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Africans in India

  • December 2, 2013 - February 4, 2014

Mason Hall Atrium Gallery in Mason Hall

Over the centuries, East Africans have greatly distinguished themselves in India as generals, admirals, commanders, prime ministers, and rulers. The exhibition “Africans In India” examines the roughly 500 year history of Africans in South Asia with special attention given to the positions of authority they attained. This history is brought alive though the use of maps, paintings, and photographs that have been borrowed primarily from the Kenneth Robbins collection.

Black and White and Thread All Over: Work by Sonya Clark

Artist Lecture and Reception: February 4, 2014, 1:30 pm

  • January 21, 2014 - February 21, 2014

Fine Art Gallery of the Art & Design Building

Sonya Clark explores issues of identity, race, and culture through the use of textiles, combs and hair, blurring the boundaries between art and craft.  Her work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries around the world and has received numerous honors and fellowships.  This exhibition is in conjunction with and supported by African and African American Studies at George Mason University in celebration of Black History Month.

Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

Boguslaw Dawidow, conductor
Avshalom Sarid, viola

  • February 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World, Op. 95
Bracha: Melodies for Mount Carmel

This popular orchestra, a focal point of musical life in Northern Israel, makes its Center for the Arts debut as part of its first tour of the United States. Since its founding in 1950, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel has built an impressive and loyal following, and is renowned throughout its homeland for its support of Israeli composers, soloists, and conductors. Under the baton of Boguslaw Dawidow, the orchestra brings a spectacular evening of music that includes the comfortingly familiar melodies of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, as well as Israeli composer Uri Bracha’s Melodies for Mount Carmel, with virtuoso violist Avshalom Sarid. The orchestra concludes this stellar performance with the warm sounds of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World.

Web Site

$60, $52, $30

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

Faculty Artist Series: Kate Hearden, soprano

  • February 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theater

Vision Series Fairfax: Footnotes: Creating Contemporary Dance

Susan Shields, Director, School of Dance

  • February 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

A dance is a creation that leaves no tangible object in our world. This discussion will center on why working so hard for an ethereal moment... Read more here.

Learn more about Susan Shields 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

Sonya Clark Lecture and Reception: Black and White and Thread All Over

  • February 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Fine Art Gallery of the Art & Design Building

Visual Voices: Dale Culleton

  • February 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theater

Improvising a Living Beyond the Studio

Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

SPRING 2013 Visual Voices DATES:

February 13, 2014 – Adel Iskandar
Activist Arabia: Revolt as Medium, Street as Canvas
 
February 27, 2014 – Monica Amor
Lygia Clark: From Object to Subject
 
March 20, 2014 – Margery Amdur
Between My Selves


Visual Voices, a lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, brings 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 will offer the opportunity for Mason students to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits.

The lectures are open to the public and take place in Harris Theater on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, please call (703) 993-8898 or visit soa.gmu.edu.

Web Site

Free/Non-ticketed

Walnut Street Theatre: Driving Miss Daisy

  • February 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

One of America's most celebrated theater companies presents this delightful Pulitzer Prize-winning play about race, class, and friendship. Set in Atlanta beginning in 1949, this heartwarming tale is the story of Miss Daisy, an older Jewish woman, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke. The play follows the pair over the 25 years of their relationship as they develop a close friendship despite their differences. The racism and anti-Semitism they encounter is a common bond that makes their friendship even stronger. The successful film adaptation starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman earned multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Join us for this memorable journey presented by the troupe Philadelphia Weekly calls "spectacular, electrifying, stupendous."

Web Site

$44, $36, $22

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

East Coast Dhamaka!

  • February 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

George Mason University Indian Student Association presents our first ever intercollegiate Indian dance competition, East Coast Dhamaka!  Featuring three Bhangra teams, three Fusion teams, and three Raas teams all competing for First, Second, and Third Place with Cash Prizes! In addition, any donations made at the events will be sent to the Save our Sisters initiative to help women in India fight against human trafficking and sexual abuse.

Advance purchase:
Adults: $15
Mason Students and Faculty (with valid ID): $10 (maximum 2 tickets per ID)

Day of event sales:
Adults: $20
Mason Students and Faculty (with valid ID): $15

Web Site

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: Simply Swingin' with Sinatra and Friends

Steve Lippia, vocalist

  • February 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Modern crooner Steve Lippia joins the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra to present a swinging evening of American pop and jazz classics. Enjoy your all-time Sinatra favorites as well as hits by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, and Barry Manilow. Artistic Director Jim Carroll leads this superb group of musicians from the greater D.C. area as they collaborate with the vocalist said to have "an astonishing approximation of Frank Sinatra’s voice." (Courier-Post) Don’t miss this sizzling evening of America's cherished classics.

$48, $40, $24

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

The King's Singers: The Great American Songbook

  • February 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

This British a cappella sextet returns to our stage with The Great American Songbook in which they perform treasured songs by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Etta James, and others. The King's Singers are revered for their crystal-clear sound, impeccable pitch, delightful British wit, and mastery of an expansive repertoire spanning centuries of great music. They have captivated audiences the world over with their stunning interpretations of vocal music covering everything from Bach to Bublé, and have performed to sold-out crowds at nearly every prestigious concert hall, picking up a Grammy Award and a number of other accolades along the way. This is sure to be a truly memorable concert of beloved popular music sung by true entertainers.

Web Site

$48, $40, $24

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

Seeing and Responding to Italy

Reception: February 13, 2014, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • February 10, 2014 - March 7, 2014

Mason Hall Atrium Gallery in Mason Hall

Twelve School of Art students - painters, photographers and printmakers, spent 3 weeks in Tuscany this past summer investigating their new surroundings - visiting Florence, Pisa and the Venice Biennale and creating artwork in response.  This group show provides an overview of their completed projects.

Seeing and Responding to Italy Artist Reception

  • February 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Mason Hall Atrium Gallery in Mason Hall

Visual Voices: Adel Iskandar

  • February 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theater

Activist Arabia: Revolt as Medium, Street as Canvas

Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

SPRING 2013 Visual Voices DATES:

February 27, 2014 – Monica Amor
Lygia Clark: From Object to Subject
 
March 20, 2014 – Margery Amdur
Between My Selves


Visual Voices, a lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, brings 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 will offer the opportunity for Mason students to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits.

The lectures are open to the public and take place in Harris Theater on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, please call (703) 993-8898 or visit soa.gmu.edu.

Web Site

Free/Non-ticketed

Virginia Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos

  • February 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Tonight's performance will go on as scheduled.
The Ticket Office will open at 2:00 pm today should you require assistance or have questions: 703-993-8888.

One of Strauss's finest works, this new Virginia Opera production is a seriously funny opera with seriously beautiful music. It considers the competition of highbrow and lowbrow art for the public's attention, and is filled with slapstick comedy, delicious wit, and luscious music. The plot includes a rising young composer who has been commissioned by a nouveau riche Viennese gentleman to create a tragic opera based on the Greek myth of Ariadne that is to be performed at his sumptuous dinner party. But when the dinner runs long and threatens the cancelation of an extravagant fireworks display, it is decided that the opera must be performed along with the other scheduled performance — a ribald comedy. Hilarity ensues as this opera-within-an-opera unfolds.  Sung in German with English supertitles.

Web Site

$86, $72, $44

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

The Vagina Monologues

  • February 14, 2014 - February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

The Friday, February 14 performance of The Vagina Monologues has been canceled. The Saturday, February 15 performance will go on as scheduled. For refunds and exchanges, please contact the Ticket Office at 703-993-2787.

The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler and will be performed and directed by women of the George Mason University community.  The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery.  This is the 15th consecutive year The Vagina Monologues has been performed at George Mason University.  This year, The Vagina Monologues is co-sponsored by Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education and Services, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Office of Housing and Residence Life.  V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, founded by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues.  For more information about V-Day and The Vagina Monologues please visit www.vday.org

$25 General Public
$10 Mason Faculty and Staff
$5 Mason Students: Must show valid Mason ID

Peter Nero: Music of the Heart

  • February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Enjoy an evening of romantic music on this Valentine's weekend as legendary pianist Peter Nero performs a delightful fusion of popular and classical styles. This two-time Grammy Award-winning virtuoso and entertainer extraordinaire combines the works of popular and classical composers in a concert of extraordinary music. For example, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory" from Cats with touches of Puccini's Un Bel Di, Cole Porter's "Night and Day" combined with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and a series of variations on "I Got Rhythm" fused with sounds of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart, and Prokofiev. Since the 1960s, Peter Nero has warmed the hearts of audiences across the globe with his dazzling musical gifts and brilliant wit. This Juilliard-trained artist has recorded more than 65 albums, and has earned a sterling reputation in his 34 years as conductor and musical director of the legendary Philly Pops with his signature blend of classical music, swing, Broadway, blues, and jazz.

Web Site

$60, $52, $30

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

Virginia Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos

  • February 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

One of Strauss's finest works, this new Virginia Opera production is a seriously funny opera with seriously beautiful music. It considers the competition of highbrow and lowbrow art for the public’s attention, and is filled with slapstick comedy, delicious wit, and luscious music. The plot includes a rising young composer who has been commissioned by a nouveau riche Viennese gentleman to create a tragic opera based on the Greek myth of Ariadne that is to be performed at his sumptuous dinner party. But when the dinner runs long and threatens the cancelation of an extravagant fireworks display, it is decided that the opera must be performed along with the other scheduled performance — a ribald comedy. Hilarity ensues as this opera-within-an-opera unfolds.  Sung in German with English supertitles.

Web Site

$98, $80, $48

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

Vocal Recital Hearings

  • February 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

Grand Tier III

Music Education Forum

  • February 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

de Laski - Room 3001

Korean American Student Association Culture Show

  • February 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Harris Theater

Mark Morris Dance Group

  • February 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • February 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Since its founding some three decades ago, this acclaimed ensemble has been equally popular with dance aficionados, mainstream audiences, and critics alike. This stems from the brilliant choreography of Mark Morris with its riveting artistry, wit, and grace. His work is well known for its musicality, epitomized by performances that always feature live music. "[Mark Morris] finds ways to make bodies sing all the notes, not just the high ones." (The New York Times) This captivating program features Italian Concerto set to Bach’s Italian Concerto in F major and , the D.C. area premiere of A Wooden Tree set to the music and words of Ivor Cutler, poet and songwriter from Scotland. The ensemble also performs Jenn and Spencer set to Henry Cowell’s Suite for Violin and Piano as well as Crosswalk set to the Grand Duo Concertant for clarinet and piano by Carl Maria von Weber.

Web Site

$46, $38, $23

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

Vision Series Arlington: Personalizing the Past: The Biographer on His Desert Island

Richard Norton Smith, Scholar in Residence, History and Art History

  • February 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

The Auditorium at Founders Hall

The world might be divided into two categories: those who write biographies and those who read them. The impulse behind both is akin to what compels people to go... Read more here.

Learn more about Richard North Smith 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

Mason Symphony Orchestra & Friends Concert

  • February 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Adults: $10
Seniors: $5

Visual Voices: Monica Amor

  • February 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theater

Lygia Clark: From Object to Subject

Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Our Final SPRING 2013 Visual Voices DATE:

March 20, 2014 – Margery Amdur
Between My Selves


Visual Voices, a lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, brings 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 will offer the opportunity for Mason students to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits.

The lectures are open to the public and take place in Harris Theater on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, please call (703) 993-8898 or visit soa.gmu.edu.

Web Site

Free/Non-ticketed

Mason Players: Hedda Gabler

The Birth of Modern Realism from Norway’s Greatest Playwright!

  • February 27, 2014 - February 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm

TheaterSpace

Written by Henrik Ibsen | Directed by Halah Zenhom

Hedda is perhaps the turn-of-the-century's most memorable female character. Sympathetic, striking and powerful, she struggles to find a means of escape from her loveless, ordinary existence. Hedda Gabler premiered in Germany in 1891, was a major Broadway success in 1902, and is recognized today as a modern classic of theatrical Realism.

$15 Adults
$10 Students and Seniors

Mason Wind Symphony Concert

  • February 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Adults: $10
Seniors: $5

TJHSST I-Nite 2014

Thomas Jefferson High School presents International Night 2014 presented by Namaste

  • February 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

International Night, or I-Nite, is the largest cultural event at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ), showcasing the diversity of the TJ community by engaging students and faculty in cultural performances from over thirty countries. Sponsored by the Namaste Culture Club, I-Nite offers over thirty performances that display the clothing, music, language, and traditions of various cultures. From Persian dance to Chinese yo-yo, I-Nite creates an unforgettable and breathtaking show.

Tickets:
$25, $20, $15, $10

Web Site

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