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2011/2012 season

great performances at mason The Best of the Performing Arts George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

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THE 2011/2012 SEASON A World of Possibilities

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

A season of possibilities—world

great performances at mason the best of the performing arts

renowned orchestras, famous jazz ensembles, celebrated ballet companies, leading contemporary dance companies, and so much more. And now you can subscribe to this extraordinary season by ordering only three events, and enjoy all

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of these benefits.

Create your own subscription package by selecting any three or more events from the new season (starts on page 4). The more events you choose, the more you save!

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THE REWARDS OF SUBSCRIBING

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Save 15% Buy 6 to 9 performances

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2) GREAT PERFORMANCES SERIES PACKAGES

Better Seats

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Soweto Gospel Choir

Free Ticket Exchanges

Exchange subscription tickets free of charge up to the day before the performance for any other Great Performances at Mason event this season.

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Great Savings

Save up to 25% off regular ticket prices.

Discounts for Friends and Family

Purchase additional tickets throughout the season for 10% off regular ticket prices, and NO handling charges.

Personalized Service

Enjoy personal attention with any orders or questions about the season at the Ticket Office, or by calling the exclusive direct subscriber helpline.

Select one or more series from nine different packages (see pages 18 and 19). These events are grouped by genre, each offering a sublime collection of performance experiences.

subscribe now for the best seats

Subscriptions are processed in the order in which they are received. For the best seats, order your subscription today! Start by turning to the order form in center of this brochure, calling 703-993-2787, or visiting cfa.gmu.edu.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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River North Dance Chicago

Choose Your Own Series............................................4 Great Performances at Mason Series................... 18 Holiday Events........................................................... 20 Support the Center for the Arts..............................21 ARTS by George!........................................................22 Student Productions.................................................23

Family Friendly Performances For those events deemed most appropriate for younger audiences, we offer half-price tickets for children through Grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. These Family Friendly events are identified in this brochure by this icon ff . Please Note: Programs, Artists, and dates are subject to change without notice. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.

order your subscription today! call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu


THE 2011/2012 SEASON A World of Possibilities

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

A season of possibilities—world

great performances at mason the best of the performing arts

renowned orchestras, famous jazz ensembles, celebrated ballet companies, leading contemporary dance companies, and so much more. And now you can subscribe to this extraordinary season by ordering only three events, and enjoy all

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano

TWO WAYS TO SUBSCRIBE 1) CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN SERIES

of these benefits.

Create your own subscription package by selecting any three or more events from the new season (starts on page 4). The more events you choose, the more you save!

NEW

Save 5% Buy 3 performances

THE REWARDS OF SUBSCRIBING

Buy More, Save More! Save 10% Buy 4 or 5 performances

Save 15% Buy 6 to 9 performances

Save 20% Buy 10 to 14 performances

New this

Season!

Now i t event takes only three s to su b enjoy all of scribe and the re wards .

Save 25% Buy 15 or more performances

Our subscribers enjoy the added value of these exclusive benefits.

2) GREAT PERFORMANCES SERIES PACKAGES

Better Seats

Receive priority in seating assignment. Matt Haimovitz

Soweto Gospel Choir

Free Ticket Exchanges

Exchange subscription tickets free of charge up to the day before the performance for any other Great Performances at Mason event this season.

Parking Deck Vouchers

NEW

Order parking vouchers in advance along with your subscription. Vouchers good for the Mason Pond parking deck adjacent to the Center. Aquila Theatre

Great Savings

Save up to 25% off regular ticket prices.

Discounts for Friends and Family

Purchase additional tickets throughout the season for 10% off regular ticket prices, and NO handling charges.

Personalized Service

Enjoy personal attention with any orders or questions about the season at the Ticket Office, or by calling the exclusive direct subscriber helpline.

Select one or more series from nine different packages (see pages 18 and 19). These events are grouped by genre, each offering a sublime collection of performance experiences.

subscribe now for the best seats

Subscriptions are processed in the order in which they are received. For the best seats, order your subscription today! Start by turning to the order form in center of this brochure, calling 703-993-2787, or visiting cfa.gmu.edu.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ckets i t n o i pt Subscri ailable nowal . areckaevts for indivwidilul be Ti es g rmanc perfo le beginnin b a l i 1. ava mber Septe

River North Dance Chicago

Choose Your Own Series............................................4 Great Performances at Mason Series................... 18 Holiday Events........................................................... 20 Support the Center for the Arts..............................21 ARTS by George!........................................................22 Student Productions.................................................23

Family Friendly Performances For those events deemed most appropriate for younger audiences, we offer half-price tickets for children through Grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. These Family Friendly events are identified in this brochure by this icon ff . Please Note: Programs, Artists, and dates are subject to change without notice. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.

order your subscription today! call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu


choose-your-own series

Michael Feinstein & Marvin Hamlisch The Great American Songbook

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Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

Keyboard Conversations

®

with jeffrey Siegel

A Beethoven Bonanza Sunday, September 18 at 7 p.m. “Pianistic eloquence with a special gift for commentary,” says The Washington Post. This renowned pianist who opens the 19th season of his popular Keyboard Conversations series pays homage to arguably the most brilliant composer of all time — Beethoven. In his trademark “concerts with commentary” format, Mr. Siegel provides unique insight into Beethoven’s story of personal triumph over tragedy and performs some of the most renowned pieces from his rich body of work. This program shows Beethoven’s many moods of genius — the lighthearted, humorous Sonata Op. 31, No. 3; the tragic, fiery Sonata Pathéthique, Op. 13; and the transcendent Sonata, Op. 109, written after deafness had engulfed the composer. $19, $30, $38 ff KC

Two entertainment powerhouses team up for a melodic journey through the Great American Songbook, showcasing the best of popular music from Broadway to Hollywood. American vocalist, pianist, musicologist and fivetime Grammy nominee, the immensely talented Michael Feinstein has been hailed as the “quintessential New York voice.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Marvin Hamlisch—renowned composer, conductor, and musical director; winner of numerous Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes and a Tony; and dubbed “the consummate one-man extravaganza” by The New York Times—has created some of the best known and loved music of our time. His expansive collection includes the film scores for The Way We Were, The Sting, Sophie’s Choice, and Ordinary People, and the music for the Pulitzer Prizewinning musical A Chorus Line. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience these two great artists performing on the same stage! $40, $55, $70 This concert is part of the ARTS by George! benefit. See page 28 for details.

Marvin Hamlisch

4 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Virginia Opera – Aida

Kings of Salsa

Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m. This electrifying mix of high voltage Latin music and sizzling choreography comes straight from the streets of Havana! Kings of Salsa is a hot new show, filled with the sounds and movement of this intoxicating island, and showcases a slice of contemporary Cuba never before seen on stage. The renowned young Cuban choreographer Roclan Gonzalez Chavez has gathered some of his island’s greatest talents to perform a spicy blend of cool street salsa, Afro-Caribbean hip-hop, contemporary dance, and Cuba’s classics: the mambo, rumba, and cha-cha-cha. It is made all the more electric by the Latin rhythms and stratospheric brass arrangements of the spectacular nine-piece band, Cuba Ashire. “The dancers of the Kings of Salsa exercise their mastery of [these dances] to perfection, as if dancing were as essential to life as breathing and the beating of the heart.” (Hamburger Abendsplatt, Germany) $23, $38, $46 GV AD

Subscription Series Key

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

Buy SAVE

Michael Feinstein

Family Friendly Performances Half price tickets are available for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult for events identified in the brochure with this icon ff .

Mariinsky Orchestra Valery Gergiev, conductor Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m. One of Russia’s oldest musical organizations, this phenomenal ensemble is one of the world’s great orchestras. With a reputation for extraordinary musicianship, the Mariinsky Orchestra sets the standard to which others aspire. “The gripping performances these musicians from St. Petersburg offered had such intensity, character, and insight that it was hard to imagine the music played with more authority.” (The New York Times) Esteemed Maestro Valery Gergiev leads the orchestra in an exciting performance that features a concerto performed by a Tchaikovsky competition medalist and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. “The Orchestra is a perfectly balanced, impeccably blended virtuoso instrument, and Gergiev plays it with masterly élan.” (Los Angeles Times) $30, $52, $60 MM AM

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Set in Ancient Egypt, Verdi’s grand opera is the heartbreaking tale of a bitter love triangle and an epic struggle between two warring nations. Commissioned by Ishmail Pasha, the viceroy of Egypt, Aida tells the story of an Ethiopian princess, who was enslaved in Egypt and secretly loves the military commander, Ramades. The story becomes tangled even further when Amneris, daughter of the Pharoah, tricks Aida to discover her true feelings for the young warrior, whom she also loves, but suspects the feeling is not mutual. When the Ethiopian forces are defeated and Aida’s father is captured, Ramades must choose between his love for Aida and his loyalty to the Pharoah. This captivating opera is filled with deep human tragedy, brilliant pageantry, vibrant costumes, and the extraordinary voices of the Virginia Opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Friday – $44, $72, $86 Sunday – $48, $80, $98 VO

Aquila Theatre

The Importance of Being Earnest An Evening with Branford Marsalis featuring The Branford Marsalis Quartet Sunday, October 9 at 7 p.m.

This acclaimed British-American touring company presents a delightful production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. A comedic masterpiece about class and name-dropping details the escapades of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, two members of the fashionable British upper crust. In an attempt to escape their dull country lives, they invent wild tales about the imaginary Ernest and Bunbury. Their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious discoveries that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. “Gleefully engaging… almost unbearably fun,” The New York Times says of Aquila Theatre, which brings this timeless comedy to the Center! $20, $32, $40 ET

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Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m. Known for his unmatched technique, forward-thinking approach, and incredible versatility, three-time GrammyAward winner Branford Marsalis and his longtime quartet members, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner, take the stage at the Center for the first time this fall! The evening will include original compositions as well as modern jazz standards performed by these extraordinary talented jazz masters. Marsalis has performed with many of the jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. “Few people are better known anywhere for making a jazz tune sizzle and swing,” says the Denver Post. $24, $40, $48 ff AE AM

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

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choose-your-own series

Michael Feinstein & Marvin Hamlisch The Great American Songbook

e.

