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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON Celebrating 25 Years of the Best of the Performing Arts

ANNOUNCING THE

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2015–2016 SEASON GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON

A Silver Anniversary Season! This season marks a quarter century of presenting the best of the performing arts at the Center for the Arts. To celebrate our silver anniversary, we have assembled some of today’s most brilliant artists, from burgeoning luminaries to legendary masters, representing the worlds of music, dance, theater, and more. The opportunities to witness artistic greatness abound, from Broadway’s favorite leading lady Bernadette Peters and tap dancing virtuoso Savion Glover to the virtuosity of Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra and the vocal brilliance of Chanticleer. The season truly offers something for everyone: cutting-edge contemporary dance from RIOULT and Mark Morris Dance Company, a chilling Halloween performance of Dracula, inspired string-quartet interpretations of ragtime music and even variations on the Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Best of all, you can experience these phenomenal performances at the Center for the Arts, and enjoy the convenience and great values for which we are known.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Special Event: Bernadette Peters. . . . . . . . . . 4 Choose-Your-Own Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Holiday Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Subscribing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Magnificent Music Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Dynamic Dance Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Global View Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 American Echoes Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Enthralling Theater Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Virginia Opera Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Keyboard Conversations Series . . . . . . . . . . 26 All Music / All Dance Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 ARTS, by George!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Support the Center for the Arts . . . . . . . . . . 29 College of Visual and Performing Arts. . . . . 30 Student Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Please Note: Program, artists, and dates are subject to change without notice. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

Music of Joyous Celebration! Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel opens our Silver Anniversary season with some of the most joyous classical music of all time! In this jubilant performance, Mr. Siegel performs festive and uplifting works by Bach, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Manuel de Falla, and others, while offering witty and insightful commentary about the music and composers before performing each piece. Piano aficionados and newcomers alike have embraced Mr. Siegel’s popular “concerts with commentary” series for over 40 years and Keyboard Conversations has been a cherished institution at the Center for the Arts for more than two decades. “A performer who colors with virtuoso artistry.” (The New York Times) KC SUNDAY

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RIOULT

Orpheus in the Underworld Virginia Opera’s season begins with Offenbach’s rollicking and irreverent operetta, a romp through heaven and hell, which spins one of the most famous ancient Greek tragedies into a witty satire. Unhappy in their marriage, Orpheus and his wife pursue exciting relationships with new lovers, but as it turns out, Eurydice’s new beau is actually the God of Death in disguise. She is willingly whisked away to the Underworld, and Orpheus, while perfectly content with the arrangement, is cajoled into retrieving his wife. Meanwhile, when the bored and rebellious gods of Mount Olympus decide to pay a visit down below to sort things out, and to partake in some forbidden festivities, all hell breaks loose! Orpheus was considered quite scandalous by Parisian high society when it first premiered in 1858, but its magnificent melodies, risqué humor, and its lively “Infernal Galop” — the spirited tune that launched the French dance hall craze known as the CanCan — now make this farcical comic operetta one hell of a party! Sung in French with English supertitles. VO

This exquisite ensemble enchanted our audience when they first appeared at the Center and now they return for a spellbinding evening of contemporary dance. For more than two decades, RIOULT (ree-you) has established a sterling reputation for blending breathtakingly beautiful movement with luminous symphonic works by Bach, Ravel, Stravinsky, and Mozart, creating contemporary dance that is truly sublime. The brainchild of former Martha Graham principal dancer Pascal Rioult, this outstanding company has received accolades from around the world and returns to the D.C. area with awe-inspiring interpretations of well-known classical compositions. “[Pascal Rioult] has an ability to balance the innate orchestral power of such music with an equally powerful sense of precision and innovation.” (Huffington Post) DD AD FRIDAY n OCTOBER 9 $48, $41, $29

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Aquila Theatre

Turtle Island Quartet

Romeo and Juliet

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Cyrus Chestnut Jelly, Rags, & Monk Ragtime meets the string quartet when four string players and a jazz pianist take us on a lively journey through the history of ragtime music. This collaborative genre-crossing concert reveals the sweet, soulful connections between classical music and jazz. The Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet — a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings — collaborates with acclaimed jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut to explore ragtime music from its beginning with the music of Jelly Roll Morton and Scott Joplin to the modern genius of Thelonious Monk. Praised by Billboard for their “bow-etry in motion,” Turtle Island Quartet is a pioneer in the chamber music world, fusing classical music with contemporary American music to create their own signature style. Cyrus Chestnut has a sterling reputation in both jazz and gospel circles for his broad appeal, superb showmanship, and masterful technique. The New York Times called him “a highly intelligent improviser with one of the surest senses of swing in jazz.” AE AM SATURDAY n OCTOBER 10 $48, $41, $29

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William Shakespeare’s immortal tale of star-crossed lovers falling victim to family hatred is brought to our stage by this acclaimed BritishAmerican troupe. Romeo and Juliet are the archetypes of two young lovers desperate to be together despite the fact that their families have been feuding for years. Romeo first beholds Juliet when he sneaks into her family’s masked ball. They become infatuated with each other, and the teenagers quickly succumb to the passion of their forbidden love. Filled with romance, heartbreaking tragedy, and Shakespeare’s delicate prose, this is a story that has touched the hearts of theater lovers for centuries. “Beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing, and crystalline in effect.” (New Yorker) ET SUNDAY

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Direct from Beijing

The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China Peking Dreams Experience a jaw-dropping spectacle of Chinese circus, acrobatics, and Peking Opera performed by China’s most revered circus artists! The whole family will marvel at the unparalleled grace, agility, flexibility, and athleticism displayed by these highly trained artists in their various acts of juggling, contortion, and balance. Enhanced with traditional Chinese music, brightly colored costumes and makeup, and elaborate props, this exciting production is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike. Founded in 1953, this company is one of China’s longest running and most esteemed circus troupes. It has been instrumental in reviving the circus genre, and has directly influenced circuses around the world, including Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Bring the whole family to this spectacle of entertainment! GV FRIDAY n OCTOBER 16 n 8 P.M. SATURDAY n OCTOBER 17 n 2 P.M. & 8 P.M. $50, $43, $30

