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George Mason University’s

Center for the Arts

The Best of the Performing Arts Each year, more and more people are discovering the Center for the Arts and all that it has to offer: a large selection of top-tier talent, events for the whole family, superb acoustics, great seats, and a location that is very convenient to where they live and work.

It’s Affordable, Too People are also discovering the incredible value we offer at the Center for the Arts. We believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to enjoy the performing arts, and so we make every effort to ensure that attending an event at the Center is affordable. Our tickets are reasonably priced; there are half-price tickets for children to many of our events; and there’s even plenty of free parking. The Center for the Arts is an integral component of George Mason University and its College of Visual and Performing Arts, and it calls upon these resources to further enrich and enhance the creative opportunities. As the Center and its programs grow, so does our commitment to meet and satisfy the needs of the sophisticated, enlightened, and richly diverse population of Northern Virginia. Whenever you come to the Center for the Arts, you can be confident you will be experiencing the very best of the performing arts. Please Note: Programs, artists, and dates are subject to change without notice. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.

Subscribing to Great Performances at Mason It’s better when you subscribe! Not only will you enjoy the best of the performing arts all season long, but you will also enjoy many exclusive benefits that will enhance the experience. With all of this incredible artistry and entertainment, it will be hard to choose. Fortunately our flexible subscription plans give you the option of selecting any of our series or creating your own Custom Series. For more information about our subscription plans, turn to page 19. The first section of this brochure presents nine different series organized by genre. The second section of this brochure lists all of the events by date and includes a complete description of each performance. To subscribe, turn to the order form insert, and follow the instructions to place your subscription order by mail, fax, phone or online. Need help? Call our subscriber helpline anytime at 703-993-2787.

Family Friendly Performances Many events are particularly suited to families attending together and are designated as Family Friendly. Youth through Grade 12 qualify for half-price tickets to Family Friendly events when accompanied by an adult. Family Friendly events can be identified by this icon ff .

Great Performances at Mason: The New Season We are pleased to announce the 2009/2010 season of Great Performances at Mason. We have many returning favorites as well as a long list of performers making their debut here at the Center for the Arts. For our classical music lovers, the season includes virtuoso pianist, Lang Lang with the exciting Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, the distinguished Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the extraordinary British vocalists, The King’s Singers. We are also pleased to bring back the legendary Doc Watson, and the contagious energy of fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy.

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Magnificent Music Series

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Dynamic Dance Series

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Global View Series

10 American Echoes Series 12 Enthralling Theater Series 14 Virginia Opera Series

Our dance series offers an array of sublime experiences, including contemporary dance from Mark Morris Dance Group, Richard Alston Dance Company and New Zealand’s Black Grace as well as folk dance from the incomparable Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, and classical ballet from Moscow Festival Ballet. Those who love theater will delight in a special Valentine’s Day performance of Romeo & Juliet, the L.A. Theatre Works production of The War of the Worlds and The Lost World, and a very special evening with Olympia Dukakis in her one woman production, Rose.

16 Keyboard Conversations® Series

Virginia Opera returns with four spectacular productions, and if that weren’t enough, the holidays bring an impressive offering of world-class concerts to capture the spirit for you and your whole family. We say it each year, but this really is the best season yet at the Center for the Arts.

28 Arts by George Benefit

17 All Music Series 17 All Dance Series 18 Holiday Events 19 Subscribing 20 Events by Date

29 Supporting the Center for the Arts 30 College of Visual and Performing Arts 31 University Student Productions


George Mason University’s

Center for the Arts

The Best of the Performing Arts Each year, more and more people are discovering the Center for the Arts and all that it has to offer: a large selection of top-tier talent, events for the whole family, superb acoustics, great seats, and a location that is very convenient to where they live and work.

It’s Affordable, Too People are also discovering the incredible value we offer at the Center for the Arts. We believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to enjoy the performing arts, and so we make every effort to ensure that attending an event at the Center is affordable. Our tickets are reasonably priced; there are half-price tickets for children to many of our events; and there’s even plenty of free parking. The Center for the Arts is an integral component of George Mason University and its College of Visual and Performing Arts, and it calls upon these resources to further enrich and enhance the creative opportunities. As the Center and its programs grow, so does our commitment to meet and satisfy the needs of the sophisticated, enlightened, and richly diverse population of Northern Virginia. Whenever you come to the Center for the Arts, you can be confident you will be experiencing the very best of the performing arts. Please Note: Programs, artists, and dates are subject to change without notice. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.

Subscribing to Great Performances at Mason It’s better when you subscribe! Not only will you enjoy the best of the performing arts all season long, but you will also enjoy many exclusive benefits that will enhance the experience. With all of this incredible artistry and entertainment, it will be hard to choose. Fortunately our flexible subscription plans give you the option of selecting any of our series or creating your own Custom Series. For more information about our subscription plans, turn to page 19. The first section of this brochure presents nine different series organized by genre. The second section of this brochure lists all of the events by date and includes a complete description of each performance. To subscribe, turn to the order form insert, and follow the instructions to place your subscription order by mail, fax, phone or online. Need help? Call our subscriber helpline anytime at 703-993-2787.

Family Friendly Performances Many events are particularly suited to families attending together and are designated as Family Friendly. Youth through Grade 12 qualify for half-price tickets to Family Friendly events when accompanied by an adult. Family Friendly events can be identified by this icon ff .

Great Performances at Mason: The New Season We are pleased to announce the 2009/2010 season of Great Performances at Mason. We have many returning favorites as well as a long list of performers making their debut here at the Center for the Arts. For our classical music lovers, the season includes virtuoso pianist, Lang Lang with the exciting Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, the distinguished Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the extraordinary British vocalists, The King’s Singers. We are also pleased to bring back the legendary Doc Watson, and the contagious energy of fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy.

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Magnificent Music Series

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Dynamic Dance Series

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Global View Series

10 American Echoes Series 12 Enthralling Theater Series 14 Virginia Opera Series

Our dance series offers an array of sublime experiences, including contemporary dance from Mark Morris Dance Group, Richard Alston Dance Company and New Zealand’s Black Grace as well as folk dance from the incomparable Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, and classical ballet from Moscow Festival Ballet. Those who love theater will delight in a special Valentine’s Day performance of Romeo & Juliet, the L.A. Theatre Works production of The War of the Worlds and The Lost World, and a very special evening with Olympia Dukakis in her one woman production, Rose.

16 Keyboard Conversations® Series

Virginia Opera returns with four spectacular productions, and if that weren’t enough, the holidays bring an impressive offering of world-class concerts to capture the spirit for you and your whole family. We say it each year, but this really is the best season yet at the Center for the Arts.

28 Arts by George Benefit

17 All Music Series 17 All Dance Series 18 Holiday Events 19 Subscribing 20 Events by Date

29 Supporting the Center for the Arts 30 College of Visual and Performing Arts 31 University Student Productions


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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

2009/2010 Great Performances at Mason

magnificent music Series

Save 20% – enjoy these five concerts for only $216, $184 $108!

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2. China Philharmonic Orchestra Long Yu, conductor Yuja Wang, piano Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m. The China Philharmonic Orchestra has been placed in the ranks of the largest and most gifted orchestras in Asia. Under the leadership of artistic director Long Yu, the orchestra performs works of China’s composers as well as music of the Western World. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, China Air Suite by Bao Yuankai, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. See page 22 for more information.

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3. Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra

4. Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra

5. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Alexei Kornienko, conductor Alexei Nabioulin, piano

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor Lang Lang, piano

Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m.

Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra tours the globe, performing exquisite works by great Russian composers. “From the first notes played by the violas, one could predict that a special music event was about to start.” (Palm Beach Daily News) Program includes the Tsar Sultan Suite by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35. See page 24 for more information.

Under the remarkable leadership of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and in its first tour of the United States, the orchestra performs a program that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1. Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang joins the orchestra to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The New York Times dubbed Lang Lang the “hottest artist on the classical music planet.” See page 26 for

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Julian Rachlin, violin Academy of St. Martin in the Fields boasts more than 500 recordings, making it the most recorded chamber orchestra worldwide. “As you travel around the globe, the Academy’s name has an aura possessed by no other British orchestra,” extols The Times of London. Lithuanian violin virtuoso Julian Rachlin joins this celebrated orchestra to perform a program that includes Astor Piazzólla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. See page 27 for more information.

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1. The King’s Singers Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m. This remarkable sextet delights audiences around the world with its incomparable musicianship, charm, and wit. One of Britain’s great musical institutions, they have an impressive and diverse repertoire that encompasses medieval music to pop and jazz. “The King’s Singers have the same microscopic perfection one sometimes hears from purely instrumental chamber musicians.” (The Washington Post) See page 21 for more information.

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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

2009/2010 Great Performances at Mason

magnificent music Series

Save 20% – enjoy these five concerts for only $216, $184 $108!

magnificent mu sic ser ies

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2. China Philharmonic Orchestra Long Yu, conductor Yuja Wang, piano Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m. The China Philharmonic Orchestra has been placed in the ranks of the largest and most gifted orchestras in Asia. Under the leadership of artistic director Long Yu, the orchestra performs works of China’s composers as well as music of the Western World. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, China Air Suite by Bao Yuankai, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. See page 22 for more information.

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3. Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra

4. Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra

5. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Alexei Kornienko, conductor Alexei Nabioulin, piano

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor Lang Lang, piano

Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m.

Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra tours the globe, performing exquisite works by great Russian composers. “From the first notes played by the violas, one could predict that a special music event was about to start.” (Palm Beach Daily News) Program includes the Tsar Sultan Suite by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35. See page 24 for more information.

Under the remarkable leadership of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and in its first tour of the United States, the orchestra performs a program that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1. Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang joins the orchestra to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The New York Times dubbed Lang Lang the “hottest artist on the classical music planet.” See page 26 for

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Julian Rachlin, violin Academy of St. Martin in the Fields boasts more than 500 recordings, making it the most recorded chamber orchestra worldwide. “As you travel around the globe, the Academy’s name has an aura possessed by no other British orchestra,” extols The Times of London. Lithuanian violin virtuoso Julian Rachlin joins this celebrated orchestra to perform a program that includes Astor Piazzólla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. See page 27 for more information.

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1. The King’s Singers Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m. This remarkable sextet delights audiences around the world with its incomparable musicianship, charm, and wit. One of Britain’s great musical institutions, they have an impressive and diverse repertoire that encompasses medieval music to pop and jazz. “The King’s Singers have the same microscopic perfection one sometimes hears from purely instrumental chamber musicians.” (The Washington Post) See page 21 for more information.

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Dynamic Dance Series 2. MOMIX Best of MOMIX Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m. “The sheer beauty and potential of the human body magnified,” raves The Washington Post about MOMIX. Now, in this special performance, choreographer/ director Moses Pendleton—renowned for his works of delightful inventiveness and physical beauty—presents the Best of MOMIX, a collection of figments of his wild imagination that are unpredictable, sometimes bizarre and often out of this world. See page 21 for more information

Save 20% – See seven events for only $253, $208, $127! 5. Black Grace

Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m.

1. Richard Alston Dance Company Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m. “An exquisite balm for tired eyes and souls,” says The New York Times about this innovative and entertaining company. Described by The Times of London as “a choreographer for whom every dance is a love affair with his chosen music,” Richard Alston is renowned for having a close relationship with his music, and combines masterful movement with beautiful melodies to create dance that is simply breathtaking. See page 20 for more information.

“Here is bravura dancing at its greatest,” raves The New York Times about this renowned folk ensemble that is known for its masterful dance prowess, infectious enthusiasm, and vibrantly colored costumes. Male Cossack warriors demonstrate their awe-inspiring acrobatic skills and impressive swordplay, while female dancers in exquisite finery glide gracefully across the stage. See page 21 for more information.

4. Mark Morris Dance Group Friday, February 5 at 8 p.m. For more than 25 years, the Mark Morris Dance Group has been a favorite of audiences and critics alike. Creating dance that reflects a profound and sophisticated love of music and movement, Morris has been called “one of the greatest living choreographers” by The New Yorker. Program includes two D.C.- area premieres, Visitation and Empire Garden, as well as one of Morris’s most beautiful works, V. See page 24 for

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Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. “One of the most riveting modern dance performances of the season,” says The Washington Post about this spectacular dance troupe from New Zealand. Black Grace delights audiences across the globe with its joyous spirit and irresistible passion. This sensational ensemble rocks the house with thundering stomps and syncopated body slaps. Never before has a group of male dancers seemed so gentle yet breathtakingly virile. See page 25 for more information.

6. Garth Fagan Dance 3. Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company

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Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

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Acclaimed for his Tony Award-winning choreography for Broadway’s The Lion King, Garth Fagan remains one of the great reformers of American dance. His work is a blend of ballet, modern, and Afro-Caribbean movements performed by dancers who are unmatched for their individuality, unmannered approach, athleticism, and virtuosity. See page 26 for more information.

7. Moscow Festival Ballet Giselle Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m. In the great tradition of grand ballet, the Moscow Festival Ballet presents the romantic tale of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a count disguised as a villager. This stunning production blends Petipa’s brilliant choreography with a haunting score, and resplendent costumes and sets. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body performing a magnificent Giselle.” (Post and Courier)

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more information.

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2009/2010 Great Performances at Mason

dynamic danc e Ser ie s

Dynamic Dance Series 2. MOMIX Best of MOMIX Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m. “The sheer beauty and potential of the human body magnified,” raves The Washington Post about MOMIX. Now, in this special performance, choreographer/ director Moses Pendleton—renowned for his works of delightful inventiveness and physical beauty—presents the Best of MOMIX, a collection of figments of his wild imagination that are unpredictable, sometimes bizarre and often out of this world. See page 21 for more information

Save 20% – See seven events for only $253, $208, $127! 5. Black Grace

Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m.

1. Richard Alston Dance Company Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m. “An exquisite balm for tired eyes and souls,” says The New York Times about this innovative and entertaining company. Described by The Times of London as “a choreographer for whom every dance is a love affair with his chosen music,” Richard Alston is renowned for having a close relationship with his music, and combines masterful movement with beautiful melodies to create dance that is simply breathtaking. See page 20 for more information.

“Here is bravura dancing at its greatest,” raves The New York Times about this renowned folk ensemble that is known for its masterful dance prowess, infectious enthusiasm, and vibrantly colored costumes. Male Cossack warriors demonstrate their awe-inspiring acrobatic skills and impressive swordplay, while female dancers in exquisite finery glide gracefully across the stage. See page 21 for more information.

4. Mark Morris Dance Group Friday, February 5 at 8 p.m. For more than 25 years, the Mark Morris Dance Group has been a favorite of audiences and critics alike. Creating dance that reflects a profound and sophisticated love of music and movement, Morris has been called “one of the greatest living choreographers” by The New Yorker. Program includes two D.C.- area premieres, Visitation and Empire Garden, as well as one of Morris’s most beautiful works, V. See page 24 for

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Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. “One of the most riveting modern dance performances of the season,” says The Washington Post about this spectacular dance troupe from New Zealand. Black Grace delights audiences across the globe with its joyous spirit and irresistible passion. This sensational ensemble rocks the house with thundering stomps and syncopated body slaps. Never before has a group of male dancers seemed so gentle yet breathtakingly virile. See page 25 for more information.

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Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

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Acclaimed for his Tony Award-winning choreography for Broadway’s The Lion King, Garth Fagan remains one of the great reformers of American dance. His work is a blend of ballet, modern, and Afro-Caribbean movements performed by dancers who are unmatched for their individuality, unmannered approach, athleticism, and virtuosity. See page 26 for more information.

7. Moscow Festival Ballet Giselle Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m. In the great tradition of grand ballet, the Moscow Festival Ballet presents the romantic tale of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a count disguised as a villager. This stunning production blends Petipa’s brilliant choreography with a haunting score, and resplendent costumes and sets. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body performing a magnificent Giselle.” (Post and Courier)

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See page 26 for more information.

more information.

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global view Ser ie s

global view Series 1. Shaolin Warriors

2. Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company

Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m. Performed by disciples of the Shaolin schools, these amazing artists are renowned for their discipline and ferocious Kung Fu martial arts prowess. “They combine the agility and grace of gymnasts with the showmanship of Cirque du Soleil performers.” (The Washington Post) This awe-inspiring performance is fun for the whole family! See page 21 for more information.

Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m.

Save 20% – See all seven events for only $250, $205, $125!

3. Circo Aereo Espresso Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m.

“Here is bravura dancing at its greatest,” raves The New York Times about this renowned folk ensemble that is known for its masterful dance prowess, infectious enthusiasm, and vibrantly colored costumes. Male Cossack warriors demonstrate their awe-inspiring acrobatic skills and impressive swordplay, while female dancers in exquisite finery glide gracefully across the stage. See page 21 for more information.

Smart, imaginative, and inventive, Finland’s Circo Aereo mixes time-honored circus arts, such as juggling and aerial work, with innovative cabaret theater, masterful movement, and charming humor. Their new show, Espresso, has mesmerized audiences and critics alike with its unique combination of traditional and contemporary circus arts with sidewalk performance. See page 21 for more information.

4. Band of the Irish Guards with the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland Sunday, January 24 at 7 p.m. This gifted group of musicians was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1900 to commemorate the bravery of the Irish Regiments, and quickly gained a reputation for excellence. Renowned across the globe, these regiments uplift spirits with rousing marches, sailor ballads, and of course, folk songs from their native Ireland. See page 23 for

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5. Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy Masters of the Fiddle

7. African Children’s Choir Journey of Hope

Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m.

Born in war-torn Uganda, the African Children’s Choir shows the world that the choir’s members, like the millions of needy and orphaned children in Africa, have beauty, dignity, and unlimited potential. Their joyful performance blends song and dance from the entire continent of Africa; featuring more than ten languages, unique cultural dancing, and of course, uplifting gospel music. See page 26 for more information.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are not only two of the world’s most celebrated Celtic fiddlers—they are also husband and wife. “Dual fiddle wizardry…amazing synergy,” says the Intelligencer Journal of this vivacious couple from Canada. This collaboration’s foot-tapping rave-ups, heartwrenching ballads, and remarkable step dancing leave onlookers breathless from the moment they take the stage. See page

Sunday, April 11 at 4 p.m.

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6. TAO The Martial Art of Drumming Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m. This energetic ensemble combines athletic bodies and contemporary costumes with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography for an electrifying theater experience. By drawing on backgrounds as diverse as rock musicians, gymnasts, and composers, each member brings their own special flair, resulting in a young and vibrant interpretation of this traditional art form. See page 25 for more information.

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global view Ser ie s

global view Series 1. Shaolin Warriors

2. Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company

Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m. Performed by disciples of the Shaolin schools, these amazing artists are renowned for their discipline and ferocious Kung Fu martial arts prowess. “They combine the agility and grace of gymnasts with the showmanship of Cirque du Soleil performers.” (The Washington Post) This awe-inspiring performance is fun for the whole family! See page 21 for more information.

Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m.

Save 20% – See all seven events for only $250, $205, $125!

3. Circo Aereo Espresso Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m.

“Here is bravura dancing at its greatest,” raves The New York Times about this renowned folk ensemble that is known for its masterful dance prowess, infectious enthusiasm, and vibrantly colored costumes. Male Cossack warriors demonstrate their awe-inspiring acrobatic skills and impressive swordplay, while female dancers in exquisite finery glide gracefully across the stage. See page 21 for more information.

Smart, imaginative, and inventive, Finland’s Circo Aereo mixes time-honored circus arts, such as juggling and aerial work, with innovative cabaret theater, masterful movement, and charming humor. Their new show, Espresso, has mesmerized audiences and critics alike with its unique combination of traditional and contemporary circus arts with sidewalk performance. See page 21 for more information.

4. Band of the Irish Guards with the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland Sunday, January 24 at 7 p.m. This gifted group of musicians was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1900 to commemorate the bravery of the Irish Regiments, and quickly gained a reputation for excellence. Renowned across the globe, these regiments uplift spirits with rousing marches, sailor ballads, and of course, folk songs from their native Ireland. See page 23 for

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more information.

5. Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy Masters of the Fiddle

7. African Children’s Choir Journey of Hope

Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m.

Born in war-torn Uganda, the African Children’s Choir shows the world that the choir’s members, like the millions of needy and orphaned children in Africa, have beauty, dignity, and unlimited potential. Their joyful performance blends song and dance from the entire continent of Africa; featuring more than ten languages, unique cultural dancing, and of course, uplifting gospel music. See page 26 for more information.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are not only two of the world’s most celebrated Celtic fiddlers—they are also husband and wife. “Dual fiddle wizardry…amazing synergy,” says the Intelligencer Journal of this vivacious couple from Canada. This collaboration’s foot-tapping rave-ups, heartwrenching ballads, and remarkable step dancing leave onlookers breathless from the moment they take the stage. See page

Sunday, April 11 at 4 p.m.

25 for more information.

6. TAO The Martial Art of Drumming Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m. This energetic ensemble combines athletic bodies and contemporary costumes with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography for an electrifying theater experience. By drawing on backgrounds as diverse as rock musicians, gymnasts, and composers, each member brings their own special flair, resulting in a young and vibrant interpretation of this traditional art form. See page 25 for more information.

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american echoes Series 1. The Flying Karamazov Brothers Sunday, October 11 at 4 p.m. A zany combination of theater, comedy, music, and juggling with a bit of philosophy thrown in for good measure, the Flying Karamazov Brothers are the most enduring, immensely popular, and wholly unique phenomena performing today. Beginning as street performers in San Francisco, they have finely honed their skills to the point where they can juggle almost anything, including chain saws and bowling balls! See page 20 for more information.

2. Doc Watson with David Holt and Richard Watson Hills of Home

4. Eileen Ivers Beyond the Bog Road

Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m.

An homage to the rich and tireless passage of the native Irish people from their homeland to the United States, Beyond the Bog Road is a stellar collaboration of Irish and Old Time musicians, singers, step dancers, and cloggers. Don’t miss this celebration of Irish-American history featuring music, story, film, and dance, and told with Ivers’ signature passion and rootsy grace. See page 25 for more information.

Doc Watson has mastered a wide range of musical genres, including traditional ballads, fiddle tunes, blues, gospel, country, and contemporary music. His extraordinary talent has been recognized with six Grammy Awards, a National Medal of the Arts, and he was even declared a “national treasure” by President Jimmy Carter. See page 22 for more information.

Sunday, March 14 at 4 p.m.

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Save 20% – ENJOY THESE FIVE events for only $173, $141, $87! 5. Cherryholmes and Dr. Ralph Stanley with the Clinch Mountain Boys

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Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. Classic and contemporary bluegrass meet in this dynamic performance. Center favorite Cherryholmes is joined by bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley for an evening that celebrates the diversity of this American musical art form. See page 27 for more information.

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3. Simply Sinatra with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Jim Carroll, Artistic Director Steve Lippia, Guest Vocalist The trademark of this remarkable group of musicians from Washington D.C. has always been the insightful interpretation of revered jazz classics. This year they pay tribute to the great Frank Sinatra, with guest artist, Steve Lippia, one of the country’s most prominent interpreters of classic pop music. “An astounding approximation of Frank Sinatra’s voice.” (Courier-Post) See page 24 for more information.

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american echoes ser ies

american echoes Series 1. The Flying Karamazov Brothers Sunday, October 11 at 4 p.m. A zany combination of theater, comedy, music, and juggling with a bit of philosophy thrown in for good measure, the Flying Karamazov Brothers are the most enduring, immensely popular, and wholly unique phenomena performing today. Beginning as street performers in San Francisco, they have finely honed their skills to the point where they can juggle almost anything, including chain saws and bowling balls! See page 20 for more information.

2. Doc Watson with David Holt and Richard Watson Hills of Home

4. Eileen Ivers Beyond the Bog Road

Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m.

An homage to the rich and tireless passage of the native Irish people from their homeland to the United States, Beyond the Bog Road is a stellar collaboration of Irish and Old Time musicians, singers, step dancers, and cloggers. Don’t miss this celebration of Irish-American history featuring music, story, film, and dance, and told with Ivers’ signature passion and rootsy grace. See page 25 for more information.

Doc Watson has mastered a wide range of musical genres, including traditional ballads, fiddle tunes, blues, gospel, country, and contemporary music. His extraordinary talent has been recognized with six Grammy Awards, a National Medal of the Arts, and he was even declared a “national treasure” by President Jimmy Carter. See page 22 for more information.

Sunday, March 14 at 4 p.m.

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Save 20% – ENJOY THESE FIVE events for only $173, $141, $87! 5. Cherryholmes and Dr. Ralph Stanley with the Clinch Mountain Boys

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Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. Classic and contemporary bluegrass meet in this dynamic performance. Center favorite Cherryholmes is joined by bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley for an evening that celebrates the diversity of this American musical art form. See page 27 for more information.

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3. Simply Sinatra with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Jim Carroll, Artistic Director Steve Lippia, Guest Vocalist The trademark of this remarkable group of musicians from Washington D.C. has always been the insightful interpretation of revered jazz classics. This year they pay tribute to the great Frank Sinatra, with guest artist, Steve Lippia, one of the country’s most prominent interpreters of classic pop music. “An astounding approximation of Frank Sinatra’s voice.” (Courier-Post) See page 24 for more information.

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Save 20% – See all four plays for only $120, $95, $60! 1. L.A. Theatre Works War of the Worlds and The Lost World Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m. America’s premier radio theater company presents a double bill of chills, thrills, and great literature with two masterpieces of science fiction and adventure, one a dramatic thriller, and one an enjoyable comedy. “Original, exciting and highly theatrical.” (American Theatre Magazine). See page 21 for more information.

2. Aquila Theatre Company As You Like It Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m.

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This illustrious British/American touring company presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Shakespeare’s comic brilliance is wrapped in gender-confused, unrequited love, and Aquila infuses the play with their unique blend of fun and entertaining theatricality. The New York Times described one of Aquila’s previous Shakespearean comedies as “Gleefully engaging ... almost unbearable fun.” See page 22 for more information.

3. The Acting Company Romeo and Juliet Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m. Shakespeare’s iconic romantic tragedy of innocent young lovers falling victim to family hatred and cruel destiny comes alive on Valentine’s Day. Swords clash, everlasting love is promised, and a treacherous sleeping potion is swallowed in this sorrowful tale, considered the greatest love story of all time. See page 24 for more information.

4. Olympia Dukakis Rose Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. Ms. Dukakis shares an unforgettable portrait of an 80-year old Jewish woman, Rose, who comes from a tiny shtetl in the Ukraine. She takes us along on her journey through war-torn Warsaw to the borscht-belts of post-war Atlantic City and modern day Miami Beach. Time Magazine called it “A magnificent performance.” See page 27 for more information.

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Save 20% – See all four plays for only $120, $95, $60! 1. L.A. Theatre Works War of the Worlds and The Lost World Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m. America’s premier radio theater company presents a double bill of chills, thrills, and great literature with two masterpieces of science fiction and adventure, one a dramatic thriller, and one an enjoyable comedy. “Original, exciting and highly theatrical.” (American Theatre Magazine). See page 21 for more information.

2. Aquila Theatre Company As You Like It Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m.

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This illustrious British/American touring company presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Shakespeare’s comic brilliance is wrapped in gender-confused, unrequited love, and Aquila infuses the play with their unique blend of fun and entertaining theatricality. The New York Times described one of Aquila’s previous Shakespearean comedies as “Gleefully engaging ... almost unbearable fun.” See page 22 for more information.

3. The Acting Company Romeo and Juliet Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m. Shakespeare’s iconic romantic tragedy of innocent young lovers falling victim to family hatred and cruel destiny comes alive on Valentine’s Day. Swords clash, everlasting love is promised, and a treacherous sleeping potion is swallowed in this sorrowful tale, considered the greatest love story of all time. See page 24 for more information.

4. Olympia Dukakis Rose Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. Ms. Dukakis shares an unforgettable portrait of an 80-year old Jewish woman, Rose, who comes from a tiny shtetl in the Ukraine. She takes us along on her journey through war-torn Warsaw to the borscht-belts of post-war Atlantic City and modern day Miami Beach. Time Magazine called it “A magnificent performance.” See page 27 for more information.

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virginia opera Series

Save 10% – friday evening series: four operas for only $310, $260, $159! Save 10% – sunday matinee series: four operas for only $353, $288, $173!

1. La Bohème

2. The Daughter of the Regiment

3. Don Giovanni

4. Porgy and Bess

Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m.

Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m.

Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m.

Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m.

This melodic masterpiece tells the tale of starving young artists living lives of quiet desperation tempered by love, a lust for life—and of course—friendship and good humor. This is a story of poignant love, heartbreaking tragedy, and the uplifting creative spirit, illuminated by Puccini’s dramatic score. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. See page 20 for more information.

Donizetti’s rollicking romantic comedy follows Marie, a young woman who was adopted and raised by a regiment of the French army, and Tonio, a young man who saved Marie’s life and is now desperately in love with her. A rousing combination of romantic love, hilarious antics, and esprit de corps—not to mention intoxicating music highlighted by spectacular vocal writing. Sung in French with English supertitles. See page 22

Mozart’s classic dramatic comedy about the world’s greatest lover of all time comes to life in this riveting production. This captivating masterpiece is filled with deep human tragedy, uproarious comedy, powerful music, and the soaring voices of the Virginia Opera in this luscious production. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

With an unforgettable score by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira, this beloved masterpiece celebrates its 75th anniversary as the quintessential American folk opera. An innovative mixture of classical music, jazz, blues, and popular music, Porgy and Bess tells the story of a crippled Black beggar and his headstrong lover struggling to survive in the slums of the fictional Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina. See page 27

for more information.

for more information.

See page 25 for more information.

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virginia oper a ser ies

virginia opera Series

Save 10% – friday evening series: four operas for only $310, $260, $159! Save 10% – sunday matinee series: four operas for only $353, $288, $173!

1. La Bohème

2. The Daughter of the Regiment

3. Don Giovanni

4. Porgy and Bess

Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m.

Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m.

Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m.

Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m.

This melodic masterpiece tells the tale of starving young artists living lives of quiet desperation tempered by love, a lust for life—and of course—friendship and good humor. This is a story of poignant love, heartbreaking tragedy, and the uplifting creative spirit, illuminated by Puccini’s dramatic score. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. See page 20 for more information.

Donizetti’s rollicking romantic comedy follows Marie, a young woman who was adopted and raised by a regiment of the French army, and Tonio, a young man who saved Marie’s life and is now desperately in love with her. A rousing combination of romantic love, hilarious antics, and esprit de corps—not to mention intoxicating music highlighted by spectacular vocal writing. Sung in French with English supertitles. See page 22

Mozart’s classic dramatic comedy about the world’s greatest lover of all time comes to life in this riveting production. This captivating masterpiece is filled with deep human tragedy, uproarious comedy, powerful music, and the soaring voices of the Virginia Opera in this luscious production. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

With an unforgettable score by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira, this beloved masterpiece celebrates its 75th anniversary as the quintessential American folk opera. An innovative mixture of classical music, jazz, blues, and popular music, Porgy and Bess tells the story of a crippled Black beggar and his headstrong lover struggling to survive in the slums of the fictional Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina. See page 27

for more information.

for more information.

See page 25 for more information.

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keyboard conversations ® ser ies

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Save 15% – enjoy all four concerts for only $130, $102, $65

Concerts with Commentary

Chopin for Lovers! Sunday, September 20 at 7 p.m. Each composition on this program was inspired by a different woman in the composer’s love life! The vivacious E Flat Waltz, the touching Farewell Waltz, the dreamy Larghetto Op. 21, some demonic Preludes from Op. 28, and the famous Fantasy Impromptu. Bring a “significant other” and enrich your lives with these romantic masterpieces. See page 20 for more information.

Chopin the Patriot

CELEBRATING CHOPIN: 1810-1849 This season, internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns in his popular concert series to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin. With his unique combination of extraordinary virtuosity and his fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, Mr. Siegel explores one of the most celebrated composers of all time. “Insightful and poetically interpreted, both in words and music.” (The Washington Post) Keyboard Conversations concerts are always a joy for both the piano aficionado and newcomer alike. Each concert features a full program of piano masterpieces performed by Mr. Siegel, interspersed with his enlightening commentary about the composers and their work. The evening concludes with an open question and answer session, in which the artist encourages any and all questions! www.jordankitts.com

SERIES SPONSOR

Sunday, November 15 at 7 p.m. Listen to the Dance! The Polonaise and the Mazurka, two nationalistic Polish dances, had special meaning for this proud Polish composer. This program includes three Polonaises: the tender G Minor of the eight-year-old genius, the brooding C Minor, and the ever popular, heroic A Flat, as well as several bouyant and poignant Mazurkas, perhaps Chopin’s most personal works. See page 22 for more information.

Chopin the Storyteller Sunday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Epic poems and short stories in tone. What may have inspired these musical narratives and how does a composer tell them without words? The program includes three of Chopin’s Ballades: the fiery G Minor, the rhapsodic A Flat, and the quirky F Major, as well as three Novelettes by Robert Schumann, a great romantic composer and contemporary of Chopin. See page 25 for more information.

Chopin and the Future Sunday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Chopin is not only one of the most popular composers of all time but one of the most influential as well. The program includes works of Chopin that both delight the ear and point to the future—Etudes and Nocturnes—as well as Chopinesque compositions by Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Szymanowski. See page 27 for more information.

all music series/all dance Series All Music Series

Save 25% – See all twelve events for only $436, $364, $218!

King’s Singers Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m.

Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra

Event description on page 21.

Alexei Kornienko, conductor Alexei Nabioulin, piano

China Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m.

Long Yu, conductor Yuja Wang, piano

Event description on page 24.

Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m. Event description on page 22.

Doc Watson with David Holt and Richard Watson Hills of Home

Simply Sinatra with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Event description on page 24.

Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra Christoph Eschenbach, conductor Lang Lang, piano Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m. Event description on page 26.

African Children’s Choir Journey of Hope Sunday, April 11 at 4 p.m. Event description on page 26.

Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy Julian Rachlin, violin Masters of the Fiddle Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m.

Event description on page 22.

Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m.

Band of the Irish Guards with the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland

Event description on page 25.

Eileen Ivers Beyond the Bog Road

Sunday, January 24 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 14 at 4 p.m.

Event description on page 23.

Event description on page 25.

Event description on page 27.

Cherryholmes and Dr. Ralph Stanley with the Clinch Mountain Boys Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. Event description on page 27.

All dance Series Save 25% – See all ten performances for only $344, $284, $172 Richard Alston Dance Company Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m.

Circo Aereo Espresso

Moscow Festival Ballet Giselle

Event description on page 20.

Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m.

Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m.

Event description on page 21.

Event description on page 26.

Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m.

Mark Morris Dance Group

Event description on page 21.

Friday, February 5 at 8 p.m.

Moscow Festival Ballet Coppélia

Event description on page 24.

Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m.

Shaolin Warriors

MOMIX Best of MOMIX

Black Grace

Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m.

Event description on page 21.

Event description on page 24.

Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company

Garth Fagan Dance

Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m.

Event description on page 26.

Event description on page 26.

Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

Event description on page 21.

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keyboard conversations ® ser ies

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Save 15% – enjoy all four concerts for only $130, $102, $65

Concerts with Commentary

Chopin for Lovers! Sunday, September 20 at 7 p.m. Each composition on this program was inspired by a different woman in the composer’s love life! The vivacious E Flat Waltz, the touching Farewell Waltz, the dreamy Larghetto Op. 21, some demonic Preludes from Op. 28, and the famous Fantasy Impromptu. Bring a “significant other” and enrich your lives with these romantic masterpieces. See page 20 for more information.

Chopin the Patriot

CELEBRATING CHOPIN: 1810-1849 This season, internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns in his popular concert series to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin. With his unique combination of extraordinary virtuosity and his fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, Mr. Siegel explores one of the most celebrated composers of all time. “Insightful and poetically interpreted, both in words and music.” (The Washington Post) Keyboard Conversations concerts are always a joy for both the piano aficionado and newcomer alike. Each concert features a full program of piano masterpieces performed by Mr. Siegel, interspersed with his enlightening commentary about the composers and their work. The evening concludes with an open question and answer session, in which the artist encourages any and all questions! www.jordankitts.com

SERIES SPONSOR

Sunday, November 15 at 7 p.m. Listen to the Dance! The Polonaise and the Mazurka, two nationalistic Polish dances, had special meaning for this proud Polish composer. This program includes three Polonaises: the tender G Minor of the eight-year-old genius, the brooding C Minor, and the ever popular, heroic A Flat, as well as several bouyant and poignant Mazurkas, perhaps Chopin’s most personal works. See page 22 for more information.

Chopin the Storyteller Sunday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Epic poems and short stories in tone. What may have inspired these musical narratives and how does a composer tell them without words? The program includes three of Chopin’s Ballades: the fiery G Minor, the rhapsodic A Flat, and the quirky F Major, as well as three Novelettes by Robert Schumann, a great romantic composer and contemporary of Chopin. See page 25 for more information.

Chopin and the Future Sunday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Chopin is not only one of the most popular composers of all time but one of the most influential as well. The program includes works of Chopin that both delight the ear and point to the future—Etudes and Nocturnes—as well as Chopinesque compositions by Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Szymanowski. See page 27 for more information.

all music series/all dance Series All Music Series

Save 25% – See all twelve events for only $436, $364, $218!

King’s Singers Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m.

Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra

Event description on page 21.

Alexei Kornienko, conductor Alexei Nabioulin, piano

China Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m.

Long Yu, conductor Yuja Wang, piano

Event description on page 24.

Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m. Event description on page 22.

Doc Watson with David Holt and Richard Watson Hills of Home

Simply Sinatra with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Event description on page 24.

Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra Christoph Eschenbach, conductor Lang Lang, piano Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m. Event description on page 26.

African Children’s Choir Journey of Hope Sunday, April 11 at 4 p.m. Event description on page 26.

Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy Julian Rachlin, violin Masters of the Fiddle Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m.

Event description on page 22.

Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m.

Band of the Irish Guards with the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland

Event description on page 25.

Eileen Ivers Beyond the Bog Road

Sunday, January 24 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 14 at 4 p.m.

Event description on page 23.

Event description on page 25.

Event description on page 27.

Cherryholmes and Dr. Ralph Stanley with the Clinch Mountain Boys Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. Event description on page 27.

All dance Series Save 25% – See all ten performances for only $344, $284, $172 Richard Alston Dance Company Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m.

Circo Aereo Espresso

Moscow Festival Ballet Giselle

Event description on page 20.

Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m.

Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m.

Event description on page 21.

Event description on page 26.

Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m.

Mark Morris Dance Group

Event description on page 21.

Friday, February 5 at 8 p.m.

Moscow Festival Ballet Coppélia

Event description on page 24.

Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m.

Shaolin Warriors

MOMIX Best of MOMIX

Black Grace

Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m.

Event description on page 21.

Event description on page 24.

Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company

Garth Fagan Dance

Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m.

Event description on page 26.

Event description on page 26.

Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

Event description on page 21.

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Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas Saturday, November 28 at 8 p.m. This spectacular and elegant holiday concert is a cherished tradition at the Center for the Arts. This enchanting program of holiday music spans across the globe and centuries, mingling Medieval and Renaissance music with American spirituals, 13th century motets, and beloved Christmas carols. $48, $40, $24 Performance Sponsor: STERLING CAPITAL MANAGEMENT GROUP See page 22 for more information.

Canadian Brass A Canadian Brass Christmas Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. “Nothing proclaims celebration and festivity like the sound of brass instruments. And if those instruments are played by Canadian Brass, there is even greater cause for celebration,” praises the Toronto Star. This extraordinary brass quintet combines virtuosity and showmanship with a playful sense of humor. $48, $40, $24 ff See page 23 for more information.

Natalie MacMaster Christmas in Cape Breton Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m. Virtuoso fiddler Natalie MacMaster invokes the holiday traditions of her native Cape Breton in this spirited Christmas show that makes audiences leap to their feet. “MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foot-tapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion,” praises the Los Angeles Times. $46, $38, $23 ff See page 23 for more information.

Winston calls his dulcet style “rural folk piano,” and is probably best known for his seasonal piano recordings—Autumn, Winter Into Spring, December, and Summer. The Boston Globe describes his music as “introspective, mood-setting and, frequently, tranquilizing.” Mr. Winston will donate 100% of the artist’s proceeds from his CD sales to a local Washington area food bank. $42, $34, $21 ff See page 23 for more information.

Ticket Exchanges—Exchange tickets up to the day before the performance for tickets to any other Great Performances at Mason event of the 2009/2010 season. Great Savings—Save up to 25% off single ticket prices. Discounts for Friends and Family—Purchase additional tickets throughout the season, and receive a 10% discount. Subscriber Helpline—Use this special phone number to get personal assistance and information about your subscription and to purchase additional tickets throughout the season.

Two Ways to Subscribe

Subscribe to one or more Great Performances at Mason Series or create your own Custom Series. Either way, you get all of the subscriber benefits above! 1. The Great Performances at Mason Series: Select any of the series in the front section of this brochure. The events are grouped by genre in these series, each offering a sublime collection of performance experiences. The Magnificent Music Series, for example, presents musical virtuosity at its very best, and the Dynamic Dance Series offers a rich variety of modern dance, ethnic dance, and ballet. The American Echoes Series explores performances as a reflection of our own culture, while the Global View Series travels the globe seeking these arts from far-away cultures. There are nine different series in total, and you can subscribe to as many as you like. See pages 4-17

George Winston Winter Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m.

Better Seats—Receive priority over single ticket buyers for prime seat locations.

“Some say the best musical instrument of all is the human voice—if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth,” says USA Today. This five-man a cappella powerhouse delights with such holiday classics as Angels We Have Heard On High and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as well as popular new pieces like Little Mary Snowflake, and a funky new version of The Dreidel Song. $42, $34, $21 ff

# of Performances

% Savings

4 to 5

Save 10% over single ticket prices

6 to 9

Save 15% over single ticket prices

10 to 14

Save 20% over single ticket prices

15 or more

Save 25% over single ticket prices

See pages 20-27

Rockapella A Rockapella Holiday Saturday, December 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

2. The Custom Series: Select any of the events from the entire season, which you will find on the following pages, to create your own Custom Series. This plan gives you complete flexibility to choose the events of greatest interest to you. Choose as few as four events or as many as fifteen, twenty, or even more; but just remember—the more events you choose, the more you save!

Subscribe Now for the Best Seats Subscriptions are processed in the order in which they are received. To ensure you get the best seats, order your subscription today! Start right now by turning to the order form in center of this brochure, by calling 703-993-2787, or by going online to gmu.edu/cfa.

See page 23 for more information.

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making spirits bright CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS AT THE CENTER!

Great Performances at Mason

2009/2010 season

it’s even better when you subscribe Not only will you enjoy the best of the performing arts all season long, you will also enjoy many benefits exclusive to subscribers. n n

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Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas Saturday, November 28 at 8 p.m. This spectacular and elegant holiday concert is a cherished tradition at the Center for the Arts. This enchanting program of holiday music spans across the globe and centuries, mingling Medieval and Renaissance music with American spirituals, 13th century motets, and beloved Christmas carols. $48, $40, $24 Performance Sponsor: STERLING CAPITAL MANAGEMENT GROUP See page 22 for more information.

Canadian Brass A Canadian Brass Christmas Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. “Nothing proclaims celebration and festivity like the sound of brass instruments. And if those instruments are played by Canadian Brass, there is even greater cause for celebration,” praises the Toronto Star. This extraordinary brass quintet combines virtuosity and showmanship with a playful sense of humor. $48, $40, $24 ff See page 23 for more information.

Natalie MacMaster Christmas in Cape Breton Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m. Virtuoso fiddler Natalie MacMaster invokes the holiday traditions of her native Cape Breton in this spirited Christmas show that makes audiences leap to their feet. “MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foot-tapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion,” praises the Los Angeles Times. $46, $38, $23 ff See page 23 for more information.

Winston calls his dulcet style “rural folk piano,” and is probably best known for his seasonal piano recordings—Autumn, Winter Into Spring, December, and Summer. The Boston Globe describes his music as “introspective, mood-setting and, frequently, tranquilizing.” Mr. Winston will donate 100% of the artist’s proceeds from his CD sales to a local Washington area food bank. $42, $34, $21 ff See page 23 for more information.

Ticket Exchanges—Exchange tickets up to the day before the performance for tickets to any other Great Performances at Mason event of the 2009/2010 season. Great Savings—Save up to 25% off single ticket prices. Discounts for Friends and Family—Purchase additional tickets throughout the season, and receive a 10% discount. Subscriber Helpline—Use this special phone number to get personal assistance and information about your subscription and to purchase additional tickets throughout the season.

Two Ways to Subscribe

Subscribe to one or more Great Performances at Mason Series or create your own Custom Series. Either way, you get all of the subscriber benefits above! 1. The Great Performances at Mason Series: Select any of the series in the front section of this brochure. The events are grouped by genre in these series, each offering a sublime collection of performance experiences. The Magnificent Music Series, for example, presents musical virtuosity at its very best, and the Dynamic Dance Series offers a rich variety of modern dance, ethnic dance, and ballet. The American Echoes Series explores performances as a reflection of our own culture, while the Global View Series travels the globe seeking these arts from far-away cultures. There are nine different series in total, and you can subscribe to as many as you like. See pages 4-17

George Winston Winter Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m.

Better Seats—Receive priority over single ticket buyers for prime seat locations.

“Some say the best musical instrument of all is the human voice—if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth,” says USA Today. This five-man a cappella powerhouse delights with such holiday classics as Angels We Have Heard On High and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as well as popular new pieces like Little Mary Snowflake, and a funky new version of The Dreidel Song. $42, $34, $21 ff

# of Performances

% Savings

4 to 5

Save 10% over single ticket prices

6 to 9

Save 15% over single ticket prices

10 to 14

Save 20% over single ticket prices

15 or more

Save 25% over single ticket prices

See pages 20-27

Rockapella A Rockapella Holiday Saturday, December 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

2. The Custom Series: Select any of the events from the entire season, which you will find on the following pages, to create your own Custom Series. This plan gives you complete flexibility to choose the events of greatest interest to you. Choose as few as four events or as many as fifteen, twenty, or even more; but just remember—the more events you choose, the more you save!

Subscribe Now for the Best Seats Subscriptions are processed in the order in which they are received. To ensure you get the best seats, order your subscription today! Start right now by turning to the order form in center of this brochure, by calling 703-993-2787, or by going online to gmu.edu/cfa.

See page 23 for more information.

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers Sunday, October 11 at 4 p.m.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel Chopin for Lovers! Sunday, September 20 at 7 p.m. Renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns in his popular “concerts with commentary” series in a season that honors the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, Mr. Siegel explores—in both performance and words—the works of one of the greatest and most celebrated composers of all time. In this first of his four concerts, Mr. Siegel delves into the romantic side of Chopin, performing works inspired by the women in this prolific composer’s life. The program includes the vivacious E Flat Waltz, the touching Farewell Waltz, the dreamy Larghetto Op. 21, some demonic Preludes from Op. 28, and the famous Fantasy Impromptu.

$38, $30, $19

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Brian Stokes Mitchell and The American Festival Pops Orchestra Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m. Dubbed Broadway’s “last leading man” by the New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell is a star of Broadway, television and film. This brilliant actor with his astonishing baritone is well known for his musical versatility, charisma, and chameleonic ability to evoke any emotion. He won a Tony award for his role in Kiss me Kate, and received Tony nominations for Man of La Mancha, Ragtime, and King Hedley II. His televisions credits include recurring roles on Trapper John, M.D., Crossing Jordon, and Frasier. For this performance, “Stokes” (as he prefers to be called) takes the stage with The American Festival Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Tony Maiello for a spectacular evening of show tunes, ballads and classic love songs like “Embraceable You,” ”They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” and his showstopper, “The Impossible Dream.” “In his silken, elegant phrases that linger over each ecstatic exclamation, Mr. Mitchell makes you believe that the happiness bursting out of him is as natural as breathing.” (The New York Times) $60, $52, $30

They aren’t Russian. They aren’t brothers. And they certainly don’t fly. Misnomers aside, this four-member juggling comedy troupe is as wacky as their name implies. A zany combination of theater, comedy, music, and juggling with a bit of philosophy thrown in for good measure, the Flying Karamazov Brothers are the most enduring, immensely popular, and wholly unique phenomena performing today. Chances are, you’ve seen their wild antics on any number of television or theater appearances, from “Seinfeld” to Broadway, and their longtime success is a testament to an extraordinary ability to entertain young and old alike. Beginning as street performers in San Francisco, they have finely honed their juggling skills to the point where they can juggle almost anything, including chain saws and bowling balls! $42, $34, $21 ff

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Richard Alston Dance Company

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“An exquisite balm for tired eyes and souls,” says The New York Times about this innovative and entertaining company created by one of Britain’s foremost choreographers. Described by The Times of London as “a choreographer for whom every dance is a love affair with his chosen music,” Richard Alston is renowned for having a close relationship with his music, and combines masterful movement with beautiful melodies to create dance that is simply breathtaking. Launched in 1994 to great acclaim, the Richard Alston Dance Company has become one of the largest and most prominent contemporary dance companies in Great Britain. This dazzling ensemble makes its Center debut this season, performing some of Alston’s latest pieces as well as some of his most seminal works. “A rewarding, refreshing, uplifting ride.” (Newsday) $42, $34, $21

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Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m. America’s premier radio theater company presents a double bill of chills, thrills, and great literature with two masterpieces of science fiction and adventure. Recreating the breathless pace and convincing details of Orson Welles’ infamous broadcast of War of the Worlds, L.A. Theatre Works shows why H.G. Wells’ classic novel, on which the broadcast is based, is truly the mother of all space invasions. Welles’ live broadcast in 1938 of an “eyewitness report” of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic, and still resonates today. The company also brings to life Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s comedy, The Lost World, the tale of a harrowing scientific expedition into the Amazon. Determined to prove the existence of prehistoric animals, Professor Challenger and his cohort discover a primeval plateau in the Amazon, where dinosaurs and ape-men coexist and the human race hangs in the balance. “Original, exciting and highly theatrical.” (American Theatre Magazine) $36, $28, $18

MOMIX Best of MOMIX Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m. “The sheer beauty and potential of the human body magnified,” raves The Washington Post about this mesmerizing company. Since the early 1980’s, choreographer/director Moses Pendleton has transformed the dancers of MOMIX into sidewinders and Gila monsters, floated them weightlessly through extraterrestrial terrains, strapped them into snow skis and hurled them through the air like baseballs. Now, in one evening this company—renowned for works of delightful inventiveness and physical beauty— presents the Best of MOMIX, a collection of figments of the imagination of Moses Pendleton that are unpredictable, sometimes bizarre and often out of this world. $44, $36, $22 ff

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Virginia Opera La Bohème Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m. This bittersweet romantic tragedy is among the most popular works in the operatic literature. Set in Paris’ Latin Quarter at Christmastime, this melodic masterpiece tells the tale of starving young artists living lives of quiet desperation tempered by love, a lust for life—and of course—friendship and good humor. Poet Rodolfo and beautiful seamstress Mimi briefly find love together, but Mimi’s languishing health and their abject poverty threatens their happiness. A story of poignant love, heartbreaking tragedy, and the uplifting creative spirit, illuminated by Puccini’s dramatic score. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. $86, $72, $44—Friday $98, $80, $48—Sunday

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$44, $36, $22 ff

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Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. “Here is bravura dancing at its greatest,” raves The New York Times about this renowned folk ensemble that is known for its masterful dance prowess, infectious enthusiasm, and vibrantly colored costumes. Founded in 1937 by Pavlo Virsky and Mykola Bolotov, the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company has toured around the world, celebrating the passion and beauty of its native Ukraine—the wisdom of its people and their folk traditions—with humor and optimism. These professionally trained artists from Kiev perform spirited dances reflecting the geographic and cultural diversity of Ukraine. The male Cossack warriors demonstrate their awe-inspiring acrobatic skills and impressive swordplay, while female dancers in exquisite finery glide gracefully across the stage. This incredible company leaves audiences spellbound! ff

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Circo Aereo Espresso

Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 25 at 4 p.m. Described by the Toronto Star as a “dazzling spectacle,” the Shaolin Warriors bring the remarkable skill, dramatic movement, and spectacular imagery of the Chinese art of Kung Fu to the stage. Performed by disciples of the Shaolin schools, these amazing artists are renowned for their discipline and ferocious martial arts prowess, which combines agility and grace. These incredible masters have trained from a very young age in mental and physical exercises, allowing them to perform astounding feats one only thought possible in movies. “They combine the agility and grace of gymnasts with the showmanship of Cirque du Soleil performers.” (The Washington Post) This aweinspiring performance is fun for the whole family!

Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company

$46, $38, $23

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Shaolin Warriors

This concert is part of the ARTS by George! benefit. Please see page 28 for details.

Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m.

L.A. Theatre Works War of the Worlds and The Lost World

Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m.

The King’s Singers Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m. For more than 40 years, this remarkable sextet has maintained their place at the apex of a cappella singing, delighting audiences around the world with their incomparable musicianship, charm, and wit. One of Britain’s great musical institutions, they are counted among the world’s most elite classical performers, and celebrated for their commitment to perfection in blend, balance, and intonation. “Still unmatched for their musicality and sheer ability to entertain,” lauds The Times of London. Renowned for their versatility, the King’s Singers have an impressive and diverse repertoire that encompasses medieval music to Renaissance masterpieces, lieder to folk, classical to pop and jazz. “The King’s Singers have the same microscopic perfection one sometimes hears from purely instrumental chamber musicians.” (The Washington Post) $44, $36, $22

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“A sparkling tribute to the circus.” (Le Figaro) This enchanting “theater without words” from Finland is widely recognized throughout Europe as a pioneer of the New Circus, and makes its American debut this season. Smart, imaginative, and inventive, Circo Aereo mixes timehonored circus arts, such as juggling and aerial work, with innovative cabaret theater, masterful movement, and charming humor. The company’s latest and most famous work, Espresso, has mesmerized audiences and critics alike with its combination of traditional and contemporary circus arts with sidewalk performance. Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat called the work “a treasure chest filled with beautiful sights, meticulous efforts and inventive surprises.”

$44, $36, $22

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2009/2010 Great Performances at Mason

The Flying Karamazov Brothers Sunday, October 11 at 4 p.m.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel Chopin for Lovers! Sunday, September 20 at 7 p.m. Renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns in his popular “concerts with commentary” series in a season that honors the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, Mr. Siegel explores—in both performance and words—the works of one of the greatest and most celebrated composers of all time. In this first of his four concerts, Mr. Siegel delves into the romantic side of Chopin, performing works inspired by the women in this prolific composer’s life. The program includes the vivacious E Flat Waltz, the touching Farewell Waltz, the dreamy Larghetto Op. 21, some demonic Preludes from Op. 28, and the famous Fantasy Impromptu.

$38, $30, $19

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Brian Stokes Mitchell and The American Festival Pops Orchestra Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m. Dubbed Broadway’s “last leading man” by the New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell is a star of Broadway, television and film. This brilliant actor with his astonishing baritone is well known for his musical versatility, charisma, and chameleonic ability to evoke any emotion. He won a Tony award for his role in Kiss me Kate, and received Tony nominations for Man of La Mancha, Ragtime, and King Hedley II. His televisions credits include recurring roles on Trapper John, M.D., Crossing Jordon, and Frasier. For this performance, “Stokes” (as he prefers to be called) takes the stage with The American Festival Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Tony Maiello for a spectacular evening of show tunes, ballads and classic love songs like “Embraceable You,” ”They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” and his showstopper, “The Impossible Dream.” “In his silken, elegant phrases that linger over each ecstatic exclamation, Mr. Mitchell makes you believe that the happiness bursting out of him is as natural as breathing.” (The New York Times) $60, $52, $30

They aren’t Russian. They aren’t brothers. And they certainly don’t fly. Misnomers aside, this four-member juggling comedy troupe is as wacky as their name implies. A zany combination of theater, comedy, music, and juggling with a bit of philosophy thrown in for good measure, the Flying Karamazov Brothers are the most enduring, immensely popular, and wholly unique phenomena performing today. Chances are, you’ve seen their wild antics on any number of television or theater appearances, from “Seinfeld” to Broadway, and their longtime success is a testament to an extraordinary ability to entertain young and old alike. Beginning as street performers in San Francisco, they have finely honed their juggling skills to the point where they can juggle almost anything, including chain saws and bowling balls! $42, $34, $21 ff

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Richard Alston Dance Company

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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 Family Friendly*........................................ ff *Youth through grade 12 half price

“An exquisite balm for tired eyes and souls,” says The New York Times about this innovative and entertaining company created by one of Britain’s foremost choreographers. Described by The Times of London as “a choreographer for whom every dance is a love affair with his chosen music,” Richard Alston is renowned for having a close relationship with his music, and combines masterful movement with beautiful melodies to create dance that is simply breathtaking. Launched in 1994 to great acclaim, the Richard Alston Dance Company has become one of the largest and most prominent contemporary dance companies in Great Britain. This dazzling ensemble makes its Center debut this season, performing some of Alston’s latest pieces as well as some of his most seminal works. “A rewarding, refreshing, uplifting ride.” (Newsday) $42, $34, $21

DD

AD

Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m. America’s premier radio theater company presents a double bill of chills, thrills, and great literature with two masterpieces of science fiction and adventure. Recreating the breathless pace and convincing details of Orson Welles’ infamous broadcast of War of the Worlds, L.A. Theatre Works shows why H.G. Wells’ classic novel, on which the broadcast is based, is truly the mother of all space invasions. Welles’ live broadcast in 1938 of an “eyewitness report” of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic, and still resonates today. The company also brings to life Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s comedy, The Lost World, the tale of a harrowing scientific expedition into the Amazon. Determined to prove the existence of prehistoric animals, Professor Challenger and his cohort discover a primeval plateau in the Amazon, where dinosaurs and ape-men coexist and the human race hangs in the balance. “Original, exciting and highly theatrical.” (American Theatre Magazine) $36, $28, $18

MOMIX Best of MOMIX Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m. “The sheer beauty and potential of the human body magnified,” raves The Washington Post about this mesmerizing company. Since the early 1980’s, choreographer/director Moses Pendleton has transformed the dancers of MOMIX into sidewinders and Gila monsters, floated them weightlessly through extraterrestrial terrains, strapped them into snow skis and hurled them through the air like baseballs. Now, in one evening this company—renowned for works of delightful inventiveness and physical beauty— presents the Best of MOMIX, a collection of figments of the imagination of Moses Pendleton that are unpredictable, sometimes bizarre and often out of this world. $44, $36, $22 ff

DD

AD

Virginia Opera La Bohème Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m. This bittersweet romantic tragedy is among the most popular works in the operatic literature. Set in Paris’ Latin Quarter at Christmastime, this melodic masterpiece tells the tale of starving young artists living lives of quiet desperation tempered by love, a lust for life—and of course—friendship and good humor. Poet Rodolfo and beautiful seamstress Mimi briefly find love together, but Mimi’s languishing health and their abject poverty threatens their happiness. A story of poignant love, heartbreaking tragedy, and the uplifting creative spirit, illuminated by Puccini’s dramatic score. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. $86, $72, $44—Friday $98, $80, $48—Sunday

VO

$44, $36, $22 ff

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AD

Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. “Here is bravura dancing at its greatest,” raves The New York Times about this renowned folk ensemble that is known for its masterful dance prowess, infectious enthusiasm, and vibrantly colored costumes. Founded in 1937 by Pavlo Virsky and Mykola Bolotov, the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company has toured around the world, celebrating the passion and beauty of its native Ukraine—the wisdom of its people and their folk traditions—with humor and optimism. These professionally trained artists from Kiev perform spirited dances reflecting the geographic and cultural diversity of Ukraine. The male Cossack warriors demonstrate their awe-inspiring acrobatic skills and impressive swordplay, while female dancers in exquisite finery glide gracefully across the stage. This incredible company leaves audiences spellbound! ff

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DD

AD

Circo Aereo Espresso

Saturday, October 24 at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 25 at 4 p.m. Described by the Toronto Star as a “dazzling spectacle,” the Shaolin Warriors bring the remarkable skill, dramatic movement, and spectacular imagery of the Chinese art of Kung Fu to the stage. Performed by disciples of the Shaolin schools, these amazing artists are renowned for their discipline and ferocious martial arts prowess, which combines agility and grace. These incredible masters have trained from a very young age in mental and physical exercises, allowing them to perform astounding feats one only thought possible in movies. “They combine the agility and grace of gymnasts with the showmanship of Cirque du Soleil performers.” (The Washington Post) This aweinspiring performance is fun for the whole family!

Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company

$46, $38, $23

ET

Shaolin Warriors

This concert is part of the ARTS by George! benefit. Please see page 28 for details.

Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m.

L.A. Theatre Works War of the Worlds and The Lost World

Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m.

The King’s Singers Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m. For more than 40 years, this remarkable sextet has maintained their place at the apex of a cappella singing, delighting audiences around the world with their incomparable musicianship, charm, and wit. One of Britain’s great musical institutions, they are counted among the world’s most elite classical performers, and celebrated for their commitment to perfection in blend, balance, and intonation. “Still unmatched for their musicality and sheer ability to entertain,” lauds The Times of London. Renowned for their versatility, the King’s Singers have an impressive and diverse repertoire that encompasses medieval music to Renaissance masterpieces, lieder to folk, classical to pop and jazz. “The King’s Singers have the same microscopic perfection one sometimes hears from purely instrumental chamber musicians.” (The Washington Post) $44, $36, $22

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“A sparkling tribute to the circus.” (Le Figaro) This enchanting “theater without words” from Finland is widely recognized throughout Europe as a pioneer of the New Circus, and makes its American debut this season. Smart, imaginative, and inventive, Circo Aereo mixes timehonored circus arts, such as juggling and aerial work, with innovative cabaret theater, masterful movement, and charming humor. The company’s latest and most famous work, Espresso, has mesmerized audiences and critics alike with its combination of traditional and contemporary circus arts with sidewalk performance. Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat called the work “a treasure chest filled with beautiful sights, meticulous efforts and inventive surprises.”

$44, $36, $22

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China Philharmonic Orchestra

$50, $42, $25

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Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Chopin the Patriot

®

Sunday, November 15 at 7 p.m. Jeffrey Siegel continues his yearlong celebration of Chopin with an exploration of Chopin’s love for his homeland of Poland. In the wake of the November Uprising, as the Polish people revolted against the Russian forces, Chopin emerged as a national bard, writing music honoring his country and the heroism of its people. In this “concert with commentary,” Mr. Siegel performs a rousing program featuring Chopin’s heroic Polonaises, lyrical Mazurkas, and dashing Waltzes. $38, $30, $19 ff

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Aquila Theatre Company As You Like It Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m. Described by The New York Times as “a classically trained, modernly hip troupe,” this illustrious British/ American touring company presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Set in a period of revolution in France, As You Like It tells the story of power hungry men exiling their brothers, girls portraying guys, and love found in unexpected places. Shakespeare’s comic brilliance is wrapped in gender-confused, unrequited love, and Aquila infuses the play with their unique blend of fun and entertaining theatricality. This production is completely faithful to Shakespeare, and yet perfectly accessible to modern audiences. The New York Times described one of Aquila’s previous Shakespearean comedies as “Gleefully engaging ... almost unbearable fun.” $34, $26, $17

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Rockapella A Rockapella Holiday

Virginia Opera The Daughter of the Regiment

Long Yu, conductor Yuja Wang, piano Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m. The China Philharmonic Orchestra was created only a decade ago, but its commitment to fine musicianship has already placed it in the ranks of the largest and most gifted orchestras in Asia. The formation of this brilliant orchestra marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of symphonic music in China. Under the leadership of artistic director Long Yu, the orchestra endeavors to introduce the gems of China’s symphonic music to the world, while bringing the finest classical music of the Western World to the Chinese people. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, China Air Suite by Bao Yuankai, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2.

2009/2010 Great Performances at Mason

Saturday, December 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m.

Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas Saturday, November 28 at 8 p.m. “The only American chorus able to compete on equal terms with the great (and very old) choirs of Europe.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) This spectacular and elegant holiday concert is a cherished tradition at the Center for the Arts. Renowned for its flawless technique, Chanticleer produces a pure, radiant sound that fills our concert hall with rapturous melody and crystal-clear articulation. This enchanting program of holiday music spans across the globe and centuries, mingling Medieval and Renaissance music with American spirituals, 13th century motets, and beloved Christmas carols. The New Yorker described their enormously popular album, “Sing We Christmas” as “one of those rare holiday albums good enough to listen to all year round.” $48, $40, $24

Donizetti’s rollicking romantic comedy follows Marie, a young woman who was adopted and raised by a regiment of the French army, and Tonio, a young man who saved Marie’s life and is now desperately in love with her. When the Marquise de Birkenfield discovers that the “daughter” is her long-lost niece, she whisks Marie away to her chateau and arranges her marriage to a nobleman. However, a hidden secret and a surprise appearance by the regiment at the wedding softens the Marquise’s heart and reunites the two young lovers. A rousing combination of romantic love, hilarious antics, and esprit de corps—not to mention intoxicating music highlighted by spectacular vocal writing. Sung in French with English supertitles. $86, $72, $44—Friday $98, $80, $48—Sunday

VO

Doc Watson with David Holt and Richard Watson Hills of Home

George Winston Winter Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m. George Winston has been described as the “Father of New Age Music,” but he eschews the term. Winston prefers to call his dulcet style “rural folk piano,” and is probably best known for his seasonal piano recordings—Autumn, Winter Into Spring, December, and Summer. Usually appearing on stage dressed in jeans and a casual shirt, he is often in his stocking feet, which he says quiets his “heart beat pounding” left foot. The Boston Globe describes his music as “introspective, mood-setting and, frequently, tranquilizing…. he keeps his presentations pithy and free of excess.” Though best known as a pianist, Winston also often includes guitar and harmonica music in his performances. For this holiday performance, Mr. Winston will donate 100% of the artist’s proceeds from his CD sales to a local Washington area food bank. $42, $34, $21 ff

Canadian Brass A Canadian Brass Christmas

Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m.

This legendary musician returns to the Center for the Arts with long-time collaborator and Grammy-award winning banjoist David Holt and grandson, Richard, for an incredible evening of music. Showcasing his universally acknowledged virtuosity of the flatpicking guitar, Doc Watson has mastered a wide range of musical genres, including traditional ballads, fiddle tunes, blues, gospel, country, and contemporary music. His extraordinary talent has been recognized with six Grammy Awards, a National Medal of the Arts, a national Heritage Fellowship, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was even declared a “national treasure” by President Jimmy Carter. Don’t miss this marvelous performance that spans generations and musical traditions!

“Nothing proclaims celebration and festivity like the sound of brass instruments. And if those instruments are played by Canadian Brass, there is even greater cause for celebration,” praises the Toronto Star. This extraordinary brass quintet combines virtuosity and showmanship with a playful sense of humor. Now heading into its 38th season, Canadian Brass has elevated the art of brass playing with the excellence and technical virtuosity of their performance, the diversity of their programs, and the deep connections they make with audiences the world over. Returning to the Center with a festive and versatile holiday program featuring classical music, traditional carols, Hanukkah songs, and jazzy renditions of popular seasonal songs, this is a delightful holiday event for the entire family. $48, $40, $24 ff

$42, $34, $21 ff

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Natalie MacMaster Christmas in Cape Breton Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m. Virtuoso fiddler Natalie MacMaster invokes the holiday traditions of her native Cape Breton in this spirited Christmas show that makes audiences leap to their feet. A Grammy nominee who first picked up a violin at age nine, MacMaster combines Celtic, bluegrass, and contemporary acoustic sounds with jazz, rock, and even classical music. “MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foot-tapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion,” praises the Los Angeles Times. This holiday season, MacMaster demonstrates her fiddling fireworks and ferocious step dancing in a program that mingles Celtic melodies and classic Christmas carols. “Radiant joy ran through her show… maximum entertainment.” (Boston Globe) $46, $38, $23 ff

“Some say the best musical instrument of all is the human voice—if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth,” says USA Today. This five-man a cappella powerhouse delighted audiences when they last appeared at the Center. This season, Rockapella returns with such holiday classics as Angels We Have Heard On High and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as well as popular new pieces like Little Mary Snowflake, a funky new version of The Dreidel Song, and Matunda Ya Kwanzaa, an original composition honoring the celebration of African culture. Young and old alike are drawn to Rockapella’s humor, style, and artistry; their amazing and innovative “vocal percussion”; and their winning combination of soul, rock, R&B, and jazz. Often remembered for their Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? theme, Rockapella tours widely each year and performs regularly on television and radio. $42, $34, $21 ff

Band of the Irish Guards and the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland Sunday, January 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Band of the Irish Guards and the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland brings all of the pomp and grandeur of the British Empire to the Center’s stage. This gifted group of musicians was formed by Queen Victoria in 1900 to commemorate the bravery of the Irish Regiments, and quickly gained a reputation for excellence. It was the band’s responsibility to inspire an esprit de corps among the troops, and it traveled extensively throughout both World Wars to give morale-boosting performances for those on active service. Now renowned across the globe, these regiments uplift spirits with rousing marches, sailor ballads, and of course, folk songs from their native Ireland. This incredible ensemble is a delight for the whole family! $48, $40, $24 ff

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China Philharmonic Orchestra

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MM AM

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Chopin the Patriot

®

Sunday, November 15 at 7 p.m. Jeffrey Siegel continues his yearlong celebration of Chopin with an exploration of Chopin’s love for his homeland of Poland. In the wake of the November Uprising, as the Polish people revolted against the Russian forces, Chopin emerged as a national bard, writing music honoring his country and the heroism of its people. In this “concert with commentary,” Mr. Siegel performs a rousing program featuring Chopin’s heroic Polonaises, lyrical Mazurkas, and dashing Waltzes. $38, $30, $19 ff

KC

Aquila Theatre Company As You Like It Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m. Described by The New York Times as “a classically trained, modernly hip troupe,” this illustrious British/ American touring company presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Set in a period of revolution in France, As You Like It tells the story of power hungry men exiling their brothers, girls portraying guys, and love found in unexpected places. Shakespeare’s comic brilliance is wrapped in gender-confused, unrequited love, and Aquila infuses the play with their unique blend of fun and entertaining theatricality. This production is completely faithful to Shakespeare, and yet perfectly accessible to modern audiences. The New York Times described one of Aquila’s previous Shakespearean comedies as “Gleefully engaging ... almost unbearable fun.” $34, $26, $17

ET

Rockapella A Rockapella Holiday

Virginia Opera The Daughter of the Regiment

Long Yu, conductor Yuja Wang, piano Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m. The China Philharmonic Orchestra was created only a decade ago, but its commitment to fine musicianship has already placed it in the ranks of the largest and most gifted orchestras in Asia. The formation of this brilliant orchestra marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of symphonic music in China. Under the leadership of artistic director Long Yu, the orchestra endeavors to introduce the gems of China’s symphonic music to the world, while bringing the finest classical music of the Western World to the Chinese people. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, China Air Suite by Bao Yuankai, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2.

