Season Event

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Classics Go Pop!

  • September 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Jeffrey Siegel opens his season of Keyboard Conversations with a stellar program of well-loved and familiar compositions by some of the world's most gifted composers. This captivating pianist has entertained and enlightened audiences for more than 40 years with his brilliant playing, and his exceptional knowledge of classical music. Enthusiasts and newcomers alike enjoy his engaging talks about each work and its composer, gaining a greater appreciation for the music they are about to hear. Featuring a collection of music that never goes out of style or loses its enormous appeal, this exciting program includes favorites by Gershwin, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Schubert, and more. "His performances were expressive and full of passion…this is an artist who means every note he plays." (The New York Times)

Please note: There will not be a Young Artists Musicale prior to this performance. 

$40, $34, $24. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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Patti LuPone: COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA….Played That Part

  • September 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winner is "the American musical theater's greatest living star" (San Francisco Chronicle).  In this production, Ms. LuPone takes the audience on a marvelous journey through her long and triumphant career in theater, on Broadway and around the world. Her inimitable voice and commanding stage presence earned her the Tony for her role of Argentine First Lady Eva Perón in the original Broadway production of Evita, as well as for her role as Mama Rose in Gypsy, and she won the Olivier Award for her portrayal of Fantine in the original London production of Les Misérables. In this delightful performance, Ms. LuPone performs the songs from roles in musicals that she could have played, would have played, or should have played, along with those that she did play or will be playing. Included in the program will be songs from Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, and Peter Pan, and, of course, from Gypsy and Evita. "A singular stage force…many try, but few have the knockout punch of LuPone." (The Washington Post)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Sep 27, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

$100, $85, $60. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

  • October 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Alonzo King, hailed as "one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today," (San Francisco Chronicle) showcases his illustrious corps of dancers in their first performance at the Center for the Arts. This revered choreographer, and his celebrated contemporary ballet company, LINES Ballet, uses principles of science to further develop the language of movement. Among his many awards, he was honored with the Jacob's Pillow Creativity Award for "moving ballet in a very 21st-century direction." Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists, King creates work that imbue classical ballet with a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, renowned for its profound sense of shared humanity. This exquisite performance includes the critically acclaimed Rasa, a deeply evocative and shimmering work praised by The New York Times as "an intriguing wonder," which is set to a hypnotic score by Grammy-nominated classical Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain.  

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 3, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

$44, $37, $26. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on September 23, 2014

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The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir

Direct from Dakar, Senegal

  • October 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

These inspiring West African singers speak to the soul through their glorious voices in an evening of inspiring Gospel music. Founded more than six decades ago, Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir is a symbol of peace, hope, humanity, and brotherhood in its homeland, creating harmony between the music of the Catholic and Islamic cultures in Senegal. Each Sunday, the choir performs at a cathedral in the heart of Dakar's working-class neighborhood. The voices rise in the polyphonic sounds of traditional African songs and spirituals along with magnificent Masses composed by the choir's brilliant founder. Singing in the country's four national languages – Wolof, Diola, Sérère, and Portuguese Creole, the choir is accompanied by African drums, guitar, and kora. Enjoy this evening of life-affirming global music from one of Africa's most venerated vocal ensembles in their first appearance at the Center.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 4, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $39, $28. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on September 23, 2014

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Zimmerman, Music Director

  • September 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Alexander Schimpf, piano
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture

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$60, $45, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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Grand Piano Celebration

George Mason University's School of Music

  • September 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Concert Hall

A celebration of our all-Steinway school featuring the artistry of Dr. Linda Apple Monson in collaboration with faculty colleagues and outstanding student artists.  Featuring Dr. Anna Balakerskaia, piano; Professor John Aler, tenor; and Professor Amy Baumgarten, cello.  Proceeds support student scholarships for the School of Music.

Free Reception to follow in the Lobby.

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$20 adults, $15 seniors, $5 students (non-Mason)

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ARTS by George!

An evening celebrating the arts at Mason to benefit student scholarships and the Great Performances at Mason season.

  • September 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Various Venues

Join us for a benefit event 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 with showcases and exhibits by Mason's arts students, which are amid a spectacular array of food and beverages.  The evening culminates with a performance by Tony and Grammy Award-winner, Patti LuPone, presenting a concert called "COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA...Played That Part" followed by a champagne and dessert reception on stage.