Danc

The More You

hm

hyt an R

Cub

tin s. La

The More You

Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

Keyboard Conversations

®

with jeffrey Siegel

A Beethoven Bonanza Sunday, September 18 at 7 p.m. “Pianistic eloquence with a special gift for commentary,” says The Washington Post. This renowned pianist who opens the 19th season of his popular Keyboard Conversations series pays homage to arguably the most brilliant composer of all time — Beethoven. In his trademark “concerts with commentary” format, Mr. Siegel provides unique insight into Beethoven’s story of personal triumph over tragedy and performs some of the most renowned pieces from his rich body of work. This program shows Beethoven’s many moods of genius — the lighthearted, humorous Sonata Op. 31, No. 3; the tragic, fiery Sonata Pathéthique, Op. 13; and the transcendent Sonata, Op. 109, written after deafness had engulfed the composer. $19, $30, $38 ff KC

Two entertainment powerhouses team up for a melodic journey through the Great American Songbook, showcasing the best of popular music from Broadway to Hollywood. American vocalist, pianist, musicologist and fivetime Grammy nominee, the immensely talented Michael Feinstein has been hailed as the “quintessential New York voice.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Marvin Hamlisch—renowned composer, conductor, and musical director; winner of numerous Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes and a Tony; and dubbed “the consummate one-man extravaganza” by The New York Times—has created some of the best known and loved music of our time. His expansive collection includes the film scores for The Way We Were, The Sting, Sophie’s Choice, and Ordinary People, and the music for the Pulitzer Prizewinning musical A Chorus Line. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience these two great artists performing on the same stage! $40, $55, $70 This concert is part of the ARTS by George! benefit. See page 28 for details.

Marvin Hamlisch

4 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Virginia Opera – Aida

Kings of Salsa

Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m. This electrifying mix of high voltage Latin music and sizzling choreography comes straight from the streets of Havana! Kings of Salsa is a hot new show, filled with the sounds and movement of this intoxicating island, and showcases a slice of contemporary Cuba never before seen on stage. The renowned young Cuban choreographer Roclan Gonzalez Chavez has gathered some of his island’s greatest talents to perform a spicy blend of cool street salsa, Afro-Caribbean hip-hop, contemporary dance, and Cuba’s classics: the mambo, rumba, and cha-cha-cha. It is made all the more electric by the Latin rhythms and stratospheric brass arrangements of the spectacular nine-piece band, Cuba Ashire. “The dancers of the Kings of Salsa exercise their mastery of [these dances] to perfection, as if dancing were as essential to life as breathing and the beating of the heart.” (Hamburger Abendsplatt, Germany) $23, $38, $46 GV AD

Subscription Series Key

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

Buy SAVE

Michael Feinstein

Family Friendly Performances Half price tickets are available for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult for events identified in the brochure with this icon ff .

Mariinsky Orchestra Valery Gergiev, conductor Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m. One of Russia’s oldest musical organizations, this phenomenal ensemble is one of the world’s great orchestras. With a reputation for extraordinary musicianship, the Mariinsky Orchestra sets the standard to which others aspire. “The gripping performances these musicians from St. Petersburg offered had such intensity, character, and insight that it was hard to imagine the music played with more authority.” (The New York Times) Esteemed Maestro Valery Gergiev leads the orchestra in an exciting performance that features a concerto performed by a Tchaikovsky competition medalist and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. “The Orchestra is a perfectly balanced, impeccably blended virtuoso instrument, and Gergiev plays it with masterly élan.” (Los Angeles Times) $30, $52, $60 MM AM

SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

Set in Ancient Egypt, Verdi’s grand opera is the heartbreaking tale of a bitter love triangle and an epic struggle between two warring nations. Commissioned by Ishmail Pasha, the viceroy of Egypt, Aida tells the story of an Ethiopian princess, who was enslaved in Egypt and secretly loves the military commander, Ramades. The story becomes tangled even further when Amneris, daughter of the Pharoah, tricks Aida to discover her true feelings for the young warrior, whom she also loves, but suspects the feeling is not mutual. When the Ethiopian forces are defeated and Aida’s father is captured, Ramades must choose between his love for Aida and his loyalty to the Pharoah. This captivating opera is filled with deep human tragedy, brilliant pageantry, vibrant costumes, and the extraordinary voices of the Virginia Opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Friday – $44, $72, $86 Sunday – $48, $80, $98 VO

Aquila Theatre

The Importance of Being Earnest An Evening with Branford Marsalis featuring The Branford Marsalis Quartet Sunday, October 9 at 7 p.m.

This acclaimed British-American touring company presents a delightful production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. A comedic masterpiece about class and name-dropping details the escapades of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, two members of the fashionable British upper crust. In an attempt to escape their dull country lives, they invent wild tales about the imaginary Ernest and Bunbury. Their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious discoveries that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. “Gleefully engaging… almost unbearably fun,” The New York Times says of Aquila Theatre, which brings this timeless comedy to the Center! $20, $32, $40 ET

Subscribe Today! Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

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Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m. Known for his unmatched technique, forward-thinking approach, and incredible versatility, three-time GrammyAward winner Branford Marsalis and his longtime quartet members, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner, take the stage at the Center for the first time this fall! The evening will include original compositions as well as modern jazz standards performed by these extraordinary talented jazz masters. Marsalis has performed with many of the jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. “Few people are better known anywhere for making a jazz tune sizzle and swing,” says the Denver Post. $24, $40, $48 ff AE AM

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

2011/2012 Great performances at mason 5


choose-your-own series enjoy the view from your

prime seats!

Martha Graham Dance Company Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. Since it was formed more than eight decades ago by modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, it has produced groundbreaking works that continue to inspire generations of choreographers and captivate audiences. Committed to preserving Graham’s legacy, this extraordinary company showcases both masterpieces and newly commissioned work. Featured in this program is Graham’s innovative modern dance masterwork, Appalachian Spring, for which she commissioned Aaron Copland to provide the score. The company will be joined by the Mason Dance Company to perform Graham’s Panorama. “[Graham’s choreography] remains a true, living American document.” (The New York Times) $22, $36, $44 DD AD

6 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Subscribe Today!

Keyboard Conversations

®

Compañia Flamenca José Porcel From Heart to Art: Gypsy Fire The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt with jeffrey Siegel

Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. / Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 23 at 7 p.m. Described by The New York Times as “a performer who colors with virtuoso artistry,” extraordinary pianist Jeffrey Siegel is known for enchanting his audiences with his immense talent, delicious wit and lively and enlightening commentary. In his second “concert with commentary” of the season, Mr. Siegel explores the romantic music of Franz Liszt, who is often credited with creating the symphonic poem. This program features the sizzling virtuosity and seductive lyricism of the 19thcentury’s rock star of the piano from the beloved Liebesträume to the exuberant Hungarian Rhapsodies. “Siegel’s programs strengthen the fragile bonds of communication between composer and listener and are as welcome as they are rare.” (Chicago Tribune) $19, $30, $38 ff KC

“Evocative and exciting” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Spain’s premiere flamenco dancer and choreographer, José Porcel, and his company of gifted dancers and musicians dazzle audiences with an explosion of passionate rhythms, powerful movement, vibrant colors, and breathtaking choreography. In his new production, Gypsy Fire, Porcel presents the purest, oldest, and most fiery forms of flamenco. Porcel has been dancing Andalusian folkloric dances and flamenco since the age of 13, and has spent his life studying in Madrid with the masters of the craft. Now he brings his extraordinary company to the Center for the Arts to share the customs, the culture, the art and, most of all, the passion of the gypsy people. “Exceptionally well-trained dancers…crisp technique and rhythmically solid.” (The Washington Post) $22, $36, $44 DD GV AD

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Misha Rachlevsky, conductor Sunday, November 6 at 4 p.m.

This dynamic, young ensemble makes its Center for the Arts debut under the baton of its founder and music director, Misha Rachlevsky. Chamber Orchestra Kremlin is composed of some of Russia’s finest string players, who have helped the orchestra earn international recognition as one of Russia’s leading ensembles. “Uncanny musicality, precision, and verve…the sheer amount and velvety warmth of sound was thrilling,” says the San Francisco Classical Voice. This gifted orchestra performs to a devoted audience at its home in Moscow, maintains a full schedule of international concerts and festivals, and has produced more than 30 recordings. This performance includes a unique opportunity for audience participation. After performing music of the Russian masters in the first half of the concert, Maestro Rachlevsky will poll the audience and let the majority choose the music that the orchestra will perform in the second half of the program. “This is an ensemble of remarkably tight discipline and heart-on-the-sleeve expressiveness.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) $23, $38, $46 MM AM

The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959 A Collaboration with Blue Note Records Sunday, November 13 at 7 p.m. This performance focuses on an extraordinary decade in American Jazz history by paying tribute to the iconic innovator Miles Davis. A multimedia production featuring outstanding live music, photography, film clips, and beat poet-style narration, this inspiring show tells the story of post-war America—the challenges and optimism, the struggle for civil rights, reaching historical milestones, and the creative cauldron of new music pioneered and nurtured by this nonpareil of the jazz world. Hailed as one of the “Top 25 trumpeters of the future” by Downbeat Magazine, trumpeter Jason Palmer leads a quintet performing live versions of Davis’s music starting from his 1949 recordings through the Blue Note years and culminating with his masterpiece and commercial breakout, Kind of Blue. Young and old alike will be moved and entertained by this unique celebration of the legacy of one of the greatest jazz composers of all time. $22, $36, $44 ff AE AM

Pilobolus Dance Company Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. Celebrating 40 years of making dance audiences smile, Pilobolus performs an inventive program that features daring physicality, breathtaking gracefulness, and ingenious wit. This award-winning modern dance ensemble is celebrated for its innovative choreography, eye-popping theatrics, and movement so visually striking that it is “closer to sculpture than dance.” (Newsweek) Formed in 1971 to explore an alternative form of contemporary dance, this pioneering company quickly became known for its imaginative choreography and athletic movements. “A new dance genre.” (Philadelphia Daily News) “Grace meets physical agility to create movement that is as lyrical as it is astonishing,” says the Sunday Oregonian. $22, $36, $44 DD AD

SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

2011/2012 Great performances at mason 7


choose-your-own series enjoy the view from your

prime seats!

Martha Graham Dance Company Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m. Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. Since it was formed more than eight decades ago by modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, it has produced groundbreaking works that continue to inspire generations of choreographers and captivate audiences. Committed to preserving Graham’s legacy, this extraordinary company showcases both masterpieces and newly commissioned work. Featured in this program is Graham’s innovative modern dance masterwork, Appalachian Spring, for which she commissioned Aaron Copland to provide the score. The company will be joined by the Mason Dance Company to perform Graham’s Panorama. “[Graham’s choreography] remains a true, living American document.” (The New York Times) $22, $36, $44 DD AD

6 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Subscribe Today!

