Season Event

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

  • December 19, 2016 - December 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker! "Knock Out!" Raves the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world's best dancers on stage in your city!



Groups get the best seats at the best prices! Call Bobbie at 1-800-320-1733 to reserve your seats today.

Tickets: $175, $122, $88, $68, $48, $28

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Virginia Opera: The Barber of Seville

  • December 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • December 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

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 love-sick 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.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company - Glenn Winter (Dec 3, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company - Glenn Winter (Dec 4, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$110, $90, $54. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

  • December 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling ring-ting-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. It's our way of wishing you and yours a happy holiday.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd Arranger in Residence, AFPO (Dec 10, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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A Canadian Brass Christmas

  • December 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

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.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: David Srebnik (Dec 17, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on December 6, 2016

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Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

  • December 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

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.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: David Srebnik - Classical Music Program Director - SiriusXM Satellite Radio & (Dec 18, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on December 6, 2016

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Mason's School of Theater presents "Bouncin' - A Kid Pan Alley Musical"

  • December 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm

TheatreSpace

This staged reading, performed by Mason Musical Theater students, will be a first glimpse at an original musical by Paul Reisler, working with children as co-composers and lyricists for the not-for-profit Kid Pan Alley. Through creative learning and expression workshops, Kid Pan Alley's songs have won Grammy nominations, WAMMIE and Parent's Choice Awards, and have been recorded by such artists as Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Sissy Spacek, Amy Grant, and many more. The score will be drawn from the best KPA songs created over the last 18 years.

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: The Nutcracker

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor

  • December 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Featuring the Fairfax Ballet
   Margaret Virkus, Artistic Director

Experience this timeless holiday classic with the FSO and the Fairfax Ballet – a holiday tradition your family will always cherish. Enjoy a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice. It's the perfect holiday treat for the entire family!

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$65, $53, $39

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Jazz Combos/Steel Pan Ensemble Concert*

  • December 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm

DeLaski - Room 3001

Performance by the Mason Jazz Combos, under the direction of jazz pianist, Wade Beach. Visit Mason Jazz online.

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Free/Non-ticketed

Healing Arts Ensemble Concert

  • December 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Choral Room A323

The Healing Arts Ensemble is the signature performing group for the University programs in Music and Well-Being.

It is the performance medium in which students apply the sound-healing principles learned in the Music as a Healing Art class. The group features a wide variety of musical instruments, exotic percussion and pure quartz crystal singing bowls all played with a focused healing intent. The music played creates an atmosphere to promote a mindful contemplative experience, stress relief, and peace, love, and light.

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Free/Non-ticketed

Vocal Performance Seminar Performance

  • December 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Grand Tier III

Free/Non-ticketed

Guitar Ensemble Concert

  • December 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Free/Non-ticketed

Mason Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

  • December 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

Conductor:  Dr. Dennis Layendecker
Soloist: Dr. Linda Apple Monson, pianist
Emcee: Dr. Ángel Cabrera

Feliz Navidad!

- Rapsodia Sinfonica, by Joaquin Turina, featuring Dr. Linda Apple Monson, pianist

- The Three Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2, by Manuel de Falla

- Capriccio Espagnole by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

- 4 Danzas del ballet "ESTANCIA” by Alberto Ginastera 


PLUS JOYOUS HOLIDAY MUSIC 

Carol Festival (scored for orchestra by Hawley Ades)

A MOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS

arranged by Robert Sheldon (SING-A-LONG) including:

Winter Wonderland
I’ll be Home for Christmas
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year


Tickets:

$20 adults
$15 seniors
$5 youth through grade 12

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New Sound Collective Concert

  • December 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

DeLaski - Room 3001

Free/Non-ticketed

School of Music Entrance Auditions: All Instuments and Voice

  • December 3, 2016 at 8:00 am

Performing Arts Building/MTB

Dance Innovations

  • December 1, 2016 - December 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Tickets:
$15: Adult (general)
$10: Students, staff and seniors
$7: Groups of 10 or more

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Mason Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors

  • December 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm
  • December 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Old Town Hall, Fairfax

Tickets:
$12, $8, $5

Due to the off-campus location of this performance, tickets to Amahl and the Night Visitors will not be available for purchase online, over the phone, or at the ticket office after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. Any remaining tickets will be available for sale at Old Town Hall (3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030) beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. 

This performance will also be presented at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on December 2 at 8 pm, and December 3 at 2 pm & 8 pm. Learn more.

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Dr. Anna Balakerskaia Studio Recital

  • December 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Choral Room A323

Free/Non-ticketed

Mary Roper Award Reception

  • December 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Grand Tier III

Click, Clack, Moo

Presented by TheatreWorks

  • December 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

Concert Hall

"Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" Farmer Brown cries.

When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declared the farm a "tech-free zone." He confiscates her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets.

"No way," replies Farmer Brown. "No blankets!"

So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs!

Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving" musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

Ticketing is handled by TheatreWorks. Theatreworks USA is America's largest theatre for young and family audiences. Available for class trips, in-school, and evening/weekend performances.

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Dance Performance Studio

  • December 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm
  • December 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

DeLaski - Room A301

$7.00

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Frosty

Presented by TheatreWorks

  • December 15, 2016 at 10:30 am

Concert Hall

The beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” has inspired a brand new story by Catherine Bush that includes original music by Mandy Williams and produced by The Barter Players, from Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA—one of the longest running theatre’s in the country!

A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, the snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills, and the discovery that the real magic of the holidays is love. The show is filled with songs anddances that you’ll remember long after you leave the theatre!

Ticketing is handled by TheatreWorks. Theatreworks USA is America's largest theatre for young and family audiences. Available for class trips, in-school, and evening/weekend performances.

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Alexandria Harmonizers

A Family Christmas

  • December 16, 2016 - December 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • December 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Harris Theatre

The internationally acclaimed Alexandria Harmonizers presents A Family Christmas, featuring a warming selection of holiday favorites, old and new.  The show will feature the musical talents and singing of the Reen Family, teen barbershop quartet icons, Vintage Mix, and the sounds of Positive Vibrations Steel Drum band.

Tickets:

$40, $30 adult

$35, $25 senior (62+)

$20, $15 youth through grade 12

Groups of 12+ receive a 20% discount. Please contact the group sales coordinator at 703-993-8600.

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NVCJA Graduation

  • December 21, 2016 at 10:00 am

Concert Hall

Free/Non-ticketed