English gentleman Phileas Fogg, who on a bet attempts to circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days. Accompanied by his trusty valet, Passepartout, they race across continents and oceans, evading danger and destruction as he tries to beat the clock. Adding to this whirlwind is a Scotland Yard detective in hot pursuit, who suspects Fogg of a massive bank robbery. Performed by Walnut Street Theatre, the critically acclaimed touring company from America's oldest continuously operating theater, this exhilarating stage adaption by Mark Brown is "a wildly whacky, unbelievably creative, 90-miles-an-hour, hilarious journey! A ton of fun for all ages." (The Tolucan Times) Keyboard Conversations� with Jeffrey Siegel Schubert in the Age of the Sound-Byte Sun / Feb 24 / 7 pm $19, $30, $38 ff KC Virginia Opera A Streetcar Named Desire Fri / Mar 1 / 8 pm / $44, $72, $86 Sun / Mar 3 / 2 pm / $48, $80, $98 VO This gifted pianist offers enlightening commentary on one of the most prolific composers that classical music has ever known! In this third concert, Mr. Siegel asks the question, "How do Schubert's irresistible lyric dramas in tones fit into our robotic society with today's limited attention span?" This exciting evening of music will transport audiences with Schubert's Impromptus, Moment Musicales, and Waltzes. Hailed the "Leonard Bernstein of the piano" by the Chicago Tribune, Jeffrey Siegel's "concerts with commentary" series has engaged piano enthusiasts and classical music newcomers at the Center for the Arts for 20 years. Andr� Previn's modern masterpiece blends the sultry and fiery drama of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning play with a brilliant score, creating a musical experience that will enchant both opera devotees and those less familiar. Meet Blanche DuBois, a fading and fragile Southern belle who attempts to leave her shadowy past behind when she moves into her sister's home in the steamy underbelly of urban New Orleans. But violent clashes and sexual tension with her brutish and bitter brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, lead to the story's shocking climax, which drives Blanche even further into her own delusions and away from reality. Previn's expressive and riveting score enhance the raw emotion and heartbreaking tragedy of this gripping work. Sung in English with English supertitles. call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2012/2013 Great performances at mason 13 choose YOUR OWN SERIES Turtle Island Quartet with special guest Michael Doucet, fiddle Louisiana Story Sat / MAR 2 / 8 pm $23, $38, $46 ff AE AM RIOULT FRI / MAR 8 / 8 pm $23, $38, $46 DD AD Beethoven Orchestra Bonn Stefan Blunier, conductor Louis Lortie, piano Sat / MAR 9 / 8 pm $30, $52, $60 ff MM AM These accomplished Grammy Award-winning artists explore the myriad faces of Cajun music, a quintessentially American genre. Inspired by Virgil Thompson's 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning film score for Louisiana Story, this collaboration with Michael Doucet reflects a long time connection among these extraordinary instrumentalists. Turtle Island Quartet, the world's preeminent cross-genre string quartet, has spent more than 25 years expanding the definition of classical music by infusing the string quartet esthetic with jazz, folk, rock, and ethnic music. Master fiddler Michael Doucet, leader of the famed band BeauSoliel, has put his encyclopedic mastery of Cajun music to work, revealing an array of diverse stylistic influences from around the globe. The Washington Post extols his mastery of the fiddle as "brash and blazing." Together, these artists present a thrilling evening of music not to be missed! Committed to presenting awe-inspiring movement set to gorgeous works by Bach, Ravel, Stravinsky, and Mozart, RIOULT (ree-you) brings an enchanting evening of dance that will take your breath away. This spectacular modern dance ensemble has firmly established a sparkling reputation for blending compelling musicality and lyric elegance to create work that is both technically powerful and rich with intellect and emotion. The brainchild of former Martha Graham principal dancer Pascal Rioult, this unique company has received accolades from around the world and now brings his daring and imaginative interpretations of wellknown classical compositions to the D.C. area for the first time. "Perhaps the most adept and courageous choreographer in mainstream modern dance today." (Backstage) Beethoven: Piano Concerto, No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 Conductor and Music Director Stefan Blunier leads this revered orchestra for a thrilling allBeethoven program including one of his overtures as well as the joyful Symphony No. 7. The concert also features Piano Concerto No. 4 with French-Canadian piano soloist and acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Louis Lortie whose playing was described as "sterling...note-perfect and scintillating" by The Washington Post. Hailing from the birthplace of the famous composer, this illustrious German orchestra has been one of the key pillars of cultural life in its hometown since its founding over a century ago. The official orchestra of the Oper Bonn, this