Season Event

Sense & Sensibility

Aquila Theatre

  • October 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

by Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s beloved novel about the two Dashwood sisters is brought to life by one of the foremost producers of classical theater. Set in the English countryside at the close of the 18th century, Sense & Sensibility revolves around the lives of the levelheaded Elinor and the hopelessly romantic Marianne. Following the unexpected death of their father, the sisters and their widowed mother must leave their comfortable family estate, which has been left to their half-brother, and move into a modest cottage. In a time when options for women are limited, the only hope for these two sisters is a profitable marriage. Austen’s classic tale—in which seduction, courtship, love, and heartbreak abound—is brought to life by the signature boldness and spirit of this esteemed company.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Tyler La Marr & Gys de Villiers (Oct 1, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$44, $37, $26. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Virginia Opera: Samson and Delilah

  • October 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • October 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Virginia Opera opens its 26th season with the epic French opera Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns, dramatizing the well-known Biblical story of a legendary Israelite warrior (Samson) who is seduced and then betrayed by a Philistine woman (Delilah). The final act features the famous “Bacchanale,” a showpiece where pleasure-seeking Delilah leads a feverish dance to tempt Samson. Paul Curran masterfully stages this passionate opera featuring acclaimed tenor Derek Taylor (Samson) and talented mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner (Delilah). Though it was not performed for 15 years after it was composed due to its sensual subject matter, Samson and Delilah is one of the most frequently performed French operas today. Sung in French with English supertitles.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 7, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 8, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

Pilobolus

Shadowland

  • October 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Pilobolus returns with an exhilarating new evening-length work—a narrative that depicts the surreal dream world of a young girl on the verge of self-discovery. Combining an ingenious use of multimedia, projected shadow play, and dance on the verge of acrobatics, this theatrical event follows a teenage girl who longs for independence as she falls asleep and journeys into the land of shadows. Shadowland was conceived in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for the popular animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, and it is set to rhythmic original music by musician/composer David Poe. This award-winning company continues to break down barriers between different creative disciplines through its collaborations as it explores ways of using the body as a graphic and expressive medium. The company has toured the world extensively and has appeared on countless television shows including Oprah, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Academy Awards, and 60 Minutes. “Grace meets physical agility to create movement that is as lyrical as it is astonishing,” says the Sunday Oregonian.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Matt Kent, Artistic Director (Oct 13, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Tango Buenos Aires

The Spirit of Argentina

  • October 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Take a journey to this South American country through the passion-filled dance and music that embody The Spirit of Argentina. One of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires is considered the most authentic tango ensemble performing today. The dancers dazzle with sensual moves and playful drama, while the musicians entice with melodies of romance and nostalgia. This program traces the evolution of tango through the classic music compositions of Carlos Gardel, a central figure in the history of tango, and his collaborations with composer Astor Piazzolla. The Spirit of Argentina showcases the breadth of styles and gamut of emotions that have made tango the cultural phenomenon that it is. “Crafted swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings” (The Washington Post).

Free Beginners' Tango Class:

(THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL.)  The FREE beginners’ tango class, led by instructors from Tango Mercurio, starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

After the class, we invite you to stop by our concessions stand in the lobby and enjoy a glass of fine Argentine wine. Bars are cash only.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 14, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Cancelled: BBC Concert Orchestra

  • October 15, 2017

This performance has been cancelled.  Though greatly disappointing, we have been informed that owing to funding issues, the BBC Concert Orchestra has been forced to cancel its entire U.S. tour for 2017.

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin

China Soul

  • November 3, 2017 - November 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • November 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Two of China’s finest troupes, these talented artists show off their superior skills in acrobatics, circus acts, illusions, and martial arts! Accompanied by traditional Chinese music, more than one-hundred performers take the stage in a spectacle of acrobatic stunts, feats of balance, juggling acts, contortion tricks, and martial arts that are guaranteed to dazzle and delight audiences. The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin are a favorite of audiences throughout the world, have won numerous awards including the Silver Clown Award, and several of their acts also perform with some of the most renowned circuses in the western world. Perfect for the whole family!

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 3, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 4, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30

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The Gondoliers

  • October 26, 2017 - October 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • October 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • October 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Gilbert and Sullivan’s last great success hilariously satirizes class distinctions. Due to an error of identity when they were young, a gaggle of charming Venetian gondoliers are informed that one of them is the heir to the throne of Barataria. The tribulations of governing and romance are lampooned in this delightful musical theater piece by the masters of comic opera.

$30 Adult; $15 students, staff, seniors and groups

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

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Dead Man's Cell Phone

By Sarah Ruhl; Directed by Mary Burgess

  • October 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • October 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • October 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

TheatreSpace

A Mason Fringe Production

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café leads a stranger at the next table to get involved--with a dead man--and a lot of loose ends. This wildly imaginative comedy by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Sarah Ruhl is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

Tickets: 
$20 adults; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups

FRINGE SPECIAL! Buy a ticket to both Fringe plays, receive half off your second purchase!

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

1984

Adapted by Robert Owen, Wilton E. Hall, Jr., and William A. Miles, Jr. Based on the novel by George Orwell. Directed by Brooke Gorsica

  • October 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • October 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • October 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

TheatreSpace

A Mason Fringe Production

Lies are called truths, political enemies are demonized, scapegoating divides the populace, rational critique is harshly denounced… and Big Brother is watching. Orwell’s prescient take on a futuristic dystopian society.

Tickets: 
$20 adults; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups

FRINGE SPECIAL! Buy a ticket to both Fringe plays, receive half off your second purchase!

 

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

The Eulogy

Written, directed, and performed by Michael Burgos

  • November 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm

TheatreSpace

Mason Theater alum Michael Burgos offers an absurd, theatrical parody of a funeral speech in The Eulogy, featuring a menagerie of characters whose inept and inapt speeches give anything but a proper homage. Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award, 2016 Atlanta Fringe; Best Show, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe; Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe; and Quirky Award, 2015 IndyFringe.

Tickets:
$20 General Admission
$10 students, staff, seniors and groups

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on October 24, 2017

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Mason Symphonic Band & Mason Percussion Concert

  • October 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

 Under the direction of Professor John Kilkenny & Denny Stokes.

Works by Snowden, de May, Sousa, Smetana, Mackey and Karrick 

Tickets: $12, $8, $5

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

You Jin Park, Graduate Piano Recital

  • October 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Please come and enjoy the finest work of You Jin Park in her graduate piano recital. This 50 minute performance is free and open to the public.


Patrick Foit, Senior Jazz Percussion Recital

  • October 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Please come and enjoy the finest work of Patrick Foit in his senior jazz percussion recital. This 50 minute performance is free and open to the public.


Danielle McLellan, Senior Bassoon Recital

  • October 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Please come and enjoy the finest work of Danielle McLellan in her senior bassoon music-education recital. This 35 minute performance is free and open to the public.

Jonathan Blank, Senior Bassoon Recital

  • October 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Please come and enjoy the finest work of Jonathan Blank in his senior bassoon music-education recital. This 35 minute performance is free and open to the public.


Brandon Boling, Senior Vocal Recital

  • October 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Please come and enjoy the finest work of Brandon Boling in his senior vocal music-education recital. This 35 minute performance is free and open to the public.


Faculty Artist Showcase

  • October 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Ava Oaxaca, Junior Saxophone Recital

  • October 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Please come and enjoy the finest work of Ava Oaxaca in her junior saxophone recital. This 35 minute performance is free and open to the public.


Mason Wind Symphony with Fairfax Wind Symphony

  • October 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Mason Wind Symphony under the direction of Professor Mark Camphouse and Fairfax Wind Symphony under the direction of Stan Schoonover

Tickets:
$12 adults
$8 seniors
$5 youth through grade 12

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Night of the Musical Tsars

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
Claire Huangci, piano

  • October 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Claire Huangci, piano

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Pianist Claire Huangci has captivated audiences since her artistic breakthrough in 2009 when she won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, as well as in 2010 at the Chopin Competition in Miami. “It’s gratifying to have followed Huangci’s progression from a young prodigy to an artist poised for greatness” (Gramophone Magazine).

The symphonic highlight of the evening is Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony; its brilliant premiere was a sensational success with an ovation applause that lasted well over half an hour.  “As the storm of applause shook the columns of the concert hall,” the reviewer wrote, “the conductor lifted the score above his head to make it clear this ovation was not owed to him, but the creator of the music—Shostakovich.”

Tickets: $65, $53, $39
Student tickets: $15

Pre-Performance Discussion: Conductor Christopher Zimmerman and special guests (Oct 21, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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Derek Hughes

Comedian/Magician

  • November 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

America's Got Talent comedian/magician Derek Hughes brings his unique blend of stand-up comedy and sleight of hand to the Concert Hall stage. His live performances have been lauded by audiences and critics alike, with The New York Times calling him “thoroughly entertaining.” Hughes has appeared on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, and the CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

Tickets: (on sale October 3, 2017)
Students: Free, must present Mason ID and Ticket for entry
General Public: $20, Limited Availability

Meet the Author: Steve Parke, 'Picturing Prince'

  • October 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Mason welcomes Steve Parke back to campus for a special Alumni Weekend and Fall for the Book program.

Following his studies as a Mason Theater major in the 1980s, Mr. Parke embarked on a 14-year run as art director and personal photographer for Prince. In this dynamic role working closely with Prince, he designed stage sets for international concert tours, album covers, and merchandise. To be released in September 2017, his book Picturing Prince includes never-before-seen images and behind-the-scenes stories of the reclusive icon.

As a photographer, his clients have also included David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Sheila E., and more. Hear about his exciting journey in a one hour interview and Q&A facilitated by Mason alumna Nicole Livas (‘90).

A book signing will follow and guests may purchase books on-site.

Register for the event.

Visual Voices Speaker Series

  • October 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Patricia Bellon-Gillen “Willful Wondering and Disorderly Notions”

Visual Voices, a professional lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, invites eight nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design. In addition to providing a look inside the studios of these top professionals, the series offers students the opportunity to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits.

The lectures are open to the public and take place in Harris Theater on select Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact, Harold Linton.

Visual Voices Speaker Series

  • October 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Sadie Barnette “A Place Called Compland.”

Visual Voices, a professional lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, invites eight nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design. In addition to providing a look inside the studios of these top professionals, the series offers students the opportunity to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits.

The lectures are open to the public and take place in Harris Theater on select Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact, Harold Linton.

ArtsBus

  • October 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

Get on the bus—the ArtsBus, that is—which every month whisks you to New York City on a day trip to embrace and experience the city's vibrant and varied arts scene. Head to museums, galleries and special events in the place that many of the world's top professional artists call home.

Participants can enrich the trip by taking two-hour tours and studio visits led by School of Art faculty, who provide in-depth perspective and insight into the visual feast.

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Mason Night 

  • November 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Center for the Arts wants to show its appreciation for Mason faculty and staff!

Explore the arts at Mason and get discounted tickets for the performance of the Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin. These talented artists show off their superior skills in acrobatics, circus acts, illusions, and martial arts! More than one hundred performers take the stage in a spectacle of acrobatic stunts and martial arts.

Come a little early to explore the many arts experiences Mason has to offer! 

  • Interactive Exhibits by the Various Schools and Departments of the College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Live Art Demonstrations
  • Live Music
  • Pre-Performance Discussion
  • Activities and Games
  • Cornhole
  • Photo Booth
  • Post-Performance Backstage Tour
    And more!

Mason faculty and staff may receive 25% off tickets. Please email cfatix@gmu.edu or call 703-993-8888 for details.  

Half-price tickets are available for youth through grade 12

Mark Irchai Senior Piano Recital

  • October 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Join Mark Irchai for his senior recital at George Mason University!
The program will include an appearance by guest narrator Professor John Aler.
Admission is entirely free and open to the public.  Program:  Leoš Janáček
- In the Mists Samuel Barber - Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26 Francois
Poulenc - L'Histoire de Babar w/guest narrator John Aler