2013-2014 Great Performances at Mason Season Brochure
Experience an unmatched season of exciting artistry at the Center for the Arts. This season’s Great Performances at Mason performances feature some of the biggest names and greatest talents from across the country and the globe in classical music, jazz, dance, theater, global music and more. Join us for the best of the performing arts!
George Mason Universityâ€™s Center for the Arts 2013-14 SEASON Great Performances at Mason SUBSCRIBE TODAY! cfa.gmu.edu Choose three or more events n Up to 25% savings n Priority seating n Free ticket exchanges n And more! See inside for details Parsons Dance Great Performances at Mason What is Great Performances at Mason? Great Performances at Mason is a performing arts 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 at the Center for the Arts, located on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. Why Should I Subscribe to Great Performances at Mason? Because subscribers receive many benefits. • Prime Seats: Priority for preferred seating assignments • Free Ticket Exchanges: Exchange tickets without a fee • Great Savings: 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: Unmatched personalized service includes a subscriber helpline for assistance with your order, seating requests, purchasing additional tickets, and other needs throughout the season. • Parking Deck Vouchers: Purchase convenient parking vouchers along with your subscription. • Exclusive Offers: Special offers throughout the season Please Note: Program, artists, and dates are subject to change without notice. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age. 2 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Café Variations Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul Romeo and Juliet Subscribe Now. Save Money. Get the Best Seats. How Do I Subscribe? You can subscribe in one of two ways. 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! 3 performances 4 or 5 performances 6 to 9 performances 10 to 14 performances 15 or more performances Save Save Save Save Save 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% When Can I Buy Tickets for Individual Events? Tickets for individual events go on sale September 1, except as noted. Until then, you can order tickets for any of the events as part of a subscription. When Do I Order? Right now! Subscriptions are processed in the order in which they are received, so order today to ensure you get the best possible seats. Start by turning to the order form in the center of this brochure, by calling 703-993-2787, or by visiting cfa.gmu.edu. Where Do I Begin? Explore the Season: 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 selection of Great Performances at Mason 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. choose 3 or More to SAVE 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 each grouped by genre. For example, the Magnificent Music Series is a collection of sublime concerts, and the Dynamic Dance Series features six 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 call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2013–2014 Great performances at mason 3 CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN SERIES twelfth night william shakespeare’s Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Laura Benanti This Broadway star, who has enchanted audiences from the stage and the screen, presents an extraordinary evening filled with the emotional ballads and sensational showstoppers that skyrocketed her to fame at the age of 19. Benanti has won critical acclaim and accolades for her diverse portrayals of a nun-turned-governess in The Sound of Music and a wallflower-turned-stripper in Gypsy (for which she won a Tony Award in 2008), as well as appearances in The Wedding Singer, Swing!, Nine, Into the Woods, and Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. She had a recurring role on Law & Order and recently starred as a group grief counselor opposite Matthew Perry on NBC’s sitcom, Go On. Don’t miss this dazzling soprano whom The New York Times has praised as “one of the most beautiful voices in musical theater.” This concert is part of the ARTS, by George! benefit. See page 28 for details. Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m. $70, $55, $40* Please Note: This concert is not available as part of a subscription. Tickets may be purchased separately on the order form. Aquila Theatre ® Twelfth Night “If music be the food of love, play on.” And so begins one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, a hilarious tale of love filled with shipwrecks, illusions, disguises, and deception. Viola, an aristocrat stranded in a strange land, disguises herself as a man named Cesario, and goes to work for Duke Orsino, who has long pined for Lady Olivia. Viola falls in love with the duke; meanwhile, Lady Olivia has fallen in love with Cesario. When Viola’s missing twin brother Sebastian appears, he is mistaken for Cesario, and confusion and hilarity ensue as passions and tempers flare. The gifted actors of this renowned British-American theater troupe bring the Bard’s brilliant poetry to life in this delightful production that includes an original musical score. ET Friday, October 4 at 8 p.m. $44, $36, $22* Great Performances at Mason Series Key MM Magnificent Music DD Dynamic Dance GV Global View AE American Echoes ET Enthralling Theater VO Virginia Opera KC Keyboard Gershwin and Friends Jeffrey Siegel opens his season of Keyboard Conversations with the very best of American popular music. For more than 40 years, this outstanding pianist has dazzled audiences with his brilliant mastery of the piano along with his clever and insightful commentary on the great composers. Mr. Siegel performs the rarely heard solo piano version of Gershwin’s most popular work, Rhapsody in Blue as well as the humorous The Cat and the Mouse by Aaron Copland. The program also includes the intimate, lyrical Anniversaires by Leonard Bernstein, the Wall Street Rag by Scott Joplin, and the tender To a Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell. “A pianist with a bravura technique and a big, gorgeous sound…and when the artist himself offers the inside scoop, the musical experience becomes vastly more personal.” (Denver Post) ff KC Sunday, September 15 at 7 p.m. $38, $30, $19* Conversations AM All Music AD All Dance Youth Discount: Half-price tickets for children and students through grade 12. *Individual tickets for these events go on sale August 1. 4 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts ff Family Friendly performances that are most suitable for families with younger children. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! subscribers save up to 25% American Festival Pops Orchestra Saturday Nite Fever American Festival Pops Orchestra welcomes back its devoted fans and Mason alumni alike for a celebration of popular music of the 70’s and 80’s including the many eras of rock music, hit musicals, and memorable movie and TV themes. Enjoy your favorite tunes from such influential artists as Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, James Taylor, Billy Joel, and The Beatles as well as a rousing rendition of the Charlie Daniels Band’s hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia” performed by Pops Concertmaster, Peter Wilson. Revisit Broadway’s blockbuster numbers with selections from Chicago, A Chorus Line, and Grease, and don’t miss some of film’s greatest musical moments from James Bond to Rocky to John Williams’ iconic theme from Star Wars. Conductor and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello leads this accomplished ensemble, and welcomes Mason’s own Mike Nickens and “The Green Machine” for a special guest appearance. “[American Festival Pops Orchestra] performed crisply and with great enthusiasm under the baton of Maestro Maiello.” (Washington Times) ff AE AM Saturday, October 5 at 8 p.m. $48, $40, $24* Chamber Orchestra Kremlin This dynamic Russian chamber orchestra, including some of the country’s finest young string players, presents a brilliant concert of classical music under the baton of Maestro Rachlevsky. Founded in 1991 by Music Director Misha Rachlevsky, this stellar ensemble has produced a spectacular catalog of recordings featuring works by the celebrated Russian masters as well as other revered composers. This performance features a Serenade by Elgar as well as Dvor ˘ák’s carefree Serenade for Strings. The chamber orchestra also performs Shostakovich’s dark Chamber Symphony followed by the contrasting masterpiece by Bach, Contrapunctus No. 1 from The Art of the Fugue. “An ensemble of remarkably tight discipline and heart-on-the-sleeve expressiveness.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) MM AM Virginia Opera Falstaff Virginia Opera begins its new season with Verdi’s final opera — a pure comic gem to cap off a lifetime of tragic masterpieces. Verdi’s grand finale, Falstaff has long been admired for both its outstanding orchestration and its brilliant libretto, which is based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV. Falstaff loves the ladies, but they don’t love him back! After a night of heavy drinking and bragging about the women he has romanced over the years, the lecherous and corpulent knight attempts to woo two ladies at the same time. However, his seduction plans backfire when the clever women team up to outwit the old rascal! Sung in Italian with English supertitles. VO Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m. $86, $72, $44 Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. $98, $80, $48 Elgar: Serenade in E minor, Op. 20 Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op. 110 J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus No. 1 from The Art of the Fugue Dvor ˘ák: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22 Sunday, October 6 at 4 p.m. $50, $42, $25* call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2013–2014 Great performances at mason 5 CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN SERIES Mariza This stunning chanteuse has seduced audiences around the world with her hauntingly beautiful voice, luminous stage presence, and soul-stirring interpretations of fado, the traditional Portuguese music genre. This powerful Portuguese-Mozambican contralto is today’s face of contemporary fado, and she is introducing this passionate and melancholic music to the world. Known as the poetry of the Portuguese, fado dates back to the 1820s and possibly earlier. It originated in the streets and tavernas of working-class Lisbon, and is a fusion of Gypsy, Arabic, Afro-Brazilian, and Andalucían musical influences. We are pleased to welcome back this gifted vocalist who thrilled our audiences with her last appearance. “[Mariza is] remaking fado’s ancient sadness into a majestic modern sound.” (Rolling Stone) GV Friday, October 18 at 8 p.m. $46, $38, $23 Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Hungarian Rhapsody Considered one of the world’s greatest folkloric dance ensembles, these gifted Eastern European dancers and musicians bring their rich and colorful artistic traditions to the Center. Hungarian Rhapsody is a spirited journey through time, tracing the history of this thousand-year-old culture through its dance and music. Since its founding in 1951, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble has revitalized the folk culture of the Hungarian people. Its impressive repertoire is based on authentic dances, some collected from tiny, isolated villages with dance elements dating back many centuries. Their choreography is enhanced by vibrant costumes and extraordinary folk music – which inspired the likes of Liszt, Brahms, Bartók, and Kodály – performed live by the talented Folk Orchestra. Don’t miss this performance infused with virtuosic dance, acrobatics, grace, lyricism and passion that The Washington Post called a “Forceful, tasteful, unglorified presentation of ethnic expression.” ff GV AD Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Lar Lubovitch, hailed by The New York Times as “one of the ten best choreographers in the world,” has been creating breathtaking dance for audiences across the globe for the past 45 years. Called “a national treasure” by Variety this gifted ensemble performs the work of this celebrated choreographer, renowned for his works of stunning lyricism, radiant style, and sophisticated formal structures. The program includes a Washington, D.C. area premiere called Segundo as well as Transparent Things, Crisis Variations, and more. “Lubovitch’s choreography shines…highlighting its organic shapes, detailed-filled construction, and sheer beauty.” (Dance Magazine) DD AD Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. $46, $38, $23 Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 20 at 4 p.m. $46, $38, $23 6 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SUBSCRIBERS GET GREAT SEATS L.A. Theatre Works Sir James Galway Parsons Dance with the The Graduate This groundbreaking satire-comedy may forever be associated with the 1960s, but its universal themes of youth, rebellion, confusion, love, and redemption are as familiar today as they were a half-century ago. This memorable, funny American classic is brought to the stage by America’s premiere radio theater company, which was hailed as a “national theatrical treasure” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. A