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Flute Studio Recital

  • November 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theater

L.A. Theatre Works: The Graduate

  • November 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This groundbreaking satire-comedy may forever be associated with the 1960s, but its universal themes of youth, rebellion, confusion, love, and redemption are as familiar today as they were a half-century ago. This memorable, funny American classic is brought to the stage by America's premiere radio theater company, which was hailed as a "national theatrical treasure" by the Philadelphia Inquirer.  A groundbreaking novel, a breakthrough film, and a successful Broadway adaptation, this American classic is about Benjamin Braddock, a young man wandering aimlessly through his post-collegiate life. The 1967 film adaptation's status as one of the highest-grossing movies of all time and a nominee for seven Academy Awards is a testament to its popularity with adults across generations.

Click here to read the opening night review of The Graduate.

Web Site

$44, $36, $22

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Mason Players: The Merchant

By Titus Maccius Plautus
Adapted and Directed by Edward Gero

  • November 1, 2013 - November 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • November 2, 2013 - November 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Harris Theater

Roman Comedy Meets Commedia del Arte!
In this raucous romp, Plautus, one of the best known playwrights of ancient Roman comedy, spins a father and son rivalry over the same woman into a glorious web of confusion.

$20 Adults
$15 Students and Seniors

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Sir James Galway with the Irish Chamber Orchestra

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Lady Jeanne Galway, flute

  • November 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Harty: In Ireland
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 313
Hammond: Carolan Variations
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, K. 551 (Jupiter)

This world-class ensemble, renowned for its driving energy and explosive power, shares the stage with Ireland’s great flutist, Sir James Galway.  This living legend joins forces with the "razor-sharp, fully seasoned ensemble" (Chicago Tribune) under the exuberant baton of JoAnn Falletta, "one of the finest conductors of her generation." (The New York Times) Revel in the glorious sounds of "the man with the golden flute" (Seattle Times) as he brings his mastery of the classical flute repertoire and sparkling reputation as a consummate entertainer to our stage. Galway performs Harty's fantasy for flute, In Ireland and Mozart's beloved Flute Concerto No. 2He is joined by accomplished flutist Lady Jeanne Galway for Hammond's Carolan Variations.  The program also features Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, the "Jupiter" symphony.

Web Site

$75, $67, $37.5

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M3E Concert

  • November 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • November 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

de Laski - Room 3001

Free/Non-ticketed

Trumpet Studio Recital I

  • November 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theater

Free and open to the public

Jazz 4 Justice

  • November 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Parsons Dance

  • November 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Few dance companies can match the sheer joy and exuberance conveyed by this internationally renowned ensemble. Based in New York City, this contemporary dance company embodies the choreographic expression and enormous talent of David Parsons, one of the most successful, enduring, and prolific artists working today. Since founding his company nearly three decades ago, Parsons has produced a vast body of work that is quintessentially American. His choreography is extraordinarily engaging and uplifting and evokes sensuality, athleticism, ingenuity, and virtuosity. "David Parsons is a whiz at whipping up entertaining dances," raves The New York Post. Don't miss this riveting evening of dance that will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Web Site

$46, $38, $23

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: The Glory of Beethoven

  • November 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

Bask in the inspiring beauty of Beethoven's music as Jeffrey Siegel explores the genius of this composer for the second in his series of "concerts with commentary". In this enthralling performance, piano virtuoso Siegel explores Beethoven's intense personal challenges and presents a selection of the composer's most renowned works. The pianist will perform the vivacious Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 and the towering “Appassionata” sonata (Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57), one of his heaven-storming works. This program also includes Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110, a work of spiritual exaltation and inner depth written after deafness engulfed the composer. Mr. Siegel has enchanted countless fans for more than four decades with his piano virtuosity and his enlightened discussion about the lives and works of the great piano composers.