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Dracula Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

Chopin and Grieg — A Musical Friendship In his second concert of the season, Jeffrey Siegel pays homage to two leading composers of the Romantic era with a performance of engaging melodies and nationalistic pride! Edvard Grieg was known as “the Chopin of the North” and put Norway on the classical music map in the same way Chopin celebrated his Polish heritage and homeland. This delightful program features Chopin’s passionate Polonaises, Grieg’s stirring Norwegian Dances, and each composer’s exquisite narrative Ballades. Part artist, part educator, and part entertainer, Jeffrey Siegel has enchanted Center audiences for nearly a quarter century with his brilliant artistry, massive piano technique, and a remarkable gift for making the audience a part of the classical music experience. “Siegel lit the stage…piano playing to delight the ears.” (San Diego Evening Tribune) KC SUNDAY

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Spend a bone-chilling Halloween evening experiencing the timeless Victorian tale of an aristocratic, refined vampire. Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic horror novel about the iconic Count Dracula sparked a worldwide fascination with the undead creatures that thrive on human blood; a fascination that can be seen today in the phenomenal success of the Twilight and True Blood sagas. In this acclaimed adaptation by Charles Morey, Dracula quietly moves from his native Transylvania to Victorian London and terrorizes the city as he preys upon its helpless citizens. The heroic Dr. Van Helsing is the only person who can stop the carnage, but to do so, he must uncover the vampire’s lair and pierce Dracula’s heart with a wooden stake. America’s premier radio theater company brings this chilling story to life with live readings and creepy sound effects made “the old fashioned way.” Have a frighteningly fun Halloween with this “national theatrical treasure.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) ET SATURDAY n OCTOBER 31 $44, $37, $26

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Compañia Flamenca José Porcel Flamenco Fire Celebrate the art of flamenco with this explosion of vibrant color, passionate rhythm, and enchanting movement by José Porcel, along with his troupe and orchestra. This breathtaking extravaganza represents the golden age of flamenco and showcases the purity and authenticity of this traditional art form. A unique combination of music and dance with gypsy, Jewish, Arabic, and Indian influences, flamenco features deeply emotional dances that are sometimes solemn and sometimes joyful. Considered Spain’s premier flamenco dancer and choreographer, José Porcel was lead dancer with the renowned Ballet Nacional de España before forming this group with some of the world’s most acclaimed flamenco dancers, instrumentalists, and vocalists. “Evocative and exciting, blending traditional flamenco with contemporary music, moves, and looks.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) GV

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Munich Symphony Orchestra with

The Romeros Philippe Entremont, conductor and piano Pepe Romero, guitar Bizet: Excerpts from Carmen Suites No. 1 and No. 2 Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto Andaluz Massanet: Ballet Music Two of Europe’s most esteemed ensembles share the stage for a sublime evening of Spanish and French classical music. The Munich Symphony Orchestra is one of Germany’s most venerated musical institutions, held in high esteem by audiences, critics, and experts alike. This important orchestra has enriched the cultural life of Bavaria with its unparalleled performances of symphonic concert pieces, opera and operettas, musicals, ballets, oratorios, and church music. The pairing of this orchestra with conductor Philippe Entremont, who is renowned for his outstanding interpretive abilities on the podium, creates a stunning collaboration. The orchestra is joined by Spanish classical guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero for a solo work. Mr. Romero is then joined by the other members of his quartet, an ensemble that has a sterling reputation in the world of classical music. The Washington Post praised the Munich Symphony Orchestra for “conjuring up a joyous whirlwind of sound that ultimately launched the music blazing into the ether.” MM AM SATURDAY n NOVEMBER 7 $70, $60, $42

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Art of Time Ensemble

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Hear iconic music in wonderful new ways as this inventive ensemble reimagines the landmark Beatles album with new arrangements by jazz, pop, and classical composers. Toronto-based Art of Time Ensemble is a collective of top classical, jazz, and pop musicians that was founded in 1998 and has redefined and reinvigorated the concert experience by fusing high art with popular culture. In this performance, the group pays homage to the record that Rolling Stone called “the most important rock album ever made,” and the preeminent band that conceived this counterculture work of genius. They are joined by Barenaked Ladies lead singer Steven Page as well as pop vocalists Glen Philips, Craig Northey, and Andy Maize to perform such timeless hits as “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “A Day in the Life,” and “With a Little Help From My Friends.” “The Beatles loved to turn us on, and so does [the Art of Time Ensemble].” (Globe and Mail) AE AM SUNDAY n NOVEMBER 8 $48, $41, $29

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La Bohème This masterpiece of the standard Italian repertoire has touched the hearts and souls of opera lovers for generations with the combination of Puccini’s gorgeous score and the bittersweet tale of young love in bohemian Paris. Set in Paris’s Latin Quarter, La Bohème follows starving young artists struggling to survive and fulfill their dreams, getting by on passion, friendship, humor, and a lust for life. On a snowy Christmas Eve, Rodolfo, a romantic poet, and Mimi, an ailing seamstress, meet and fall deeply in love, but her languishing health and their abject poverty threaten their happiness. Heartrending sorrow, joyous celebrations, and the power of the creative spirit propel this poignant work to its tragic conclusion, which is brought to stage by Virginia Opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. VO SATURDAY n NOVEMBER 14 n 8 P.M. SUNDAY n NOVEMBER 15 n 2 P.M. $98, $80, $48


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Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India Spirit of India Experience a veritable feast for the eyes, ears, and soul when these dynamic artists present a captivating evening of Indian music and dance. The legendary Indian musician Rahis Bharti brings his spectacular vision of authentic Indian music to the Center’s stage accompanied by his talented ensemble of musicians and dancers. By combining the use of traditional Indian and Western instruments, The Spirit of India presents Indian music and dance as it has never been heard or seen before, and audiences around the world are responding enthusiastically. Outstanding musicians, singers, and dancers lead a musical journey to Mumbai and beyond, filling the stage with the vivid colors, mesmerizing movement, and hypnotic rhythms of their homeland. Performing both traditional and contemporary Indian music, this performance also includes songs from Bollywood’s most popular films. Astounding acts of daredevilry such as standing on swords, fire-breathing, and the spellbinding Snake Charming Dance add to the excitement. Don’t miss this spirited celebration of one of the world’s most fascinating cultures! GV