groundbreaking novel, a breakthrough film, and a successful Broadway adaptation, this American classic is about Benjamin Braddock, a young man wandering aimlessly through his post-collegiate life. The 1967 film adaptation’s status as one of the highest-grossing movies of all time and a nominee for seven Academy Awards is a testament to its popularity with adults across generations. ET Friday, November 1 at 8 p.m. $44, 36, $22 Irish Chamber Orchestra JoAnn Falletta, conductor Lady Jeanne Galway, flute This world-class ensemble, renowned for its driving energy and explosive power, shares the stage with Ireland’s great flutist, Sir James Galway. This living legend joins forces with the “razor-sharp, fully seasoned ensemble” (Chicago Tribune) under the exuberant baton of JoAnn Falletta, “one of the finest conductors of her generation.” (The New York Times). Revel in the glorious sounds of “the man with the golden flute” (Seattle Times) as he brings his mastery of the classical flute repertoire and sparkling reputation as a consummate entertainer to our stage. Galway performs Harty’s fantasy for flute, In Ireland and Mozart’s beloved Flute Concerto No. 2. He is joined by accomplished flutist Lady Jeanne Galway for Hammond’s Carolan Variations. The program also features Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, the “Jupiter” symphony. MM AM Harty: In Ireland Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 313 Hammond: Carolan Variations Mozart: Symphony No. 41, K. 551 (Jupiter) Saturday, November 2 at 8 p.m. $75, $67, $37.50 Few dance companies can match the sheer joy and exuberance conveyed by this internationally renowned ensemble. Based in New York City, this contemporary dance company embodies the choreographic expression and enormous talent of David Parsons, one of the most successful, enduring, and prolific artists working today. Since founding his company nearly three decades ago, Parsons has produced a vast body of work that is quintessentially American. His choreography is extraordinarily engaging and uplifting and evokes sensuality, athleticism, ingenuity, and virtuosity. “David Parsons is a whiz at whipping up entertaining dances,” raves The New York Post. Don’t miss this riveting evening of dance that will leave you on the edge of your seat! DD AD Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m. $46, $38, $23 call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2013–2014 Great performances at mason 7 CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN SERIES Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel World Blues Featuring Taj Mahal, Vusi Mahlasela, and Deva Mahal with Fredericks Brown Travel the musical globe with the legendary Taj Mahal as he takes the stage along with some friends and family to perform an evening of soulful, blues-based, world music. Grammy Award-winning composer, instrumentalist, and vocalist Taj Mahal began his career performing the blues, but soon branched out to explore the music of the world, giving his music a global perspective. For this amazing concert he is joined by African folk-singer, poet-activist Vusi Mahlasela who is known in his native South Africa as “The Voice” for the support he gave to the anti-apartheid movement. Rounding out the bill is Mahal’s daughter, Deva Mahal, and her band, whose music is a fusion of soul, blues and the organic sounds of New Zealand. All music lovers should experience this night of inspired music making. “[Taj Mahal]…has about the deepest and widest roots of any popular music performer today.” (The New York Times) ff GV Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m. $46, $38, $23 ® Washington Symphonic Brass From Bach to Classic Rock Enjoy this extraordinary 17-piece brass ensemble as they present a program that will change the way you think about brass! Embark on a journey From Bach to Classic Rock that travels from music originally played in powdered wigs to music meant to be played with black t-shirts and pyrotechnics, all displaying the powerfully majestic brass sound. Washington Symphonic Brass has extensively toured the East Coast with an expansive repertoire and now brings nostalgic favorites from across the centuries to our stage. Founded by the late conductor Milt Stevens and acclaimed trumpeter Phil Snedecor, Washington Symphonic Brass features some of the most talented musicians from the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas many of whom routinely perform with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. “Brass, boldly redefined.” (The Washington Post) ff AE AM Sunday, November 17 at 4 pm. $44, $36, $22 The Glory of Beethoven Bask in the inspiring beauty of Beethoven’s music as Jeffrey Siegel explores the genius of this composer for the second in his series of “concerts with commentary.” In this enthralling performance, piano virtuoso Siegel explores Beethoven’s intense personal challenges and presents a selection of the composer’s most renowned works. The pianist will perform the Teresa Sonata and explore who “Teresa” was and why he wrote this for her. This program also includes Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, the composer’s final piano sonata that was written after his loss of hearing. Mr. Siegel has enchanted countless fans for more than four decades with his piano virtuosity and his enlightened discussion about the lives and works of the great piano composers. ff KC Sunday, November 10 at 7 p.m. $38, $30, $19 8 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SUBSCRIBERS GET FREE TICKET EXCHANGES SITI Company Café Variations Anne Bogart, artistic director Café Variations explores longing, passion, love and romance through a collection of related vignettes set within the social arena of a café. Incorporating theater, music, and dance, this new piece is based on the works of playwright Charles Mee, and features Gershwin classics from the Great American Songbook. “Unabashedly romantic…a series of vivid and visceral explorations of life, love, and identity [that] cast Gershwin classics in a new light.” (Boston Globe) This award-winning theater company has committed itself to the creation of groundbreaking new works, cross-cultural collaborations, and training young theater artists. Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki combined their unique but complementary acting philosophies to create SITI Company in 1992 to revitalize and redefine contemporary theater in the United States and abroad. ET Friday, November 22 at 8 p.m. $44, $36, $22 Shanghai Ballet Shanghai Ballet The Butterfly Lovers This extraordinary classical ballet company from China performs one of its signature ballets, The Butterfly Lovers. Based on an ancient legend often considered the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet, this tragic ballet tells of Zhu, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to pursue her studies, and her classmate Liang, with whom she falls in love even though she is betrothed to another. This heartbreaking tragedy is filled with luminous costumes, spectacular sets, and gorgeous choreography performed with exquisite skill by these gifted dancers. Since 1979, this accomplished ensemble has enchanted audiences around the world with its interpretations of classical Chinese and Western ballets. Our audiences were spellbound by their last appearance and this beautiful Asian masterpiece is certain to have the same effect. ff GV AD La Sylphide Bringing its gifted dancers from the Far East to Northern Virginia, this dazzling ensemble will spellbind audiences with its production of La Sylphide. This gripping ballet tells the tale of a young man who loses his heart on his wedding day to a beautiful and mysterious spirit. He leaves his betrothed at the altar to pursue this celestial being, only to encounter tragedy and heartbreak. The talented corps of dancers, filled with both celebrated veterans and rising stars, has presented masterful interpretations of classical Chinese and Western ballets for more than 30 years. Don’t miss the transcendent beauty of this profound and heartrending ballet telling the story of the human heart’s unending search for true love. ff DD AD Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m. $56, $48, $28 Saturday, November 23 at 8 p.m. $56, $48, $28 call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2013–2014 Great performances at mason 9 CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN SERIES Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas At the Center for the Arts, Chanticleer’s cherished Christmas celebration is a sign that the holiday season has truly begun. A Chanticleer Christmas is a glorious evening of beautiful music that spans centuries and genres, from spirituals and contemporary music to ancient hymns and venerated sacred songs, and of course, Christmas carols from Europe and America. Audiences and critics worldwide have been delighted by this brilliant chorus of 12 illustrious male voices because of their sublime sound, unrivaled technique, and their mastery of more than a thousand years of vocal literature. Celebrating their 35th anniversary season, “Chanticleer is America’s a cappella pride and joy.” (Classics Today) Saturday, November 30 at 8 p.m. $50, $42, $25 Virginia Opera Vienna Boys Choir Christmas in Vienna The spirit of the Christmas season comes to life when the angelic voices of these delightful lads rise together in song for their joyous holiday concert! The Vienna Boys Choir performs a program of classical and popular music that includes traditional Christmas carols, Gregorian chants, songs from around the world, and popular holiday favorites. For over half a millennium this celebrated choir has won the hearts, and the ears, of the world with their purity of tone, enthralling harmonies, expansive repertoire, and cherubic presence. Many great composers have collaborated with the choir throughout the centuries — Franz Schubert himself was even a chorister. This spectacular concert is a heartwarming evening of music for the entire family to enjoy. ff Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m. $50, $42, $25 The Magic Flute This profound and imaginative tale about the triumph of good over evil is brought to life by the glorious voices of the Virginia Opera. The Magic Flute follows the heroic adventures of Prince Tamino and his friend, Papageno, the lonely birdcatcher, in their attempts to rescue the beautiful young maiden, Pamina, who has been kidnapped. Filled with terrifying serpents, moody monarchs, powerful magicians, and mysterious spirits, this fantastical opera is both a charming operetta and a profound exploration of the limits of loyalty and love. This magnificent work was Mozart’s final opera, premiering just three months before his death, and is as popular today as it was when it was first performed. Sung in English with English supertitles. VO Friday, December 6 at 8 p.m. $86, $72, $44 Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. $98, $80, $48 10 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SUBSCRIBERS GET PERSONALIZED SERVICE American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season Capture the sheer joy of the Christmas season when this talented pops orchestra comes home for the holidays with a jubilant concert of cherished Christmas carols, holiday tunes, guest soloists, and the traditional sing-along. This festive evening includes a program of sentimental favorites such as “Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson, “Jingle Bells Forever” and “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” featuring narration by Rick Davis. Then, dancers join the orchestra onstage for selections from the iconic holiday classic, Tchaikovsy’s The Nutcracker. Under the baton of founder and artistic director Anthony Maiello, these gifted musicians from the greater D.C. area bring an evening that is sure to fill everyone with Christmas cheer. ff Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. $50, $42, $25 Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano Fiesta Navidad What could be more festive than a musical Christmas celebration performed by this Grammy Award-winning Mexican mariachi ensemble! This lively concert features traditional Mexican and American carols such as “Feliz Navidad,” “Noche de Paz” (Silent Night), “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas,” and much more. Add in spirited dancing, authentic Mexican costumes, and a joyful sing-along, and you’ve got a rollicking holiday celebration. Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano is one of the finest mariachi bands in the world, and was founded more than 50 years ago by Nati Cano, who has been the driving force behind the continuation of the popular mariachi tradition. His longtime association with Linda Ronstadt helped propel mariachi music to national prominence. The ensemble has recorded numerous albums to critical acclaim, and has made frequent appearances on television. ff Sunday, December 15 at 4 p.m. $50, $42, $25 Eileen Ivers An Irish Christmas — An Nollaig Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers brings the joy of the holiday season to the Center for the Arts with this Celtic celebration for the whole family. Backed by her band Immigrant Soul, this nine-time All-Ireland fiddle champion is known for her high-energy performances that mix traditional and original music, spirited step-dancing, and dramatic storytelling. Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with this Grammy Award-winner in a heart-warming concert filled with tales of Irish Christmas traditions and favorite Celtic holiday tunes. “Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul rocked the house everywhere it played.” (The Boston Globe). ff Saturday, December 21 at 8 p.m. $50, $42, $25 call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2013–2014 Great performances at mason 11 CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN SERIES Royal Philharmonic Aquila Theatre Orchestra Fahrenheit 451 Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin Amanda Forsyth, cello One of the most illustrious orchestras in the world returns to our stage with renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman for an evening of unequalled classical music. Known as Britain’s national orchestra, this ensemble was founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, who envisioned an elite ensemble of the country’s finest musicians. For this concert, guest conductor and violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman leads the orchestra to perform Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor and Schoenberg’s Romantic masterpiece, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) inspired by a poem with the same name and the music of the late German Romantics. Then, celebrated cellist Amanda Forsyth joins Zukerman for Brahms’ Double Concerto in A minor, a remarkable work requiring two equally brilliant soloists. “Incisive, insightful, and extremely beautiful.” (The Guardian) MM AM Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 Brahms: Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102 Sunday, January 12 at 4 p.m. $75, $67, $37.50 Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry is set in a strange future world where books have been outlawed and the attainment of knowledge discouraged. Fireman Guy Montag is responsible for uncovering and burning the books and homes of dissenters. When his young neighbor, Clarisse, causes him to recognize the emptiness of his existence, he begins to question his work and the oppressive society in which he lives. Based on one of the most revered novels of the twentieth century, Fahrenheit 451 questions the impacts of technology on literature and society – issues that are even more relevant today than when it was first published in 1953. Though the novel is often considered a commentary on censorship and restriction of freedoms, Bradbury himself has indicated that his intention was to draw attention to the dangers of technology. This gripping play is brought to life by the acclaimed British-American touring troupe, Aquila Theatre. ET Sunday, January 19 at 7 p.m. $44, $36, $22 Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel Boguslaw Dawidow, conductor Avshalom Sarid, viola This popular orchestra, a focal point of musical life in Northern Israel, makes its Center for the Arts debut as part of its first tour of the United States. Since its founding in 1950, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel has built an impressive and loyal following, and is renowned throughout its homeland for its support of Israeli composers, soloists, and conductors. Under the baton of Boguslaw Dawidow, the orchestra brings a spectacular evening of music that includes the comfortingly familiar melodies of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor and the warm sounds of Dvor ˘ák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World, as well as Israeli composer Uri Bracha’s Melodies for Mount Carmel, with virtuoso violist Avshalom Sarid. MM AM Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 Dvor ˘ák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World, Op. 95 Bracha: Melodies for Mount Carmel Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m. $60, $52, $30 12 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SUBSCRIBERS SAVE ALL SEASON Metropolitan Driving Miss Daisy Jazz Orchestra Walnut Street Theatre One of America’s most celebrated theater companies presents this delightful Pulitzer Prizewinning play about race, class, and friendship. Set in Atlanta beginning in 1949, this heartwarming tale is the story of Miss Daisy, an older Jewish woman, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke. The play follows the pair over the 25 years of their relationship as they develop a close friendship despite their differences. The racism and antiSemitism they encounter is a common bond that makes their friendship even stronger. The successful film adaptation starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman earned multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Join us for this memorable journey presented by the troupe Philadelphia Weekly calls “spectacular, electrifying, stupendous.” ff ET The King’s Singers The Great American Songbook This British a cappella sextet returns to our stage with The Great American Songbook in which they perform treasured songs by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Etta James, and others. The King’s Singers are revered for their crystal-clear sound, impeccable pitch, delightful British wit, and mastery of an expansive repertoire spanning centuries of great music. They have captivated audiences the world over with their stunning interpretations of vocal music covering everything from Bach to Bublé, and have performed to sold-out crowds at nearly every prestigious concert hall, picking up a Grammy Award and a number of other accolades along the way. This is sure to be a truly memorable concert of beloved popular music sung by true entertainers. MM AM Sunday, February 9 at 4 p.m. $48, $40, $24 Simply Swingin’ with Sinatra and Friends Steve Lippia, vocalist Modern crooner Steve Lippia joins the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra to present a swinging evening of American pop and jazz classics. Enjoy your all-time Sinatra favorites as well as hits by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, and Barry Manilow. Artistic Director Jim Carroll leads this superb group of musicians from the greater D.C. area as they collaborate with the vocalist said to have “an astonishing approximation of Frank Sinatra’s voice.” (Courier-Post) Don’t miss this sizzling evening of America’s cherished classics. ff AE AM Friday, February 7 at 8 p.m. $44, $36, $22 Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m. $48, $40, $24 call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2013–2014 Great performances at mason 13 CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN SERIES Virginia Opera Peter Nero Music of the Heart