Web Site

$38, $30, $19

Then & Now Concert (Percussion Ensemble)

  • November 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm

de Laski - Room 3001

Jazz Combos Departmental

  • November 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theater

Free/Non-ticketed

Fall Dance Concert

  • November 14, 2013 - November 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • November 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Harris Theater

Adults: $15
Students, Faculty, Staff, Seniors: $10
Groups of 10 or more: $7

Lab Ensembles Concert

  • November 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm

de Laski - Room 3001

Free/Non-ticketed

World Blues

Featuring Taj Mahal, Vusi Mahlasela, and Deva Mahal with Fredericks Brown

  • November 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Travel the musical globe with the legendary Taj Mahal as he takes the stage along with some friends and family to perform an evening of soulful, blues-based, world music. Grammy Award-winning composer, instrumentalist, and vocalist Taj Mahal began his career performing the blues, but soon branched out to explore the music of the world, giving his music a global perspective. For this amazing concert he is joined by African folk-singer, poet-activist Vusi Mahlasela who is known in his native South Africa as "The Voice" for the support he gave to the anti-apartheid movement. Rounding out the bill is Mahal's daughter, Deva Mahal, and her band, whose music is a fusion of soul, blues and the organic sounds of New Zealand. All music lovers should experience this night of inspired music making. "[Taj Mahal]…has about the deepest and widest roots of any popular music performer today." (The New York Times)

Web Site

$46, $38, $23

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Presents Grieg, Rachmaninoff, and Virginia Premiere by Larry Alan Smith

  • November 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Christopher Zimmerman, Conductor
Carrie Koffman, saxophone

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will highlight the saxophone in the Virginia premiere of Larry Alan Smith’s Saxophone Concerto and as a prominent voice within the orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.  The FSO invites internationally renowned artist and pedagogue, Carrie Koffman, to the stage to perform both works.  The program will begin with Grieg’s best-known work for orchestra, the Peer Gynt Suite.

Repertoire:
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
LARRY ALAN SMITH: Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Strings
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances

Web Site

$60, $45, $25

Washington Symphonic Brass: From Bach to Classic Rock

Featuring Guest Soloists Joe Burgstaller and Marty Hackleman

  • November 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Enjoy this extraordinary 17-piece brass ensemble as they present a program that will change the way you think about brass! Embark on a journey From Bach to Classic Rock that travels from music originally played in powdered wigs to music meant to be played with black t-shirts and pyrotechnics, all displaying the powerfully majestic brass sound. The ensemble also welcomes guest soloists Joe Burgstaller and Martin Hackleman for this performance. Washington Symphonic Brass has extensively toured the East Coast with an expansive repertoire and now brings nostalgic favorites from across the centuries to our stage. Founded by the late conductor Milt Stevens and acclaimed trumpeter Phil Snedecor, Washington Symphonic Brass features some of the most talented musicians from the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas many of whom routinely perform with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. "Brass, boldly redefined…." (The Washington Post)

Watch for their new CD out now: Classic Rock for Brass
Washington Symphonic Brass: Classic Rock CD

Available at most music retailers, or at wsbrass.com.

Web Site

$44, $36, $22

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A Cappella Ensembles Concert

  • November 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theater

Vision Series Fairfax: Addressing the Haggis: Culture and Contestation in the Making of Scotland's National Dish

Joy Fraser, Assistant Professor, English, Folklore Studies Program

  • November 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

For the uninitiated, the mere description of haggis typically serves to confirm comedian Mike Myers' suggestion that "most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare." Made from... Read more here.

Learn more about Joy Fraser by clicking here.

The 2013-2014 Vision Series consists of 13 lectures spread across the Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William campuses. View the entire Vision Series schedule by clicking here.


Free

Jazz Workshop Concert

  • November 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theater

Mason Wind Symphony Graduate Conductor Concert

  • November 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Mason Wind Symphony Graduate Conductor's Concert

Atlantic Reed Consort Recital

  • November 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm

de Laski Performing Arts Building: Band Room A327C

Free and open to the public

Flute Choir

  • November 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theater

Free/Non-ticketed

Mason Players: An Evening of One-Act Plays

Experience multiple works and artistic voices in one unforgettable night in the theater!