2009/2010 Great Performances at Mason

Saturday, December 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m.

Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas Saturday, November 28 at 8 p.m. “The only American chorus able to compete on equal terms with the great (and very old) choirs of Europe.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) This spectacular and elegant holiday concert is a cherished tradition at the Center for the Arts. Renowned for its flawless technique, Chanticleer produces a pure, radiant sound that fills our concert hall with rapturous melody and crystal-clear articulation. This enchanting program of holiday music spans across the globe and centuries, mingling Medieval and Renaissance music with American spirituals, 13th century motets, and beloved Christmas carols. The New Yorker described their enormously popular album, “Sing We Christmas” as “one of those rare holiday albums good enough to listen to all year round.” $48, $40, $24

Donizetti’s rollicking romantic comedy follows Marie, a young woman who was adopted and raised by a regiment of the French army, and Tonio, a young man who saved Marie’s life and is now desperately in love with her. When the Marquise de Birkenfield discovers that the “daughter” is her long-lost niece, she whisks Marie away to her chateau and arranges her marriage to a nobleman. However, a hidden secret and a surprise appearance by the regiment at the wedding softens the Marquise’s heart and reunites the two young lovers. A rousing combination of romantic love, hilarious antics, and esprit de corps—not to mention intoxicating music highlighted by spectacular vocal writing. Sung in French with English supertitles. $86, $72, $44—Friday $98, $80, $48—Sunday

VO

Doc Watson with David Holt and Richard Watson Hills of Home

George Winston Winter Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m. George Winston has been described as the “Father of New Age Music,” but he eschews the term. Winston prefers to call his dulcet style “rural folk piano,” and is probably best known for his seasonal piano recordings—Autumn, Winter Into Spring, December, and Summer. Usually appearing on stage dressed in jeans and a casual shirt, he is often in his stocking feet, which he says quiets his “heart beat pounding” left foot. The Boston Globe describes his music as “introspective, mood-setting and, frequently, tranquilizing…. he keeps his presentations pithy and free of excess.” Though best known as a pianist, Winston also often includes guitar and harmonica music in his performances. For this holiday performance, Mr. Winston will donate 100% of the artist’s proceeds from his CD sales to a local Washington area food bank. $42, $34, $21 ff

Canadian Brass A Canadian Brass Christmas

Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m.

This legendary musician returns to the Center for the Arts with long-time collaborator and Grammy-award winning banjoist David Holt and grandson, Richard, for an incredible evening of music. Showcasing his universally acknowledged virtuosity of the flatpicking guitar, Doc Watson has mastered a wide range of musical genres, including traditional ballads, fiddle tunes, blues, gospel, country, and contemporary music. His extraordinary talent has been recognized with six Grammy Awards, a National Medal of the Arts, a national Heritage Fellowship, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was even declared a “national treasure” by President Jimmy Carter. Don’t miss this marvelous performance that spans generations and musical traditions!

“Nothing proclaims celebration and festivity like the sound of brass instruments. And if those instruments are played by Canadian Brass, there is even greater cause for celebration,” praises the Toronto Star. This extraordinary brass quintet combines virtuosity and showmanship with a playful sense of humor. Now heading into its 38th season, Canadian Brass has elevated the art of brass playing with the excellence and technical virtuosity of their performance, the diversity of their programs, and the deep connections they make with audiences the world over. Returning to the Center with a festive and versatile holiday program featuring classical music, traditional carols, Hanukkah songs, and jazzy renditions of popular seasonal songs, this is a delightful holiday event for the entire family. $48, $40, $24 ff

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Natalie MacMaster Christmas in Cape Breton Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m. Virtuoso fiddler Natalie MacMaster invokes the holiday traditions of her native Cape Breton in this spirited Christmas show that makes audiences leap to their feet. A Grammy nominee who first picked up a violin at age nine, MacMaster combines Celtic, bluegrass, and contemporary acoustic sounds with jazz, rock, and even classical music. “MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foot-tapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion,” praises the Los Angeles Times. This holiday season, MacMaster demonstrates her fiddling fireworks and ferocious step dancing in a program that mingles Celtic melodies and classic Christmas carols. “Radiant joy ran through her show… maximum entertainment.” (Boston Globe) $46, $38, $23 ff

“Some say the best musical instrument of all is the human voice—if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth,” says USA Today. This five-man a cappella powerhouse delighted audiences when they last appeared at the Center. This season, Rockapella returns with such holiday classics as Angels We Have Heard On High and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as well as popular new pieces like Little Mary Snowflake, a funky new version of The Dreidel Song, and Matunda Ya Kwanzaa, an original composition honoring the celebration of African culture. Young and old alike are drawn to Rockapella’s humor, style, and artistry; their amazing and innovative “vocal percussion”; and their winning combination of soul, rock, R&B, and jazz. Often remembered for their Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? theme, Rockapella tours widely each year and performs regularly on television and radio. $42, $34, $21 ff

Band of the Irish Guards and the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland Sunday, January 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Band of the Irish Guards and the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland brings all of the pomp and grandeur of the British Empire to the Center’s stage. This gifted group of musicians was formed by Queen Victoria in 1900 to commemorate the bravery of the Irish Regiments, and quickly gained a reputation for excellence. It was the band’s responsibility to inspire an esprit de corps among the troops, and it traveled extensively throughout both World Wars to give morale-boosting performances for those on active service. Now renowned across the globe, these regiments uplift spirits with rousing marches, sailor ballads, and of course, folk songs from their native Ireland. This incredible ensemble is a delight for the whole family! $48, $40, $24 ff

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Virginia Opera Don Giovanni Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.

Mark Morris Dance Group Friday, February 5 at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 6 at 8 p.m. For more than 25 years, the Mark Morris Dance Group has left audiences spellbound with its unique artistry, reflecting a profound and sophisticated love of music and movement. Dubbed “one of the greatest living choreographers” by The New Yorker, Morris’s wit, grace, and refined musicality has made him one of today’s most highly esteemed choreographers and his company an international dance phenomenon. Experience the “beautiful movement, beautiful music, presented in unbroken harmony that feels as natural as breathing.” (The Washington Post) Program includes two D.C.- area premieres, Visitation which is set to Beethoven and Empire Garden which is set to music by Charles Ives, as well as one of Morris’s most beautiful works, V. $44, $36, $22

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Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra Alexei Kornienko, conductor Alexei Nabioulin, piano Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. This marvelous orchestra was founded in 1978 with the purpose of broadcasting the expansive symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries throughout Russia for the benefit of its citizens. For the past 30 years, the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra has toured the globe, performing exquisite works by Russian composers including Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Following the European music tradition, the orchestra does not have a permanent principal conductor; instead, Music Director Anatoli Nemudrov invites distinguished maestros from Russia and around the world to conduct the ensemble, facilitating the continuing development and mastery of the musicians. “From the first notes played by the violas, one could predict that a special music event was about to start.” (Palm Beach Daily News) Program includes the Tsar Sultan Suite by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35. $56, $48, $28

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Simply Sinatra with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Jim Carroll, Artistic Director Steve Lippia, Guest Vocalist

The Acting Company Romeo and Juliet Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m. Shakespeare’s iconic romantic tragedy of innocent young lovers falling victim to family hatred and cruel destiny comes alive on our stage this Valentine’s Day. Swords clash, everlasting love is promised, and a treacherous sleeping potion is swallowed in this sorrowful tale, considered the greatest love story of all time. Evoking the lyricism of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Romeo and Juliet embodies the brief joy of passion and ecstasy felt by these two young lovers before their heartrending fate. This stunning work is performed by the awardwinning theater ensemble, The Acting Company, in special tribute to this holiday for lovers. $36, $28, $18

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The trademark of this remarkable group of musicians from Washington D.C. has always been the insightful interpretation of classics by revered jazz masters. This year Met Jazz pays tribute to the great Frank Sinatra, with guest artist, Steve Lippia. Mr. Lippia is one of the country’s most prominent interpreters of classic pop music, and has “an astounding approximation of Frank Sinatra’s voice” (Courier - Post). Reminiscent of Sinatra’s concerts, the program will include some of the most memorable tunes from Count Basie and Buddy Rich that showcase these great jazz instrumentalists as well as the magnificent talent of Steve Lippia. $42, $34, $21 ff

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Mozart’s classic dramatic comedy about the world’s greatest lover of all time comes to life in this riveting production by the Virginia Opera. Inspired by the story of Don Juan, this captivating opera follows an arrogant nobleman and rake who seduces women carelessly and tosses them aside. This notorious scoundrel has a list of amorous conquests so long it takes his servant an aria just to name them all! Three of the Don’s former lovers pursue him attempting to get revenge, but in the end, the devious rogue gets his comeuppance when he refuses to repent from his evil ways. This captivating masterpiece is filled with deep human tragedy, uproarious comedy, powerful music, and the soaring voices of the Virginia Opera in this luscious production. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. $86, $72, $44—Friday $98, $80, $48—Sunday

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Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy Masters of the Fiddle Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are not only two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers— they are also husband and wife. Both have appeared frequently at the Center—Natalie in solo performances and Donnell fronting the dynamic family group, Leahy. Now our audience will have the opportunity to witness the fruits of their musical matrimony during this unforgettable evening of Celtic music. “Dual fiddle wizardry…amazing synergy,” says the Intelligencer Journal of this vivacious couple from Canada. This collaboration’s foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-wrenching ballads, and remarkable step dancing leave onlookers breathless from the moment they take the stage. $44, $36, $22 ff

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Eileen Ivers Beyond the Bog Road Sunday, March 14 at 4 p.m.

Black Grace Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. “One of the most riveting modern dance performances of the season,” says The Washington Post about this spectacular dance troupe from New Zealand. For more than ten years, Black Grace has delighted audiences across the globe with its joyous spirit, irresistible passion, and unique point of view. A fusion of traditional Pacific cultures and contemporary dance, this sensational ensemble can rock the house with thundering stomps and syncopated body slaps, or sing in sweet three-part harmonies accompanied by gestures that softly curve and sway. Never before has a group of male dancers seemed so gentle yet breathtakingly virile. “Startlingly fresh and full of invention, humor and infectious exuberance.” (The New York Times) $42, $34, $21

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel Chopin the Storyteller Sunday, March 7 at 7 p.m. “Insightful and poetically interpreted, both in words and music,” The Washington Post says of this extraordinary performer. In this Keyboard Conversations concert, Jeffrey Siegel presents three of Chopin’s Ballades: the fiery G Minor, the rhapsodic A Flat, and the quirky F Major, as well as three Novelettes of Robert Schumann, a great romantic composer and contemporary of Chopin, whose 200th birthday we also celebrate this season. $38, $30, $19 ff

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An homage to the rich and tireless passage of the native Irish people from their homeland to the United States, nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Eileen Ivers returns to the Center with Beyond the Bog Road, a stellar collaboration of Irish and Old Time musicians, singers, step dancers, and cloggers. Ireland’s bog roads, paths into ancient sod fields, led millions of immigrants from their beloved homeland to a thriving country where they passed down their musical and dance traditions through the generations. Don’t miss this celebration of Irish-American musical history featuring music, story, film, and dance, and told with Ivers’ signature passion and rootsy grace. “Ivers suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.” (The Washington Post) $44, $36, $22 ff

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TAO The Martial Art of Drumming Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 21 at 4 p.m. Described as “powerful, dynamic and unique” by Time Out Chicago, this energetic ensemble combines athletic bodies and contemporary costumes with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography for an electrifying theater experience. Though their art form is often thought of as male-dominated, TAO creates a unique allure with both male and female performers, all having undergone years of rigorous training in the ancient art of Japanese drumming to reach the highest level of virtuosity. By drawing on backgrounds as diverse as rock musicians, gymnasts, and composers, each member brings their own special flair, resulting in a young and vibrant interpretation of this traditional art form. “Extraordinarily talented… incomparable muscular zeal.” (Chicago Tribune) $44, $36, $22 ff

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Virginia Opera Don Giovanni Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.