Keyboard Conversations

®

Compañia Flamenca José Porcel From Heart to Art: Gypsy Fire The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt with jeffrey Siegel

Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. / Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 23 at 7 p.m. Described by The New York Times as “a performer who colors with virtuoso artistry,” extraordinary pianist Jeffrey Siegel is known for enchanting his audiences with his immense talent, delicious wit and lively and enlightening commentary. In his second “concert with commentary” of the season, Mr. Siegel explores the romantic music of Franz Liszt, who is often credited with creating the symphonic poem. This program features the sizzling virtuosity and seductive lyricism of the 19thcentury’s rock star of the piano from the beloved Liebesträume to the exuberant Hungarian Rhapsodies. “Siegel’s programs strengthen the fragile bonds of communication between composer and listener and are as welcome as they are rare.” (Chicago Tribune) $19, $30, $38 ff KC

“Evocative and exciting” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Spain’s premiere flamenco dancer and choreographer, José Porcel, and his company of gifted dancers and musicians dazzle audiences with an explosion of passionate rhythms, powerful movement, vibrant colors, and breathtaking choreography. In his new production, Gypsy Fire, Porcel presents the purest, oldest, and most fiery forms of flamenco. Porcel has been dancing Andalusian folkloric dances and flamenco since the age of 13, and has spent his life studying in Madrid with the masters of the craft. Now he brings his extraordinary company to the Center for the Arts to share the customs, the culture, the art and, most of all, the passion of the gypsy people. “Exceptionally well-trained dancers…crisp technique and rhythmically solid.” (The Washington Post) $22, $36, $44 DD GV AD

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Misha Rachlevsky, conductor Sunday, November 6 at 4 p.m.

This dynamic, young ensemble makes its Center for the Arts debut under the baton of its founder and music director, Misha Rachlevsky. Chamber Orchestra Kremlin is composed of some of Russia’s finest string players, who have helped the orchestra earn international recognition as one of Russia’s leading ensembles. “Uncanny musicality, precision, and verve…the sheer amount and velvety warmth of sound was thrilling,” says the San Francisco Classical Voice. This gifted orchestra performs to a devoted audience at its home in Moscow, maintains a full schedule of international concerts and festivals, and has produced more than 30 recordings. This performance includes a unique opportunity for audience participation. After performing music of the Russian masters in the first half of the concert, Maestro Rachlevsky will poll the audience and let the majority choose the music that the orchestra will perform in the second half of the program. “This is an ensemble of remarkably tight discipline and heart-on-the-sleeve expressiveness.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) $23, $38, $46 MM AM

The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959 A Collaboration with Blue Note Records Sunday, November 13 at 7 p.m. This performance focuses on an extraordinary decade in American Jazz history by paying tribute to the iconic innovator Miles Davis. A multimedia production featuring outstanding live music, photography, film clips, and beat poet-style narration, this inspiring show tells the story of post-war America—the challenges and optimism, the struggle for civil rights, reaching historical milestones, and the creative cauldron of new music pioneered and nurtured by this nonpareil of the jazz world. Hailed as one of the “Top 25 trumpeters of the future” by Downbeat Magazine, trumpeter Jason Palmer leads a quintet performing live versions of Davis’s music starting from his 1949 recordings through the Blue Note years and culminating with his masterpiece and commercial breakout, Kind of Blue. Young and old alike will be moved and entertained by this unique celebration of the legacy of one of the greatest jazz composers of all time. $22, $36, $44 ff AE AM

Pilobolus Dance Company Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. Celebrating 40 years of making dance audiences smile, Pilobolus performs an inventive program that features daring physicality, breathtaking gracefulness, and ingenious wit. This award-winning modern dance ensemble is celebrated for its innovative choreography, eye-popping theatrics, and movement so visually striking that it is “closer to sculpture than dance.” (Newsweek) Formed in 1971 to explore an alternative form of contemporary dance, this pioneering company quickly became known for its imaginative choreography and athletic movements. “A new dance genre.” (Philadelphia Daily News) “Grace meets physical agility to create movement that is as lyrical as it is astonishing,” says the Sunday Oregonian. $22, $36, $44 DD AD

SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

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choose-your-own series National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China

Direct from Beijing

Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Audiences alternately gasp, laugh, and hold their breath as they watch the astounding demonstration of flexibility, agility, and talent of these extraordinary acrobats. For more than 50 years, these amazing artists have traveled the world, executing daring feats with common objects such as tables, chairs, ladders, poles, bowls, and plates accompanied by traditional Chinese music. Centuries ago, performers in China combined their dramatic folk arts with their cultural roots, using common household objects as props, to create an acrobatic art wholly unique to their culture. In 1950, the government established the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China to preserve and carry on this centuries-old art form, and it has since thrived both at home and now abroad. This important cultural treasure is packed with fun for families of all ages! $24, $40, $48 ff GV AD

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Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m.

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“Precise, pure, and deeply felt singing,” says The New York Times of these 12 singers who have been a hallmark of the Christmas season for the past 30 years. This Grammy Award-winning ensemble has delighted audiences around the world with its flawless vocal technique, glorious melody, and original interpretations of vocal literature that spans genres and centuries. Their magnificent and elegant holiday concert is a cherished tradition that rings in the Christmas season at the Center for the Arts and features treasured traditional carols, revered sacred works, and delightful holiday favorites. Don’t miss this acclaimed ensemble, which the Philadelphia Inquirer dubbed “the only American chorus able to compete on equal terms with the great (and very old) choirs of Europe.” $24, $40, $48

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

Virginia Opera Hansel and Gretel Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel is about the famous childhood journey into the woods. Scolded by their mother, young Hansel and Gretel are sent into the Ilsenstein Forest to look for strawberries, but cannot find their way home as night approaches. Scared and hungry, they come upon a cottage made of delicious gingerbread and are trapped by the evil witch who dwells within—until the clever and brave Gretel saves them! This magical story charms children with its visions of sweets, mystical woodland creatures, and an eerie and enchanting forest— and adults are entranced by its beautiful and sophisticated score by Engelbert Humperdinck. Sung in English with English supertitles. ff

Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. “The most celebrated new bluegrass act of the past few years,” raves The New York Times about this phenomenal twosome who return to perform a concert of holiday favorites. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent's career has been on fire since joining forces in 2007: two #1 album debuts on Billboard, dozens of prestigious bluegrass awards, and a Grammy nomination. They are widely praised from audiences and critics alike for their impeccable vocal arrangements, flawless performances, and breathtaking two-part harmonies, and are often compared to such legendary duos as Bill and Charlie Monroe, Ralph and Carter Stanley as well as the Statler Brothers, to whom they paid tribute with an award-winning album. “Lovely, inventive harmonies and masterful bluegrass arrangements.” (Bluegrass Unlimited) $24, $40, $48 ff

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George Winston The Winter Show

Dailey & Vincent I Believe in Christmas

Friday – $44, $72, $86 Sunday – $48, $80, $98 8 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

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American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops

Known for his quintessential impressionistic style, George Winston burst onto the music scene in the 1980s with a collection of seasonalthemed recordings that quickly found an eager audience. George Winston’s distinctive melodic style, which he calls “rural folk piano,” was influenced by his early years in Montana, as well as the music of great New Orleans R&B pianists. While he is best known as a pianist, he is also accomplished on solo guitar and harmonica. In this beautiful holiday concert, Winston presents an evening of exquisitely enchanting music that is sure to evoke the spirit of the season. $24, $40, $48 For this holiday performance, please join us in support of a local Washington area food bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. Mr. Winston will also be donating a portion of the artist’s proceeds from his CD sales to the food bank.

Anthony Maiello, conductor Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m. In the past three seasons, this talented ensemble has thrilled audiences with its outstanding interpretations of pops music. This season, American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for the holidays with a joyous performance of Christmas carols and holiday tunes sure to strike a nostalgic chord with the entire family. Under the baton and leadership of Anthony Maiello, who also serves as the Associate Director of Mason’s School of Music, the orchestra features the finest musicians from the D.C. area. Don’t miss this delightful program of timeless classics including “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “The Christmas Song,” “Oh Holy Night” and a jubilant holiday sing-along that is sure to warm your heart and brighten your spirit. $23, $38, $46 ff 2011/2012 Great performances at mason 9


choose-your-own series National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China

Direct from Beijing

Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Audiences alternately gasp, laugh, and hold their breath as they watch the astounding demonstration of flexibility, agility, and talent of these extraordinary acrobats. For more than 50 years, these amazing artists have traveled the world, executing daring feats with common objects such as tables, chairs, ladders, poles, bowls, and plates accompanied by traditional Chinese music. Centuries ago, performers in China combined their dramatic folk arts with their cultural roots, using common household objects as props, to create an acrobatic art wholly unique to their culture. In 1950, the government established the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China to preserve and carry on this centuries-old art form, and it has since thrived both at home and now abroad. This important cultural treasure is packed with fun for families of all ages! $24, $40, $48 ff GV AD

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Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m.

EXCHANGE TICKETS FOR

“Precise, pure, and deeply felt singing,” says The New York Times of these 12 singers who have been a hallmark of the Christmas season for the past 30 years. This Grammy Award-winning ensemble has delighted audiences around the world with its flawless vocal technique, glorious melody, and original interpretations of vocal literature that spans genres and centuries. Their magnificent and elegant holiday concert is a cherished tradition that rings in the Christmas season at the Center for the Arts and features treasured traditional carols, revered sacred works, and delightful holiday favorites. Don’t miss this acclaimed ensemble, which the Philadelphia Inquirer dubbed “the only American chorus able to compete on equal terms with the great (and very old) choirs of Europe.” $24, $40, $48

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

Virginia Opera Hansel and Gretel Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel is about the famous childhood journey into the woods. Scolded by their mother, young Hansel and Gretel are sent into the Ilsenstein Forest to look for strawberries, but cannot find their way home as night approaches. Scared and hungry, they come upon a cottage made of delicious gingerbread and are trapped by the evil witch who dwells within—until the clever and brave Gretel saves them! This magical story charms children with its visions of sweets, mystical woodland creatures, and an eerie and enchanting forest— and adults are entranced by its beautiful and sophisticated score by Engelbert Humperdinck. Sung in English with English supertitles. ff

Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. “The most celebrated new bluegrass act of the past few years,” raves The New York Times about this phenomenal twosome who return to perform a concert of holiday favorites. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent's career has been on fire since joining forces in 2007: two #1 album debuts on Billboard, dozens of prestigious bluegrass awards, and a Grammy nomination. They are widely praised from audiences and critics alike for their impeccable vocal arrangements, flawless performances, and breathtaking two-part harmonies, and are often compared to such legendary duos as Bill and Charlie Monroe, Ralph and Carter Stanley as well as the Statler Brothers, to whom they paid tribute with an award-winning album. “Lovely, inventive harmonies and masterful bluegrass arrangements.” (Bluegrass Unlimited) $24, $40, $48 ff

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George Winston The Winter Show

Dailey & Vincent I Believe in Christmas

Friday – $44, $72, $86 Sunday – $48, $80, $98 8 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

CHANGE OF

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops

Known for his quintessential impressionistic style, George Winston burst onto the music scene in the 1980s with a collection of seasonalthemed recordings that quickly found an eager audience. George Winston’s distinctive melodic style, which he calls “rural folk piano,” was influenced by his early years in Montana, as well as the music of great New Orleans R&B pianists. While he is best known as a pianist, he is also accomplished on solo guitar and harmonica. In this beautiful holiday concert, Winston presents an evening of exquisitely enchanting music that is sure to evoke the spirit of the season. $24, $40, $48 For this holiday performance, please join us in support of a local Washington area food bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. Mr. Winston will also be donating a portion of the artist’s proceeds from his CD sales to the food bank.