esteemed ensemble maintains a bustling calendar including a full concert schedule each year at home along with international appearances in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg. 14 George Mason University's Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Subscribers save up to 25%! Like to save money? Russian National Ballet Theatre Natalie MacMaster SUN / MAR 17 / 7 pm $24, $40, $48 ff GV Don't miss this Celtic powerhouse in a musical celebration of St. Patrick's Day! Natalie MacMaster enchants audiences around the world with her jawdropping step-dancing, fiddling ferocity, and her signature sound combining Celtic, bluegrass, and folk with jazz, rock, and even classical music. This Cape Breton native's diverse prowess has been showcased on her 10 solo albums, as well as her numerous collaborations with artists such as Alison Krauss, Yo-Yo Ma, B�la Fleck, and Carlos Santana. A favorite at the Center for the Arts, this Grammynominated artist shows off her musical roots in this energetic celebration of Celtic culture, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. "MacMaster's a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foot-tapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion." (Los Angeles Times) Les 7 Doigts de la Main PSY Fri / MAR 29 / 8 pm Sat / MAR 30 / 2 pm & 8 PM $24, $40, $48 ff GV This circus and acrobat troupe from Montreal delves into the surreal underworld of the human psyche in this edgy, pulse-raising theatrical experience. PSY (pronounced "P," "S," "Y") travels through a landscape of distorted visions, vanishing dreams, and jumbled memories, as the young energetic artists overcome insurmountable challenges by performing incredible, mind-blowing acrobatic feats. Critics and audiences alike are discovering this hot young troupe that is turning circus arts on its head. Formed in 2002, the ensemble combines the unique talents and skills of its seven directors, to explore ways to present the circus arts on a more human scale in order to create an intimate and personal experience. They incorporate choreography and design with amazing stunts and acrobatics to a thrilling effect. "A mindbending journey into human ego...a transfixing circus spectacle that boggles both mind and eye." (Boston Globe) Giselle Sat / Apr 6 / 8 pm $27, $46, $54 ff DD AD Experience one of the most venerated works in the classical ballet canon as performed by this celebrated Russian ensemble. Giselle is the tragic tale of a beautiful peasant girl who falls deeply in love with a count disguised as a lowly villager. When Giselle learns of the deceit, she dies from madness, and her spirit joins the ghosts of girls who avenge the evil deeds of men who have betrayed them. The tragic story is ultimately a message of love and forgiveness prevailing in the end. This Russian masterpiece is the perfect showcase for the extraordinary skill and talent of these dancers, and features Petipa's luminous choreography, a hauntingly beautiful score, and resplendent costumes and sets. Elena Radchenko, the legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded this extraordinary ensemble in 1994. "A cut above many of its rivals." (The Washington Post) call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2012/2013 Great performances at mason 15 choose YOUR OWN SERIES Russian National Ballet Theatre Keyboard Conversations� with Jeffrey Siegel Swan Lake Sun / Apr 7 / 4 pm $27, $46, $54 ff AD This esteemed Russian company brings to our stage one of the most magical and well-known works from the classical ballet repertoire. This stunning fantasy ballet is inspired by the German legend of Odette, a beautiful princess turned into a swan at the hand of an evil sorcerer. With majestic choreography by Petipa, unforgettable score by Tchaikovsky, and exquisite costumes and sets, it is easy to see why Swan Lake continues to earn the adoration of classical ballet enthusiasts and attract newcomers to this magnificent art form. This extraordinary company was founded in 1994 by Elena Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, and is dedicated to preserving the grand ballet traditions while nurturing young dancers throughout Russia. American Festival Pops Orchestra Cinema Magic Anthony Maiello, conductor Sat / Apr 13 / 8 pm $24, $40, $48 ff AE Listen to the Dance The Marriage of Figaro Sun / Apr 14 / 7 pm $19, $30, $38 ff KC Jeffrey Siegel concludes his 20th anniversary season with a dazzling evening of music spotlighting the brilliance of the great composers who have used the dance idiom to create beautiful music. This spectacular program features The Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss, Waltzes by Chopin, Marches by Prokofiev, Spanish Dances by Albeniz and Granados, Polkas by Shostakovitch and Smetana, and other musical delights for the ears in "dance time"! Mr. Siegel has enthralled audiences across the globe for more than 40 years with his mastery of the piano and his clever and insightful commentary on the most celebrated composers of all time. "A performer who colors with virtuoso artistry." (The New York Times) Fri / Apr 19 / 8 pm $44, $72, $86 Sun / Apr 21 / 2 pm $48, $80, $98 VO Mozart's delightful opera buffa finds those beloved characters from The Barber of Seville in madcap mayhem once again in this hysterical story about a single day of lunacy. The clever Figaro, now major-domo for the lecherous Count Almaviva, is about to marry his beautiful Susanna, Countess Rosina's maid. But to do so, he must outwit his employer and his old nemesis, Doctor Bartolo, and avoid the advances of the Countess's former governess. Will Figaro and Susanna become man and wife? Will common sense triumph over power? This uproarious work is among the most cherished comic gems in the operatic canon and has enchanted audiences for centuries. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Virginia Opera AM Join this spirited ensemble for a journey through the world of film in a delightful program that includes some of the best music of the silver screen, including favorites from film giants John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, and Danny Elfman. Get an inside look into the film industry when motion picture and television composer, Vincent Oppido, leads a live film score recording. American Festival Pops Orchestra, under the skilled leadership of Artistic Director and conductor Anthony Maiello, enjoys a large following of devoted fans who give a rousing ovation at every performance. "Professionalism, affection, and more than a bit of pizzazz," raves the Washington Times about this Northern Virginia pops orchestra sensation. 16 George Mason University's Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Subscribers get free ticket exchanges! Change of plans? The Acting Company Ballet Revoluci�n Fri / Apr 26 / 8 pm $23, $38, $46 DD AD Of Mice and Men Sun / Apr 28 / 4 pm $20, $32, $40 ET This leading American touring company brings the literary masterpiece Of Mice and Men to the stage for a memorable theatrical experience. Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winner John Steinbeck's tragic tale tells of two drifting migrant workers in California during the Great Depression: George, a smart yet cynical man, and Lennie, a gentle giant with the mind of a child. Lifelong friends who are devoted to each other, they nurture a hopeless dream of someday saving enough money to buy a farm. This deeply moving work explores themes of loneliness and companionship, the imbalance of power and victimization, and most of all, the impossibility of the American dream. Hailed as "the major touring classical theater company in the United States," by The New York Times, this legendary ensemble was founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972 and has helped launch the careers of many well-known actors. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Sat / May 4 / 8 pm $24, $40, $48 ff DD AD This is ballet with a fiery Cuban attitude! When this elite company of dancers takes the stage, they perform a dynamic fusion of ballet, hip-hop, and contemporary Latin dance that will blow you away. These gifted Cuban dancers move with remarkable versatility, extraordinary talent, and powerful athletic skill to a spectacular blend of Cuban music, modern Latin American music, and R&B hits. This is the work of two electrifying contemporary choreographers: Aaron Cash and Roclan Gonzalez Chavez. Australian choreographer Cash is a classically trained, multi-talented performer who has danced with Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Cher. He joins the renowned young Cuban choreographer Chavez, who has an unrivaled knowledge of the many forms of Latin dance, including Cuban Salsa, Brazilian Samba, and Argentinean Tango. These two artists create a dance hybrid that is stunningly beautiful, exquisitely passionate, and completely cutting edge. The sight of large male bodies stuffed into tutus delicately balancing en pointe is just the beginning of the fun. This all-male ballet company specializes in hilarious twists on the classics such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Giselle, with equal parts comedy and technical prowess. The talented dancers, playing both male and female roles, perform an impressive repertoire of both classical ballet and contemporary dance. They are poking fun, but they are doing so with excellent form and skill, making this a delight for dance aficionados and novices alike. Starting in 1974 as a playful diversion for some passionate ballet enthusiasts in New York, "The Trocks" quickly caught on, and became a worldwide phenomenon. Audiences can't get enough of their graceful movement, hilarious wit, frilly tutus and man-sized toe shoes as they gain popularity and consistently attract new audiences across the globe. "Their program of grand ballet is as much food for the mind as it is for the eye and the funny bone." (The New York Times) call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2012/2013 Great performances at mason 17 great performances at mason Dynamic Dance Save 20% All six events starting at $115 Series Prices: $115, $191, $229 SERIES PACKAGES Events grouped by interest For details about these events, turn to the page referenced. 