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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

Trumpet Studio Recital

School of Music

  • October 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Free

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

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
  • October 5, 2014 at 2:00 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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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

Flute Studio Recital

School of Music

  • October 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Free

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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Faculty Artist Showcase, School of Music

  • October 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Free/Non-ticketed

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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Aquila Theatre: Wuthering Heights

  • October 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

This renowned theater company brings a classic of English literature to the stage, featuring one of fiction's most tempestuous romances. Set in a farmhouse on the stormy Yorkshire moors, this epic saga follows the turbulent life-long relationship between Catherine, daughter of Mr. Earnshaw, and Heathcliff, an orphan who is taken in by her benevolent father. The ill-fated pair develops an inseparable bond as children, but Catherine eventually chooses comfort and security over love, and marries a man of high social standing, leaving Heathcliff tormented and vengeful. The sole work of Emily Brontë, this riveting tale of passion, revenge, family, social class, and the supernatural is performed by acclaimed British-American touring company Aquila Theatre.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 5, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

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Visitng Writers Reading

  • October 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Grand Tier III

Mason Wind Symphony: American Influences

John Kilkenny and Denny Stokes, conductors Featuring Rodney Mack and the Philadelphia Big Brass with special guest, Doc Nix and the Green Machine

  • October 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Mason's School of Music presents a concert featuring works by Brant Kerrick, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and John Philip Sousa.

Adults: $10
Students: $5

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

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Robert Pinsky Reading

  • October 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Grand Tier III

The Goddess Diaries

  • October 9, 2014 - October 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The Goddess Diaries is a series of true-to-life monologues. The show stays current by drawing on new stories every year, focusing both on critical issues that women face as well as humor found in everyday life. Since its inception in 2010 the Diaries has raised funds and awareness for on-campus charities. The Goddess Diaries was voted "Best of the Fringe" at the Capital Fringe Festival three years in a row. Don't miss the best production yet!

$20: Adults
$10: Seniors
$5: Students with Valid ID
$1: Kids 13 and under

Presented by Women and Gender Studies

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Trumpet Studio Recital

School of Music

  • October 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Free

Virginia Opera: Sweeney Todd

  • October 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Virginia Opera's 40th season opens with Sondheim's hit and Tony Award-winning musical thriller about revenge, murder and meat pies. This is the deliciously disturbing tale of Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street whose idyllic life was utterly destroyed by a corrupt and lecherous judge. Bitter and angry, Todd teams up with shop owner Mrs. Lovett to gratify his insatiable need for revenge while providing her with a steady supply of meat for her thriving pie business. Their gruesome scheme works — until Todd's past catches up to him. Filled with Sondheim's wonderful melodies, brilliant lyrics, and a twisting plot of lost innocence and evil, this work is a devilishly good time. Virginia Opera welcomes a legendary production team for this performance including Director Ron Daniels, who co-wrote the stage adaptation that inspired the musical. Performed in English with English supertitles.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 11, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

$86, $72, $44. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on September 30, 2014

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Virginia Opera: Sweeney Todd

  • October 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Virginia Opera's 40th season opens with Sondheim's hit and Tony Award-winning musical thriller about revenge, murder and meat pies. This is the deliciously disturbing tale of Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street whose idyllic life was utterly destroyed by a corrupt and lecherous judge. Bitter and angry, Todd teams up with shop owner Mrs. Lovett to gratify his insatiable need for revenge while providing her with a steady supply of meat for her thriving pie business. Their gruesome scheme works — until Todd's past catches up to him. Filled with Sondheim's wonderful melodies, brilliant lyrics, and a twisting plot of lost innocence and evil, this work is a devilishly good time. Virginia Opera welcomes a legendary production team for this performance including Director Ron Daniels, who co-wrote the stage adaptation that inspired the musical. Performed in English with English supertitles.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 12, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

$98, $80, $48. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on September 30, 2014

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Trombone Studio Recital

School of Music

  • October 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Free

Jazz Combos Recital

School of Music

  • October 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Free

Visual Voices: Psychogeographies: Jack Kerouac, Sputnik & Disney World

  • October 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Speaker: Carmon Colangelo

Free/Non-ticketed

Clarinet Studio Recital

School of Music

  • October 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Free

Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys: Farewell Tour

  • October 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

This evening, part of the mountain music legend's farewell tour, will be a fantastic celebration of the life of Dr. Ralph Stanley as he performs the music he's made famous. His is a distinctly American art form, which blends rural-based lyrics with fluid, jazz-like instrumental improvisations: music that will warm the hearts and stir the souls of bluegrass fans young and old. This patriarch of bluegrass has spent most of his 87 years honoring this uniquely American genre, and preserving it for generations to come. An influence for countless musicians through the years, this living legend is a Grand Ol' Opry inductee and winner of three Grammy Awards. "Easily the most eminent bluegrass singer in the world." (NPR’s Fresh Air)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 17, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on October 7, 2014

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Artsbus

  • October 18, 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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Low Bass Studio Recital

School of Music

  • October 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Free

Visual Voices: A Girl Like Her

  • October 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Speaker: Ann Fessler

Free/Non-ticketed

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Preview)

  • October 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Mason's School of Theater and School of Music presents The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Ken Elston
Musical Direction by Dennis Layendecker

  • October 24, 2014 - October 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • October 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm
  • October 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Everyone’s a suspect in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and you get to decide whodunit! The hilarious Tony Award-winning play-within-a-play showcases modern actors portraying Victorian thespians of the Music Hall Royale theater troupe who are presenting a flamboyant rendition of Charles Dickens’ unfinished mystery novel. One of the work’s most talked-about features is that the audience will get to vote on the outcome of the play using social media and mobile devices.

This performance is mobile-device friendly.

Get behind the scenes.  Follow @MasonMusical on Twitter and LIke MasonMusicalDrood on Facebook. #Drood

Tickets:

Adults: $25
Alumni, Students, faculty, staff, seniors and group: $15

Also playing at the Hylton Performing Arts Center Oct. 31 & Nov. 1.

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on October 14, 2014

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Zimmerman, Music Director

  • October 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • October 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Copland: Quiet City
Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat "Dumbarton Oaks"
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Stravinsky: Suite 1 and 2 for Small Orchestra

Web Site

$60, $45, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on October 14, 2014

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Jazz Combos

  • October 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

de Laski - Room 3001

Free/Non-ticketed

The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China: Cirque Peking

Direct from Beijing

  • October 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

From the exotic Far East comes the world's most riveting acrobatic troupe whose astonishing acts inspire the same awe and wonder in people today as they did a millennium ago. The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China is among Asia's most acclaimed ensembles, whose artists have won countless international awards and competitions. For seven decades, this company has been thrilling young and old alike with dazzling acts of tumbling, juggling, contortion, balancing, and high-flying athleticism. With a combination of traditional and modern music, colorful sets, and imaginative props, this extraordinary performance will have everyone on the edge of their seat. "Spectacular stunts…the acrobats laughed in the face of gravity." (The Anchor)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 31, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on October 21, 2014

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