Anthony Maiello, conductor Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m. In the past three seasons, this talented ensemble has thrilled audiences with its outstanding interpretations of pops music. This season, American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for the holidays with a joyous performance of Christmas carols and holiday tunes sure to strike a nostalgic chord with the entire family. Under the baton and leadership of Anthony Maiello, who also serves as the Associate Director of Mason’s School of Music, the orchestra features the finest musicians from the D.C. area. Don’t miss this delightful program of timeless classics including “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “The Christmas Song,” “Oh Holy Night” and a jubilant holiday sing-along that is sure to warm your heart and brighten your spirit. $23, $38, $46 ff 2011/2012 Great performances at mason 9


choose-your-own series

Chucho Valdés Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m.

mariachi los camperos de nati cano Fiesta Navidad Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m.

Natalie MacMaster Christmas in Cape Breton

“A festival of sound and color.” (Capital Times) This Grammy Award-winning ensemble brings a festive and joyful holiday performance that celebrates and honors the cultural traditions of Mexico. Natividad “Nati” Cano formed Mariachi Los Camperos nearly 50 years ago and they have since emerged as a major driving force of the mariachi tradition worldwide. This talented group has recorded nine critically acclaimed albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Amor Dolor y Lagrima, has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, the Grammy Awards Show, and in the Sex and the City movie. This dynamic program mixes traditional Mexican and American holiday songs with energetic dancing, authentic and vibrantly-hued costumes, and an audience sing-along. $23, $38, $46 ff

Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. The Center is thrilled to welcome the return of virtuoso Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster. Join us on a musical sleigh ride through Nova Scotia with this spirited performance of traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies, and Christmas carols. “MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foottapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion.” (Los Angeles Times) This Grammynominated artist has captivated audiences around the world with her signature sound that spans genres, combining Celtic, bluegrass, folk, and contemporary acoustic sounds with jazz, rock, and even classical music. “A confident bandleader, a versatile fiddler, an electrifying step-dancer, and above all, a performer who definitely knows how to work a crowd.” (Dirty Linen) $25, $42, $50 ff

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River North Dance Chicago Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m. “River North is easily the best of the many Chicago companies determined to preserve Broadway.” (Chicago Tribune) Founded in 1989 by four visionary dancers/choreographers, this jazz-based contemporary dance ensemble is known for its gifted and emotive dancers, electrifying music, and radiant choreography. River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago’s leading dance companies and one of the most popular national repertoire companies in the United States and abroad. Under the artistic directorship of Frank Chaves, this brilliant company embodies the true flavor of “Americana” by developing a diverse repertoire of work by established and emerging American choreographers. “Jazz dance never looked so...funny, mystical, poignant, inexplicable, sexy.” (The Arizona Republic) $21, $34, $42 DD AD

Legendary Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, perform a sublime evening of Latin jazz in their first appearance at the Center. Hailed as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuosic pianists” by The New York Times, this multi-Grammy Award winner has defined his genre and influenced countless musicians worldwide. “Whether Chucho Valdés is performing a gentle ballad or a rousing foot-stomper, his joy is in playing and his love of the music always shines through.” (All About Jazz) Valdés's long and illustrious career includes more than 80 recordings, performing with such jazz masters as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chick Corea. He is the winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. This is an unforgettable treat for jazz lovers. $23, $38, $46 AE AM

Aquila Theatre

Macbeth

Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. “Fair is foul and foul is fair” in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. A brutal and chaotic tale, nothing is as it seems and men combat their own madness and fates. Scottish general Macbeth, fresh from victory, comes across three witches in the forest on his journey home. The witches present an intriguing prophecy: one day he will be the King of Scotland. When Lady Macbeth hears the news, she persuades her husband to commit regicide, leading the couple into a murderous and maddening descent into war, insanity, guilt, and death. Superstitiously referred to as “the Scottish play,” Macbeth has enjoyed considerable success despite its notoriety as a cursed play, and Aquila Theatre breathes new life into this wickedly troubled work. “The most exhilarating, inventive theater company that has put down roots here in many years.” (American Reporter) $20, $32, $40 ET

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Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 29 at 7 p.m. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “the Leonard Bernstein of the piano,” Jeffrey Siegel charms both piano aficionados and novices alike with his illuminating and witty commentary and astounding musical gifts. In his third concert of the season, Mr. Siegel whisks audiences on a journey across the globe, performing breathtaking works by two of the greatest Russian composers of all time: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Siegel presents a rapturous performance of soaring melodies and sumptuous sonorities of these ever-popular composers – the colorful Preludes, captivating Etudes, and the scintillating Humoresque. $19, $30, $38 ff KC

Since its founding shortly after World War II, this grand orchestra has developed an extremely diverse repertoire ranging from Baroque through 20th-century music. Their moving performances often include compositions by Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel, as well as Stravinsky and Poulenc—and, of course, works by the great Russian composers Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky. Under the direction of music director and chief conductor Roman Leontiev, the orchestra performs an exciting program, featuring Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade for Orchestra, Op. 35. Prize-winning pianist Alexandre Pirojenko joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major. $25, $42, $50 MM AM

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

Virginia Opera Orphée by Philip Glass Virginia Premiere

Friday, February 10 at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. The Virginia Opera brings the Virginia Premiere of Philip Glass’s Orphée to the stage this season! Based on Jean Cocteau’s stunning cinematic reimagining of the myth of Orpheus and Euridice, this romantic, surrealistic tale explores themes of sacrificing love for art, love transcending death and the immortality of art. Set in Paris, Orphée is a famous, but misunderstood poet who falls for a beautiful new muse—Death, herself—nearly turning his back on life and his wife, Euridice. Featuring uplifting jazz-inspired musical orchestration and dramatic themes of neglected love, inspired passion and fevered obsession, the Virginia Opera’s stunning production of this opera is an event not to be missed! Sung in French with English supertitles. VO Friday – $44, $72, $86 / Sunday – $48, $80, $98 2011/2012 Great performances at mason 11


choose-your-own series

Chucho Valdés Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m.

mariachi los camperos de nati cano Fiesta Navidad Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m.

Natalie MacMaster Christmas in Cape Breton

“A festival of sound and color.” (Capital Times) This Grammy Award-winning ensemble brings a festive and joyful holiday performance that celebrates and honors the cultural traditions of Mexico. Natividad “Nati” Cano formed Mariachi Los Camperos nearly 50 years ago and they have since emerged as a major driving force of the mariachi tradition worldwide. This talented group has recorded nine critically acclaimed albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Amor Dolor y Lagrima, has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, the Grammy Awards Show, and in the Sex and the City movie. This dynamic program mixes traditional Mexican and American holiday songs with energetic dancing, authentic and vibrantly-hued costumes, and an audience sing-along. $23, $38, $46 ff

Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. The Center is thrilled to welcome the return of virtuoso Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster. Join us on a musical sleigh ride through Nova Scotia with this spirited performance of traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies, and Christmas carols. “MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foottapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion.” (Los Angeles Times) This Grammynominated artist has captivated audiences around the world with her signature sound that spans genres, combining Celtic, bluegrass, folk, and contemporary acoustic sounds with jazz, rock, and even classical music. “A confident bandleader, a versatile fiddler, an electrifying step-dancer, and above all, a performer who definitely knows how to work a crowd.” (Dirty Linen) $25, $42, $50 ff

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River North Dance Chicago Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m. “River North is easily the best of the many Chicago companies determined to preserve Broadway.” (Chicago Tribune) Founded in 1989 by four visionary dancers/choreographers, this jazz-based contemporary dance ensemble is known for its gifted and emotive dancers, electrifying music, and radiant choreography. River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago’s leading dance companies and one of the most popular national repertoire companies in the United States and abroad. Under the artistic directorship of Frank Chaves, this brilliant company embodies the true flavor of “Americana” by developing a diverse repertoire of work by established and emerging American choreographers. “Jazz dance never looked so...funny, mystical, poignant, inexplicable, sexy.” (The Arizona Republic) $21, $34, $42 DD AD

Legendary Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, perform a sublime evening of Latin jazz in their first appearance at the Center. Hailed as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuosic pianists” by The New York Times, this multi-Grammy Award winner has defined his genre and influenced countless musicians worldwide. “Whether Chucho Valdés is performing a gentle ballad or a rousing foot-stomper, his joy is in playing and his love of the music always shines through.” (All About Jazz) Valdés's long and illustrious career includes more than 80 recordings, performing with such jazz masters as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chick Corea. He is the winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. This is an unforgettable treat for jazz lovers. $23, $38, $46 AE AM

Aquila Theatre

Macbeth

Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. “Fair is foul and foul is fair” in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. A brutal and chaotic tale, nothing is as it seems and men combat their own madness and fates. Scottish general Macbeth, fresh from victory, comes across three witches in the forest on his journey home. The witches present an intriguing prophecy: one day he will be the King of Scotland. When Lady Macbeth hears the news, she persuades her husband to commit regicide, leading the couple into a murderous and maddening descent into war, insanity, guilt, and death. Superstitiously referred to as “the Scottish play,” Macbeth has enjoyed considerable success despite its notoriety as a cursed play, and Aquila Theatre breathes new life into this wickedly troubled work. “The most exhilarating, inventive theater company that has put down roots here in many years.” (American Reporter) $20, $32, $40 ET

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Keyboard Conversations “Tschaikowski”, St. Petersburg with jeffrey Siegel State Orchestra Roman Leontiev, conductor / Alexandre Pirojenko, piano Russian Rapture: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky ®

Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 29 at 7 p.m. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “the Leonard Bernstein of the piano,” Jeffrey Siegel charms both piano aficionados and novices alike with his illuminating and witty commentary and astounding musical gifts. In his third concert of the season, Mr. Siegel whisks audiences on a journey across the globe, performing breathtaking works by two of the greatest Russian composers of all time: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Siegel presents a rapturous performance of soaring melodies and sumptuous sonorities of these ever-popular composers – the colorful Preludes, captivating Etudes, and the scintillating Humoresque. $19, $30, $38 ff KC

Since its founding shortly after World War II, this grand orchestra has developed an extremely diverse repertoire ranging from Baroque through 20th-century music. Their moving performances often include compositions by Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel, as well as Stravinsky and Poulenc—and, of course, works by the great Russian composers Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky. Under the direction of music director and chief conductor Roman Leontiev, the orchestra performs an exciting program, featuring Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade for Orchestra, Op. 35. Prize-winning pianist Alexandre Pirojenko joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major. $25, $42, $50 MM AM

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

Virginia Opera Orphée by Philip Glass Virginia Premiere

Friday, February 10 at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. The Virginia Opera brings the Virginia Premiere of Philip Glass’s Orphée to the stage this season! Based on Jean Cocteau’s stunning cinematic reimagining of the myth of Orpheus and Euridice, this romantic, surrealistic tale explores themes of sacrificing love for art, love transcending death and the immortality of art. Set in Paris, Orphée is a famous, but misunderstood poet who falls for a beautiful new muse—Death, herself—nearly turning his back on life and his wife, Euridice. Featuring uplifting jazz-inspired musical orchestration and dramatic themes of neglected love, inspired passion and fevered obsession, the Virginia Opera’s stunning production of this opera is an event not to be missed! Sung in French with English supertitles. VO Friday – $44, $72, $86 / Sunday – $48, $80, $98 2011/2012 Great performances at mason 11


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Soweto Gospel Choir

Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, February 19 at 4 p.m.

One of the great 20th-century American folk singers—and consummate storytellers—comes to the Center with his son Abe Guthrie, grandson Krishna Guthrie, and longtime collaborator, Terry a La Berry; for a highly entertaining evening of folk favorites, amusing stories, and witty anecdotes. “An hour and a half in the presence of Guthrie is like receiving the most enjoyable and authoritative master class on 20th- century American folk music one could possibly have.” (The Independent, London) The son of singersongwriter and activist Woody Guthrie, Arlo’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of his highly original “Alice’s Restaurant,” a satirical anti-war anthem. The record spun off a hit movie and Guthrie became a cultural hero to a new generation espousing social consciousness and activism. A gifted musician on the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Guthrie has equal talent for clever repartee, promising an event the whole family will enjoy. $24, $40, $48 AE AM

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m. This groundbreaking company mixes methods, styles, and cultures to create an entirely new and exciting form of dance. Choreographer and artistic director Dwight Rhoden and artist-in-residence and artistic director Desmond Richardson are “two of the greatest virtuosos ever to emerge from Ailey land.” (The New York Times) In May 2011, Desmond Richardson was awarded the 60th Capezio Dance Award, which celebrates significant contributions to American dance. Their appreciation for multiculturalism was the inspiration for this innovative company of brilliant classical and contemporary dancers. Committed to transcending cultural and artistic boundaries, Rhoden and Richardson have not only brought their art to the great stages of the world, but also to the popular entertainment world, like E! and the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance. “Beware: the energy and spirit of this dance company are contagious.” (Holland Dance Festival) $21, $34, $42 DD AD

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Experience the beautiful songs of joy, peace, and hope, sung in a way that only this celebrated Grammy Award-winning South African Gospel choir can sing. “A cornucopia of remarkable voices… meticulous and unstoppable…spirited and spectacular.” (The New York Times) In ten short years, Soweto Gospel Choir has achieved international fame by enchanting audiences with their glorious voices, energetic dancing, vibrant costumes, and an exuberant spirit that fills up the heart. This young, dynamic choir of 26 performs both traditional and contemporary songs in some of South Africa’s many languages in a way that leaves audiences overjoyed with emotion. “Sheer jubilation…the rhythm of life.” (Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia) $22, $36, $44 ff GV

The “All New” Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra presents Buddy, Woody, and Stan

Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m. The Blues Brothers are back! “A rip-roaring, foot-stomping boogie,” says the Daily Mail about this hilarious West End musical that has some of the best blues you will hear this side of Chicago. Born in the ‘70s from the comic genius of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, Jake and Elwood Blues became an unprecedented, international phenomenon—part performance art, part music, and all entertainment— and it is every bit as popular now as they were 30 years ago. So throw on your black suit, porkpie hat, and coolest shades, and come enjoy unforgettable classic R&B songs like “Respect,” “Think,” and “Gimme Some Loving.” You can help the brothers save their Chicago orphanage as they perform this one last big show—if they can avoid the long arm of the law, that is. $24, $40, $48 AE AM

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Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. Northern Virginia’s very own jazz orchestra presents a very special tribute concert celebrating the music of Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton. This esteemed orchestra of gifted musicians from the Washington, D.C. area brings audiences jumping to their feet for enthusiastic ovations when performing their stunning interpretations of traditional jazz classics. Artistic director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll’s illustrious career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, and the Apollo Theatre. A versatile performer, Carroll has performed with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Come experience an evening of extraordinary jazz. $20, $32, $40 ff AE AM

Call 703-993-2787 or visit cfa.gmu.edu

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choose-your-own series Ame

rican

Folk

Lege

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Arlo Guthrie Boys Night Out

Soweto Gospel Choir

Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, February 19 at 4 p.m.

One of the great 20th-century American folk singers—and consummate storytellers—comes to the Center with his son Abe Guthrie, grandson Krishna Guthrie, and longtime collaborator, Terry a La Berry; for a highly entertaining evening of folk favorites, amusing stories, and witty anecdotes. “An hour and a half in the presence of Guthrie is like receiving the most enjoyable and authoritative master class on 20th- century American folk music one could possibly have.” (The Independent, London) The son of singersongwriter and activist Woody Guthrie, Arlo’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of his highly original “Alice’s Restaurant,” a satirical anti-war anthem. The record spun off a hit movie and Guthrie became a cultural hero to a new generation espousing social consciousness and activism. A gifted musician on the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Guthrie has equal talent for clever repartee, promising an event the whole family will enjoy. $24, $40, $48 AE AM

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m. This groundbreaking company mixes methods, styles, and cultures to create an entirely new and exciting form of dance. Choreographer and artistic director Dwight Rhoden and artist-in-residence and artistic director Desmond Richardson are “two of the greatest virtuosos ever to emerge from Ailey land.” (The New York Times) In May 2011, Desmond Richardson was awarded the 60th Capezio Dance Award, which celebrates significant contributions to American dance. Their appreciation for multiculturalism was the inspiration for this innovative company of brilliant classical and contemporary dancers. Committed to transcending cultural and artistic boundaries, Rhoden and Richardson have not only brought their art to the great stages of the world, but also to the popular entertainment world, like E! and the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance. “Beware: the energy and spirit of this dance company are contagious.” (Holland Dance Festival) $21, $34, $42 DD AD

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Experience the beautiful songs of joy, peace, and hope, sung in a way that only this celebrated Grammy Award-winning South African Gospel choir can sing. “A cornucopia of remarkable voices… meticulous and unstoppable…spirited and spectacular.” (The New York Times) In ten short years, Soweto Gospel Choir has achieved international fame by enchanting audiences with their glorious voices, energetic dancing, vibrant costumes, and an exuberant spirit that fills up the heart. This young, dynamic choir of 26 performs both traditional and contemporary songs in some of South Africa’s many languages in a way that leaves audiences overjoyed with emotion. “Sheer jubilation…the rhythm of life.” (Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia) $22, $36, $44 ff GV

The “All New” Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra presents Buddy, Woody, and Stan

Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m. The Blues Brothers are back! “A rip-roaring, foot-stomping boogie,” says the Daily Mail about this hilarious West End musical that has some of the best blues you will hear this side of Chicago. Born in the ‘70s from the comic genius of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, Jake and Elwood Blues became an unprecedented, international phenomenon—part performance art, part music, and all entertainment— and it is every bit as popular now as they were 30 years ago. So throw on your black suit, porkpie hat, and coolest shades, and come enjoy unforgettable classic R&B songs like “Respect,” “Think,” and “Gimme Some Loving.” You can help the brothers save their Chicago orphanage as they perform this one last big show—if they can avoid the long arm of the law, that is. $24, $40, $48 AE AM

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Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. Northern Virginia’s very own jazz orchestra presents a very special tribute concert celebrating the music of Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton. This esteemed orchestra of gifted musicians from the Washington, D.C. area brings audiences jumping to their feet for enthusiastic ovations when performing their stunning interpretations of traditional jazz classics. Artistic director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll’s illustrious career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, and the Apollo Theatre. A versatile performer, Carroll has performed with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Come experience an evening of extraordinary jazz. $20, $32, $40 ff AE AM

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choose-your-own series Walnut Street Theatre

Proof

Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. This critically acclaimed theater company—from America’s oldest continuously operating theater—presents a luminous and touching play about fathers and daughters, genius and insanity, legacy and truth. Winner of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells the story of Catherine, a young woman who dropped out of college to care for her ailing father, Robert, who has just died. Robert, a professor and mathematical genius, struggled with mental illness for much of his adult life. As funeral preparations are made, Catherine finds romance with her father’s former graduate student, Hal, who is searching for proof of his mentor’s genius. Also adapted into a film, this moving work is a delightful romance, a drama about family dynamics, and a mystery about the true nature of genius. “Impeccable production of the drama...played with a touch-life tone and acted with a regal undertone.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) $20, $32, $40 ET

Ballet Folklórico De Antioquia, Colombia Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m.

Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic Eugene Tzigane, conductor / Amit Peled, cello Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m. For the past 60 years, this accomplished 80-member orchestra has fulfilled a vital role as cultural ambassadors for its region to Europe and abroad. Based in Germany, the Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic has earned an international reputation for its consummate technical skill, motivated professionalism, and captivating enthusiasm. This has attracted such world-class, opera luminaries as Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, and Elena Garanca, who have all been accompanied by the orchestra on their tours of Germany. Under the direction of principal conductor Eugene Tzigane, the ensemble performs Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor. Virtuoso cellist Amit Peled joins the orchestra for Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor by Victor Herbert. $25, $42, $50 MM AM 14 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Embarking on its first U.S. tour, this gifted ensemble shares the richness and diversity of Columbian culture through its spectacular performances of dance and music. The performances feature authentic music, ritualistic dance, and physical theater accentuated with brilliantly-colored costumes. Ballet Folklórico De Antioquia, Colombia is recognized for its elegance, excellence, and breathtaking artistry in folkloric and contemporary music and dance. Founded two decades ago by Albeiro Roldán Penagos, the ensemble promotes the richness and cultural identities of its homeland and was honored in 2008 with an invitation to represent Columbia at the Beijing Olympic Games. Don’t miss the stunning beauty and intense passion of these amazing Colombian dancers! $23, $38, $46 ff GV AD

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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

TAO – The Art of the Drum

Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. This cutting-edge New York-based company explores the infinite possibilities found in the marriage of movement and multimedia. Their daring, athletic movements and integration of classical ballet with popular dance forms has garnered this 16 member ensemble a great deal of attention. “Dancing that pulls viewers right out of their seats,” raves The New York Times. The Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer—celebrated dancer/choreographer and installation artist—has commissioned emerging contemporary choreographers, like Crystal Pite, Jacopo Godani, and Edwaard Liang, to create groundbreaking new works. This wide-ranging spectrum of repertory has helped to distinguish this unique company, which was founded in 2003, as an important, new creative force. “Cedar Lake’s dancers go from zero to 60 with an ease you or I cannot fathom.” (The New York Times) $21, $34, $42 DD AD

Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m. In this eagerly anticipated new production, athletic bodies, vibrant costumes, explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography all combine to create an awe-inspiring theater experience that must be seen to be believed. “Powerful, dynamic, and unique.” (Time Out Chicago) Typically a male-dominated genre, TAO includes both male and female performers who undergo years of training until they reach the highest level of virtuosity. The drummers draw on their diversity of talents—rock musicians, gymnasts, composers—to add their own flair to the performance, resulting in a fresh, energetic interpretation of the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Since their sensational world debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004, they have toured the world, performing in 17 countries, and 400 cities for more than four million adoring fans. $24, $40, $48 ff GV

Virginia Opera – The Mikado Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. The Virginia Opera closes its season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and deliciously witty masterpiece, which they wrote to satirize the social mores of 19th century England. Arguably one of the most popular operas ever written and one of the most often performed, this brilliant and ridiculously funny tale is set in the fictional Japanese town of Tiputu, where everything has gone topsy-turvy after the Mikado outlaws flirting! Yum-Yum, a beautiful schoolgirl is engaged to be married to Ko-Ko, the tailor-turned-Lord High Executioner—despite her love for the romantic, wandering minstrel, Nanki-Poo—who is also the errant son of the Mikado! Will these two young lovers find their happily-ever-after or will heads roll? Filled with hilarious antics, opulent costumes, and the soaring voices of the Virginia Opera, this delightful production will brighten the spirit and will make audiences laugh out loud! Sung in English with English supertitles. VO Friday – $44, $72, $86 / Sunday – $48, $80, $98

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choose-your-own series Walnut Street Theatre

Proof

Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. This critically acclaimed theater company—from America’s oldest continuously operating theater—presents a luminous and touching play about fathers and daughters, genius and insanity, legacy and truth. Winner of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells the story of Catherine, a young woman who dropped out of college to care for her ailing father, Robert, who has just died. Robert, a professor and mathematical genius, struggled with mental illness for much of his adult life. As funeral preparations are made, Catherine finds romance with her father’s former graduate student, Hal, who is searching for proof of his mentor’s genius. Also adapted into a film, this moving work is a delightful romance, a drama about family dynamics, and a mystery about the true nature of genius. “Impeccable production of the drama...played with a touch-life tone and acted with a regal undertone.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) $20, $32, $40 ET

Ballet Folklórico De Antioquia, Colombia Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m.

Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic Eugene Tzigane, conductor / Amit Peled, cello Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m. For the past 60 years, this accomplished 80-member orchestra has fulfilled a vital role as cultural ambassadors for its region to Europe and abroad. Based in Germany, the Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic has earned an international reputation for its consummate technical skill, motivated professionalism, and captivating enthusiasm. This has attracted such world-class, opera luminaries as Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, and Elena Garanca, who have all been accompanied by the orchestra on their tours of Germany. Under the direction of principal conductor Eugene Tzigane, the ensemble performs Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor. Virtuoso cellist Amit Peled joins the orchestra for Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor by Victor Herbert. $25, $42, $50 MM AM 14 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Embarking on its first U.S. tour, this gifted ensemble shares the richness and diversity of Columbian culture through its spectacular performances of dance and music. The performances feature authentic music, ritualistic dance, and physical theater accentuated with brilliantly-colored costumes. Ballet Folklórico De Antioquia, Colombia is recognized for its elegance, excellence, and breathtaking artistry in folkloric and contemporary music and dance. Founded two decades ago by Albeiro Roldán Penagos, the ensemble promotes the richness and cultural identities of its homeland and was honored in 2008 with an invitation to represent Columbia at the Beijing Olympic Games. Don’t miss the stunning beauty and intense passion of these amazing Colombian dancers! $23, $38, $46 ff GV AD

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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

TAO – The Art of the Drum

Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. This cutting-edge New York-based company explores the infinite possibilities found in the marriage of movement and multimedia. Their daring, athletic movements and integration of classical ballet with popular dance forms has garnered this 16 member ensemble a great deal of attention. “Dancing that pulls viewers right out of their seats,” raves The New York Times. The Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer—celebrated dancer/choreographer and installation artist—has commissioned emerging contemporary choreographers, like Crystal Pite, Jacopo Godani, and Edwaard Liang, to create groundbreaking new works. This wide-ranging spectrum of repertory has helped to distinguish this unique company, which was founded in 2003, as an important, new creative force. “Cedar Lake’s dancers go from zero to 60 with an ease you or I cannot fathom.” (The New York Times) $21, $34, $42 DD AD

Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m. In this eagerly anticipated new production, athletic bodies, vibrant costumes, explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography all combine to create an awe-inspiring theater experience that must be seen to be believed. “Powerful, dynamic, and unique.” (Time Out Chicago) Typically a male-dominated genre, TAO includes both male and female performers who undergo years of training until they reach the highest level of virtuosity. The drummers draw on their diversity of talents—rock musicians, gymnasts, composers—to add their own flair to the performance, resulting in a fresh, energetic interpretation of the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Since their sensational world debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004, they have toured the world, performing in 17 countries, and 400 cities for more than four million adoring fans. $24, $40, $48 ff GV

Virginia Opera – The Mikado Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. The Virginia Opera closes its season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and deliciously witty masterpiece, which they wrote to satirize the social mores of 19th century England. Arguably one of the most popular operas ever written and one of the most often performed, this brilliant and ridiculously funny tale is set in the fictional Japanese town of Tiputu, where everything has gone topsy-turvy after the Mikado outlaws flirting! Yum-Yum, a beautiful schoolgirl is engaged to be married to Ko-Ko, the tailor-turned-Lord High Executioner—despite her love for the romantic, wandering minstrel, Nanki-Poo—who is also the errant son of the Mikado! Will these two young lovers find their happily-ever-after or will heads roll? Filled with hilarious antics, opulent costumes, and the soaring voices of the Virginia Opera, this delightful production will brighten the spirit and will make audiences laugh out loud! Sung in English with English supertitles. VO Friday – $44, $72, $86 / Sunday – $48, $80, $98

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choose-your-own series Shuffle.Play.Listen. Christopher O’Riley, piano Matt Haimovitz, cello

Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. Two outstanding artists, each known for breaking down barriers in classical music, come together in a collaboration that weaves in and out of the classical and pop music genres. This fascinating program explores the lyrical and virtuosic beauty of their instruments and spans centuries with works by Bach, Radiohead, Piazzolla, and Stravinsky among others. Recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation, Christopher O’Riley has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician; hosts the popular NPR program, From the Top; and has released a set of acclaimed recordings. “O’Riley played so delicately that he seemingly left no fingerprints on the keys, yet his melodies sung out with sweet clarity.” (The Washington Post) Matt Hamovitz debuted as a cello soloist at age 13 with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, and has since worked toward redefining the role of a classical artist, performing at coffeehouses and clubs along with international engagements. “Hearing a cello played with such fervor and commitment—not to mention high artistry—is a priceless experience.” (Los Angeles Times) $21, $34, $42 MM AM

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American Festival Pops Orchestra Anthony Maiello, conductor Lisa Vroman, soprano

Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.

Moscow Festival Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. Audiences are transported to a world of fairy tale princesses, malevolent witches, storybook kingdoms, and true love’s kiss in this most cherished ballet. Considered the crowning jewel of Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is the magical tale of a beautiful princess who waits in slumber to be awakened by the kiss of her prince. Opulent costumes and sets, Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score—which he thought was perhaps his best piece of music—and the elegant movements of these extraordinary dancers result in an evening of breathtaking artistry. Wishing to bring together the best of Russian ballet, Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded this esteemed company of leading Russian dancers in 1989. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body.” (Post and Courier) $27, $46, $54 ff DD AD

The Power and Passion of Brahms Sunday, April 29 at 7 p.m. “Siegel lit the stage…piano playing to delight the ears.” (San Diego Evening Tribune) Brilliant pianist Jeffrey Siegel concludes his 19th season of Keyboard Conversations at the Center with a tribute to one of the leading composers of the romantic era and considered by many to be a “successor” to Beethoven: Johannes Brahms. Mr. Siegel shares the virtuoso composer’s majestic tonal miracles in short story form – the narrative Ballades, Op. 10 and the smoldering Rhapsodies, Op. 79. “Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate.” (Los Angeles Times) $19, $30, $38 ff KC

Saturday, April 14 at 4 p.m.

The Acting Company

The timeless fairy tale ballet comes to the Center this season to delight the young and not so young alike. Its exquisite costumes, lush scenery, comical evil stepsisters and, of course, Prokofiev’s exuberant score make this one of the most beloved ballets of all time. The jubilant production is the work of one of Russia’s most esteemed ballet companies. “This was an afternoon that deserved ‘bravos’ within minutes of the opening steps.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded the company in 1989 to create an ensemble that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. Under his direction, leading dancers from across Russia now stage exciting new productions of timeless classics. $27, $46, $54 ff AD

Julius Caesar Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m.