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"Chanticleer is America's a cappella pride and joy." (classics.com) See page 8 for more information. The Romeros with Concerto M�laga Sat / Dec 15 / 8 pm Two of Spain's premiere string ensembles present an evening of exquisite Christmas music, performing fresh and familiar carols interpreted through the velvety sounds of classical guitar. Known as "The Royal Family of the Guitar," The Romeros are joined by Concerto M�laga, a 13-piece string ensemble that has brought its sophisticated interpretations of Spanish music to audiences around the world. See page 9 for more information. Dan� Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in �irinn Sat / Dec 1 / 8 pm One of the most acclaimed ensembles of traditional music in Ireland, this spirited band is known for its authentic interpretations, ebullient performances, and jaw-dropping talent. Bring the whole family to this spectacular Celtic holiday concert. See page 8 for more information. Leahy A Leahy Family Christmas Sun / Dec 16 / 7 pm This delightful family of musicians and dancers performs a festive blend of timehonored Celtic melodies and treasured Christmas carols. "Leahy makes Christmas a true family affair!" (Calgary Herald). See page 10 for more information. Rockapella A Rockapella Holiday Fri / Dec 7 / 8 pm Rockapella returns with a rockin' concert of classic carols and holiday tunes, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Audiences of all ages love their winning humor and artistry as they perform a refreshing combination of soul, rock, R&B, and jazz. See page 9 for more information. American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season Anthony Maiello, conductor Sat / Dec 22 / 8 pm Northern Virginia's own Pops Orchestra comes home for the holidays with a dazzling celebration that is sure to warm the hearts and brighten the Christmas spirits of the entire family. This joyful program features the American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Brass Quintet, a special guest narration of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and festive favorites including "The Holly and the Ivy," Jingle Bell Rock," and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." See page 10 for more information. Rockapella Vienna Boys Choir Vienna Boys Choir Christmas in Vienna Fri / Dec 14 / 8 pm Nothing evokes the joy and magic of the season quite like the celestial voices of these extraordinary Austrian youngsters. This world-renowned chorus presents a musical evening of Christmas spirit, performing everything from Gregorian chant and traditional Christmas carols to popular holiday favorites and songs from around the world. See page 9 for more information. The Romeros with Concerto M�laga Leahy American Festival Pops Orchestra 20 George Mason University's Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 Joe and Carol Catalano Event Co-Chairs Joe Castiglia, Carolyn Peterson, Rena Vakay Sponsorship Co-Chairs Evan Hineman, So J. Lim, Ilene Tognini Business Partnership Co-Chairs Featuring Two-time Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster in Concert Join us for a benefit in support of student scholarships at George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Great Performances at Mason season at the Center for the Arts. The evening begins by showcasing the remarkable talents of Mason students amid an array of spectacular food and beverages, and culminates in the Concert Hall with a performance by Broadway ing�nue and two-time Tony Award-winner, Sutton Foster. Don't miss this incredible vocal powerhouse in a performance of showstoppers and ballads, showcasing her powerful soprano, fantastic footwork, and dazzling acting. A private dessert and champagne reception with the artist takes place on stage following the performance. � 5:00 p.m.: ARTS by George! event � Student showcases in art, music, dance, theater, arts management, computer game design, and film and video studies throughout the studios and performance spaces of the de Laski Performing Arts Building and Harris Theater � Creative cuisine and fine wines bars throughout the event � Silent Auction of unique arts-related items and experiences � 8:00 p.m.: Concert Hall performance by Sutton Foster � 9:45 p.m.: Champagne and dessert reception on stage with Sutton Foster $200/person ($120 tax deductible) Sponsorship packages are available at $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,000. For more information, contact Deborah Paez Hoesly at email@example.com or 703-993-4188. artsbygeorge.gmu.edu 22 George Mason University's Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 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Oct 26�27 / 8 pm Oct 27�28 / 2 pm $20 Adults, $15 Students and Seniors Concert Hall The Mason Players join forces with the School of Music to present the endearing, fast-paced, and always entertaining fairy tale mash-up. Don't miss this exciting full-scale musical production. Sun / Dec 9 / 7 pm $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors Concert Hall Celebrate the season with the Mason Symphony Orchestra, Choruses and gifted student soloists in a sing-along presentation of Handel's Messiah, a cherished hallmark of the holidays. Please order tickets for all of these events on the "Additional Tickets for Great Performances and Student Productions" section of the order form. 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