Season Event

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Fiesta!

  • September 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

Virtuoso pianist and engaging speaker 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 the popular tango Por una Capeza by Carlos Gardel. 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.

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$42, $36, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

The Midtown Men

  • September 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Stars from the original cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys take the stage in this high-octane 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 tour de force in this a 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.

This performance is part of the ARTS by George! benefit. More information at artsbygeorge.gmu.edu

The Pre-Performance Discussion for The Midtown Men has been cancelled due to the ARTS! by George! event preceding performance.

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

Aquila Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

  • September 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

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.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Sep 30, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$44, $37, $26. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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An Evening Celebrating the Arts at Mason to Benefit Student Scholarships and The Great Performances at Mason Season

  • September 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Center for the Arts

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.

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$275

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Dvorak's "New World"

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor

  • October 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Dvorak: Cello Concerto
   Amit Peled, cello

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

He has "the flair of a young Rostropovich" (American Record Guide) and "simply a gorgeous sound." (Baltimore Sun).  Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled, voted by Musical America as one of the most influential musicians today, brings to the FSO season opener the historic Goffriller 1733 cello, once played by the legendary Pablo Casals.

Pre-Performance Discussion at 7 pm: Join David Ginder of WETA 90.9-FM with Conductor Christopher Zimmerman and special guests.

Student tickets: $15.

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Grand Piano Celebration

Celebrating Mason's All Steinway School

  • September 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Concert Hall

Featuring the artistry of Dr. Linda Apple Monson, pianist, in collaboration with Mason faculty colleagues:
Dr. Anna Balakerskaia, pianist
Prof. Lisa Berger, soprano
Prof. Seong Won Nam, tenor
Guest Artist Zino Bogachek, violin
and outstanding student piano artists

Reception to follow in lobby. View the event poster here.

Proceeds support student scholarships for Mason's School of Music

Tickets:
$20 adults
$15 seniors
$5 youth through Grade 12; Free for Mason students with ID

Washington Sorichung

  • September 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Visual Voices

  • September 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm
  • September 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theatre

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.

Fall 2016

September 1: Richard Raiselis "Time for Reflection"

September 8: Judith Harris "Renaming Things: The Power of Metaphorical Thinking in Poetry and the Visual Arts"

September 22: Jonathan Linton "The Human Touch in the Digital Age: Portraits, Figures, and Thoughts"

October 6: Siebren Versteeg "Siebren Versteeg"

October 20: Studio 424 – Chicago "We Give a Shit – and We Do It for a Living"


Spring 2017

January 26: Walter Kravitz "Art is What Isn't – Studio Pursuits"

February 9: J.J. McCraken "The Dirt Eater and the Scold: Reflections on a Research-led Art Practice"

March 9: John Jacob "Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum"

March 23: E. Carmen Ramos "Rufino Tamayo: The New York Years"

March 30: Helen Frederick "Absorbing Traditions: The Labor of Art"

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Vocal Studies Convocation

  • September 10, 2016 at 10:00 am

Harris Theatre

Mason Carry On

  • September 19, 2016 at 9:00 am

Concert Hall

Fall for the Book: Diane Rehm

  • September 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Grand Tier III/Concert Hall

Diane Rehm will accept the 2016 Mason Award, which celebrates authors who have made an extraordinary contribution to connecting literature to the wide reading public. William Miller, Executive Director of Fall for the Book says, "The Diane Rehm Show has always fostered an appreciation for contemporary literature. In the midst of everything else going on in the world, Diane Rehm keeps a place dedicated to literature in the show each week. She's given voice to writers and books over the years, in addition to being a writer herself. We feel her work and career perfectly exemplifies the Mason Award ideals." Read more.

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Fall for the Book: Lauren Groff

  • September 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Lauren Groff is the author of several books, including her newest, Fates and Furies. Kirkus gave the novel a starred review, saying, "The plotting is exquisite, and the sentences hum; Groff writes with a pleasurable, bantering vividness." Read more.