Chanticleer

A Chanticleer Christmas Here at the Center, we don’t ring in the holiday season – we sing it in – with a heartfelt concert featuring twelve of the most masterful male voices on the planet. This Grammy Award-winning ensemble presents a glorious performance of ancient hymns, venerated sacred songs, contemporary classics, gospel spirituals, and treasured American and European carols all performed with their well-known lush harmonies and impeccable technique. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, Chanticleer is known as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless vocal blend from countertenor to bass, and is celebrated for its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to new music. “Luxurious perfection.” (Los Angeles Times) Join us for this Thanksgiving weekend holiday tradition. MM AM SATURDAY n NOVEMBER 28 $54, $46, $32

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Danú A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag Music is an essential part of any Celtic Christmas celebration and this performance is no exception. This authentic Irish band offers up a festive concert of high-spirited Celtic holiday songs, along with its fair share of storytelling, another longtime Irish tradition. Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú’s standing-room-only concerts throughout their native land are renowned for their energy and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and popular contemporary music. Loyal fans around the world enjoy the virtuosity of the ensemble performing on traditional Celtic instruments such as fiddle, tin whistle, flute, button accordion, percussion, and bouzouki. The amazing instrumentalists combine efforts with captivating vocalists, and top-notch Celtic dancers. We are thrilled to welcome back these awardwinning artists for a heartwarming holiday performance. “Impressive, immersive, and uniquely and unmistakably Irish.” (Strings Magazine) GV

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American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season Our favorite pops orchestra appears for its annual Christmas concert to deck the hall with the jubilant sounds of cherished Christmas carols, beloved holiday favorites, and popular songs of the season. This joyous concert is one of our most popular holiday traditions at the Center — a heartwarming evening of seasonal music performed by this extraordinary orchestra, accompanied by a fantastic collection of guest soloists, and featuring the ever-popular Christmas carol sing-along. Led by founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this fine orchestra, comprising 60 of the best musicians in the metro area, celebrates the season with timeless Christmas music, and promises to be a fantastic holiday treat for young and old alike. AE AM SATURDAY n DECEMBER 12 $54, $46, $32 ff

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Vienna Boys Choir Christmas in Vienna Experience all of the joy and excitement of the season in the celestial voices of these talented Austrian lads who belong to one of the best-known and most-acclaimed boys’ choirs in the world. Vienna Boys Choir returns with their idyllic Christmas concert, truly one of the great pleasures of the holiday season. They perform a broad range of music for the holidays, from sacred hymns and traditional Christmas carols to holiday pop favorites and folk songs from across the globe. These talented youngsters have enchanted audiences worldwide with their ethereal vocals, glorious harmonies, pristine tone, and a broad repertoire spanning centuries and genres. For over half a millennium, the Vienna Boys Choir has been associated with the world’s greatest composers from Mozart to Bruckner, and even Franz Schubert himself was a chorister. “The angelic voices of this most famous vocal group are ageless.” (Salt Lake Tribune) FRIDAY n DECEMBER 18 $54, $46, $32 ff

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Savion Glover DANCE HOLIDAY SPeCTaCULaR In a performance bursting with holiday cheer, the reigning king of tap returns for the holidays, bringing an unforgettable evening of heartpounding dance, bright lights, and joyous sounds. Celebrate the magic and wonder of the holiday season with this tap prodigy and preeminent choreographer whose footwork is nothing short of miraculous. Savion Glover captured the public’s attention at an early age with his showstopping Broadway appearances in numerous musicals, but it was his Tony Award-winning show in 1996, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, that revealed the full depth of his extraordinary talents. His acclaimed work also includes film, and countless appearances on television. “A virtuoso hoofer with a whole percussion section in his shoes.” (Evening Standard) Come see one of the great tap dancers of all time in this one-ofa-kind holiday performance. DD AD SATURDAY n DECEMBER 19 $54, $46, $32 ff

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Literature’s legendary sleuth, from the brilliant mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, takes our stage in this riveting tale of mystery, suspense, and intrigue that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Sherlock Holmes skillfully maneuvers through the twisted web of London’s most fascinating cases, solving them with his sharp observations and quick deductions. Along for the wild ride are his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson, the red-headed mason Jabez Wilson, and Irene Adler, the woman who got away. A century and a half after this clever investigator first leapt off the page, Sherlock Holmes remains the most definitive and hallowed detective in all of fiction and has inspired generations of mystery writers. “Remarkably inventive and highly skilled.” (Post and Courier) ET FRIDAY n JANUARY 22 $44, $37, $26

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The Band of the Royal Marines Featuring the Pipes, Drums, and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards Two of Great Britain’s most respected military musical institutions take the stage in full regalia, bringing to life the magnificent pageantry of British tradition and history. Thrill to the distinctive sounds of their bagpipes, brass, and stirring anthems combined with the spectacle of regimental marches and spirited Scottish Highland dancing. Featuring some of the most superb musicians in the military world, The Band of the Royal Marines has supported the British naval service for nearly 250 years, originally to provide the beat for columns of marching soldiers. Also appearing, The Band of the Scots Guards was founded three centuries ago to boost morale for these elite British troops while engaged in conflicts. Today, this illustrious ensemble performs daily at Buckingham Palace for the Guard Mounting. People of all ages will be awed by the pomp and grandeur on display in these performances. GV

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra Boguslaw Dawidow, conductor Marcin Koziak, piano Wagner: Overture, The Flying Dutchman Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonic Suite from Scheherazade Chopin: Piano Concerto, No. 2 in F minor This distinguished ensemble from the historic port city of Gda´ nsk on the coast of the Baltic Sea brings a splendid evening of classical music favorites. Founded in 1945, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra has flourished over the decades, despite this tumultuous period in Poland’s history. The orchestra thrives today, representing the lofty passions that witnessed tragedy and drove revolutions, while still capturing the proud stoicism of contemporary Poland and the Baltic Sea coast. Under the baton of celebrated Polish conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, this exceptional ensemble performs three masterful nineteenth century works full of Romantic passion and drama. MM