One of Shakespeare’s great tragedies is brought to the stage by one of America’s leading touring theater companies. A classic story of opportunity and strategic error, historical events from the reign of this iconic Roman emperor are interwoven with tragic elements in this compelling work. Seen by many as overly ambitious and by others as a noble leader, Caesar ignores a soothsayer who warns him to “beware the Ides of March.” This chilling prophecy comes to fruition in perhaps the most famous death scene ever written—“Et tu, Bruté?” The Acting Company, hailed as “the major touring classical theatre company in the United States” by The New York Times, celebrates its 40th anniversary with this powerful production from one of the finest works in the Shakespearean literature. $20, $32, $40 ET 16 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Moscow Festival Ballet Cinderella

The American Festival Pops Orchestra returns with a delightful program of favorites from Broadway, cinema, and television, as well as patriotic music honoring our nation. This evening of inspiring music celebrates the immense talent of our great American composers such as John Williams, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and John Phillip Sousa. Founder and artistic director, Anthony Maiello— who is also Associate Director of Mason’s School of Music—has brought together this fantastic orchestra of 60 talented musicians from the D.C. area. The orchestra will be joined by Lisa Vroman, hailed as ”a musical and theatrical marvel“ by The San Francisco Chronicle to perform some of the most memorable and cherished music of the 20th-century. $23, $38, $46 ff AE AM

with jeffrey Siegel

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Theater of the First Amendment

Stay

Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. This innovative performance piece merges theater, dance, SLAM multimedia, and music to wrestle with the issue of impermanence and all the ways we long for things, people, and life to simply Stay. Set on a remote island surrounded by stones, sea and sky, Stay explores generations of a family. Conceived by choreographer Susan Shields and playwright Heather McDonald, this stirring production is presented by Mason’s professional theater in residence, an award-winning company that collaborates with some of the best playwrights, directors, and actors in our region. Directed by Heather McDonald. $18, $28, $36 ET 2011/2012 Great performances at mason 17


choose-your-own series Shuffle.Play.Listen. Christopher O’Riley, piano Matt Haimovitz, cello

Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. Two outstanding artists, each known for breaking down barriers in classical music, come together in a collaboration that weaves in and out of the classical and pop music genres. This fascinating program explores the lyrical and virtuosic beauty of their instruments and spans centuries with works by Bach, Radiohead, Piazzolla, and Stravinsky among others. Recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation, Christopher O’Riley has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician; hosts the popular NPR program, From the Top; and has released a set of acclaimed recordings. “O’Riley played so delicately that he seemingly left no fingerprints on the keys, yet his melodies sung out with sweet clarity.” (The Washington Post) Matt Hamovitz debuted as a cello soloist at age 13 with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, and has since worked toward redefining the role of a classical artist, performing at coffeehouses and clubs along with international engagements. “Hearing a cello played with such fervor and commitment—not to mention high artistry—is a priceless experience.” (Los Angeles Times) $21, $34, $42 MM AM

Keyboard Conversations

®

American Festival Pops Orchestra Anthony Maiello, conductor Lisa Vroman, soprano

Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.

Moscow Festival Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. Audiences are transported to a world of fairy tale princesses, malevolent witches, storybook kingdoms, and true love’s kiss in this most cherished ballet. Considered the crowning jewel of Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is the magical tale of a beautiful princess who waits in slumber to be awakened by the kiss of her prince. Opulent costumes and sets, Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score—which he thought was perhaps his best piece of music—and the elegant movements of these extraordinary dancers result in an evening of breathtaking artistry. Wishing to bring together the best of Russian ballet, Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded this esteemed company of leading Russian dancers in 1989. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body.” (Post and Courier) $27, $46, $54 ff DD AD

The Power and Passion of Brahms Sunday, April 29 at 7 p.m. “Siegel lit the stage…piano playing to delight the ears.” (San Diego Evening Tribune) Brilliant pianist Jeffrey Siegel concludes his 19th season of Keyboard Conversations at the Center with a tribute to one of the leading composers of the romantic era and considered by many to be a “successor” to Beethoven: Johannes Brahms. Mr. Siegel shares the virtuoso composer’s majestic tonal miracles in short story form – the narrative Ballades, Op. 10 and the smoldering Rhapsodies, Op. 79. “Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate.” (Los Angeles Times) $19, $30, $38 ff KC

Saturday, April 14 at 4 p.m.

The Acting Company

The timeless fairy tale ballet comes to the Center this season to delight the young and not so young alike. Its exquisite costumes, lush scenery, comical evil stepsisters and, of course, Prokofiev’s exuberant score make this one of the most beloved ballets of all time. The jubilant production is the work of one of Russia’s most esteemed ballet companies. “This was an afternoon that deserved ‘bravos’ within minutes of the opening steps.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded the company in 1989 to create an ensemble that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. Under his direction, leading dancers from across Russia now stage exciting new productions of timeless classics. $27, $46, $54 ff AD

Julius Caesar Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m.

One of Shakespeare’s great tragedies is brought to the stage by one of America’s leading touring theater companies. A classic story of opportunity and strategic error, historical events from the reign of this iconic Roman emperor are interwoven with tragic elements in this compelling work. Seen by many as overly ambitious and by others as a noble leader, Caesar ignores a soothsayer who warns him to “beware the Ides of March.” This chilling prophecy comes to fruition in perhaps the most famous death scene ever written—“Et tu, Bruté?” The Acting Company, hailed as “the major touring classical theatre company in the United States” by The New York Times, celebrates its 40th anniversary with this powerful production from one of the finest works in the Shakespearean literature. $20, $32, $40 ET 16 George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Moscow Festival Ballet Cinderella

The American Festival Pops Orchestra returns with a delightful program of favorites from Broadway, cinema, and television, as well as patriotic music honoring our nation. This evening of inspiring music celebrates the immense talent of our great American composers such as John Williams, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and John Phillip Sousa. Founder and artistic director, Anthony Maiello— who is also Associate Director of Mason’s School of Music—has brought together this fantastic orchestra of 60 talented musicians from the D.C. area. The orchestra will be joined by Lisa Vroman, hailed as ”a musical and theatrical marvel“ by The San Francisco Chronicle to perform some of the most memorable and cherished music of the 20th-century. $23, $38, $46 ff AE AM

with jeffrey Siegel

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Theater of the First Amendment

Stay

Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. This innovative performance piece merges theater, dance, SLAM multimedia, and music to wrestle with the issue of impermanence and all the ways we long for things, people, and life to simply Stay. Set on a remote island surrounded by stones, sea and sky, Stay explores generations of a family. Conceived by choreographer Susan Shields and playwright Heather McDonald, this stirring production is presented by Mason’s professional theater in residence, an award-winning company that collaborates with some of the best playwrights, directors, and actors in our region. Directed by Heather McDonald. $18, $28, $36 ET 2011/2012 Great performances at mason 17


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Fri., Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

See page 15

Direct from Beijing See page 8

Moscow Festival Ballet

See page 6

River North Dance Nordwest Deutsche Chicago Compañia Flamenca Philharmonic Fri., Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. José Porcel Eugene Tzigane, conductor See page 10

Amit Peled, cello

Gypsy Fire

See page 14

See page 6

Sun., Mar. 4 at 4 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.

Shuffle.Play.Listen. Pilobolus Dance Christopher O’Riley, piano Company Matt Haimovitz, cello

Sat., Mar. 24 at 8 p.m. See page 16

American Festival Pops Orchestra Anthony Maiello, conductor Lisa Vroman, soprano

Fri., Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.

See page 6

Sat., Mar. 10 at 8 p.m.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Fri., Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.

The Sleeping Beauty Fri., Apr. 13 at 8 p.m.

See page 16

Moscow Festival Ballet

Cinderella

Sat., Apr. 14 at 4 p.m. See page 17

See page 12

Ballet Folklórico De Antioquia, Colombia Sat., Mar. 3 at 8 p.m. See page 14

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Sat., Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.

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Sun., Mar. 18 at 4 p.m.

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From Heart to Art: See page 11 The Romantic Music The Power and of Franz Liszt Passion of Brahms Sun., Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

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Chucho Valdés Fri., Feb. 3 at 8 p.m.

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“Tschaikowski”, St. Petersburg Branford Marsalis State Orchestra Quartet Roman Leontiev, conductor See page 4

Sat., Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. See page 5

Alexandre Pirojenko, piano Sat., Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. See page 11

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin

Arlo Guthrie

Sun., Nov. 6 at 4 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.

Misha Rachlevsky, conductor

Boys Night Out

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See page 12

The Miles Davis Experience: 1949–1959

The “All New” Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers

A Collaboration with Blue Note Records Sun., Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

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Martha Graham Dance Company Fri., Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.

National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

Fri., Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

See page 15

Direct from Beijing See page 8

Moscow Festival Ballet

See page 6

River North Dance Nordwest Deutsche Chicago Compañia Flamenca Philharmonic Fri., Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. José Porcel Eugene Tzigane, conductor See page 10

Amit Peled, cello

Gypsy Fire

See page 14

See page 6

Sun., Mar. 4 at 4 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.

Shuffle.Play.Listen. Pilobolus Dance Christopher O’Riley, piano Company Matt Haimovitz, cello

Sat., Mar. 24 at 8 p.m. See page 16

American Festival Pops Orchestra Anthony Maiello, conductor Lisa Vroman, soprano

Fri., Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.

See page 6

Sat., Mar. 10 at 8 p.m.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Fri., Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.

The Sleeping Beauty Fri., Apr. 13 at 8 p.m.

See page 16

Moscow Festival Ballet

Cinderella

Sat., Apr. 14 at 4 p.m. See page 17

See page 12

Ballet Folklórico De Antioquia, Colombia Sat., Mar. 3 at 8 p.m. See page 14

Sat., Apr. 21 at 8 p.m.

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Celebrate the Holidays at the Center

Support the Center for the Arts

Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas

George Winston The Winter Show

Don’t miss this acclaimed ensemble, which the Philadelphia Inquirer dubbed “the only American chorus able to compete on equal terms with the great (and very old) choirs of Europe.” This Grammy Award-winning ensemble has delighted audiences around the world and is a hallmark of the Christmas season. See page 8 for more information.

In this beautiful holiday concert, Winston presents an evening of exquisitely enchanting music that is sure to evoke the spirit of the season. George Winston’s distinctive melodic style, which he calls “rural folk piano,” was influenced by his early years in Montana, as well as the music of great New Orleans R&B pianists. See page 9 for more information.

Dailey & Vincent I Believe in Christmas

Natalie MacMaster Christmas in Cape Breton

“The most celebrated new bluegrass act of the past few years!” (The New York Times) Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have had two albums debut at #1 on the Billboard charts, won dozens of awards, and received a 2011 Grammy nomination. They are widely praised from audiences and critics alike for their impeccable vocal arrangements and flawless performances. We welcome the return of this amazing duo in a concert of holiday favorites.