Enjoy an evening of romantic music on this Valentine’s weekend as legendary pianist Peter Nero performs a delightful fusion of popular and classical styles. This two-time Grammy Award-winning virtuoso and entertainer extraordinaire combines the works of popular and classical composers resulting in a concert of extraordinary music. For example, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory” from Cats with touches of Puccini’s Un Bel Di, Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” combined with Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, and a series of variations on “I Got Rhythm” fused with sounds of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart, and Prokofiev. Since the 1960s, Peter Nero has warmed the hearts of audiences across the globe with his dazzling musical gifts and brilliant wit. This Juilliard-trained artist has recorded more than 65 albums, and has earned a sterling reputation in his 34 years as conductor and musical director of the legendary Philly Pops with his signature blend of classical music, swing, Broadway, blues, and jazz. ff AE AM Saturday, February 15 at 8 p.m. $60, $52, $30 Ariadne auf Naxos One of Strauss’s finest works, this new Virginia Opera production is a seriously funny opera with seriously beautiful music. It considers the competition of highbrow and lowbrow art for the public’s attention, and is filled with slapstick comedy, delicious wit, and luscious music. The plot includes a rising young composer who has been commissioned by a nouveau riche Viennese gentleman to create a tragic opera based on the Greek myth of Ariadne that is to be performed at his sumptuous dinner party. But when the dinner runs long and threatens the cancellation of an extravagant fireworks display, it is decided that the opera must be performed along with the other scheduled performance — a ribald comedy. Hilarity ensues as this opera-within-an-opera unfolds. Sung in German with English supertitles. VO Mark Morris Dance Group Since its founding some three decades ago, this acclaimed ensemble has been equally popular with dance aficionados, mainstream audiences, and critics alike. This stems from the brilliant choreography of Mark Morris with its riveting artistry, wit, and grace. His work is well known for its musicality, epitomized by performances, which always feature live music. “[Mark Morris] finds ways to make bodies sing all the notes, not just the high ones.” (The New York Times) Among several other works from their repertoire, this captivating program features the D.C. area premiere of A Wooden Tree, a new work set to the music and words of Ivor Cutler, poet and songwriter from Scotland. DD AD Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 23 at 4 p.m. $46, $38, $23 Friday, February 14 at 8 p.m. $86, $72, $44 Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m. $98, $80, $48 14 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! subscribers save up to 25% The Acting Company Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead This renowned theater troupe presents a modern masterpiece that explores the fundamental mystery of our existence. Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning play turns Shakespeare’s Hamlet on its head by examining the misfortunes and musings of two illfated, minor characters. This humorous work follows Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the Danish Prince’s childhood friends, who are portrayed as pawns and clowns in the King’s plot against his nephew. Much of the action takes place “in the wings” of Shakespeare’s play, as the confused courtiers try to make sense of the dramatic events unfolding among the royal family and their own involvement in them. Tony Award winner and Broadway veteran John Rando directs The Acting Company in its performance of this witty and engaging tragic comedy. ET Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. $44, $36, $22 Max Raabe & Palast Orchester I Won’t Dance When this debonair baritone from Germany strides onstage — perfectly poised and impeccably dressed in white tie and tails —to join his Weimer-era, big band orchestra, you’ll suddenly be transported to an elegant Berlin nightclub back in the 1920s. In this new production, I Won’t Dance, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester present original arrangements of classic hits from the 20s and 30s, dance hall songs, and chansons, as well as traditional arrangements by the comedian Harmoists, and popular German songs of the period. Legendary in his own country, this retro crooner with his smooth, silky sound and his superb orchestra are classically trained artists, and they take their music very seriously — but not themselves. There’s a hint of tongue-in-cheek, especially in Raabe’s dry and pithy introductions. “Their performances conjure the same warm immediacy as a vintage recording,” says Vogue, who featured these fashionable artists prior to their Carnegie Hall appearance. It’s a delightful entertainment experience quite unlike anything you’ve seen before. ff GV AM Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m. $46, $38, $23 Joffrey Ballet American Legends The Center is honored to welcome one of the world’s most well-known dance companies whose dance proudly reflects and represents the diversity of America. Frequently referred to as “America’s Company of Firsts,” Joffrey Ballet was first to appear on television, first to perform at the White House, and even first to appear on the cover of TIME Magazine. This company remains at the forefront of American dance after more than fifty years of sharing their art in both their hometown of Chicago and around the world. Now, this sterling company takes our stage to present American Legends featuring Interplay, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, Nine Sinatra Songs with choreography by Twyla Tharp, and more. DD AD Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m. $50, $42, $25 call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2013–2014 Great performances at mason 15 CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN SERIES Joffrey Ballet The Chieftains Keyboard Body & Soul For more than half a century, Joffrey Ballet has captured the hearts and minds of audiences the world over with its exquisite choreography, expansive repertoire, and an exceptional and inclusive approach to dance. Now, they take our stage to present Body & Soul, a dazzling contemporary dance performance that will take your breath away. This program features choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and Yuri Possokhov to music of Arvo Pärt and Rachmaninoff. “Balletgoing rarely gets more rewarding, and the [Joffrey] dancers reach for – and often grasp – new levels of achievement.” (Chicago Tribune) DD AD Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. $50, $42, $25 Begin your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Center for the Arts with these Celtic music pioneers. These six-time Grammy Awardwinners take our stage for the first time in a lively concert that captures the profound beauty of the Emerald Isle. The Chieftans have uncovered centuries of Irish song and made these traditional works their own through the inimitable style that has won them countless fans over the decades. Their iconic sound has become synonymous with the revival of traditional Irish music. This legendary band has collaborated with countless stars of the music world including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Doc Watson, and Luciano Pavarotti; and has performed for both Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II. ff GV AM Sunday, March 16 at 4 p.m. $60, $52, $30 Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel The Romantic Music of Chopin ® Moscow Festival Ballet Jeffrey Siegel presents the beloved piano works by Frédéric Chopin. Mr. Siegel and his delightful “concerts with commentary” series has a large following of devotees — both aficionados and neophytes alike — who are drawn to his immense talent, his sparkling wit, and his illuminating insight into the great composers. This vibrant program features enthralling, fiery, and poetic works of this beloved composer includes the heroic Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53, charming Waltzes, dreamy Nocturnes, a group of virtuoso Études, and the tempestuous Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31. ff KC Sunday, March 30 at 7 p.m. $38, $30, $19 Romeo and Juliet/ Chopiniana This renowned company from Moscow brings two of the most romantic classical works to our stage in the grand tradition of Russian ballet. Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s classic tale of young star-crossed lovers falling victim to family hatred. This tragic love story is illuminated by Petipa’s brilliant choreography and Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, and complemented by resplendent costumes and stunning sets. Often described as a “romantic reverie,” Chopiniana portrays a Romantic dream-world with ballerinas bathed in moonlight dancing around a young poet. With enchanting music by Chopin and ethereal choreography by Mikhail Fokine, this beautiful morsel is the pure classical form of ballet from the 19th century. ff DD AD Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. $56, $48, $28 16 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SUBSCRIBERS GET GREAT SEATS Moscow Festival Ballet Virginia Opera Ballet Favorites This masterful corps of dancers presents a delightful afternoon featuring the most exquisite jewels of the ballet canon. This remarkable collection of ballet selections includes highlights from The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Don Quixote; Fokine’s poignant “Dying Swan” set to music by Saint-Saëns; Petipa’s most loved gems from Paquita; and much more. This outstanding company from Moscow was founded in 1989 by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, who brought leading dancers from across Russia together to forge a new company dedicated to staging new productions of timeless classics in the grand tradition of Russian ballet. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body.” (Post and Courier) ff AD Sunday, April 6 at 4 p.m. $56, $48, $28 Carmen Virginia Opera presents Georges Bizet’s sultry tragedy about opera’s most famous femme fatale. Thrilling audiences for well over a century, this classic story follows Don José and his ill-fated obsession with the alluring gypsy, Carmen. When Carmen tosses aside the naive soldier for the handsome toreador, Escamillo, José’s jealousy destroys them both. This heartrending tale of passion, betrayal and jealousy; with its beloved melodies — including the well-known “Habañera” — and its fiery title role; is one of the most popular works in the opera literature. Don’t miss this electrifying Virginia Opera production of Bizet’s sizzling opera. Sung in French with English supertitles. VO Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. $86, $72, $44 Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. $98, $80, $48 An Evening Keyboard with Branford Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Marsalis This three-time Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer returns to the Center with his acclaimed quartet to treat us to an evening of unsurpassed jazz music. Branford Marsalis earns praise from audiences and critics alike for his unrivaled technique, awe-inspiring versatility, and innovative approach to music making. Performing with his tightlyknit quartet of musicians — longtime members Joey Calderazzo on piano and Eric Revis on bass with rising star Justin Faulkner on drums — this New Orleans native offers up an impressive collection of original compositions and modern and classic jazz standards. Marsalis was born into what The New York Times calls “jazz’s most storied living dynasty,” and has shared the stage with such 20th century jazz giants as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins. ff AE AM ® Mistresses and Masterpieces You probably already know the work of Brahms, Schumann, and Liszt as some of the finest composers for piano of all time. Now learn about the great loves of their lives. For his final concert of the season, Jeffrey Siegel introduces those who inspired Romantic music from the heart — to the heart. Praised by The New York Times as “a performer who colors with virtuoso artistry,” Mr. Siegel has enchanted piano enthusiasts and classical music newcomers at the Center for more than 20 years. ff KC Sunday, April 27 at 7 p.m. $38, $30, $19 Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. $48, $40, $24 call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu 2013–2014 Great performances at mason 17 GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON SERIES PACKAGES Events Grouped by Interest For details about these events, turn to the page referenced. 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Series Price: $497, $425, $249 2013–2014 Great performances at mason 19 call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu C E LE B RAT E T H E H OLI DAYS Celebrate the Holidays AT the center for the arts Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas At the Center for the Arts, Chanticleer’s cherished Christmas celebration is a sign that the holiday season has truly begun. A Chanticleer Christmas is a glorious evening of beautiful music that spans centuries and genres, from spirituals and contemporary music to ancient hymns and venerated sacred songs, and of course, Christmas carols from Europe and America “Chanticleer is America’s a cappella pride and joy.” (Classics Today) See page 10 for more information Backstage Notes Pre-Performance Discussions Each Great Performances at Mason event is preceded by a lively presentation led by local experts, and sometimes the artist themselves. These popular discussions are a wonderful way to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the performance you are about to see. Pre-Performance Discussions are held on Grand Tier III in a relaxed, conversational atmosphere 45 minutes prior to each performance. Admission is free to all ticket holders. Saturday, November 30 at 8 p.m. Vienna Boys Choir Christmas in Vienna The spirit of the Christmas season comes to life when the angelic voices of these delightful lads rise together in song for their joyous holiday concert! The Vienna Boys Choir performs a program of classical and popular music that includes traditional Christmas carols, Gregorian chants, songs from around the world, and popular holiday favorites. This spectacular concert is a heartwarming evening of music for the entire family to enjoy. See page 10 for more information Parking There is plenty of inexpensive covered parking in the Parking Deck adjacent to the facility and free parking in outdoor lots just a short walk away. Children Parents are the best judges of what is most appropriate for their children. However, due to the length and content of our performances, we recommend that children attending an event be at least six years of age. All children, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m. American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season Capture the sheer joy of the Christmas season when this talented pops orchestra comes home for the holidays with a jubilant concert of cherished Christmas carols, holiday tunes, guest soloists, and the traditional sing-along. Under the baton and leadership of founder and artistic director Anthony Maiello, these gifted musicians bring an evening that is sure to fill everyone with Christmas cheer. See page 11 for more information Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. Youth Discount – Half-price Tickets for Our Younger Patrons Our half-price discount for children and youth – formerly for only select events – now applies to all Great Performance at Mason events. Children and students through grade 12 qualify for half-price tickets for any Great Performances at Mason event. Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano Fiesta Navidad What could be more festive than a musical Christmas celebration performed by this Grammy Award-winning Mexican mariachi ensemble! This lively concert features traditional Mexican and American carols such as “Feliz Navidad,” “Noche de Paz” (Silent Night), “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas,” and much more. Add in spirited dancing, authentic Mexican costumes, and a joyful sing-along, and you’ve got a rollicking holiday celebration. See page 11 for more information Family Friendly Performances Those events we deem as most suitable for families with younger children to enjoy together will be identified by this Family Friendly symbol. ff Sunday, December 15 at 4 p.m. Concessions Before each performance and during all intermissions, beverages and light snacks are available for purchase. Beverages include wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and bottled water. Eileen Ivers An Irish Christmas — An Nollaig Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers brings the joy of the holiday season to the Center for the Arts with this Celtic celebration for the whole family. Backed by her band Immigrant Soul, this nine-time All-Ireland fiddle champion celebrates the spirit of Christmas with a high-energy performance that mixes spirited stepdancing, tales of Irish Christmas traditions and favorite Celtic holiday tunes. “Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul rocked the house everywhere it played.” (The Boston Globe) See page 11 for more information Saturday, December 21 at 8 p.m. Educational Outreach Throughout the season, we organize workshops with our touring artists for students in local schools. These programs are valuable educational tools for the students, and help create a greater appreciation and understanding for the performing arts. 20 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts SUBSCRIBE TODAY! College of Visual and Performing Arts Student Productions See our stars in the making in these exciting student productions presented by our Dance, Music, and Theater students in Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts! Enhance Your Subscription Order any of these events with your subscription, and you will save 10% off the listed price. The Merchant By Titus Maccius Plautus Directed by Edward Gero Plautus spins a father and son rivalry over the same woman into a glorious web of confusion in this raucous romp. Harris Theatre / 20 Adults, $15 Students and Seniors Oct. 24–26, 31, Nov. 1–2 at 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Nov. 2-3 at 2 p.m. Mason Players “dazzling... organic... and brilliant... a serious force to be reckoned with!” The Washington Post Mason Symphony Orchestra and Choruses For 56 years, the Fairfax Symphony has enriched the cultural landscape of Northern Virginia. With over 90 professional musicians on its roster, our concert series explores traditional and modern symphonic repertoire. We have been pleased to call the Center for the Arts our home since it opened in 1990, and are proud of the critically acclaimed performances and world-renowned artists we bring to its stage. Holiday Sing-Along Sunday, December 8 at 7 p.m. We invite you to join us for an extraordinary 2013-2014 season! featuring: Celebrate the season with the Mason Symphony Orchestra and Choruses in a holiday sing-along. Center for the Arts / $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors Mahler’s 5th Symphony A World Premiere by Christopher Theofanidis ORFF’S Carmina Burana To join our mailing list or receive more information, please contact us: Mason Dance Company 2014 Gala Concert The Gala Concert is the Dance Company’s crowning season event featuring a program of works by contemporary professional choreographers. Center for the Arts / $20 Adults, $12 Students and Seniors Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. www.fairfaxsymphony.org (703) 563-1990 Scan from your smartphone to join our mailing list. 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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