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Mummenschanz Let your imagination run wild with a witty and whimsical performance for all ages featuring this celebrated troupe of Swiss entertainers. These unique artists perform in complete silence on a blackened stage with common household objects and simple forms to create ingenious illusions and amusing narratives that provide light-hearted insights on life. Mummenschanz, originally conceived as a new form of theatrical non-verbal expression, enjoyed an unprecedented three-year run on Broadway in the 70s. In the nearly four decades since, it continues to captivate audiences of all ages around the world with its delightful performances that are wonderfully playful, and yet deeply poignant. “What Mummenschanz does so extraordinarily well is create its own comic universe — a place of constant wonder and ingenuity.” (Boston Herald). ET FRIDAY n FEBRUARY 5 $48, $41, $29 ff

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Romeo and Juliet Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the quintessential love story. Shakespeare’s drama about young lovers is the definitive tale of tragic love, sparking countless interpretations, but few are more lush and luminous than Gounod’s setting of Romeo and Juliet. From the glorious masked ball where Romeo first spies the beautiful Juliet, to the famous balcony scene where the lovestruck young man declares his eternal devotion, to the ultimate tragic ending, this timeless tale never fails to touch the heart. A sensational success from the very start, this gorgeous opera is filled with dramatic duets and awe-inspiring arias, including Juliet’s famous waltz, “Je veux vivre” (I Want to Live), which are exemplary of French Romantic period music. Sung in French with English supertitles. VO SATURDAY n FEBRUARY 13 n 8 P.M. SUNDAY n FEBRUARY 14 n 2 P.M. $98, $80, $48

Mark Morris Dance Group In celebration of its 35th anniversary season, Mark Morris Dance presents treasured gems from Mark Morris’s expansive repertoire performed by the company’s talented dancers and musicians. Since forming his Dance Group back in 1980, this consummate choreographer has been revered by audiences and praised by critics, who marvel at his creations that radiate astonishing beauty, musical sophistication, and delightful wit. Hailed by The New York Times as “the most life-enhancingly musical choreographer alive,” Mark Morris is renowned for his musicality, and he continually explores the relationship between movement and music, typically using live music in the performances. “Mark Morris is a genius. His best dances...tug at us powerfully. He can align steps and music in a way that transports.” (Huffington Post) DD AD FRIDAY n FEBRUARY 19 n 8 P.M. SATURDAY n FEBRUARY 20 n 8 P.M. $48, $41, $29

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A Moon for the Misbegotten

Disney Fantasia Live in Concert

TAO Seventeen Samurai This electrifying Japanese Taiko drumming ensemble returns with their latest hit production, Seventeen Samurai, direct from its sold-out premiere run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The explosive taiko drumming performance captivates with impeccably complex rhythms and innovative choreography brought together by strong athletic bodies in stunning contemporary costumes. The performers are highly trained athlete-artists who undergo years of rigorous training to reach their impressive level of virtuosity. While Taiko drummers are traditionally male, this groundbreaking ensemble includes several female drummers. The result is a remarkable and energetic interpretation of this ancient art form. “Extraordinarily talented… incomparable muscular zeal.” (Chicago Tribune) TAO’s energy and precision is sure to amaze children as well as kids at heart! GV SUNDAY n FEBRUARY 21 $48, $41, $29 ff

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Dancing hippos, ostriches, and alligators, frolicking mythical centaurs and unicorns, and one famous mouse dabbling in magic come to life with live music in this performance for all ages. Experience these animated Fantasia films as you’ve never experienced them before: accompanied by a full, live orchestra. Conceived as a concert work, Walt Disney’s original legendary film Fantasia (1940) was considered a masterpiece when it was released and introduced generations to some of the most magnificent works of classical music as well as the most creative animation of the time. Now you can enjoy favorite scenes from this groundbreaking film and its popular sequel, Disney Fantasia 2000, with a richness of sound that only a live orchestra can provide. Stunning imagery from Disney’s unmatched animation studios appears on screen above the orchestra as they play famous works such as Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Resphigi’s Pines of Rome, and Dukas’s unforgettable The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. “Fantasia… reminds us of the emotional storytelling power of classical music and the wide spectrum of beauty and characters that animation can provide.” (Spinningplatters.com) MM

Can two lost souls find love, hope, and redemption on a barren patch of earth under a lover’s moon? Set on a Connecticut farm in 1923, this poignant and heartrending tale follows a fiery Irish lass with a sharp tongue and tarnished reputation. Fate has paired her with a tortured alcoholic, haunted by his own past. Sparks fly as their hearts open to each other on one autumn night, but as dawn breaks, is it enough to help them overcome a lifetime of disappointment? A prequel to Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill wrote this bittersweet play — his only true love story — at the end of his career, and it remains one of his most definitive works. This riveting drama is brought to our stage by Philadelphia’s storied Walnut Street Theatre. “O’Neill at the height of his powers — masterfully employing classical fundamentals to wring hauntingly poetic truths about love and self-delusion from gritty everyday experience.” (Los Angeles Times) ET SUNDAY n FEBRUARY 28 $44, $37, $26

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Caribbean Rhythms – Journey to the Islands Jim Carroll, Artistic Director Victor Provost, Steel Pan Sway to the island rhythms as the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra transports you to paradise on the Caribbean shores. Imagine a warm island breeze beneath the palm trees with sounds of steel pans floating by. This illustrious jazz orchestra is joined by featured steel pan virtuoso Victor Provost, a member of the Grammy Award-winning Afro Bop Alliance, and his ensemble for a program of Caribbean music. Washington City Paper’s “Jazz Percussionist of the Year” for the past five years, Provost has performed alongside Cuban jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera and his Panamericana Orchestra and was named the Art Ambassador to his home of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Don’t miss this incredible night of music filled with rhythmic island soul! AE