  • November 21, 2013 - November 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • November 23, 2013 - November 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

TheaterSpace

One Act Plays with the School of Theater

Women and Wallace
Written by Jonathan Marc Sherman | Directed by Casey Bauer

A Young Man’s Journey in 1980s America
Sherman’s 1988 work plays with time. At the age of six, Wallace walked into his home only to discover his mother, cold and lifeless, in the kitchen. As a handsome young man of eighteen experiencing other memorable moments in his life, he copes with growing up.

and...

Woyzeck
Written by Georg Büchner | Translation by Nicholas Rudall | Directed by Rebecca Wahls

Working Class Tragedy from the German Theater
Left unfinished at the time of Büchner’s death, this influential European play examines the dehumanizing effects of doctors and the military on a young man's life. Although it premiered in Munich in 1913, it was written 80 years earlier and a variety of authors, editors and translators "finished" the play over time.

$15 Adults
$10 Students and Seniors

Trumpet Studio Recital II

  • November 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theater

Free and open to the public

SITI Company: Café Variations

Anne Bogart, artistic director

  • November 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Café Variations explores longing, passion, love and romance through a collection of related vignettes set within the social arena of a café. Incorporating theater, music, and dance, this new piece is based on the works of playwright Charles Mee, and features Gershwin classics from the Great American Songbook. "Unabashedly romantic…a series of vivid and visceral explorations of life, love, and identity [that] cast Gershwin classics in a new light." (Boston Globe) This award-winning theater company has committed itself to the creation of groundbreaking new works, cross-cultural collaborations, and training young theater artists. Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki combined their unique but complementary acting philosophies to create SITI Company in 1992 to revitalize and redefine contemporary theater in the United States and abroad.

Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

$44, $36, $22

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Kims Studio Awards Ceremony/Recital

  • November 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

Grand Tier III

Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

  • November 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This extraordinary classical ballet company from China performs one of its signature ballets, The Butterfly Lovers. Based on an ancient legend often considered the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet, this tragic ballet tells of Zhu, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to pursue her studies, and her classmate Liang, with whom she falls in love even though she is betrothed to another. This heartbreaking tragedy is filled with luminous costumes, spectacular sets, and gorgeous choreography performed with exquisite skill by these gifted dancers. Since 1979, this accomplished ensemble has enchanted audiences around the world with its interpretations of classical Chinese and Western ballets. Our audiences were spellbound by their last appearance and this beautiful Asian masterpiece is certain to have the same effect.

Read the Oct. 24 review of the Shanghai Ballet's performance from CharlestonToday.net.

$56, $48, $28

HSBC Global View Series Sponsor

Various Chamber Ensembles Concert

  • November 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

de Laski - Room 3001

Free/Non-ticketed

Shanghai Ballet: La Sylphide

  • November 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Bringing its gifted dancers from the Far East to Northern Virginia, this dazzling ensemble will spellbind audiences with its production of La Sylphide. This gripping ballet tells the tale of a young man who loses his heart on his wedding day to a beautiful and mysterious spirit. He leaves his betrothed at the altar to pursue this celestial being, only to encounter tragedy and heartbreak. The talented corps of dancers, filled with both celebrated veterans and rising stars, has presented masterful interpretations of classical Chinese and Western ballets for more than 30 years. Don’t miss the transcendent beauty of this profound and heartrending ballet telling the story of the human heart’s unending search for true love.

$56, $48, $28

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Mason Jazz Vocal Night

  • November 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theater

Bassoon Studio Recital

  • November 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theater

Opera Scenes Showcase

  • November 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Mason Symphonic Band Concert

  • November 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas

  • November 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

At the Center for the Arts, Chanticleer's cherished Christmas celebration is a sign that the holiday season has truly begun. A Chanticleer Christmas is a glorious evening of beautiful music that spans centuries and genres, from spirituals and contemporary music to ancient hymns and venerated sacred songs, and of course, Christmas carols from Europe and America. Audiences and critics worldwide have been delighted by this brilliant chorus of 12 illustrious male voices because of their sublime sound, unrivaled technique, and their mastery of more than a thousand years of vocal literature. Celebrating their 35th anniversary season, "Chanticleer is America’s a cappella pride and joy." (Classics Today)

Web Site

$50, $42, $25

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