Season Event

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: Ms. Guo, Artistic Director & Joanna Quin Yanan, Translator (Nov 3, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ms. Guo, Artistic Director & Joanna Quin Yanan, Translator (Nov 4, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

A French Musical Feast!

  • November 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Celebrating his 25th season at the Center, Jeffrey Siegel plays a delicious musical feast for the ears–gorgeous music of Debussy including the ever popular Clair de lune and sensuous Isle of Joy, Ravel’s beloved Pavane for a Dead Princess and dazzling The Fountain, as well as Fauré’s enthralling Impromptu. For more than four decades, this brilliant pianist has earned accolades for enchanting audiences with his artistry, wit, and insight, and this Keyboard Conversations® program of distinctively French musical delights is no exception. “…a pianist with a bravura technique and a big, gorgeous sound…and when the artist himself offers the inside scoop, the musical experience becomes vastly more personal” (The Denver Post). An interactive Q and A will conclude this program.

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$42, $36, $25. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Hamlet

Aquila Theatre

  • November 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

by William Shakespeare

Aquila Theatre sheds new light on this tragic story by William Shakespeare. Recognized by many as his greatest and most popular play, Hamlet is a compelling tale of familial conflict, personal ambition, love, and revenge. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play centers on Prince Hamlet and his pursuit for vengeance against his uncle, Claudius, who murdered his own brother—Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet. Claudius seized the throne and married King Hamlet’s widow. Guided by his father’s ghost, Prince Hamlet is driven to avenge this treason and from there ensues an epic drama replete with deceit, mistrust, and schemes. Four centuries after its premiere, Hamlet remains one of the classics of the world stage and Aquila Theatre’s signature physical style honors this masterpiece with a stellar production that is “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect” (The New Yorker).

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 12, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

Doug Varone and Dancers

in the shelter of the fold
featuring Mason Dance Company

  • November 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This award-winning contemporary dance company makes its first appearance at the Center in more than a decade in a performance that showcases daring physicality, impeccable choreography, and expansive artistry. The New York-based Doug Varone and Dancers is universally praised for “thrilling, mesmerizing work” (The Village Voice). This performance includes Varone’s latest piece, in the shelter of the fold, which contemplates faith and belief as well as coping, realization, and choice. This 40-minute work comprises episodic, stand-alone vignettes, one of which features the remarkable dancers from Mason’s School of Dance. Founded in 1986, the company has been awarded an impressive 11 Bessies (New York Dance and Performance Awards) while amassing an impressive body of work, which includes collaborations in theater, opera, and film, making it one of the most respected dance companies working today. “If this work and these dancers can’t move you, I don’t know what would” (Dance Magazine).

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 18, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

Chanticleer

A Chanticleer Christmas

  • November 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

“The world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker) kicks off the holiday season at the Center for the Arts with a beautiful concert of a cappella music that includes gorgeous seasonal classical pieces as well as holiday favorites. Chanticleer is renowned for the seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass with their superior technique, sublime tone, and unparalleled musicality. Their original interpretations span period and genre—from Gregorian chant to jazz, popular, and contemporary music. The group, which has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” has a long list of impressive achievements: sales of more than a million albums, two Grammy® Awards, being named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, and induction in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. Begin the Christmas season with this beautiful holiday concert.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 25, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

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Virginia Opera: The Girl of the Golden West

  • December 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Virginia Opera continues its season with Giacomo Puccini’s magnum opus, The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West), considered the first “spaghetti western.” Set during the California Gold Rush of 1849, this Italian opera is Puccini’s take on the rough and tough Wild West and features familiar themes of unrequited love, jealousy, betrayal, redemption, and changing fate. The story follows Minnie, a gun toting saloon owner of the Polka Saloon. Minnie is the object of desire for all of the whiskey-guzzling and card-playing patrons of her establishment, but Minnie rebuffs the cowboys and gold-diggers and instead falls head over heels for a mysterious stranger who might just be a wanted highway bandit in disguise. This thrilling Western melodrama is vividly brought to life under the direction of Virginia Opera’s beloved Lillian Groag. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Dr. Glenn Winter (Dec 2, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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$110, $90, $54. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on November 21, 2017

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The Gondoliers

  • 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

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

The Pillowman

By Martin McDonagh; Directed by Hollyann Bucci  

  • November 16, 2017 - November 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • November 18, 2017 - November 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

A Studio Series Production

With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and even the Brothers Grimm, an unnamed totalitarian state interrogates a writer about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of murders. The result is an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art in a time of political urgency.

Tickets:  
$20 General Admission
$10 students, staff, seniors and groups
1 free student ticket with Mason I.D., available beginning November 7, 2017.

Fall: New Dances

  • November 9, 2017 - November 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • November 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Twenty six junior and senior choreographers are currently creating original works to be presented this semester. An off-campus panel of dance experts from the Metro DC area will adjudicate the dances and select programs for these performances as well as for our December Harris Theater concert and the Studio Series event in our Dance Performance Studio. Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts box office. Please join us as these creative artists present their unique works of interesting and innovative choreography.

Tickets:
$15 adult
$10 students, staff and seniors
$7 groups of 10 or more


1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Mason Fall Choral Invitational Concert

  • November 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Concert Hall

Mason University Chorale & University Singers under the direction of Dr. Stan Engebretson and Dr. Lisa Billingham

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

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Mason Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Concert

  • November 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

 Mason Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band under the direction of Professor Mark Camphouse and Prof's John Kilkenny and Denny Stokes

Graduate conductors join Mason faculty for an evening of new and classic band works, including Coil, by Steven Bryant, for winds and electronics. 

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

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Jazz 4 Justice Concert

  • November 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Carroll, collaborates with the law community to present its annual benefit concert, Jazz 4 Justice™. Proceeds from this performance support vital community efforts by the Bar Foundation and the George Mason University Jazz Studies Department.

The theme for this year’s concert is "Woody, Bird and Diz." The music comes out of the Swing era and moves us into the Bebop era, the "common practice" period in Jazz. America has produced some of the greatest musicians the world has ever heard, including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie... "Bird and Diz." Woody was a bridge between the Big Band period and Bebop. He featured Charlie Parker on "Bird with the Herd" and Dizzy wrote "Woody N' You" for Herman. This performance includes favorites from these three legends including "Four Brothers," "Manteca," "Anthropology," "Woodchoppers Ball," "Fanfare for the Common Man," "Woody N' You," and more.

Tickets:
$20 adult
$15 senior/youth through grade 12

For more information about Jazz 4 Justice, visit: http://www.jazz4justice.com

Visit Mason Jazz Studies online at https://music.gmu.edu/jazz-studies/

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Vocal Pops A Capella Concert

  • November 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Enjoy the Mason Vocal Pops Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Stan Engebretson.

Free and open to the public.

Mason Jazz Vocal Night

  • November 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Under the direction of Dr. Darden Purcell

Join us for an evening dedicated to Jazz Vocals! This concert will feature solo vocalists from the Mason Jazz Voice Studio, the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dr. Darden Purcell, and special guests, Herndon High School Vocal Jazz, directed by Dana Van Slyke and Jim Van Slyke. The Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble will debut six world premieres of newly commissioned works in preparation for their performance at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas this January!

Above: Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble performs "The Kicker"

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

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Mason Opera: Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

  • December 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • December 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Just in time for the holidays, the School of Music's Mason Opera
proudly presents its adaptation of Engelbert Humperdinck's classic and beloved opera Hansel and Gretel, the family favorite wherein innocence and goodness overcome evil. Join in for gingerbread, a wicked witch, beautiful music, and a whole lot of fun!

Tickets:
$12, adult
$8, seniors
$5, youth through grade 12

The Center for the Arts is collecting items to provide holiday cheer for the citizens of Puerto Rico. Learn more about our Holiday Drive.

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on November 21, 2017

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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

CANCELLED: Nick Cannon

  • November 10, 2017 at 9:30 pm

The performance by Nick Cannon on November 10 has been cancelled. The ticket office will contact ticket buyers with information regarding refunds. If you purchased your tickets through the Student Involvement office, please contact them directly regarding a refund.

Visual Voices Speaker Series

  • November 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Walter Kravitz, “Art is What Isn’t – Studio Pursuits.”

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

  • November 18, 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.

More information regarding enrollment

Mason Night 

  • November 4, 2017 at 7:00 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 early, starting at 7 p.m.,  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
  • 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

Jazz Combos Concert

  • November 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm

deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001 - de Laski Rehearsal Room

Mason Jazz Combos are a vital part of the Jazz Studies curriculum. Directed by jazz pianist, Wade Beach, the combos provide students opportunities in improvisation, composition and arranging as well as small group performing experience. Also including the Latin American Ensemble directed by Juan Megna.

More information on Mason Jazz groups.

FREE and open to the public.

Concurso de Tinku 2017

Presented by the Pro Bolivian Committee

  • November 19, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Concert Hall

Tinku is a folkloric dance from the Andean region of Potosi, Bolivia, that means “encounter.” It’s a yearly tradition where thousands of villagers gather in the towns of Potosi for several days to take part of this celebration. Two opposite groups come together one called, “Aransayas” (from the high lands) and the other called “Urinsayas” (from the low lands) for a combat-like gathering. There one side is left standing as the winner to celebrate life and appreciate mother earth, the “Pachamana”.

This folkloric dance from Bolivia mesmerizes the audience by the colorful outfits, the thundering music, and the lively dancing.

Tickets:

$25 VIP, $20 adult ages 12+, $15 children ages 2-11,

For children under 2, parents can pick up a free lap pass at the venue on the day of the event.