In his third performance of the season, Jeffrey Siegel honors Beethoven, Smetana, and Fauré — three composers who triumphed in the creation of profoundly beautiful and transcendental music without being able to hear a note. Mr. Siegel examines these piano masterpieces of spiritual exultation and soul-probing depth, which each of these gifted composers wrote after deafness had engulfed them. For over 40 years, this virtuoso pianist has delighted audiences of all ages with a unique glimpse into the lives and works of the greatest composers the world has ever known. “Siegel is the perfect instrument to transmit the timeless power and enduring passion of Beethoven’s music.” (Pittsburgh PostGazette) KC SUNDAY n MARCH 13 $40, $34, $24 ff

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Celtic Nights Spirit of Freedom Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a stirring spectacle of Celtic music and dance in this exciting new production that pays tribute to a century of Irish independence. Spirit of Freedom is a vibrant Celtic tapestry, using joyous music, thundering dance, and moving storytelling to depict the struggle of a proud people fighting to gain their freedom. The Easter Rising of 1916 was a pivotal conflict in this country’s fight for independence from Britain, and this show commemorates the historic anniversary by expressing the passions and frustrations, hopes and fears of this struggle through Celtic music, dance and storytelling. “A spellbinding and exhilarating picture of a proud people and their passion.” (Valentine Theater, New York) GV AD SUNDAY n MARCH 20 $48, $41, $29 ff

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Giselle

Swan Lake

This acclaimed Russian ballet company brings one of the most heartrending tragedies in classical ballet to our stage. With stunning choreography by the legendary Marius Petipa and hauntingly beautiful music, this romantic ballet portrays the poignant tale of Giselle, a young peasant girl who has fallen madly in love with a villager, unaware that he is, in fact, a count in disguise. When she learns that he is betrothed to another, she takes her own life, and joins the ghosts of girls who seek to avenge the men who have jilted them. This gorgeous ballet of love and hate, vengeance and forgiveness is performed by some of Russia’s finest dancers in the grand tradition of Russian ballet with gorgeous costumes and colorful sets. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body, performing a magnificent Giselle.” (Post and Courier) DD AD

This esteemed Russian dance company performs this exquisite fantasy ballet that has captivated ballet lovers and newcomers alike for generations. Swan Lake was inspired by the German legend of Odette, a beautiful princess who is the victim of a spell cast by an evil sorcerer. With Petipa’s glorious choreography and Tchaikovsky’s celebrated expressive score, this jewel of classical ballet continues to earn the adoration of audiences worldwide. Legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko has handpicked leading dancers from across Russia for this acclaimed troupe that is dedicated to preserving the timeless traditions of classical Russian ballet. “Dramatic expression and sensational steps.” (The Chronicle, Duke University)

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The Flying Dutchman Wagner’s immortal tale of a cursed sea captain, who is condemned to sail the stormy seas on a ghostly ship for eternity, is as mythic, mighty, and mysterious as the ocean itself. The Flying Dutchman has fascinated opera lovers since its premiere in 1843. With hauntingly beautiful music, it tells the story of a phantom seafarer on an endless quest for redemption through true love, and the adoring young woman who has vowed to save him. This opera was one of Wagner’s earliest works, inspired by his own dangerous sea voyage, and contains evidence of the styles that would come to characterize his later works. Set against the backdrop of a violent and turbulent sea, this gripping saga features themes of deliverance, loyalty, sacrifice, and the supernatural; powerful ideas that Wagner would continue to explore in his operas throughout his illustrious career. Sung in German with English supertitles. VO

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

Musical Pictures Piano virtuoso Jeffrey Siegel serves up an aural feast that envisions glorious sights through rapturous sounds! In this delightful performance, Mr. Siegel provides illuminating insight into Mussorgsky’s enchanting Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as romantic and impressionistic pieces by Rachmaninoff and Debussy. A perennial favorite at the Center for the Arts, Mr. Siegel has enchanted Fairfax audiences for well over two decades with his popular “concerts with commentary” series, which is entertaining for both piano enthusiasts and classical music newcomers alike. “A first-class musician who can sketch and color with greatness.” (The London Times) KC

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Backstage Notes Pre-Performance Discussions Each of our performances is preceded by a lively presentation led by local experts and sometimes by the artists 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. These discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts and are free for all ticket holders. Parking Convenient, free parking is available in outdoor lots just a short walk away. Paid, covered parking is available in Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent to the facility. Children and Youth 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.

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Chanticleer

A Chanticleer Christmas Here at the Center, we don’t ring in the holiday season — we sing it in — with a heartfelt concert featuring twelve of the most masterful male voices on the planet. This Grammy Award-winning ensemble presents a glorious performance of ancient hymns, venerated sacred songs, contemporary classics, gospel spirituals, and treasured American and European carols all performed with their wellknown lush harmonies and impeccable technique. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, Chanticleer is known as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless vocal blend from countertenor to bass. See page 9 for more information.

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Danú A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag Music is an essential part of any Celtic Christmas celebration and this performance is no exception. This authentic Irish band offers up a festive concert of high-spirited Celtic holiday songs, along with storytelling, another longtime Irish tradition. Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú’s standing-room-only concerts throughout their native land are renowned for their energy and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and popular contemporary music. The amazing instrumentalists combine efforts with captivating vocalists and top-notch Celtic dancers for a heartwarming holiday performance. “Impressive, immersive, and uniquely and unmistakably Irish.” (Strings Magazine) See page 9 for more information.

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American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season Our favorite pops orchestra appears for its annual Christmas concert to deck the hall with the jubilant sounds of cherished Christmas carols and beloved holiday favorites accompanied by a fantastic collection of guest soloists. Led by founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this orchestra, comprising 60 of the best musicians in the metro area, celebrates the season with timeless Christmas music, and the ever-popular Christmas carol sing-along. See page 10 for more information.

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Vienna Boys Choir Christmas in Vienna Experience all of the joy and excitement of the season in the celestial voices of these talented Austrian lads who belong to one of the most-acclaimed boys’ choirs in the world. Vienna Boys Choir returns with their idyllic Christmas concert, performing a broad range of music for the holidays, from sacred hymns and traditional Christmas carols to holiday pop favorites and folk songs from across the globe. These talented youngsters have enchanted audiences worldwide with their ethereal vocals, glorious harmonies, pristine tone, and a broad repertoire spanning centuries and genres. “The angelic voices of this most famous vocal group are ageless.” (Salt Lake Tribune) See page 10 for more information.

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Wagner: Overture, The Flying Dutchman Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonic Suite from Scheherazade Chopin: Piano Concerto, No. 2 in F minor

Two of Europe’s most esteemed ensembles share the stage for a sublime evening of Spanish and French classical music. Praised by The Washington Post for “conjuring up a joyous whirlwind of sound that ultimately launched the music blazing into the ether,” the Munich Symphony Orchestra is one of Germany’s most venerated musical institutions. Led by conductor Philippe Entremont, renowned for his interpretive abilities on the podium, the orchestra will be joined by Spanish classical guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero for a solo work. Members of Mr. Romero’s quartet, an ensemble with a sterling reputation in the world of classical music, will also perform on this dynamic program. See page 8 for more information. SATURDAY 2

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This distinguished ensemble from the historic port city of Gda´nsk on the coast of the Baltic Sea brings a splendid evening of classical music favorites. Founded in 1945, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra continues to thrive today, capturing the proud stoicism of contemporary Poland and the Baltic Sea coast. Under the baton of celebrated Polish conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, this exceptional ensemble performs three masterful nineteenth century works full of Romantic passion and drama. See page 11 for more information.

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A Chanticleer Christmas Here at the Center, we don’t ring in the holiday season — we sing it in — with a heartfelt concert featuring twelve of the most masterful male voices on the planet. This Grammy Award-winning ensemble presents a glorious performance of ancient hymns, venerated sacred songs, contemporary classics, gospel spirituals, and treasured American and European carols all performed with their well-known lush harmonies and impeccable technique. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, Chanticleer is known as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless vocal blend from countertenor to bass. See page 9 for more information. SATURDAY

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Disney Fantasia Live in Concert Dancing animals, frolicking mythical creatures and one famous mouse dabbling in magic are brought to life by live music in this performance for all ages. Stunning imagery from Disney’s Fantasia films appears on screen above the orchestra as they play famous works like Dukas’s unforgettable The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. “Fantasia…reminds us of the emotional storytelling power of classical music and the wide spectrum of beauty and characters that animation can provide.” (Spinningplatters.com) See page 13 for more information.

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In celebration of its 35th anniversary season, Mark Morris Dance Group presents treasured gems from the choreographer’s expansive repertoire performed by the company’s talented dancers and musicians. Hailed by The New York Times as “the most life-enhancingly musical choreographer alive,” Mark Morris is renowned for his musicality, and he continually explores the relationship between movement and music, typically using live music in the performances. “Mark Morris is a genius. His best dances... tug at us powerfully. He can align steps and music in a way that transports.” (Huffington Post) See page 12 for more information.

For more than two decades, RIOULT (ree-you) has established a sterling reputation for blending contemporary dance with luminous symphonic works, creating movement that is truly sublime. The brainchild of former Martha Graham principal dancer Pascal Rioult, this company has received accolades from around the world and returns to the D.C. area with aweinspiring interpretations of well-known classical compositions. “[Pascal Rioult] has an ability to balance the innate orchestral power of such music with an equally powerful sense of precision and innovation.” (Huffington Post) See page 5 for more information. FRIDAY

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Savion Glover DANCE HOLIDAY SPeCTaCULaR In a performance bursting with holiday cheer, the reigning king of tap brings us an evening of heart-pounding dance. Celebrate the magic and wonder of the season with this prodigy and preeminent choreographer whose footwork is nothing short of miraculous. Savion Glover captured the public’s attention at an early age with his show-stopping Broadway appearances. “A virtuoso hoofer with a whole percussion section in his shoes.” (Evening Standard), don’t miss this one-of-a-kind holiday performance. See page 10 for more information. SATURDAY

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Moscow Festival Ballet Giselle This acclaimed Russian ballet company brings one of the most heartrending tragedies in classical ballet to our stage. With stunning choreography by the legendary Marius Petipa and hauntingly beautiful music, this romantic ballet portrays the poignant tale of Giselle, a young peasant girl who joins the ghosts of girls who seek to avenge the men who have jilted them. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body, performing a magnificent Giselle.” (Post and Courier) See page 15 for more information. SATURDAY

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The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

Two of Great Britain’s most respected military musical institutions take the stage in full regalia, bringing to life the magnificent pageantry of British tradition and history. See page

Experience a jaw-dropping spectacle of Chinese circus, acrobatics, and Peking Opera performed by China’s most revered circus artists! See page 6 for more information. FRIDAY

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Celebrate the art of flamenco with this explosion of vibrant color, passionate rhythm, and enchanting movement by José Porcel, along with his troupe and orchestra. See page 7 for more

This electrifying Japanese Taiko drumming ensemble returns with their latest hit production, Seventeen Samurai, direct from its sold-out premiere run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. See page 13 for more information.

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Danú A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag Music is an essential part of any Celtic Christmas celebration and this performance is no exception. See page 9 for more information. SUNDAY

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Celtic Nights Spirit of Freedom Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a stirring spectacle of Celtic music and dance in this exciting new production that pays tribute to a century of Irish independence. See page 14 for more information.

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Jelly, Rags, & Monk

Our favorite pops orchestra appears for its annual Christmas concert to deck the hall with the jubilant sounds of cherished Christmas carols and beloved holiday favorites accompanied by a fantastic collection of guest soloists. Led by founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this orchestra, comprising 60 of the best musicians in the metro area, celebrates the season with timeless Christmas music, and the ever-popular Christmas carol sing-along. See page 10 for more information.

This collaborative genre-crossing concert reveals the sweet, soulful connections between classical music and jazz. The Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet — a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings — collaborates with acclaimed jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut to explore ragtime music from its beginning with the music of Jelly Roll Morton and Scott Joplin to the modern genius of Thelonious Monk. See page 6 for more information. SATURDAY

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Caribbean Rhythms – Journey to the Islands

Hear iconic music in wonderful new ways as this inventive ensemble reimagines the landmark Beatles album with new arrangements by jazz, pop, and classical composers. Torontobased Art of Time Ensemble is a collective of top musicians who have redefined and reinvigorated the concert experience by fusing high art with popular culture. In this performance, the group pays homage to the record that Rolling Stone called “the most important rock album ever made,” and the preeminent band that conceived this counterculture work of genius. See page 8 for more information.

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Let your imagination run wild with a whimsical performance for all ages! This celebrated troupe of Swiss entertainers creates ingenious illusions and narratives that provide lighthearted insights on life. Mummenschanz, originally conceived as a new form of theatrical non-verbal expression, enjoyed an unprecedented three-year run on Broadway in the 70s and continues to captivate audiences around the world. “What Mummenschanz does so extraordinarily well is create its own comic universe — a place of constant wonder and ingenuity.” (Boston Herald). See page 12 for more information.

William Shakespeare’s immortal tale of star-crossed young lovers falling victim to family hatred is brought to our stage by this acclaimed British-American troupe. Despite their feuding families, Romeo and Juliet become infatuated with each other, and quickly succumb to the passion of their forbidden love. See page 6 for more information.

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Dracula Spend a bone-chilling Halloween evening experiencing the timeless Victorian tale of an aristocratic, refined vampire. Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic horror novel about the iconic Count Dracula sparked a worldwide fascination with the undead. In this acclaimed adaptation by Charles Morey, America’s premier radio theater company brings this chilling story to life with live readings and creepy sound effects made “the old fashioned way.” See page 7 for more information. SATURDAY 3

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Literature’s legendary sleuth, from the brilliant mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, takes our stage in this riveting tale of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Sherlock Holmes skillfully maneuvers through the twisted web of London’s most fascinating cases with his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson, the redheaded mason Jabez Wilson, and Irene Adler, the woman who got away. See page 11 for more information. FRIDAY

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A Moon for the Misbegotten A prequel to Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright and Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill wrote this bittersweet play — his only true love story — at the end of his career, and it remains one of his most definitive works. Philadelphia’s storied Walnut Street Theatre brings this riveting drama about redemption to our stage. “O’Neill at the height of his powers — masterfully employing classical fundamentals to wring hauntingly poetic truths about love and self-delusion from gritty everyday experience.” (Los Angeles Times) See page 13 for more information.

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This irreverent operetta spins one of the most famous Greek tragedies into a witty satire. Unhappy in their marriage, Orpheus and wife Eurydice pursue exciting new relationships, but when it turns out her new beau is actually the God of Death, Orpheus is cajoled into retrieving Eurydice from the Underworld. Bored and rebellious, the gods of Mount Olympus decide to journey down below to sort things out, and all hell breaks loose! Orpheus’s magnificent melodies, risqué humor, and lively “Infernal Galop” — the spirited tune that inspired the Can-Can — make this comic operetta one hell of a party! Sung in French with English supertitles. See page 5 for more information. SATURDAY n OCTOBER 3 n 8 P.M. SUNDAY n OCTOBER 4 n 2 P.M. 2

La Bohème This masterpiece of the standard Italian repertoire has touched the hearts and souls of opera lovers for generations with the combination of Puccini’s gorgeous score and the bittersweet tale of young love in bohemian Paris. On a snowy Christmas Eve, Rodolfo, a romantic poet, and Mimi, an ailing seamstress, meet and fall deeply in love, but her languishing health and their abject poverty threaten their happiness. Heartrending sorrow, joyous celebrations, and the power of the creative spirit propel this poignant work to its tragic conclusion. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. See page 8 for more information.

Romeo and Juliet Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Gounod’s lush interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet. From the famous balcony scene where the lovestruck Romeo declares his eternal devotion to Juliet to the ultimate tragic ending, this timeless tale never fails to touch the heart. A sensational success from the very start, this gorgeous opera is filled with dramatic duets and awe-inspiring arias, including Juliet’s famous waltz, “Je veux vivre” (I Want to Live). Sung in French with English supertitles. See page 12 for more information. SATURDAY n FEBRUARY 13 n 8 P.M. SUNDAY n FEBRUARY 14 n 2 P.M.

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The Flying Dutchman Wagner’s immortal tale of a cursed sea captain, who is condemned to sail the stormy seas on a ghostly ship for eternity, is as mythic, mighty, and mysterious as the ocean itself. The Flying Dutchman has fascinated opera lovers since its premiere in 1843. Set against the backdrop of a violent and turbulent sea, this gripping saga features themes of deliverance, loyalty, sacrifice, and the supernatural; powerful ideas that Wagner would continue to explore in his operas throughout his illustrious career. Sung in German with English supertitles. See page 15 for more information. SATURDAY n APRIL 23 n 8 P.M. SUNDAY n APRIL 24 n 2 P.M.

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WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL

Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents another intriguing and engaging Keyboard Conversations® line-up for the Center for the Arts’ 25th Anniversary season. Each concert features a full program of piano masterpieces performed by Mr. Siegel, interspersed with enlightening insights about the composers and their work, and concluding with a lively question and answer session. Lauded by critics and concert-goers alike, these concerts with commentary offer both entertainment and education, allowing all audiences to enjoy some of the most beloved pieces of classical music on a whole new level.

Music of Joyous Celebration!

Splendor from Silence

Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel opens our Silver Anniversary season with a program featuring joyous classical music by Bach, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and others and insightful commentary about the pieces and their composers. Mr. Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations has been a cherished institution at the Center for the Arts for more than two decades, and The New York Times calls him “A performer who colors with virtuoso artistry.” See page 5 for more information.

In his third performance of the season, Jeffrey Siegel honors Beethoven, Smetana, and Fauré - three composers who triumphed in the creation of profoundly beautiful and transcendental music without being able to hear a note. For over 40 years, this virtuoso pianist has delighted audiences of all ages with a unique glimpse into the lives and works of the greatest composers the world has ever known. “Siegel is the perfect instrument to transmit the timeless power and enduring passion of Beethoven’s music.” (Pittsburgh PostGazette) See page 14 for more information.