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Almost, Maine

School of Theater Studio #1

  • October 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • October 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • October 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

TheatreSpace

Cariani's series of short plays explore the sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows, set in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.

Pay what you can ($5 increments only)

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on September 23, 2014

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The Blue Room

School of Theater Studio #1

  • October 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • October 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

TheatreSpace

Based on Arthur Schnitzler's "La Ronde," "The Blue Room" is a played out through 10 intimate circular scenes of love and betrayal, through a succession of characters whose sexual lives enmesh like a daisy chain. A meditation on men and women, sex and social class, and projection and desire.

Pay what you can ($5 increments only)

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on September 23, 2014

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Faculty Artist Showcase, School of Music

  • October 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Free/Non-ticketed

Visual Voices: E(ART)H History

  • September 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Speaker: Ron Graziani

Free/Non-ticketed

Visual Voices: Improvising a Living Beyond the Studio

  • September 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Speaker: Dan Culleton

Free/Non-ticketed

Jeff Thompson: Impossible in Another Form

New Media

  • August 25, 2014 - September 19, 2014

Fine Arts Gallery

With the use of computers, smartphones, and other digital devices, data is pervasive in our society. Jeff Thompson's work takes a divergent spin on data visualization by using technology to create art that is non-utilitarian and does not seek to prove hypotheses or provide answers to complex problems.  Instead, Thompson’s investigation using cultural and personally derived data, and various digital structures, results in work that is more poetic in nature and seeks to participate in interdisciplinary cultural critiques of the value of information. Currently, Thompson is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Visual Art and Technology at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

Artist Lecture and Reception: Sept. 10, 1:30 pm

Free/Non-ticketed

Gallery Reception: Jeff Thompson: Impossible in Another Form

  • September 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Fine Arts Gallery

With the use of computers, smartphones, and other digital devices, data is pervasive in our society.  Jeff Thompson's work takes a divergent spin on data visualization by using technology to create art that is non-utilitarian and does not seek to prove hypotheses or provide answers to complex problems.  Instead, Thompson’s investigation using cultural and personally derived data, and various digital structures, results in work that is more poetic in nature and seeks to participate in interdisciplinary cultural critiques of the value of information. Currently, Thompson is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Visual Art and Technology at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

Free/Non-ticketed

Art as Research

Mixed Media

  • September 25, 2014 - October 24, 2014

Fine Arts Gallery

Featuring Artists: Greg Bloom, Gareth Branwyn, Riah Buchannan, Katherine Chandler, Edgar Endress, Paul Farber, Katie Hargrave, Robby Herbst, James Huckenpahler, Pam Jordan, Nate Larson, Pedro Lasch, Jaimes Mayhew, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Susan Morgan, Heidi Neilson, Huong Ngo, Emmanuel Pratt, Ding Ren, Siobahn Rigg, Steve Rowell, Tim Schwartz, Terry Scott, Cassie Thornton

This exhibition examines recent experiments in creative research viewed through artwork by 24 contemporary US artists-- all participants in Provisions Library's Research Residency Program. Each artist used Washington, DC as a platform for socially engaged research using archives, museums, local communities and policy think advocacy organizations. Exhibition themes range from outer space exploration to neighborhood mapping, urbanism to intellectual property and nationality to surveillance.

Opening Reception: Sept. 25, 5-7pm

Free/Non-ticketed

Gallery Reception: Art as Research

Mixed Media

  • October 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Fine Arts Gallery

Featuring Artists: Greg Bloom, Gareth Branwyn, Riah Buchannan, Katherine Chandler, Edgar Endress, Paul Farber, Katie Hargrave, Robby Herbst, James Huckenpahler, Pam Jordan, Nate Larson, Pedro Lasch, Jaimes Mayhew, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Susan Morgan, Heidi Neilson, Huong Ngo, Emmanuel Pratt, Ding Ren, Siobahn Rigg, Steve Rowell, Tim Schwartz, Terry Scott, Cassie Thornton

This exhibition examines recent experiments in creative research viewed through artwork by 24 contemporary US artists-- all participants in Provisions Library's Research Residency Program. Each artist used Washington, DC as a platform for socially engaged research using archives, museums, local communities and policy think advocacy organizations. Exhibition themes range from outer space exploration to neighborhood mapping, urbanism to intellectual property and nationality to surveillance.