The Center is thrilled to welcome the return of virtuoso fiddler Natalie MacMaster. Enjoy a musical sleigh ride through Nova Scotia with this spirited performance of traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies and Christmas carols. This Grammy-nominated artist has captivated audiences around the world with her signature sound and style. ff See page 10 for more information. er icle t n a Ch

Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m.

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Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m.

Help bring the best of the performing arts to our community by becoming a member of the Friends of the Center for the Arts. Your membership gift ensures a bright future for the Great Performances at Mason Season and the Center for the Arts.

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano Fiesta Navidad Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m.

This Grammy Award-winning ensemble brings a festive and joyful holiday performance that celebrates and honors the unique cultural traditions of Mexico. “A festival of sound and color,” (Capital Times) Fiesta Navidad mixes traditional Mexican and American holiday songs with energetic dancing, authentic and vibrantly-hued costumes, and an audience sing-along. ff See page 10 for more information.

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Celebrate the Holidays at the Center

Support the Center for the Arts

Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas

George Winston The Winter Show

Don’t miss this acclaimed ensemble, which the Philadelphia Inquirer dubbed “the only American chorus able to compete on equal terms with the great (and very old) choirs of Europe.” This Grammy Award-winning ensemble has delighted audiences around the world and is a hallmark of the Christmas season. See page 8 for more information.

In this beautiful holiday concert, Winston presents an evening of exquisitely enchanting music that is sure to evoke the spirit of the season. George Winston’s distinctive melodic style, which he calls “rural folk piano,” was influenced by his early years in Montana, as well as the music of great New Orleans R&B pianists. See page 9 for more information.

Dailey & Vincent I Believe in Christmas

Natalie MacMaster Christmas in Cape Breton

“The most celebrated new bluegrass act of the past few years!” (The New York Times) Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have had two albums debut at #1 on the Billboard charts, won dozens of awards, and received a 2011 Grammy nomination. They are widely praised from audiences and critics alike for their impeccable vocal arrangements and flawless performances. We welcome the return of this amazing duo in a concert of holiday favorites.

The Center is thrilled to welcome the return of virtuoso fiddler Natalie MacMaster. Enjoy a musical sleigh ride through Nova Scotia with this spirited performance of traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies and Christmas carols. This Grammy-nominated artist has captivated audiences around the world with her signature sound and style. ff See page 10 for more information. er icle t n a Ch

Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m.

ff

See page 9 for more information.

Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m.

Help bring the best of the performing arts to our community by becoming a member of the Friends of the Center for the Arts. Your membership gift ensures a bright future for the Great Performances at Mason Season and the Center for the Arts.

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano Fiesta Navidad Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m.

This Grammy Award-winning ensemble brings a festive and joyful holiday performance that celebrates and honors the unique cultural traditions of Mexico. “A festival of sound and color,” (Capital Times) Fiesta Navidad mixes traditional Mexican and American holiday songs with energetic dancing, authentic and vibrantly-hued costumes, and an audience sing-along. ff See page 10 for more information.

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Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m.

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This talented ensemble comes home for the holidays with a joyous performance featuring Christmas carols and holiday tunes including “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “The Christmas Song,” “Oh Holy Night,” and a jubilant sing-along. Under the baton of Anthony Maiello, the American Festival Pops Orchestra features the finest musicians from the D.C. area. ff See page 9 for more information.

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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 membership directly supports the Great Performances at Mason season, the Friends-only Artists in Conversation and special post-performance events. For more information, please contact Deborah Paez Hoesly at dpaez@gmu.edu or 703.993.4188.

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College of Visual and Performing Arts

You are cordially invited to

Great Performances at Mason

Backstage Notes AN EVENING CELEBRATING THE ARTS AT MASON TO BENEFIT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND THE GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON SEASON Don and Tota Conwell, Event Co-Chairs Joseph Castiglia, Carolyn Peterson, and Rena Vakay, Sponsorship Co-Chairs Evan Hineman, Joe Catalano, Business Committee Co-Chairs

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 Join us for a benefit in support of student scholarships at George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Great Performances at Mason season at the Center for the Arts. The evening begins by showcasing the remarkable talents of Mason students amid an array of spectacular food and beverages, and culminates in the Concert Hall with a dynamite joint performance by Michael Feinstein, hailed as the “quintessential New York voice” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), with renowned composer, conductor, and musical director, Marvin Hamlisch, “the consummate one-man extravaganza” (The New York Times). A private dessert and champagne reception with the artists takes place on stage following the performance. 5:00 p.m.: ARTS by George! event • Student showcases in art, music, dance, theater, computer game design, and film and video studies throughout the studios and performance spaces of the de Laski Performing Arts Building and Harris Theater • Creative cuisine and bars throughout the event • Silent Auction of unique arts-related items and experiences 8:00 p.m.: Concert Hall performance by Michael Feinstein & Marvin Hamlisch

Michael Feinstein

$200/person ($120 tax–deductible)

For more information and to receive an invitation to the event, visit artsbygeorge.gmu.edu or contact Deborah Paez Hoesly at dpaez@gmu.edu or 703-993-4188.

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Marvin Hamlisch

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See stars in the making in these exciting student productions presented by our Dance, Music, and Theater students in Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Order any of these events with your subscription, and you will save 10% off the listed price.

Parking There is plenty of inexpensive covered parking in the Parking Deck adjacent to the facility and free parking in outdoor lots just a short walk away. Children Parents are the best judges of what is most appropriate for their children. However, due to the length and content of our performances, we recommend that children attending an event be at least six years of age. All children, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Family Friendly Performances Many events are particularly suited to families attending together and are designated as Family Friendly. Youth through Grade 12 qualify for halfprice 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.

9:45 p.m.: Champagne and dessert reception on stage with Michael Feinstein & Marvin Hamlisch

Sponsorship packages available at $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000

Pre-Performance Discussions Every Great Performances at Mason event is preceded by a lively presentation led by local experts, and sometimes the artist themselves. These popular discussions are a wonderful way to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the performance you are about to see. Pre-Performance Discussions are held on Grand Tier III in a relaxed, conversational atmosphere 45 minutes prior to each performance. Admission is free to all ticket holders.

Student Productions

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.

the Mason Players In a co-production with

theater of the first amendment Mason Symphony Orchestra The Life of Galileo by Berthold Brecht and Choruses March 23, 24, 29–31; April 5–7 at 8 p.m. Sing-Along Messiah March 24, 25, 31; April 1, 7 at 2 p.m. The Mason 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. This Theater at Mason co-production between the Players and Mason's resident professional theater company, Theater of the First Amendment, lets students interact with distinguished theater professionals and promises a dynamic show. Harris Theater $25, $30 Adults; Students half-price

Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Celebrate the season with the Mason Symphony Orchestra, Choruses and gifted student soloists in a sing-along presentation of Handel’s Messiah, a cherished hallmark of the holidays. Concert Hall $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors

Mason Dance Company 2012 Gala Concert

Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31 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 and Seniors

Please order tickets for all of these events on the “Additional Tickets for Great Performances and Student Productions” section of the order form. These events may not be selected as part of a Choose-Your-Own Series.

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College of Visual and Performing Arts

You are cordially invited to

Great Performances at Mason

Backstage Notes AN EVENING CELEBRATING THE ARTS AT MASON TO BENEFIT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND THE GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON SEASON Don and Tota Conwell, Event Co-Chairs Joseph Castiglia, Carolyn Peterson, and Rena Vakay, Sponsorship Co-Chairs Evan Hineman, Joe Catalano, Business Committee Co-Chairs

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 Join us for a benefit in support of student scholarships at George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Great Performances at Mason season at the Center for the Arts. The evening begins by showcasing the remarkable talents of Mason students amid an array of spectacular food and beverages, and culminates in the Concert Hall with a dynamite joint performance by Michael Feinstein, hailed as the “quintessential New York voice” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), with renowned composer, conductor, and musical director, Marvin Hamlisch, “the consummate one-man extravaganza” (The New York Times). A private dessert and champagne reception with the artists takes place on stage following the performance. 5:00 p.m.: ARTS by George! event • Student showcases in art, music, dance, theater, computer game design, and film and video studies throughout the studios and performance spaces of the de Laski Performing Arts Building and Harris Theater • Creative cuisine and bars throughout the event • Silent Auction of unique arts-related items and experiences 8:00 p.m.: Concert Hall performance by Michael Feinstein & Marvin Hamlisch

Michael Feinstein

$200/person ($120 tax–deductible)

For more information and to receive an invitation to the event, visit artsbygeorge.gmu.edu or contact Deborah Paez Hoesly at dpaez@gmu.edu or 703-993-4188.

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Marvin Hamlisch

Enhance your Subscription Enjoy These Student Productions for 10% Off

See stars in the making in these exciting student productions presented by our Dance, Music, and Theater students in Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Order any of these events with your subscription, and you will save 10% off the listed price.

Parking There is plenty of inexpensive covered parking in the Parking Deck adjacent to the facility and free parking in outdoor lots just a short walk away. Children Parents are the best judges of what is most appropriate for their children. However, due to the length and content of our performances, we recommend that children attending an event be at least six years of age. All children, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Family Friendly Performances Many events are particularly suited to families attending together and are designated as Family Friendly. Youth through Grade 12 qualify for halfprice 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.

9:45 p.m.: Champagne and dessert reception on stage with Michael Feinstein & Marvin Hamlisch

Sponsorship packages available at $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000

Pre-Performance Discussions Every Great Performances at Mason event is preceded by a lively presentation led by local experts, and sometimes the artist themselves. These popular discussions are a wonderful way to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the performance you are about to see. Pre-Performance Discussions are held on Grand Tier III in a relaxed, conversational atmosphere 45 minutes prior to each performance. Admission is free to all ticket holders.

Student Productions

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.

the Mason Players In a co-production with

theater of the first amendment Mason Symphony Orchestra The Life of Galileo by Berthold Brecht and Choruses March 23, 24, 29–31; April 5–7 at 8 p.m. Sing-Along Messiah March 24, 25, 31; April 1, 7 at 2 p.m. The Mason 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. This Theater at Mason co-production between the Players and Mason's resident professional theater company, Theater of the First Amendment, lets students interact with distinguished theater professionals and promises a dynamic show. Harris Theater $25, $30 Adults; Students half-price

Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Celebrate the season with the Mason Symphony Orchestra, Choruses and gifted student soloists in a sing-along presentation of Handel’s Messiah, a cherished hallmark of the holidays. Concert Hall $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors

Mason Dance Company 2012 Gala Concert

Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31 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 and Seniors

Please order tickets for all of these events on the “Additional Tickets for Great Performances and Student Productions” section of the order form. These events may not be selected as part of a Choose-Your-Own Series.

SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

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