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Chopin and Grieg — A Musical Friendship In his second concert of the season, Jeffrey Siegel pays homage to Chopin and Grieg, two leading composers of the Romantic era in a performance of engaging melodies and nationalistic pride! This delightful program features Chopin’s passionate Polonaises, Grieg’s stirring Norwegian Dances, and each composer’s narrative Ballades. Part artist, part educator, and part entertainer, Jeffrey Siegel enchants Center audiences with his remarkable gift for making them part of the classical music experience. See page 7 for more information. SUNDAY

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Musical Pictures In this delightful performance, Mr. Siegel provides illuminating insight into Mussorgsky’s enchanting Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as romantic and impressionistic pieces by Rachmaninoff and Debussy. A perennial favorite at the Center for the Arts, The London Times describes Mr. Siegel as “a first-class musician who can sketch and color with greatness.” See page 16 for more information.

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Turtle Island Quartet with special guest

Cyrus Chestnut

Jelly, Rags, & Monk

Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m. See page 6 for more information.

Munich Symphony Orchestra with The Romeros

Philippe Entremont, conductor Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m. See page 8 for more information.

Art of Time Ensemble

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sunday, November 8 at 7 p.m. See page 8 for more information.

The Band of the Royal Marines

Featuring the Pipes, Drums, and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards

Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. See page 11 for more information.

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra Boguslaw Dawidow, conductor Marcin Koziak, piano Saturday, January 30 at 8 p.m. See page 11 for more information.

Disney Fantasia Live in Concert

Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. See page 13 for more information.

Chanticleer

A Chanticleer Christmas Saturday, November 28 at 8 p.m. See page 9 for more information.

American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Caribbean Rhythms – Journey to the Islands

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Mark Morris Dance Group

RIOULT Friday, October 9 at 8 p.m.

Friday, February 19 at 8 p.m.

See page 5 for more information.

See page 12 for more information.

Compañia Flamenca José Porcel

Direct from Ireland

Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m.

See page 7 for more information.

See page 14 for more information.

Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India

Moscow Festival Ballet

Flamenco Fire

Celtic Nights

Spirit of Freedom

Giselle

Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m.

Spirit of India

See page 15 for more information.

Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m.

Moscow Festival Ballet

See page 9 for more information.

Swan Lake

Savion Glover

See page 15 for more information.

Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m.

DANCE HOLIDAY SPeCTaCULaR

Saturday, December 19 at 8 p.m. See page 10 for more information.

Jim Carroll, Artistic Director Victor Provost, Steel Pan Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. See page 14 for more information.

Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. See page 10 for more information.

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Please join us for

10TH ANNIVERSARY

an evening like no other SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 Carolyn and Milt Peterson Honorary Chairs Joe and Carol Catalano Event Co-Chairs

Don and Tota Conwell Event Co-Chairs

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 an electrifying performance by Bernadette Peters. Don’t miss an unforgettable performance of showstoppers by this Broadway superstar and Tony Award winner. A private dessert and champagne reception with the artist takes place on stage following the performance.

INCLUDING AN ELECTRIFYING CONCERT PERFORMANCE BY TONY AWARD-WINNER BERNADETTE PETERS!

5:00 p.m. ARTS by George! event ★ Student showcases in art, music, dance, theater, computer game design, arts management, and film and video studies throughout the studios and performance spaces of the de Laski Performing Arts Building and Music/Theater Building ★ Creative cuisine and fine wine bars throughout the event ★ Silent Auction of unique arts-related items and experiences 8:00 p.m. Concert Hall performance by Bernadette Peters 9:45 p.m. Champagne and dessert reception on stage with Bernadette Peters $250/person ($120 tax deductible) Sponsorship packages are available at $10,000, $5,000, $3,000, $1,500. For more information, contact Susan Graziano at sglomb@gmu.edu or 703-993-4188 artsbygeorge.gmu.edu

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Members of the Grand Tier Society play a visionary and leadership role in ensuring that the season of Great Performances at Mason continues to remain vibrant and affordable today and for future generations. In grateful acknowledgment for their leadership support, the Friends of the Center for the Arts offer its Grand Tier Society members exclusive benefits to further enrich their participation in the life of the Center for the Arts and the Great Performances at Mason season: • Grand Tier Society acknowledgement in performance programs and on a special recognition wall located in the Concert Hall Lobby all season long. • Invitation by mail to two Grand Tier Society events each season held in private homes with special guest artists from the Washington Metro area. • Grand Tier Society pin

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The College of Visual and Performing Arts

OUR COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE OF THE ARTS The Center for the Arts is proud to be part of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), supporting and enriching the student experience with world-class performances throughout the academic year and a state-of-the art venue for student performances. CVPA students enjoy the intense professional training of an arts conservatory along with the vast resources of a major research university. They are guided by a faculty of dedicated artistteachers who themselves practice what they teach performing and exhibiting at renowned venues across the country and around the world. Student organizations within the Schools of Music, Dance, Theater, and Art make it possible for students to advance their craft formally and informally throughout the year. They perform, create and exhibit work in a wide variety of public venues on campus ranging from the Center for the Arts Concert Hall to the intimate TheaterSpace and the Fine Art Gallery. In addition, students are able to refine their art in several major new facilities including the Art and Design Building, the de Laski Performing Arts Building, and the Music and Theater Building on the Fairfax campus as well as the magnificent Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William campus. This extraordinary fusion of the academic and the professional, the campus and the community, the past and the present, is an essential part of the identity of the Center for the Arts and defines the college.

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Mason Dance Company Gala

By Arthur Miller Directed by Howard Vincent Kurtz

A tight-knit community. Personal grievances and deception give way to superstition and madness. Bear witness as Miller’s timeless parable is brought vividly to life in a newly conceived production. Harris Theatre October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 at 8 p.m. October 24, 31; November 1 at 2 p.m. $25 adults, $15 students and seniors

SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Annual Holiday Concert Celebrate the holidays with the Mason School of Music in a concert sure to make the season bright. Center for the Arts Sunday, December 13 at 7 p.m. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors

The Gala Concert is Mason Dance Company’s crowning season event featuring a program of works by contemporary professional choreographers. Center for the Arts Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m. $25 adults, $15 students and seniors

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