Free/Non-ticketed

"I Am You" World Peace Project: Work by Ahni Sallaway

Painting

  • August 25, 2014 - September 26, 2014

Mason Hall Atrium Gallery

"I hope women will recognize themselves in this global mix and feel one with all women.  I want all of us to see that diversity and unity are powerful and beautiful.  The more connected we are to each other, the more harmonious our world will be.  The large- scale faces are hung beside each other, they seem to morph into each other.  If we look closely into each painting, and then into each other, we might realize that we are all more alike than different, that we are all one."  -- Artist statement by Ahni Sallaway

Artist Lecture and Reception: Sept. 5, 6-8 pm

Free/Non-ticketed

Gallery Reception: "I Am You" World Peace Project: Work by Ahni Sallaway

Painting

  • September 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Mason Hall Atrium Gallery

"I hope women will recognize themselves in this global mix and feel one with all women.  I want all of us to see that diversity and unity are powerful and beautiful.  The more connected we are to each other, the more harmonious our world will be.  The large- scale faces are hung beside each other, they seem to morph into each other.  If we look closely into each painting, and then into each other, we might realize that we are all more alike than different, that we are all one."  -- Artist statement by Ahni Sallaway


Reception is from 6-8 p.m.

Free/Non-ticketed

Rylan Steele: New Work

Photography

  • October 3, 2014 - October 31, 2014

Mason Hall Atrium Gallery

Rylan Steele's work is an investigation of Ave Maria, a catholic inspired planned community that was built in southern Florida. Florida has a complicated history that includes the nations oldest city, Saint Augustine, artificial realities like Disney World, and Seaside, which is one of the most studied contemporary master planned communities. Ave Maria was established in 2007, by Tom Monaghan, founder of Dominos Pizza, as a place that offers "the best of both worlds -- the great quality of life of Naples and a new dynamic Catholic and educational community."  Steele's interests lie in the infrastructure that supports the founders' utopian vision and how the community develops following its artificial creation.

Free/Non-ticketed

Fall for the Book

Roxana Robinson & David Finkel

  • September 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Grand Tier III

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Free

Fall for the Book

Jodi Picoult

  • September 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Concert Hall

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Free

Fall for the Book

Staged Reading of Grimly Handsome

  • September 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

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Free

Fall for the Book - Multiple Events

  • September 13, 2014

Concert Hall Grand Tier III

11:30 am - Graduate Student Reading of Loud Fire

1:00 pm - Rebecca Lee reading

2:30 pm - Laura Van Den Berg reading

4:00 pm - Roxane Gay reading

5:30 pm - Busboys and Poets Award reading: Martin Espada

7:00 pm - Stillhouse reading, reception and panel discussion

Web Site

Free

Fall for the Book

  • September 15, 2014

Concert Hall Grand Tier III

6:00 pm - Bausch Brothers Reading and Talk

7:30 pm - Mary Roberts Rinehart Award Reading; Eula Biss

Web Site

Free

Fall for the Book

  • September 16, 2014

Concert Hall Grand Tier III

11:30 am - Porochista Khakpour reading

6:00 pm - Dani Shapiro reading

7:30 pm - Maud Casey and Lia Purpura reading

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Free

Fall for the Book

  • September 16, 2014

Harris Theatre

6:00 pm - Mystery Writers of America Panel

7:30 pm - Sophie Hannah reading

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Free

Trumpet Studio Recital

Mason School of Music

  • September 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Free

Fall for the Book

  • September 17, 2014

Concert Hall Grand Tier III

6 p.m. - MFA Alumni reading

7:30 p.m. - Peter Streckfus reading

Free

Fall for the Book

  • September 17, 2014

Harris Theatre

Fairfax Prize Reading by Richard Russo

Free

Fall for the Book

  • September 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Concert Hall Grand Tier III

Center for Wellbeing Reception for Todd Kashdan

Free

Mason Jazz Combos Recital

  • September 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Free

Trumpet Studio Recital

School of Music

  • October 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Free

Flute Studio Recital

School of Music

  • October 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Free

College of Science Fall Convocation

  • September 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Concert Hall Lobbies

David Zerkel: Visiting Artist Tuba Recital

  • September 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Artsbus

  • September 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

Finley Building

Fall 2014 Trips:

• September 20, 2014
• October 18, 2014
• November 15, 2014

Spring 2015 Trips (Tickets will be available for spring trips on Feb. 10):

• February 21, 2015
• March 21, 2015
• April 18, 2015

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"Why Do Modern People Have Children" Peter N. Stearns, University Professor, Provost Emeritus

  • September 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall