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Great Performances at Mason brings the best of the performing arts from across the country and around the world to Northern Virginia. Immerse yourself in this new season of inspiring performances by many of the world’s finest artists. Highlights include stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys in their own group, The Midtown Men, the sizzling sounds of The Havana Cuba All-Stars in their first U.S. tour, masterful modern dance by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing, four full-scale operas by Virginia Opera, and so much more. You won’t want to miss a second of this thrilling season. Subscribe today!

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Special Event: The Midtown Men....................................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 Series.............................................................27 ARTS, by George!..........................................................28 Support the Center for the Arts......................................29 College of Visual and Performing Arts...........................30 Student Productions.......................................................31

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THE MIDTOWN MEN PART OF THE ARTS BY GEORGE! BENEFIT

“Sound as crisp as their Rat-Packinspired suits.” (New York Daily News)

Stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys take the stage in this highoctane show, performing many of your all-time favorites from the 1960s. These four vocalists shared the stage in their role as the iconic Four Seasons singing group for more than 1,000 performances in the mega-hit show, which won a Tony Award for Best Musical. Now, Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer have reunited as The Midtown Men, taking their signature sound and chemistry to audiences everywhere performing classic hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, and, of course, The Four Seasons. Don’t miss this musical

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tour de force in this rocking performance that is sure to bring the whole audience to their feet — a delight for all ages. “The Midtown Men sound as crisp as their Rat Pack-inspired suits. Their voices blend together so flawlessly on stage.” (New York Daily News) Not a performance of, nor affiliated with the show Jersey Boys.

Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m. $100, $85, $60 Please note: Tickets to ARTS by George! and The Midtown Men concert are not available as part of a subscription package or at a discount. Great Performances at Mason subscribers may purchase tickets for this performance now. Others may purchase tickets starting August 1. See page 28 for details about the benefit.


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SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER

AQUILA THEATRE KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL

FIESTA! Featuring works by Albeniz, Granados, deFalla, and Piazolla. Virtuoso pianist and entertaining storyteller Jeffrey Siegel returns to the keyboard in a program that showcases the ardent melodies and incisive rhythms of Spanish and Argentine composers. Popular with piano music lovers and newcomers alike, his unique “concerts with commentary” approach gives the story behind piano works by Albeniz, Granados, deFalla, and Piazolla. Delivered with wit and humor and a deep admiration for the music, Mr. Siegel’s performance will make you fall in love with this intoxicatingly exotic music. An interactive Q and A will conclude this program. Sunday, September 18 at 7 p.m. KC $42, $36, $25 ff

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING By William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s comedy masterpiece Mistaken identity, espionage, and deceptions take center stage in Shakespeare’s famous comedy. This classic farce is a tale of matchmaking and romantic mischief. When the soldier Claudio returns from war to his fiancé Hero, the two conspire to set up the sharp-witted and belligerent Benedict and Beatrice. Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s last comedies and is considered one of his crowning masterpieces. For their 25th anniversary season, Aquila Theatre tackles this classic romantic comedy with their signature physicality and remarkable dramatization. This festive play, full of combative wit and melodrama, will leave you rolling in the aisles. Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m. $44, $37, $26 ET

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VIRGINIA OPERA

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS AND PAGLIACCI A double bill of two short opera masterpieces Virginia Opera opens its 25th season at the Center for the Arts with a fantastic double bill — the satirical ballet chanté The Seven Deadly Sins and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s masterpiece Pagliacci. The final collaboration between Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, The Seven Deadly Sins is a sharp critique of capitalism, exploring greed, desire, and sacrifice in the pursuit of success. Anna, performed by renowned Weill specialist Ute Gferer, embarks on a crosscountry journey in search of the American Dream, encountering one of the infamous sins in each of the cities she visits. In Pagliacci, a traveling troupe of actors blurs the lines of art and life as their play mirrors their own reality with tragic consequences. It features one of the most familiar of all tenor arias sung by the crying clown, “Vesti la giubba.” The renowned baritone Michael Chioldi and the acclaimed soprano Kelly Kaduce appear in these two tales of temptation and vengeance. The Seven Deadly Sins will be sung in English with English supertitles. Pagliacci will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 9 at 2 p.m. $110, $90, $54 VO

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THE HAVANA CUBA ALL-STARS CUBAN NIGHTS

BILL T. JONES /ARNIE ZANE COMPANY ANALOGY/DORA: TRAMONTANE An evening-length work about the life of a Holocaust survivor A giant in the modern dance world, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is known for its remarkable choreography using form to explore identity and social commentary. In this inspiring performance, Bill T. Jones contemplates the amorphous nature of memory in his original work, Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, a breathtaking story of a Holocaust survivor. The dancers move between dancing, speaking, and singing to tell the story of 95year old Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker, based on her interviews with Jones. An innovative force in modern dance, Bill T. Jones is recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts, MacArthur Genius Award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, and multiple Tony Awards. You will be moved by this evening-length work about resilience and humanity as told through brilliant dance.

• First U.S. tour, celebrating the opening of relations between the two countries • Cuba’s leading musicians • Performing Rumba, Cha-Cha-Cha, and more The joy of the Caribbean pulses through the air as Cuba’s most prominent musicians share their rich musical heritage, from the Rumba to the Cha-Cha-Cha to the Habanera. Journey to the land of white sand beaches, swirling cigar smoke, and swinging Latin jazz with the acclaimed musicians of The Havana Cuba AllStars. This exciting band brings an authentic Cuban experience, with rhythmic drums and castanets, wailing trumpets, and masterful acoustic guitar. Devoted to presenting the wide tapestry that exists in Cuban music — from Latin dance to soulful ballads — this concert presents the great musical traditions of the Cuban people. “The Asere Friendship Tour” is The Havana Cuba All-Stars’ first-ever U.S. tour and celebrates the new open friendship between the United States and Cuba. Bringing the musical traditions of their forefathers to the States for the first time, the group’s Spanish vocals, traditional songs, and sizzling rhythms will light up the stage and fill the hall with exciting sounds. Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m. GV $50, $43, $30 ff

Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m. $48, $41, $29 DD

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METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA TO SWING THROUGH THE SKY Conceived by Paul Glenshaw This exciting original work celebrates the spirit of American innovation with narration, dramatic visuals, lively dance, and the swinging big-band sound of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. The intertwined histories of America’s two most iconic innovations — jazz and aviation — are explored in this special encore performance. Many fascinating points of connection in the history of each invention are revealed through the key innovators, including Louis Armstrong and Charles Lindbergh, Howard Hughes and Duke Ellington, and many others. This multimedia performance features the dazzling jazz musicians of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra led by Artistic Director and alto sax virtuoso, Jim Carroll. Audiences at the Hylton Performing Arts Center were thrilled to enjoy the world premiere of To Swing Through the Sky, and now audiences at the Center can experience this incredible ride. Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m. $46, $39, $28 ff AE AM

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OCTOBER / NOVEMBER

Direct from Shanghai, The P.R. of China

SHANGHAI ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA SHANGHAI NIGHTS Perfect for the whole family! Share the thrills with the whole family as trampoline artists and aerial acrobats fly through the air with the greatest of ease, while jugglers, contortionists, and martial artists demonstrate the exacting precision of their skills. Through jaw-dropping feats of acrobatics, impeccably timed stunts, and beautiful costumes, the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China merges the hustle and bustle of contemporary Shanghai with China’s rich cultural heritage to produce this celebration of their native land. They cleverly use acrobatics and circus acts to convey stories of the people of the beautifully complex country of China. This acclaimed company, with more than 100 performers, has won many top awards in international competitions for their outstanding acts, several of which are included in this production. Experience the amazing beauty and thrilling feats of skill direct from Shanghai! Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. GV $50, $43, $30 ff

ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K.136/125a Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Op. 28 Schubert: Octet in F major for Winds and Strings, D.803

A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS A patriotic celebration for Veterans Day

This renowned chamber ensemble from London performs an exquisite program of string and wind chamber works for one of the preeminent classical music events of our season. Schubert’s rarely performed Octet in F major highlights the evening’s program and this ensemble’s performance of it is already capturing the attention of the press. “...the St. Martin Ensemble delivered a performance as remarkable as the [rarely heard] work itself” came the glowing review after a recent performance (Cleveland.com). Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is drawn from the principal players of the distinguished Academy orchestra, which has an international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. With more than 30 albums, they are the most recorded chamber ensemble, and their impressive repertoire ranges from Baroque to Bartók. The group tours extensively with regular performances in France, Germany, and Spain, as well as North and South America. Be sure to experience their return appearance at the Center.

In observance of Veterans Day, this celebrated pops orchestra presents a concert of uplifting pops sounds to honor all of those who have served and sacrificed to keep us safe. Enjoy a lively program of patriotic favorites and American standards including “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “American Salute,” Aaron Copland’s gripping “Lincoln Portrait,” and “Liberty Fanfare” by John Williams. Of course, no patriotic concert is complete without a stirring medley of John Phillips Sousa marches, including “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” In this special concert, the extraordinary musicians of the American Festival Pops Orchestra give an exuberant performance, conducted by charming and accomplished conductor, Anthony Maiello. Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. $50, $43, $30 ff AE AM

Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. $60, $51, $36 MM AM

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KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL

OF SERENDIP A FRENCH MUSICAL FEAST SONS CHRISTMAS: BEYOND THE LIGHTS BiRDMAN LiVE

Featuring Antonio Sanchez, percussion

Watch this award-winning film with a live performance of the musical score Feel the full intensity of this dark comedy as percussionist Antonio Sanchez performs his critically acclaimed score onstage while the Oscar-winning film BiRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is projected behind him. The movie pulses with a restless urgency because of the skilled direction and commanding performances of a star-studded cast. But it is the innovative drumming score that is at the very core of the film, underpinning each scene, generating the uneasy feeling of impending doom. Written and performed by the acclaimed jazz percussionist Antonio Sanchez, the drummer in Pat Metheny’s band, the score has received accolades for its wildly spontaneous and organic sound. Winning Oscars for best picture, director, original screenplay, and cinematography, the movie stars Michael Keaton with Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Stone. It follows a faded Hollywood star, famous for playing a movie superhero, in his attempt to mount a Broadway play hoping to reinvigorate his failing career. Antonio Sanchez’s drum performance propels the emotional core of the story as this increasingly desperate actor struggles with fame, family, and legacy. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind experience.

A celebration of France’s great composers Become a classical music insider with Jeffrey Siegel as he provides a delicious musical feast for the ears — gorgeous music of Debussy including the beloved Clair de lune, Ravel’s impressionistic The Fountain, the charming Impromptus of Fauré, and the humorous Parade of Eric Satie. Virtuoso pianist and entertaining storyteller Jeffrey Siegel returns to our stage with a program of distinctively French musical delights. Popular with classical music lovers and newcomers alike, his unique “concerts with commentary” format gives the story behind the score. An interactive Q and A will conclude this program. Sunday, November 20 at 7 p.m. $42, $36, $25 ff KC

Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m. $42, $36, $25 AE AM

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• As seen on America’s Got Talent • Soulful music for the holidays Begin celebrating the holiday season with the inspiring sounds of this original new ensemble. Gorgeous vocals accompanied by harp, cello, and piano sing in the season as the Sons of Serendip perform their lovely interpretations of popular holiday favorites. Through serendipity, these four friends from graduate school found themselves on America’s Got Talent for the 2014 competition where they wowed audiences and judges alike. They quickly earned recognition for their signature sound with unique interpretations of popular works, and their stunning vocals and brilliant instrumentation. This concert includes songs from their album Christmas: Beyond the Lights, featuring the most beloved Christmas songs and carols performed with their singular style that invokes peace and serenity. In their first performance at the Center, the Sons of Serendip are sure to be an inspirational start to your holiday season. Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m. $55, $47, $33 MM AM

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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER

VIRGINIA OPERA

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Featuring the famous “Figaro’s Aria” Virginia Opera presents the world’s most popular comic opera in this delightful production of Rossini’s perfect opera buffa. Full of comical high jinks, mistaken identities, and longing lovers, The Barber of Seville recounts the tale of Count Almavira, a lovesick noble man who is prohibited from seeing his beloved Rosina by the curmudgeon who is her guardian. So Almavira enlists the help of Figaro, the town’s barber and all-around problem solver. The two scheme, concocting tricks and hoaxes, to gain access to the lovely Rosina, and hopefully unite Almavira with his beloved. The iconic score of this work contains some of the most recognizable tunes in all of music, including “Largo al factotum,” “Figaro’s Aria,” and “Una voce poco fa.” Michael Shell directs this production for Virginia Opera and Virginia native Will Liverman plays the clever Figaro. Don’t miss this performance filled with exquisite voices, wit, and charm. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. $110, $90, $54 VO

AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON

A CANADIAN BRASS CHRISTMAS

“Anthony Maiello…blew my expectations out of the water the moment he leapt onstage” (DC Metro Theater Arts)

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling ringting-tingling, too. It’s time for the holidays at the Center as the American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for Christmas with their annual decking of the Concert Hall. The orchestra’s glorious music fills the air, spreading holiday cheer to audiences of all ages. Join us for this popular family tradition, complete with holiday favorites and a lively carol sing-along — always a concert highlight. Conducted by founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this pops orchestra brings together the most talented musicians from the metro area to perform the best of the season, including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “Christmas Festival,” and other treasured classics. Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m. $55, $47, $33 ff AM

• The world’s most famous brass quintet • A Christmas concert for the whole family • Virtuosic playing and heartwarming humor The world’s best-known brass ensemble returns to the Center with their lively Christmas concert to ring in the season with holiday classics and brass standards. Canadian Brass is renowned for their unique combination of virtuosic playing and heartwarming humor, and their Christmas concert is a particular favorite of audiences worldwide. Their engaging stage presence, rapport with audiences, and incongruous white running shoes have helped make this iconic quintet a household name; but it is their music — performed with utmost dedication, skill and excellence — that rightly earns the most superlative accolades. They were the first chamber ensemble to solo on the main stage at Carnegie Hall, and today they have gained worldwide recognition through their extensive touring, regular television appearances, and a discography that includes more than 130 albums. This is a Christmas treat that you and your family will remember for years to come. Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. AM $60, $51, $36 ff

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AQUILA THEATRE

MURDER ON THE NILE By Agatha Christie

A delightful whodunit

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA The world’s iconic boys choir Celebrate the holidays with these extraordinarily talented young Austrian choristers in concert as they perform sacred hymns, holiday pop favorites, and Christmas carols. These gifted boys are known the world over for their glorious harmonies, pristine tone, and extensive repertoire. Without question, the Vienna Boys Choir has stood the test of time, performing continually since 1498 for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel. The choir has been associated with the world’s greatest composers from Mozart to Bruckner, and Franz Schubert was even a chorister. They have been recorded extensively, and regularly tour throughout Europe, the Americas, and beyond. “The angelic voices of this most famous vocal group are ageless” (Salt Lake Tribune). Bring the whole family for an enchanting afternoon right at the height of the Christmas season.

Set in 1940’s Egypt, this deliciously dangerous murder mystery is one of Dame Agatha Christie’s most popular tales. For Britain’s foremost mystery author, whenever class, wealth, and reputation are on the line, a murder or two cannot be far behind! So as the famous heiress Kay Ridgeway boards a honeymoon cruise with her penniless new husband, it’s inevitable that foul play will follow. The passenger list on this treacherous journey includes a spurned lover, a protective uncle, a troubled doctor, and a slew of other colorful characters as well as the world-famous investigator Hercule Poirot, who must call on all of his intuition and investigative skills to solve this baffling mystery. Known for its breathtaking interpretations of theatrical classics, Aquila Theatre brings its signature style of thrilling physicality and stunning design to this gripping play. Book a one-way ticket on this Nile cruise and see if you can figure out “whodunit!”

THE FIVE IRISH TENORS These exquisitely trained tenors sing everything from opera to “Danny Boy” Five premier tenors from Ireland fuse Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism, dramatic flair, and extraordinary musicianship in this singular concert experience. In this, their first U.S. tour, The Five Irish Tenors perform a marvelous program of opera arias and beloved Irish songs, including W.B Yeats’s “Down by the Sally Gardens,” Verdi’s “O Mio Rimorso” from La Traviata, Cesar Franck’s “Panis Angelicus,” and the glorious “Danny Boy.” Two extraordinary pianists accompany Ireland’s most popular ensemble as they perform solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets. Let the celestial voices of these virtuoso musicians whisk you away to the Emerald Isles. Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. MM AM $55, $47, $33

Sunday, January 22 at 4 p.m. ET $44, $37, $26

Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m. $55, $47, $33 ff

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DECEMBER / JANUARY / FEBRUARY

OFF BOOK /OUT OF BOUNDS ICONIC BROADWAY SHOW TUNES…ELECTRIFIED WALNUT STREET THEATRE

VIRGINIA OPERA

DER FREISCHÜTZ Carl Maria von Weber’s operatic masterpiece of the supernatural The struggle between good and evil takes center stage in Carl Maria Von Weber’s compelling opera Der Freischütz. As Max prepares to compete in a target-shooting contest to win the hand of his beloved Agathe, wicked forces conspire to tempt his fate. Drawing from German folk legend, this is the first of the country’s great Romantic operas and is revered for its stark emotions and strong sense of national identity. The hauntingly expressive score propels the virtuous young lovers and the mystic evil spirits in a story that twists reality with the supernatural. The accomplished artists and visionary direction of this Virginia Opera production bring to life an unearthly tale of otherworldly forces that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Performed in English with English supertitles.

A concert of reimagined Broadway show tunes

LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS By Neil Simon

A hilarious take on love and sex in the 60’s—Perfect for Valentine’s Day! In the heat of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, one middle-aged married man sets off to celebrate the decade of free love…before it’s too late! Overworked and overweight, Barney Cashman attempts to covertly set up trysts with three potential lovers. Mishaps and hilarity follows as Barney starts to rediscover his humanity and learns what is actually missing in his life. The king of modern comedic theater, Neil Simon, delivers a hilarious romp through the perils of middle-aged angst. Walnut Street Theatre, America’s oldest theater, brings its national reputation and unique artistic vision to this wonderful new production. Bring tissues because this hysterical comedy will leave you crying with laughter!

From Gershwin to Green Day, hear more than 100 years of iconic Broadway show tunes…electrified! The mastermind behind the Grammy-nominated East Village Opera Company and the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, Peter Kiesewalter, reimagines classic Broadway hits with a rockin’ twist. Experience these beloved songs from musical theater history like never before — with elements of classic rock, gospel, funk, the blues, and even surf music. Four Broadway vocalists team up with a four-piece rock band to create a fantastic blend of theatricality and pop music. The group is led by Broadway star Tony Vincent — best known for his performances in RENT, Jesus Christ Super Star, American Idiot, and We Will Rock You. Inspired by the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata’s critically acclaimed album “The Hills are Alive,” a reinterpretation of The Sound of Music, this high-energy performance explores beloved tunes from the rich American musical theater canon. Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m. $48, $41, $29 AE

Sunday, February 12 at 7 p.m. $44, $37, $26 ET

Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m. $110, $90, $54 VO

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THE BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL REVUE

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP

All of the glitz and glamour of Bollywood live onstage!

Compelling dance set to live music of the 1920’s and 30’s, Lou Harrison, and Haydn

TAJ EXPRESS

Journey into the contemporary culture of India through the glitz and glamour of Bollywood with this musical review based on one of its greatest films, Taj Express. With India’s high-energy pop music, this live performance is deeply rooted in the art of the Bollywood film genre, complete with colorful costumes, thrilling music, dazzling dance, and even film excerpts. Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant, who choreographed more than 75 Bollywood films including Dhol Baaje and Kajra Re, Kamli; and Director Shruti Merchant, a judge on India’s leading reality show Dance India Dance, have created this joyous tribute to Bollywood blockbusters. Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 19 at 4 p.m. GV $50, $43, $30 ff

The Mark Morris Dance Group is the preeminent modern dance company of our time. Acclaimed for its grace, power, and confidence the gifted dancers enchant both audiences and critics alike. Morris’s choreographic genius radiates beauty, musical sophistication, and gifted intellect. His choreography is performed to live music performed by the MMDG Music Ensemble and explores the relationship between movement, expression, and music. This program includes Serenade, a solo piece set to Lou Harrison’s Serenade for Guitar and Percussion, Dancing Honeymoon featuring music from the 1920’s and 30’s, and two brand new works, including A Forest set to Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 44 in E major. Morris is hailed as “the most life-enhancingly musical choreographer alive” by The New York Times. Welcome back the dancers and musicians to their Northern Virginia home with an astonishing performance of the best in modern dance. Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. $48, $41, $29 DD

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THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF THE UKRAINE Theodore Kuchar, conductor Dima Tkachenko, violin

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Stravinsky: Suite from “The Firebird” The virtuosity and precision of one of Eastern Europe’s most esteemed orchestras presents an evening of brilliant Russian music. Founded in 1918, The National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine is one of Eastern Europe’s most prestigious orchestras, earning international acclaim for its virtuosity and precision. This program showcases those qualities with some of the most demanding music written by three Russian masters: Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. Throughout its history, The National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine has premiered the works of many classical giants including Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and has produced more than 100 acclaimed recordings, garnering several Grammy nominations. Under the baton of Theodore Kuchar, the ensemble is sure to mesmerize audiences with their stunning performance of Russian masterpieces. Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m. MM AM $60, $51, $36


FEBRUARY / MARCH

KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL

THE IMMORTAL MELODIES OF SCHUBERT Siegel illuminates the life and works of Franz Schubert This program of music by Franz Schubert is the third in the series of unique “concerts with commentary.” No composer wrote more beautiful, melodic, and accessible music than Franz Schubert. He is the composer of such famous works as Ave Maria, Serenade, and the Trout Quintet. With this unparalleled gift for writing ear-catching melodies, his compositions have an exciting rhythmic verve. The program will include some of his charming waltzes, dramatic Impromptus, lyrical Musical Moments, and the vivacious Sonata in A major, D. 664. Join Jeffrey Siegel as he offers the opportunity to begin your journey into the world of classical music or to enhance your existing passion for the piano literature. An interactive Q and A will conclude this program. Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m. $42, $36, $25 ff KC

METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA FEATURING NEW YORK VOICES

MILOŠ

“The most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz”

“The hottest guitarist in the world” (The Sunday Times)

(Boston Herald)

Step into the era of swinging beats and brassy big band sounds as the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra teams up with the dynamic vocal jazz quartet, New York Voices, for this very special performance. Musical Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this renowned jazz orchestra, composed of the metro area’s best jazz musicians. For this concert, they team up with the polished and playful quartet, New York Voices, whose soulful scats, close-knit voicings, and unparalleled vocal blend have earned them critical acclaim for more than 25 years. New York Voices is “the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz.” (Boston Herald) Together, these ensembles create an evening of jazz magic. Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m. AE AM $50, $43, $30 ff

Don’t miss the highly anticipated Center for the Arts debut of this guitar phenomenon in a performance of sublime classical guitar works. This young guitar virtuoso has experienced a dizzying meteoric rise since the release of his first solo album in 2011, which topped the U.K. classical charts and won numerous awards. Hailing from Montenegro, Miloš Karadaglic´ has thrilled audiences and critics around the world with his dazzling technical mastery and has been commended for the surprising intimacy of his performances, even within a vast concert hall. One of the most accomplished classical guitarists performing today, Miloš is already being compared to guitar masters such as John Williams and Julian Bream. The Sunday Times hailed him as “the king of Aranjuez…The hottest guitarist in the world.” Sunday, March 12 at 4 p.m. $48, $41, $29 MM AM

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DANÚ ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION A Celtic celebration featuring bagpiper Ivan Goff Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this festive concert of Celtic music and dance from the Emerald Isles performed by one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles. A real favorite of Irish audiences (and ours) Danú always provides a high-energy experience while performing ancient Celtic music and new repertoire. Their virtuosity on authentic Irish instruments — flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki — is matched by the brilliance of gorgeous vocals in Irish and English. Bagpiper and former Riverdance member Ivan Goff joins the band for this American tour. Hailing from the heart of Ireland’s old country, County Waterford, this acclaimed ensemble tours throughout the U.K. and the United States to standing-room-only concerts, and has recorded seven acclaimed albums. Bring the whole family to this highenergy concert of authentic Celtic music and dance! Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. GV $50, $43, $30 ff

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RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE

CHOPINIANA AND CARMEN

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Double bill of classical ballet

A lavish ballet depiction of this well-known fairy tale

This ballet double bill represents some of the very best of classical ballet with all of the beauty, grace, and passion that typifies the grand Russian ballet tradition. Growing out of Chopin’s Seventh Waltz, Chopiniana does not follow a traditional plot. Instead, it is a poetic portrayal of romance and grace as represented by ballerinas and a young man or poet. Carmen is based on the iconic opera and includes Georges Bizet’s acclaimed score, which was adapted by Rodion Shchedrin in what he called “a creative meeting of the minds.” The ballet tells of Carmen, the fiery, free-spirited gypsy, and the love triangle between her, the soldier and the toreador. Upholding the national tradition of classical ballet, Russian National Ballet Theatre brings these ballets to life with impressive technique and artful poise, extravagant sets and gorgeous, colorful costumes. The whole family will enjoy the pageantry and elegance of this magnificent performance. Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. DD $56, $48, $34 ff

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Considered by many to be the finest achievement in classical ballet and the crowning jewel of Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is a lavish theatrical depiction of this well-known fairly tale. With music composed by the king, of classical ballet music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this grand ballet has it all — a beautiful princess and a charming prince, a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, and courtly splendor. After a wicked fairy curses the baby princess to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, a benevolent fairy bestows her gift, so the princess will instead fall into a deep sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. The unmatched grace of the dancers of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, along with the elaborate sets and beautiful costumes, make this a perfect family event! Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m. $56, $48, $34 ff


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TURANDOT Puccini’s last opera, featuring the famous aria “Nessun dorma” Puccini’s grandiose opera brings the splendor of imperial China to life with this epic tale of revenge, power, and love. The vengeful princess Turandot will marry only if a suitor can meet her challenge. Answer three riddles correctly or face doom. When a young handsome prince succeeds, she still resists and so he offers a challenge of his own: learn his name by dawn and he will forfeit his life. One of opera’s most lavish works, the score includes the well-known tenor aria, “Nessun dorma.” This is Puccini’s last opera; in fact, the final scene was completed by Franco Alfano after the maestro’s death. Laced with exoticism and an innovative use of chorus, it is a powerful work and considered one of his finest. Virginia Opera’s lavish production with extravagant sets and resplendent costumes recreates the opulent royal courts of ancient China. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. $110, $90, $54 VO

THE 7 FINGERS OF THE HAND

CUISINES & CONFESSIONS

BLACK GRACE

“A perfect blend with just the right ingredients” (Huffington Post) Dance, acrobatics, and a pinch of theatrics are the essential ingredients in this remarkable show that explores life in the family kitchen where lessons are learned, bonds are forged, and secrets are exchanged. In their latest delightfully inventive production, Cuisines & Confessions, The 7 Fingers of the Hand interprets relationships and storytelling through the process of food preparation in their own playful way. This Montreal-based group gets right into the heart of the home, using circus acts and acrobatics to depict scenes of family meals and intimate moments. This acclaimed ensemble’s name is a twist on a French idiom, “the five fingers of the hand,” which describes distinct parts moving in coordination toward a common goal. In this case there are seven artistic collaborators who achieve a common goal in creating an amazing production. The highly skilled artists with their precisely timed stunts provide the perfect recipe for an unforgettable theatrical event.

• Dance that fuses Pacific Islander dance and modern techniques. • Works set to music by Bach as well as indigenous music. New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance group presents a highly physical and uniquely powerful performance. Founder Neil Ieremia draws from his Samoan and New Zealand roots to create works that reach across social, cultural, and generational barriers. This fusion of Pacific Islander, Maori, and modern dance results in dramatically spiritual performances, which are full of beautiful expression and raw athleticism. The program will include pieces set to works ranging from Bach to original compositions to native, indigenous music. Known for their strength, stamina, and flawless performance, Black Grace will take hold of the audience from the moment they take the stage — and never let go! Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m. $48, $41, $29 DD

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THE GENIUS OF CHOPIN Frederic Chopin is celebrated in this final Keyboard Conversations performance of the season.

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JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG By Abby Mann

A powerful work in observation of the 75th anniversary of World War II In this gripping radio-style production, the boundaries of justice and compassion are stretched, as Nazi war criminals are forced to face judgments for their roles in the atrocities of the Holocaust. As the world observes the 75th anniversary of World War II, L.A. Theatre Works applies its signature style to this famous work by Abby Mann. Based on the Academy Award-winning movie, this is a dramatized version of one of the Nuremburg Trials, where an international tribunal sought to bring to justice Nazis who were guilty of crimes against humanity. Often, American judges struggled to determine the culpability of those who were following orders. Actors transport us to the 1940s as the world searches for justice and meaning in the face of tragedy. Join us for this unforgettable theatrical event. Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m. $44, $37, $26 ET

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY A passionate performance by one of America’s most important dance companies As the oldest modern dance company in this country, Martha Graham Dance Company pioneers a uniquely American style of dance. The group’s passionate performances and innovative style radically changed the trajectory of dance. Founder Martha Graham was known for creating movement rooted in social and psychological ideas and this innovative company continues to embody her groundbreaking spirit of ingenuity. The program features two debuts for the Center, Graham’s “Dark Meadow Suite” and “Deaths and Entrances.” The company also performs the extraordinary “Inner Resources” by Marie Chouinard, which was influenced by Graham’s work. The group has performed in prestigious venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Paris Opera House, and the Acropolis. Experience the dance that amazes audiences the world over. Performance contains brief, partial nudity. Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. $48, $41, $29 DD

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This popular series concludes the season with the scintillating and well-loved piano music of Chopin. Jeffrey Siegel explores Chopin’s music, which is as masterfully composed as it is beautiful, and demonstrates how this eminent composer skillfully used musical ingredients to create his extraordinary works. The program includes many great concert favorites that have been featured in film and television. Enjoy some of the most compelling, fascinating music ever written — waltzes, nocturnes, ballades, Impromptus, and the famous Heroic Polonaise! An interactive Q and A session will conclude the program. Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. $42, $36, $25 ff KC


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SONS OF SERENDIP CHRISTMAS: BEYOND THE LIGHTS Gorgeous vocals accompanied by harp, guitar, and piano sing in the season as the Sons of Serendip perform their lovely interpretations of popular holiday favorites. Through serendipity, these four friends from graduate school found themselves on America’s Got Talent for the 2014 competition where they wowed audiences and judges alike. This concert includes songs from their album Christmas: Beyond the Lights, featuring the most beloved Christmas songs and carols performed with their singular style that invokes peace and serenity. See page 8 for more information.

Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m.

VIENNA AMERICAN FESTIVAL CANADIAN BRASS POPS ORCHESTRA A CANADIAN BRASS BOYS CHOIR CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON

Join us for this popular family tradition, complete with holiday favorites and a lively carol sing-along — always a concert highlight. Conducted by Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, the American Festival Pops Orchestra brings together the talented musicians from the metro area to perform the best of the season, including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “Christmas Festival,” and other classics. See page 9 for more information.

Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m. ff

An international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles.

“The angelic voices of this most famous vocal group are ageless.” (Salt Lake Tribune)

The world’s best-known brass ensemble returns to the Center with their lively Christmas concert to ring in the season with holiday classics and brass standards. Canadian Brass is renowned for their unique combination of virtuosic playing and heartwarming humor, and their Christmas concert is a particular favorite of audiences worldwide. See page 9 for more information.

Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. ff

Celebrate the holidays with these extraordinarily talented young Austrian choristers as they perform sacred hymns, holiday pop favorites, and Christmas carols. These gifted boys are known the world over for their glorious harmonies, pristine tone, and extensive repertoire. Bring the whole family for an enchanting afternoon right at the height of the Christmas season. See page 10 for more information.

Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m. ff

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SONS OF SERENDIP CHRISTMAS: BEYOND THE LIGHTS Gorgeous vocals accompanied by harp, cello, and piano sing in the season as the Sons of Serendip perform their interpretations of popular holiday favorites. These four friends from graduate school found themselves on America’s Got Talent for the 2014 competition where they wowed audiences and judges. This concert features beloved Christmas songs and carols performed in their singular style that invokes peace and serenity. See page 8 for more information.

Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m.

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THE FIVE IRISH TENORS

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In this, their first U.S. tour, The Five Irish Tenors perform a marvelous program of opera arias and beloved Irish songs, including Verdi’s “O Mio Rimorso” from La Traviata, Cesar Franck’s “Panis Angelicus,” and the glorious “Danny Boy.” Ireland’s most popular ensemble is accompanied by two extraordinary pianists as they perform solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets with boisterous charm. See page

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K.136/125a Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Op. 28 Schubert: Octet in F major for Winds and Strings, D.803

London’s renowned chamber ensemble performs a program of chamber works for strings and winds. Schubert’s Octet in F major highlights the evening’s program and is capturing the attention of the press. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is drawn from the principal players of the distinguished Academy orchestra, which has an international reputation for its refined sound. See page 7 for more information.

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THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF THE UKRAINE Theodore Kuchar, conductor Dima Tkachenko, violin

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Stravinsky: Suite from “The Firebird”

One of Eastern Europe’s most esteemed orchestras presents an evening of brilliant Russian music. Founded in 1918, The National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine has earned Grammy nominations and international acclaim for its virtuosity and precision. This program showcases those qualities with some of the most demanding music written by three Russian masters: Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. See page 12 for more information. Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m.

MILOŠ Don’t miss the highly anticipated Center for the Arts debut of this phenomenon in a performance of sublime classical guitar works. Hailing from Montenegro, guitar virtuoso Miloš Karadaglic´ has thrilled audiences and critics around the world with his dazzling technical mastery and has been commended for the surprising intimacy of his performances, even within a vast concert hall. The Sunday Times hailed him as “the king of Aranjuez…The hottest guitarist in the world.” See page 13 for more information.

Sunday, March 12 at 4 p.m.


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BILL T. JONES /ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY

Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m.

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP The Mark Morris Dance Group is the preeminent modern dance company of our time. Performing Serenade, Dancing Honeymoon and two new works, the company’s gifted dancers are acclaimed by both audiences and critics. Hailed by The New York Times as “the most life-enhancingly musical choreographer alive,” Mr. Morris’s choreography is performed to live music, exploring the relationship between movement, expression, and music. See page 12 for

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CHOPINIANA AND CARMEN

ANALOGY/DORA: TRAMONTANE A giant in the modern dance world, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is known for its remarkable choreography using form to explore identity and social commentary. In this inspiring performance, Bill T. Jones contemplates the amorphous nature of memory in his original work, Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, a breathtaking story of a Holocaust survivor. Mr. Jones is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts, MacArthur Genius Award, a Kennedy Center Honors and multiple Tony Awards. See page 6 for more information.

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The whole family will enjoy this double bill, representing some of the best of the grand Russian ballet tradition. Growing out of Chopin’s Seventh Waltz, Chopiniana is a poetic portrayal of romance and grace. Carmen is based on the iconic opera about a fiery gypsy in a love triangle and includes Bizet’s acclaimed score, adapted by Shchedrin. Russian National Ballet Theatre brings these ballets to life with impressive technique, extravagant sets and gorgeous costumes. See page 14 for more information. Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

BLACK GRACE

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY As the oldest modern dance company in America, Martha Graham Dance Company’s passionate performances and innovative style radically changed the trajectory of dance. Founder Martha Graham was known for creating movement rooted in social and psychological ideas and her company continues to embody her groundbreaking spirit. The group has performed in the most famous venues around the world and now brings a program of sublime dance to the Center. See page 16 for more information.

Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m.

New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance group presents a uniquely powerful performance. Founder Neil Ieremia draws from his Samoan and New Zealand roots to create works that reach across social, cultural, and generational barriers. This fusion of Pacific Islander, Maori, and modern dance results in spiritual performances, full of expression and raw athleticism. The program will include pieces set to works ranging from Bach to indigenous music. See page 15 for more information.

Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m.

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Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m.

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“The Asere Friendship Tour” is The Havana Cuba All-Stars’ firstever U.S. tour and celebrates the new open friendship between the United States and Cuba. This exciting band brings to the Center an authentic Cuban experience, with rhythmic drums and castanets, wailing trumpets, and masterful acoustic guitar. Devoted to presenting the wide tapestry that exists in Cuban music — from Latin dance to soulful ballads — group’s Spanish vocals, traditional songs, and sizzling rhythms will light up the stage. See page 6 for more information.

Experience the contemporary culture of India through the glitz and glamour of this musical review. With its high-energy pop music, this live performance is deeply rooted in the art of the Bollywood film genre, complete with colorful costumes, dazzling dance, and even film excerpts. Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant, who choreographed more than 75 Bollywood films including Dhol Baaje, Kajra Re and Kamli; and Director Shruti Merchant, a judge on India’s leading reality show Dance India Dance, have created this joyous celebration. See page 12 for more information.

Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m.

Direct from Shanghai, The P.R. of China

SHANGHAI ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA SHANGHAI NIGHTS Share thrills with the whole family as you witness jaw-dropping feats of acrobatics, impeccably timed stunts, and beautiful costumes, the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China merges the hustle and bustle of contemporary Shanghai with China’s rich cultural heritage to produce this celebration of their native land. This acclaimed company, with more than one hundred performers, has won many top awards in international competitions for their outstanding acts, several of which are included in this production. See page 7 for more information. Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m.

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DANÚ ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the whole family at this festive concert of Celtic music and dance, performed by one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles. A favorite of audiences, Danú always provides a high-energy experience while performing ancient music and new repertoire. Their virtuosity on authentic Irish instruments — like the flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki — is matched by the brilliance of gorgeous vocals in Irish Gaelic and English. See page 14 for more information.

Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m.


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METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Feel the full intensity of the Oscar-winning film BiRDMAN (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), as percussionist Antonio Sanchez performs his critically acclaimed score onstage. See page 8 for more information.

Conceived by Paul Glenshaw

Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS In observance of Veterans Day, this celebrated pops orchestra, led by accomplished conductor, Anthony Maiello, presents a concert of patriotic favorites to honor those who have served and sacrificed. See page 7 for more information.

Featuring Antonio Sanchez, percussion

TO SWING THROUGH THE SKY The intertwined histories of America’s two most iconic inventions — jazz and aviation — are explored in this special performance, which includes dramatic visuals, narration, dance and the BigBand sound of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. See page 6 for more information.

BiRDMAN LiVE

Swing into the Big Band era with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the dynamic vocal jazz quartet New York Voices, who has earned critical acclaim for more than 25 years. See page 13 for

Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m.

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Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

ICONIC BROADWAY SHOW TUNES…ELECTRIFIED Experience beloved songs from the rich American musical theater canon like never before — with elements of classic rock, gospel, funk, the blues, and even surf music. Four Broadway vocalists, led by star Tony Vincent, team up with a four-piece rock band to create a fantastic blend of theatricality and pop music. See page 11 for more information.

Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m.

METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA FEATURING NEW YORK VOICES

THE 7 FINGERS OF THE HAND

CUISINES & CONFESSIONS Dance, acrobatics, and a pinch of theatrics are the essential ingredients in this remarkable show that explores life in the family kitchen where lessons are learned, bonds are forged, and secrets are exchanged. See page 15 for more information.

Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

By Neil Simon

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s last comedies and is considered one of his masterpieces. For their 25th Anniversary season, Aquila Theatre tackles this classic romantic comedy with their signature physicality and remarkable dramatization. This festive play, full of combative wit and melodrama, will leave you rolling in the aisles. See page 5 for more information.

In the heat of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, one middle-aged married man sets off to celebrate the decade of free love…before it’s too late! Walnut Street Theatre, America’s oldest theater, brings their national reputation and unique artistic vision to this wonderful new production by the king of modern comedic theater, Neil Simon. See page 11 for more information.

Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, February 12 at 7 p.m.

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MURDER ON THE NILE By Agatha Christie

Set in 1940’s Egypt, this deliciously dangerous murder mystery is one of Dame Agatha Christie’s most popular tales. For Britain’s foremost mystery author, whenever class, wealth, and reputation are on the line, a murder or two cannot be far behind! Known for its breathtaking interpretations of theatrical classics, Aquila Theatre brings its signature style to this gripping play. See page 10 for more information.

Sunday, January 22 at 4 p.m.

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WALNUT STREET THEATRE

LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS

By William Shakespeare

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JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG By Abby Mann

In this gripping, radio-style production, the boundaries of justice and compassion are stretched, as Nazi war criminals face judgments for their roles in the atrocities of the Holocaust. Based on the Academy Award-winning movie, L.A. Theatre Works applies its signature style to this famous work by Abby Mann. Don’t miss this unforgettable theatrical event. See page 16 for more information.

Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m.


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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS AND PAGLIACCI

DER FREISCHÜTZ

Virginia Opera opens its 25th season at the Center with a fantastic double bill — the satirical ballet chanté The Seven Deadly Sins and Leoncavallo’s masterpiece, Pagliacci. The final collaboration between Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, The Seven Deadly Sins is a sharp critique of capitalism and will be sung in English with English supertitles. In Pagliacci, a traveling troupe of actors blurs the lines of art and life as their play mirrors their own reality with tragic consequences. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

The struggle between good and evil takes center stage in Carl Maria Von Weber’s compelling opera Der Freischütz. As Max prepares to compete in a target-shooting contest to win the hand of his beloved Agathe, wicked forces conspire to tempt his fate. The haunting score propels the virtuous young lovers and the mystic evil spirits in a story that twists reality with the supernatural. Performed in English with English supertitles. See page 11 for more

See page 5 for more information.

Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m.

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Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 9 at 2 p.m.

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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Full of comical high jinks, mistaken identities, and longing lovers, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is the world’s most popular opera buffa. It recounts the tale of Count Almavira, a love-sick noble man who is prohibited from seeing his beloved Rosina by the curmudgeon who is her guardian. The iconic score features favorites including “Figaro’s Aria,” and much more. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. See page 9 for more information. Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m.

TURANDOT Puccini’s final opera brings the splendor of imperial China to life with this epic tale of revenge, power and love. One of opera’s most lavish works, the score includes the well-known tenor aria, “Nessun dorma.” Laced with exoticism and an innovative use of chorus, Virginia Opera presents this powerful work, considered one of the opera’s finest. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. See page 15 for more information.

Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m.

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THE IMMORTAL MELODIES OF SCHUBERT

Virtuoso pianist and entertaining storyteller Jeffrey Siegel returns to the keyboard in a program that showcases the ardent melodies and incisive rhythms of Spanish and Argentine composers. Popular with piano music lovers and newcomers alike, his unique “concerts with commentary” approach gives the story behind piano works by Albeniz, Granados, deFalla, and Piazolla. Delivered with wit and humor and a deep admiration for the music, Mr. Siegel’s performance will make you fall in love with this intoxicatingly exotic music. An interactive Q and A will conclude this program. See page 5 for more information.

This program of music by Franz Schubert is the third in the series of unique “concerts with commentary.” No composer wrote more beautiful, melodic, and accessible music than Franz Schubert. He is the composer of such famous works as Ave Maria, Serenade, and the Trout Quintet. With this unparalleled gift for writing earcatching melodies, his compositions have an exciting rhythmic verve. The program will include some of his charming waltzes, dramatic Impromptus, lyrical Musical Moments, and the vivacious Sonata in A major, D. 664. Join Jeffrey Siegel as he offers the opportunity to begin your journey into the world of classical music or to enhance your existing passion for the piano literature. An interactive Q and A will conclude this program. See page 13 for more information.

Sunday, September 18 at 7 p.m.

A FRENCH MUSICAL FEAST Become a classical music insider with Jeffrey Siegel as he provides a delicious musical feast for the ears — gorgeous music of Debussy including the beloved Clair de lune, Ravel’s impressionistic The Fountain, the charming Impromptus of Fauré, and the humorous Parade of Eric Satie. Virtuoso pianist and entertaining storyteller Jeffrey Siegel returns to our stage with a program of distinctively French musical delights. Popular with classical music lovers and newcomers alike, his unique “concerts with commentary” format gives the story behind the score. An interactive Q and A will conclude this program. See page 8 for more information. Sunday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

THE GENIUS OF CHOPIN This popular series concludes the season with the scintillating and well-loved piano music of Chopin. Jeffrey Siegel explores Chopin’s music, which is as masterfully composed as it is beautiful, and demonstrates how this eminent composer skillfully used musical ingredients to create his extraordinary works. The program includes many great concert favorites that have been featured in film and television. Enjoy some of the most compelling, fascinating music ever written — waltzes, nocturnes, ballades, Impromptus, and the famous Heroic Polonaise! An interactive Q and A session will conclude the program. See page 16 for more information. Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

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METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m.

See page 6 for more information.

See page 8 for more information.

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HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m.

See page 7 for more information.

See page 9 for more information.

CANADIAN BRASS

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Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m.

See page 7 for more information.

See page 9 for more information.

BiRDMAN LiVE Featuring Antonio Sanchez, percussion Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m. See page 8 for more information.

THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF THE UKRAINE Theodore Kuchar, conductor Dima Tkachenko, violin Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m.

AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA

Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m.

AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA

CHRISTMAS BEYOND THE LIGHTS

A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS

SONS OF SERENDIP

See page 12 for more information.

METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA FEATURING NEW YORK VOICES

Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m. See page 13 for more information.

MILOŠ Sunday, March 12 at 4 p.m. See page 13 for more information.

THE FIVE IRISH TENORS Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. See page 10 for more information.

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Please join us for

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 Mark and Merrill Shugoll Event Co-Chairs

An evening like no other 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 when the stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys take the stage in this high-octane show, performing many of your alltime favorites from the 1960s. These four vocalists shared the stage in their role as the iconic Four Seasons singing group for more than 1,000 performances in the mega-hit show, which won a Tony Award for Best Musical. Now, Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer have reunited as The Midtown Men, taking their signature sound and chemistry to audiences everywhere performing classic hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, and, of course, The Four Seasons.

artsbygeorge.gmu.edu

5:00 p.m. ARTS by George! event • Student showcases in Art, Arts Management, Computer Game Design, Film and Video Studies, Dance, Music, and Theater throughout the studios and performance spaces of the deLaski 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 The Midtown Men 9:45 p.m. Champagne and dessert reception on stage with The Midtown Men $275/person ($145 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, call 703-993-4188, or visit artsbygeorge.gmu.edu

The Midtown Men

“Sound as crisp as their Rat-Pack inspired suits.” (New York Daily News) Not a performance of, not affiliated with, the show Jersey Boys.

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PLAY A LEADING ROLE SUPPORT THE GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON SEASON AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS As a Member of the Friends of the Center for the Arts, you: Support Arts Education & Community Outreach Programs Your membership gift helps make the Great Performances at Mason Pre-Performance Discussions possible and open to all ticket holders at no additional charge.

Enjoy Member-Only Benefits to Enhance Your Experience Members receive invitations to special events, including the Artists in Conversations, which offer the unique opportunity to interact with guest artists and faculty.

Receive Priority Season Tickets Friends receive the highest seating priority for season tickets and have the opportunity to purchase season tickets before the general public.

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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COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

OUR COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE OF THE ARTS

The intense professional training of an arts conservatory along with the vast resources of a major research university.

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 artist-teachers who themselves practice what they teach — performing and exhibiting at renowned venues across the country and around the world. Students within the Schools of Music, Dance, Theater, and Art 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 deLaski Performing Arts Building, and the Music and Theater Building on the Fairfax campus as well as the magnificent Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County. 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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STUDENT PRODUCTIONS

MASON’S SCHOOL OF THEATER AND SCHOOL OF MUSIC

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See the stars of tomorrow in these exciting student productions presented by our Dance, Music, and Theater students in Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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THREEPENNY OPERA SCHOOL OF DANCE

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MASON DANCE COMPANY GALA 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 31 at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. $25 adults, $12 Children up to grade 12

THE THREEPENNY OPERA By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill Directed by Ken Elston; Musical Direction by Dr. Dennis Layendecker Translated by Michael Feingold

This perennial Broadway favorite is a social satire sizzling with innovation. Based on the popular Beggar’s Opera, Brecht and Weill’s Threepenny Opera echoes the spirit of the German Music Hall style and includes the popular “Mack the Knife.” The camaraderie and the sacrifices of war provide context for this humorous look at class warfare sexual politics. Center for the Arts October 27, 28, 29 at 8 p.m. October 29 at 2 p.m. October 30 at 4 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center November 3, 4, 5 at 8 p.m. November 5 at 2 p.m. $30 adults, $15 students and seniors

You may order tickets for these events in Step 4 of the order form in this brochure. These events may not be selected as part of a Choose-Your-Own Series. CALL 703-993-2787 OR VISIT CFA.GMU.EDU TO SUBSCRIBE

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