Mark Morris Dance Group Friday, February 5 at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 6 at 8 p.m. For more than 25 years, the Mark Morris Dance Group has left audiences spellbound with its unique artistry, reflecting a profound and sophisticated love of music and movement. Dubbed “one of the greatest living choreographers” by The New Yorker, Morris’s wit, grace, and refined musicality has made him one of today’s most highly esteemed choreographers and his company an international dance phenomenon. Experience the “beautiful movement, beautiful music, presented in unbroken harmony that feels as natural as breathing.” (The Washington Post) Program includes two D.C.- area premieres, Visitation which is set to Beethoven and Empire Garden which is set to music by Charles Ives, as well as one of Morris’s most beautiful works, V. $44, $36, $22

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Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra Alexei Kornienko, conductor Alexei Nabioulin, piano Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. This marvelous orchestra was founded in 1978 with the purpose of broadcasting the expansive symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries throughout Russia for the benefit of its citizens. For the past 30 years, the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra has toured the globe, performing exquisite works by Russian composers including Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Following the European music tradition, the orchestra does not have a permanent principal conductor; instead, Music Director Anatoli Nemudrov invites distinguished maestros from Russia and around the world to conduct the ensemble, facilitating the continuing development and mastery of the musicians. “From the first notes played by the violas, one could predict that a special music event was about to start.” (Palm Beach Daily News) Program includes the Tsar Sultan Suite by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35. $56, $48, $28

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Simply Sinatra with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Jim Carroll, Artistic Director Steve Lippia, Guest Vocalist

The Acting Company Romeo and Juliet Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m. Shakespeare’s iconic romantic tragedy of innocent young lovers falling victim to family hatred and cruel destiny comes alive on our stage this Valentine’s Day. Swords clash, everlasting love is promised, and a treacherous sleeping potion is swallowed in this sorrowful tale, considered the greatest love story of all time. Evoking the lyricism of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Romeo and Juliet embodies the brief joy of passion and ecstasy felt by these two young lovers before their heartrending fate. This stunning work is performed by the awardwinning theater ensemble, The Acting Company, in special tribute to this holiday for lovers. $36, $28, $18

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The trademark of this remarkable group of musicians from Washington D.C. has always been the insightful interpretation of classics by revered jazz masters. This year Met Jazz pays tribute to the great Frank Sinatra, with guest artist, Steve Lippia. Mr. Lippia is one of the country’s most prominent interpreters of classic pop music, and has “an astounding approximation of Frank Sinatra’s voice” (Courier - Post). Reminiscent of Sinatra’s concerts, the program will include some of the most memorable tunes from Count Basie and Buddy Rich that showcase these great jazz instrumentalists as well as the magnificent talent of Steve Lippia. $42, $34, $21 ff

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Mozart’s classic dramatic comedy about the world’s greatest lover of all time comes to life in this riveting production by the Virginia Opera. Inspired by the story of Don Juan, this captivating opera follows an arrogant nobleman and rake who seduces women carelessly and tosses them aside. This notorious scoundrel has a list of amorous conquests so long it takes his servant an aria just to name them all! Three of the Don’s former lovers pursue him attempting to get revenge, but in the end, the devious rogue gets his comeuppance when he refuses to repent from his evil ways. This captivating masterpiece is filled with deep human tragedy, uproarious comedy, powerful music, and the soaring voices of the Virginia Opera in this luscious production. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. $86, $72, $44—Friday $98, $80, $48—Sunday

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Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy Masters of the Fiddle Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are not only two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers— they are also husband and wife. Both have appeared frequently at the Center—Natalie in solo performances and Donnell fronting the dynamic family group, Leahy. Now our audience will have the opportunity to witness the fruits of their musical matrimony during this unforgettable evening of Celtic music. “Dual fiddle wizardry…amazing synergy,” says the Intelligencer Journal of this vivacious couple from Canada. This collaboration’s foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-wrenching ballads, and remarkable step dancing leave onlookers breathless from the moment they take the stage. $44, $36, $22 ff

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Eileen Ivers Beyond the Bog Road Sunday, March 14 at 4 p.m.

Black Grace Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. “One of the most riveting modern dance performances of the season,” says The Washington Post about this spectacular dance troupe from New Zealand. For more than ten years, Black Grace has delighted audiences across the globe with its joyous spirit, irresistible passion, and unique point of view. A fusion of traditional Pacific cultures and contemporary dance, this sensational ensemble can rock the house with thundering stomps and syncopated body slaps, or sing in sweet three-part harmonies accompanied by gestures that softly curve and sway. Never before has a group of male dancers seemed so gentle yet breathtakingly virile. “Startlingly fresh and full of invention, humor and infectious exuberance.” (The New York Times) $42, $34, $21

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel Chopin the Storyteller Sunday, March 7 at 7 p.m. “Insightful and poetically interpreted, both in words and music,” The Washington Post says of this extraordinary performer. In this Keyboard Conversations concert, Jeffrey Siegel presents three of Chopin’s Ballades: the fiery G Minor, the rhapsodic A Flat, and the quirky F Major, as well as three Novelettes of Robert Schumann, a great romantic composer and contemporary of Chopin, whose 200th birthday we also celebrate this season. $38, $30, $19 ff

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An homage to the rich and tireless passage of the native Irish people from their homeland to the United States, nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Eileen Ivers returns to the Center with Beyond the Bog Road, a stellar collaboration of Irish and Old Time musicians, singers, step dancers, and cloggers. Ireland’s bog roads, paths into ancient sod fields, led millions of immigrants from their beloved homeland to a thriving country where they passed down their musical and dance traditions through the generations. Don’t miss this celebration of Irish-American musical history featuring music, story, film, and dance, and told with Ivers’ signature passion and rootsy grace. “Ivers suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.” (The Washington Post) $44, $36, $22 ff

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TAO The Martial Art of Drumming Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 21 at 4 p.m. Described as “powerful, dynamic and unique” by Time Out Chicago, this energetic ensemble combines athletic bodies and contemporary costumes with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography for an electrifying theater experience. Though their art form is often thought of as male-dominated, TAO creates a unique allure with both male and female performers, all having undergone years of rigorous training in the ancient art of Japanese drumming to reach the highest level of virtuosity. By drawing on backgrounds as diverse as rock musicians, gymnasts, and composers, each member brings their own special flair, resulting in a young and vibrant interpretation of this traditional art form. “Extraordinarily talented… incomparable muscular zeal.” (Chicago Tribune) $44, $36, $22 ff

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African Children’s Choir Journey of Hope Born in war-torn Uganda, the African Children’s Choir was founded in 1984 by human rights activist Ray Barnett, who wished to show the world that the choir’s members, like the millions of needy and orphaned children in Africa, have beauty, dignity, and unlimited potential. Their joyful performance blends song and dance from the entire continent of Africa; featuring more than ten languages, unique cultural dancing, and of course, uplifting gospel music. This inspirational choir has gained international acclaim performing on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and American Idol; alongside Mariah Carey and Sir Paul McCartney in Live 8 in London; and at Nelson Mandela’s AIDS awareness concert in South Africa. “It’s difficult to tell who is having more fun—the choir or the audience.” (The Scotsman)

Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra Christoph Eschenbach, conductor Lang Lang, piano Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m. Each year, 100 of the world’s finest musicians are handpicked through a rigorous auditioning process to join this extraordinary orchestra, and participate in one of Europe’s most important classical music festivals, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Taking up residence at the Festival’s Orchestra Academy, which was founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1987, these musicians receive an unparalleled opportunity to study and perform with some of the most important names in classical music. Under the remarkable leadership of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and in its first tour of the United States, the orchestra performs a program that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1. Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang joins the orchestra to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The New York Times dubbed Lang Lang the “hottest artist on the classical music planet,” and the San Francisco Chronicle raved, “Lang Lang’s playing is effortlessly sparkling and dramatic, full of showmanship and excitement.” $60, $52, $30

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Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Julian Rachlin, violin Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m. Sir Neville Marriner says that the small ensemble he founded in 1958 “had no intention of giving any concerts or continuing forever.” Fifty years and countless performances later, it seems they had a change of heart, and the music world has been better off for it. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has firmly established itself as one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, and boasts more than 500 recordings, making it the most recorded chamber orchestra worldwide. “As you travel around the globe, the Academy’s name has an aura possessed by no other British orchestra,” extols The Times of London. Lithuanian virtuoso Julian Rachlin leads this celebrated orchestra, and serves as violin soloist in a program that includes Astor Piazzólla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a delightful blend of stirring violin and Tango Nuevo, evocative of the city that Piazzólla called his home. $60, $52, $30 MM AM

Garth Fagan Dance Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

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Acclaimed for his Tony Award-winning choreography for Broadway’s The Lion King, Garth Fagan remains one of the great reformers of American dance. For more than 40 years, he has honed his incomparable revelatory technique— a blend of ballet, modern, and Afro-Caribbean movements—with dancers who are unmatched for their individuality, unmannered approach, athleticism, and virtuosity. “The handsome, exotic, completely concentrated dancers move as if they were born speaking Fagan’s language and they love the feel of it in their bodies,” says Vogue. This dazzling company takes the stage at the Center, performing a mixture of classic pieces and contemporary favorites. “A prime example of the versatility and sophistication of concert dance in this new century.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Sunday, April 11 at 4 p.m.

Virginia Opera Porgy and Bess

Moscow Festival Ballet Giselle

Moscow Festival Ballet Coppélia

Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m.

Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m.

In the great tradition of grand ballet, the Moscow Festival Ballet presents the romantic tale of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a count disguised as a villager. When Giselle discovers the truth about her lover’s identity and his engagement, she dies of madness and joins the ghosts of girls who avenge the evil deeds of the men who have jilted them. This masterpiece, which was preserved by Russian dancers and choreographers, is filled with vengeance, betrayal, and death, but love and forgiveness prevail overall. This stunning production by these leading Russian dancers blends Petipa’s brilliant choreography with a haunting score, and resplendent costumes and sets. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body performing a magnificent Giselle.” (Post and Courier)

This astonishing company presents a brilliant new choreography of this charming ballet about a young villager who falls in love with a life-size dancing doll. Franz becomes infatuated with Coppélia, the creation of the diabolical Dr. Coppélius, much to the chagrin of his fiancée Swanhilde, who decides to show him his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life. The exquisite costumes, flowing music, and comical characters make the presentation of this masterpiece an occasion not to be missed. Sergei Radchenko formed the company in 1989, bringing together leading dancers from across Russia, to stage new productions of the classics as well as new works, preserving the timeless traditions of Russian Ballet. “They deserved bravos within minutes of the opening steps.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

With an unforgettable score by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira, this beloved masterpiece celebrates its 75th anniversary as the quintessential American folk opera. An innovative mixture of classical music, jazz, blues, and popular music, Porgy and Bess tells the story of a crippled Black beggar and his headstrong lover struggling to survive in the slums of the fictional Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina. This incomparable work features Bess’ soulful “Summertime,” which is among the most recorded songs in all of popular music. Filled with heartfelt passion, poignant despair, and the astonishing voices of the Virginia Opera, this is a performance not to be missed. $86, $72, $44—Friday $98, $80, $48—Sunday VO

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Classic and contemporary bluegrass meet in this dynamic performance that will bring audiences to their feet. Center favorite Cherryholmes unites with bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley for an evening that celebrates the diversity of this American musical art form. Cherryholmes plays in their own unique style: driving it hard and serving it straight up. This extraordinary family band has taken the world by storm, earning four Grammy nominations in three years, most recently for their recording “Don’t Believe.” More than 60 years after he formed the Clinch Mountain Boys in rural southwest Virginia, banjoist Dr. Ralph Stanley continues to preserve traditional bluegrass, old-time, and mountain music. As the first person inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st century and a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, he is a testament to the endurance of this American art form. Families, young and old, will not want to miss this incredible night of music. $46, $38, $23 ff AE AM

Olympia Dukakis Rose Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. Olympia Dukakis performs a concert version of her West End and Broadway hit, Rose, the story of a true survivor. Ms. Dukakis shares an unforgettable portrait of an 80-year old Jewish woman, Rose, who comes from a tiny shtetl in the Ukraine. She takes us along on her journey through war-torn Warsaw to the borscht-belts of post-war Atlantic City and modern day Miami Beach. This is not only the story of a feisty survivor, but a timely reminder of the extraordinary events which have shaped the last century. The New York Times called her production “A tour de force!...Her command of this intimate epic is extraordinary,” and Time Magazine called it “A magnificent performance.” $44, $36, $22 ET

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel Chopin and the Future Sunday, May 9 at 7 p.m. “The Leonard Bernstein of the piano—Siegel’s programs strengthen the bonds between the music and the listener and are as welcome as they are rare,” writes the Chicago Tribune. In his fourth Keyboard Conversations presentation of the season, Jeffrey Siegel concludes our celebration of Chopin by examining the composer’s legacy, performing several of his notable works as well as those who were inspired by him. The program includes works of Chopin that both delight the ear and point to the future—Etudes and Nocturnes—as well as Chopinesque compositions of Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and Szymanowski. $38, $30, $19 ff KC

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African Children’s Choir Journey of Hope Born in war-torn Uganda, the African Children’s Choir was founded in 1984 by human rights activist Ray Barnett, who wished to show the world that the choir’s members, like the millions of needy and orphaned children in Africa, have beauty, dignity, and unlimited potential. Their joyful performance blends song and dance from the entire continent of Africa; featuring more than ten languages, unique cultural dancing, and of course, uplifting gospel music. This inspirational choir has gained international acclaim performing on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and American Idol; alongside Mariah Carey and Sir Paul McCartney in Live 8 in London; and at Nelson Mandela’s AIDS awareness concert in South Africa. “It’s difficult to tell who is having more fun—the choir or the audience.” (The Scotsman)

Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra Christoph Eschenbach, conductor Lang Lang, piano Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m. Each year, 100 of the world’s finest musicians are handpicked through a rigorous auditioning process to join this extraordinary orchestra, and participate in one of Europe’s most important classical music festivals, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Taking up residence at the Festival’s Orchestra Academy, which was founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1987, these musicians receive an unparalleled opportunity to study and perform with some of the most important names in classical music. Under the remarkable leadership of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and in its first tour of the United States, the orchestra performs a program that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1. Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang joins the orchestra to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The New York Times dubbed Lang Lang the “hottest artist on the classical music planet,” and the San Francisco Chronicle raved, “Lang Lang’s playing is effortlessly sparkling and dramatic, full of showmanship and excitement.” $60, $52, $30

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Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Julian Rachlin, violin Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m. Sir Neville Marriner says that the small ensemble he founded in 1958 “had no intention of giving any concerts or continuing forever.” Fifty years and countless performances later, it seems they had a change of heart, and the music world has been better off for it. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has firmly established itself as one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, and boasts more than 500 recordings, making it the most recorded chamber orchestra worldwide. “As you travel around the globe, the Academy’s name has an aura possessed by no other British orchestra,” extols The Times of London. Lithuanian virtuoso Julian Rachlin leads this celebrated orchestra, and serves as violin soloist in a program that includes Astor Piazzólla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a delightful blend of stirring violin and Tango Nuevo, evocative of the city that Piazzólla called his home. $60, $52, $30 MM AM

Garth Fagan Dance Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

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Acclaimed for his Tony Award-winning choreography for Broadway’s The Lion King, Garth Fagan remains one of the great reformers of American dance. For more than 40 years, he has honed his incomparable revelatory technique— a blend of ballet, modern, and Afro-Caribbean movements—with dancers who are unmatched for their individuality, unmannered approach, athleticism, and virtuosity. “The handsome, exotic, completely concentrated dancers move as if they were born speaking Fagan’s language and they love the feel of it in their bodies,” says Vogue. This dazzling company takes the stage at the Center, performing a mixture of classic pieces and contemporary favorites. “A prime example of the versatility and sophistication of concert dance in this new century.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Sunday, April 11 at 4 p.m.

Virginia Opera Porgy and Bess

Moscow Festival Ballet Giselle

Moscow Festival Ballet Coppélia

Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m.

Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m.

In the great tradition of grand ballet, the Moscow Festival Ballet presents the romantic tale of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a count disguised as a villager. When Giselle discovers the truth about her lover’s identity and his engagement, she dies of madness and joins the ghosts of girls who avenge the evil deeds of the men who have jilted them. This masterpiece, which was preserved by Russian dancers and choreographers, is filled with vengeance, betrayal, and death, but love and forgiveness prevail overall. This stunning production by these leading Russian dancers blends Petipa’s brilliant choreography with a haunting score, and resplendent costumes and sets. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body performing a magnificent Giselle.” (Post and Courier)

This astonishing company presents a brilliant new choreography of this charming ballet about a young villager who falls in love with a life-size dancing doll. Franz becomes infatuated with Coppélia, the creation of the diabolical Dr. Coppélius, much to the chagrin of his fiancée Swanhilde, who decides to show him his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life. The exquisite costumes, flowing music, and comical characters make the presentation of this masterpiece an occasion not to be missed. Sergei Radchenko formed the company in 1989, bringing together leading dancers from across Russia, to stage new productions of the classics as well as new works, preserving the timeless traditions of Russian Ballet. “They deserved bravos within minutes of the opening steps.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

With an unforgettable score by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira, this beloved masterpiece celebrates its 75th anniversary as the quintessential American folk opera. An innovative mixture of classical music, jazz, blues, and popular music, Porgy and Bess tells the story of a crippled Black beggar and his headstrong lover struggling to survive in the slums of the fictional Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina. This incomparable work features Bess’ soulful “Summertime,” which is among the most recorded songs in all of popular music. Filled with heartfelt passion, poignant despair, and the astonishing voices of the Virginia Opera, this is a performance not to be missed. $86, $72, $44—Friday $98, $80, $48—Sunday VO

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Classic and contemporary bluegrass meet in this dynamic performance that will bring audiences to their feet. Center favorite Cherryholmes unites with bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley for an evening that celebrates the diversity of this American musical art form. Cherryholmes plays in their own unique style: driving it hard and serving it straight up. This extraordinary family band has taken the world by storm, earning four Grammy nominations in three years, most recently for their recording “Don’t Believe.” More than 60 years after he formed the Clinch Mountain Boys in rural southwest Virginia, banjoist Dr. Ralph Stanley continues to preserve traditional bluegrass, old-time, and mountain music. As the first person inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st century and a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, he is a testament to the endurance of this American art form. Families, young and old, will not want to miss this incredible night of music. $46, $38, $23 ff AE AM

Olympia Dukakis Rose Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. Olympia Dukakis performs a concert version of her West End and Broadway hit, Rose, the story of a true survivor. Ms. Dukakis shares an unforgettable portrait of an 80-year old Jewish woman, Rose, who comes from a tiny shtetl in the Ukraine. She takes us along on her journey through war-torn Warsaw to the borscht-belts of post-war Atlantic City and modern day Miami Beach. This is not only the story of a feisty survivor, but a timely reminder of the extraordinary events which have shaped the last century. The New York Times called her production “A tour de force!...Her command of this intimate epic is extraordinary,” and Time Magazine called it “A magnificent performance.” $44, $36, $22 ET

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel Chopin and the Future Sunday, May 9 at 7 p.m. “The Leonard Bernstein of the piano—Siegel’s programs strengthen the bonds between the music and the listener and are as welcome as they are rare,” writes the Chicago Tribune. In his fourth Keyboard Conversations presentation of the season, Jeffrey Siegel concludes our celebration of Chopin by examining the composer’s legacy, performing several of his notable works as well as those who were inspired by him. The program includes works of Chopin that both delight the ear and point to the future—Etudes and Nocturnes—as well as Chopinesque compositions of Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and Szymanowski. $38, $30, $19 ff KC

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AN EVENING CELEBRATING THE ARTS AT MASON TO BENEFIT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND THE GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON SEASON Julie Dyson and Enrique Tessada, Event Co-Chairs Carolyn Peterson and Don Conwell, Sponsorship Co-Chairs

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 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 where Brian Stokes Mitchell, in a return engagement after an overwhelming response to his appearance last year, performs with The American Festival Pops Orchestra. Afterwards a private dessert reception with the artist takes place on stage. 5:00 p.m.: ARTS by George! event • Showcases by College of Visual and Performing Arts students • Sumptuous cuisine and bars • Silent Auction of unique arts-related items and experiences n 8:00 p.m.: Concert Hall performance by Brian Stokes Mitchell with The American Festival Pops Orchestra n 9:45 p.m.: Champagne and dessert reception on stage with Brian Stokes Mitchell n

The Friends of the Center for the Arts provide critical financial and volunteer support that enriches the Center’s programmatic activities and physical infrastructure. As a Friend, your memership directly supports the Great Performances at Mason season, Pre-performance Discussions, community outreach and educational programs, the Friends-only Artists in Conversation and special post-performance events. For more information, please contact Deborah Paez at dpaez@gmu.edu or 703.993.4188.

become a friend. Every donation makes a difference. Please consider making a donation when ordering your subscription.

$200/person. Sponsorship packages available at: $25,000, $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 For more information contact Deborah Paez (dpaez@gmu.edu or 703-993-4188)

SPONSORS FOR THE 2009/2010 SEASON OF GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON www.jordankitts.com

SERIES SPONSOR Brian Stokes Mitchell

Arts at Mason Means Business Corporate Support Program For information about performance sponsorship opportunities at Northern Virginia’s premier Center for the Arts, please call (703) 993-8641.

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You are cordially invited to the 4th annual presentation of

support the center for the arts Help bring the best of the performing arts to our community by making a gift to the Center for the Arts. Your membership support ensures a bright future for Great Performances at Mason and the Center for the Arts.

AN EVENING CELEBRATING THE ARTS AT MASON TO BENEFIT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND THE GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON SEASON Julie Dyson and Enrique Tessada, Event Co-Chairs Carolyn Peterson and Don Conwell, Sponsorship Co-Chairs

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 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 where Brian Stokes Mitchell, in a return engagement after an overwhelming response to his appearance last year, performs with The American Festival Pops Orchestra. Afterwards a private dessert reception with the artist takes place on stage. 5:00 p.m.: ARTS by George! event • Showcases by College of Visual and Performing Arts students • Sumptuous cuisine and bars • Silent Auction of unique arts-related items and experiences n 8:00 p.m.: Concert Hall performance by Brian Stokes Mitchell with The American Festival Pops Orchestra n 9:45 p.m.: Champagne and dessert reception on stage with Brian Stokes Mitchell n

The Friends of the Center for the Arts provide critical financial and volunteer support that enriches the Center’s programmatic activities and physical infrastructure. As a Friend, your memership directly supports the Great Performances at Mason season, Pre-performance Discussions, community outreach and educational programs, the Friends-only Artists in Conversation and special post-performance events. For more information, please contact Deborah Paez at dpaez@gmu.edu or 703.993.4188.

become a friend. Every donation makes a difference. Please consider making a donation when ordering your subscription.

$200/person. Sponsorship packages available at: $25,000, $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 For more information contact Deborah Paez (dpaez@gmu.edu or 703-993-4188)

SPONSORS FOR THE 2009/2010 SEASON OF GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON www.jordankitts.com

SERIES SPONSOR Brian Stokes Mitchell

Arts at Mason Means Business Corporate Support Program For information about performance sponsorship opportunities at Northern Virginia’s premier Center for the Arts, please call (703) 993-8641.

PERFORMANCE SPONSOR


the college of visual and performing arts Rendering by Rochon Associates

Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is dedicated to advancing the study, creation, performance, and exhibition of the arts, acting on a strong belief in their transformative influence on individuals and societies. CVPA honors the value of the great traditions in the arts while actively engaging in the creation of new works and ideas. CVPA students enjoy the intense professional training of an arts conservatory along with the vast resources of a major research university. They are guided by a faculty of dedicated artist-teachers who themselves practice what they teach—performing and exhibiting at renowned venues across the country and around the world.

Rendering by Hughs Group Architects

The award-winning design for the Art and Visual Technology Building. Opening fall 2009.

Student organizations such as the George Mason Dance Company, George Mason University Players, the Artery for visual arts students, as well as various music ensembles, make it possible for the students to advance their craft formally and informally throughout the year. They perform, create and exhibit work in a wide variety of public venues on campus ranging from the imposing Concert Hall to the intimate TheaterSpace, and several campus galleries. Major new facilities are underway illustrating Mason’s commitment to the arts. The new Art and Visual Technology building, opening in the fall of 2009, effectively doubles the department’s teaching and studio space. Thanks to the transformational gift of the de Laski Family Foundation, designs have also been completed for a major expansion of the Performing Arts Building, dramatically increasing teaching and rehearsal space for music and dance.

Exterior rendering of the expansion of the Performing Arts Building recognizing the leadership gift of the de Laski Family Foundation and Donald and Nancy de Laski. Opening fall 2010.

This extraordinary fusion of the academic and the professional, the campus and the community, the past and the present, define the college as it moves forward into a decade of growth and discovery.

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with these delightful student productions and save 15% See our stars in the making in these exciting student productions presented by the Dance, Music, and Theater Departments of George Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts! Order any of these events with your subscription, and you will save 15% off the listed price. Please order tickets for all of these events on the “Additional Tickets and Events” section of the order form. These events may not be selected as part of a Custom Series.

College of visual and performing Arts

student productions George Mason University Players Fall Main Stage Production October 22–24 and 29–31 at 8 p.m. October 25, 31 and November 1 at 2 p.m. The George Mason University Players, committed to bringing the excitement of live theater to the Mason community and the region, produce a wide variety of theatrical performances, from new plays to classics, featuring talented Mason students on stage and behind the scenes, under the direction of faculty or guest artists. TheaterSpace $12 Adults, $8 Students, Staff and Seniors

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Choruses Holiday Concert Sunday, December 13 at 7 p.m.

Backstage Notes Pre-Performance Discussions

Children

Special Events

Each of our Concert Hall performances 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.

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.

Throughout the season, we offer a variety of special events and activities. These include intimate jazz clubs on the Grand Tier level, preand post-show receptions, special family events and more. Refer to our website (gmu.edu/cfa) throughout the season for frequent updates on these special events.

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.

Family Friendly Performances Many events are particularly suited to families attending together and are designated as Family Friendly. Youth through Grade 12 qualify for half-price tickets to Family Friendly events when accompanied by an adult. Family Friendly events can be identified by this icon ff .

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.

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.

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Choruses join forces for an annual concert that features traditional favorites, and the always-popular audience sing-along. Concert Hall $20 Adults, $15 Students and Seniors

George Mason University Dance Company 2010 Gala Concert March 26 & 27 at 8 p.m. The Gala Concert is the Dance Company’s crowning season event. Presented in the Concert Hall and featuring live music, the program includes works by contemporary professional choreographers. Concert Hall $20 Adults, $12 Students, Staff and Seniors

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the college of visual and performing arts Rendering by Rochon Associates

Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is dedicated to advancing the study, creation, performance, and exhibition of the arts, acting on a strong belief in their transformative influence on individuals and societies. CVPA honors the value of the great traditions in the arts while actively engaging in the creation of new works and ideas. CVPA students enjoy the intense professional training of an arts conservatory along with the vast resources of a major research university. They are guided by a faculty of dedicated artist-teachers who themselves practice what they teach—performing and exhibiting at renowned venues across the country and around the world.

Rendering by Hughs Group Architects

The award-winning design for the Art and Visual Technology Building. Opening fall 2009.

Student organizations such as the George Mason Dance Company, George Mason University Players, the Artery for visual arts students, as well as various music ensembles, make it possible for the students to advance their craft formally and informally throughout the year. They perform, create and exhibit work in a wide variety of public venues on campus ranging from the imposing Concert Hall to the intimate TheaterSpace, and several campus galleries. Major new facilities are underway illustrating Mason’s commitment to the arts. The new Art and Visual Technology building, opening in the fall of 2009, effectively doubles the department’s teaching and studio space. Thanks to the transformational gift of the de Laski Family Foundation, designs have also been completed for a major expansion of the Performing Arts Building, dramatically increasing teaching and rehearsal space for music and dance.

Exterior rendering of the expansion of the Performing Arts Building recognizing the leadership gift of the de Laski Family Foundation and Donald and Nancy de Laski. Opening fall 2010.

This extraordinary fusion of the academic and the professional, the campus and the community, the past and the present, define the college as it moves forward into a decade of growth and discovery.

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ENHANCE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

with these delightful student productions and save 15% See our stars in the making in these exciting student productions presented by the Dance, Music, and Theater Departments of George Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts! Order any of these events with your subscription, and you will save 15% off the listed price. Please order tickets for all of these events on the “Additional Tickets and Events” section of the order form. These events may not be selected as part of a Custom Series.

College of visual and performing Arts

student productions George Mason University Players Fall Main Stage Production October 22–24 and 29–31 at 8 p.m. October 25, 31 and November 1 at 2 p.m. The George Mason University Players, committed to bringing the excitement of live theater to the Mason community and the region, produce a wide variety of theatrical performances, from new plays to classics, featuring talented Mason students on stage and behind the scenes, under the direction of faculty or guest artists. TheaterSpace $12 Adults, $8 Students, Staff and Seniors

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Choruses Holiday Concert Sunday, December 13 at 7 p.m.

Backstage Notes Pre-Performance Discussions

Children

Special Events

Each of our Concert Hall performances 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.

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.

Throughout the season, we offer a variety of special events and activities. These include intimate jazz clubs on the Grand Tier level, preand post-show receptions, special family events and more. Refer to our website (gmu.edu/cfa) throughout the season for frequent updates on these special events.

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.

Family Friendly Performances Many events are particularly suited to families attending together and are designated as Family Friendly. Youth through Grade 12 qualify for half-price tickets to Family Friendly events when accompanied by an adult. Family Friendly events can be identified by this icon ff .

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.

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.

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Choruses join forces for an annual concert that features traditional favorites, and the always-popular audience sing-along. Concert Hall $20 Adults, $15 Students and Seniors

George Mason University Dance Company 2010 Gala Concert March 26 & 27 at 8 p.m. The Gala Concert is the Dance Company’s crowning season event. Presented in the Concert Hall and featuring live music, the program includes works by contemporary professional choreographers. Concert Hall $20 Adults, $12 Students, Staff and Seniors

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