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Fall for the Book: Civil War Historians James McPherson and Edward Ayers

  • September 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Two noted historians of the Civil War, James McPherson and Edward Ayers, join in conversation about their work on this important period in American history in a rare event presented by Fall for the Book at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, in Harris Theater on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. McPherson, appearing via video conference from Princeton University, will offer observations, growing out of his most recent book, on why the Civil War still matters, and Ayers, who will be on the stage in Harris Theater, will talk about his work on the Reconstruction and its relationship to the war and present time. They then will join in discussing their ideas and insights, followed by taking questions from the audience. Christopher Hamner, George Mason Professor of History, will moderate. The appearance by McPherson via video link is necessitated by his not being able to travel to Mason, as he originally planned. The re-formatting offers audience members a rare opportunity to gain from the insights of two experts in the field. It does mean, however, that McPherson will not be present to sign copies of his books, which will still be for sale at the event. Copies of Ayers’ books also will be available for sale and signing. Sponsored by Mason’s Department of History and Art History.

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Fall for the Book: Jon Mooallem - Mason Reads Author

  • September 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Concert Hall

Jon Mooallem will speak at the capstone event for this year's Mason Reads program. His book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America was given to all incoming George Mason freshman. Students will participate in programming throughout the semester and attend Mooallem’s reading. Read more.

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Fall for the Book: 100th Meridian Project

  • September 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Experience a one-hour multi-media event that marries art and science to bring awareness to the issues of water ecology, land use, and public policy in the American West. Project Director Rick Davis and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Mason present exhibits, seminars and interactive media, as well as a performance which explores the issues first raised in the 1870s by John Wesley Powell, a soldier, ethnologist and director of the United States Geological Survey. Powell’s studies of the Colorado River Basin concluded that the arid West was incapable of supporting substantial human populations at any distance from the main water sources. This production is based on Wallace Stegner’s 1954 book, Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the American West. In partnership with the College of Science, the English Department and the School of Art. 

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Fall for the Book: Sandra Cisneros

  • September 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Grand Tier III/Harris Theatre

Sandra Cisneros will accept Fall for the Book's highest honor, the Fairfax Prize, which honors outstanding literary achievement and celebrates contributors to the larger literary landscape. William Miller, Executive Director of Fall for the Book says, "We are excited to recognize Sandra Cisneros for her literary achievements and her many contributions to American and international literature..." Read more.

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Artsbus

  • September 24, 2016 at 6:00 am

The GMU Artsbus is a School of Art (SOA) sponsored day trip to New York City. For more info, click here.

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Fall for the Book: Poetry Reading with Bryan Borland and Christina Olson

  • September 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Grand Tier III, Concert Hall

Lambda Literary Judith W. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award winner Bryan Borland is the author of three collections of poetry, including his new book, Dig from Stillhouse Press. Poet Denise Duhamel says of Dig, “Bryan Borland wields a deft and lyrical hand, cracks open the heart, and imagines a mind where madness is beautiful and ‘everything is instinct.’” Christina Olson describes her new collection, Terminal Human Velocity as trying “to make sense of the natural world and our human role within it.” In it, she uses varied personas, including the voice of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton to discuss a variety of topics, from “last suppers” on death row, to scientific phenomena.
 

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Fall for the Book: Poet Dana Levin

  • September 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Grand Tier III, Concert Hall

Poet Dana Levin is the author of several collections of poetry, including In the Surgical Theatre, which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Osterweil Award. Her most recent collection, Banana Palace, has been called “intimate and hypnotic” by Ploughshares, and Robert Pinsky praises the book for  “images that are satisfyingly clear . . . and excitingly inexplicable.” In this new collection, Levin uses humor, jump-cut imagery, and popular culture references in preparation for the approaching apocalypse. Levin’s honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation, and others.

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Fall for the Book: Jeffrey Arnett 

  • September 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Harris Theater

In 2000, psychologist Jeffrey Arnett coined the term “emerging adulthood” to describe the ever-evolving age between the late teens and mid-twenties. For over a decade he has studied emerging adults across different demographics and countries, looking in particular at risk behavior and consumption of media in youth. On the tenth anniversary of its publication, Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens to the Twenties has been re-released in a new edition covering all of the developments in media use, social class issues and the other distinctive problems of this life stage.Sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University Life, and the George Mason Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence.