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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.

Mason Players: Hedda Gabler

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

  • March 1, 2014 - March 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm
  • March 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm


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

The Acting Company: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

  • March 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This renowned theater troupe presents a modern masterpiece that explores the fundamental mystery of our existence. Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play turns Shakespeare's Hamlet on its head by examining the misfortunes and musings of two ill-fated, minor characters. This humorous work follows Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the Danish Prince's childhood friends, who are portrayed as pawns and clowns in the King's plot against his nephew. Much of the action takes place "in the wings" of Shakespeare's play, as the confused courtiers try to make sense of the dramatic events unfolding among the royal family and their own involvement in them. Tony Award winner and Broadway veteran John Rando directs The Acting Company in its performance of this witty and engaging tragic comedy.

Join us for a Free lecture in Manassas:

Holding Mirrors Up to Nature: Shakespeare, Stoppard, and the World of Hamlet*
by Rick Davis, Executive Director, Hylton Center

Thursday, February 27 at 1:30 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, VA.

*The lecture is free but we ask that you RSVP by emailing  In the subject line please reference "Shakespeare Weekend."

Web Site

$44, $36, $22

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester: The Golden Age

  • March 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

When this debonair baritone from Germany strides onstage — perfectly poised and impeccably dressed in white tie and tails —to join his Weimar-era, big band orchestra, you'll suddenly be transported to an elegant Berlin nightclub back in the 1920s. In this new production, The Golden Age, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester present virtuosic recreations of the classic dance hall songs, swing and cabaret hits of the 20’s and 30’s. Legendary in his own country, this retro crooner with his smooth, silky sound and his superb orchestra are classically trained artists, and they take their music very seriously — but not themselves. There's a hint of tongue-in-cheek, especially in Raabe's dry and pithy introductions. "Their performances conjure the same warm immediacy as a vintage recording," says Vogue, who featured these fashionable artists prior to their Carnegie Hall appearance. It's a delightful entertainment experience quite unlike anything you've seen before.

Click here to view a brief video promoting Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

$46, $38, $23

Lufthansa - Max Raabe Sponsor

Fixed, Measured, and Leveled: Works by Richard Franklin, Harold Linton, Peter Winant

Artist Reception: March 5, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • March 3, 2014 - March 28, 2014

Fine Art Gallery of the Art & Design Building

Can a line define boundaries of public and shared space, color become physical energy, or shape conger or describe memory? By using formal elements of line, shape, and color – seemingly simple characteristics of drawing and painting – the artists in this exhibition investigate complex issues of control and perception that move beyond the limits of the ordinary.

Facutly Artist Series: Kathy Mulcahy

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theater

As a result of the inclement weather on March 3, 2014, this performance has been cancelled. More information will become available here when/if the event is rescheduled.

Jose Antonio Vargas: DOCUMENTED

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Harris Theater

As a result of the inclement weather on March 3, 2014, this performance has been cancelled and tentative plans are to hold this event in the Fall. More information will become available here when the event is rescheduled.

DREAM WEEK: Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. Please join the Mason DREAMers and Mr. Vargas as we screen his new film DOCUMENTED.

Mr. Vargas chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years.

Click here to watch a short preview on YouTube. Be sure to adjust your speaker volume down as the video may auto-start depending on your specific preferences.

Donations gratefully go to our philanthropy, The Dream Project, to provide scholarships for current and prospective undocumented students at Mason.

Sponsored by MasonDreamers, Hispanic Culture Review, Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education, Office of Student Involvement and the Office of Student Media.

Please call the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education with questions (703) 993-2700 or

More Dream Week events can be found on Facebook: DREAM Week 2014

$10: Adults
Free: 1 Free Ticket per Mason Faculty/Staff & Students (Mason & High School) with current Mason/school ID (additional tickets $10 each)

Web Site

Richard Franklin, Harold Linton, Peter Winant Reception: Fixed, Measured, and Leveled

  • March 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Fine Art Gallery of the Art & Design Building

Mason Jazz Ensemble's Big Band Showdown

  • March 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Adults: $10
Seniors: $5

Joffrey Ballet: American Legends

  • March 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Center is honored to welcome one of the world’s most well-known dance companies whose dance proudly reflects and represents the diversity of America.  Frequently referred to as “America’s Company of Firsts,” Joffrey Ballet was first to appear on television, first to perform at the White House, and even first to appear on the cover of TIME Magazine.  This company remains at the forefront of American dance after more than fifty years of sharing their art in both their hometown of Chicago and around the world.  Now, this sterling company takes our stage to present American Legends featuring Interplay, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, Nine Sinatra Songs with choreography by Twyla Tharp, and more.

Joffrey Ballet will also be performing Body & Soul on Saturday, March 8, at 8:00 pm.

Web Site

$50, $42, $25

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

American College Dance Festival (ACDF)

  • March 8, 2014 - March 11, 2014

Various Venues

To view the complete calendar (PDF file) of events, click here.

Web Site

Joffrey Ballet: Body & Soul

  • March 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

For more than half a century, Joffrey Ballet has captured the hearts and minds of audiences the world  over with its exquisite choreography, expansive repertoire, and an exceptional and inclusive approach to dance. Now, they take our stage to present Body & Soul, a dazzling contemporary dance performance that will take your breath away. This program features Bells, a work choreographed for the Joffrey Ballet by Yuri Possokhov and set to piano music by Rachmaninoff, Crossing Ashland, a physically charged take on the power of desire, choreographed by Brock Clawson as well as as well as Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. “Balletgoing rarely gets more rewarding, and the [Joffrey] dancers reach for – and often grasp – new levels of achievement.” (Chicago Tribune)

Web Site

$50, $42, $25

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

2014 American College Dance Festival Association Panel: Imagine... a Life in Dance

  • March 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Imagine… A Life in Dance

Why choose a life in dance? To answer that question, George Mason University is proud to present a stellar panel of today’s leading contributers to the field of dance.

Robert Battle: Artistic Director, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Elisa Monte: Artistic Director, Elisa Monte Dance
Ashley Wheater: Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet
Kyle Abraham:
2013 MacArthur Fellow and Artistic Director of Abraham.In.Motion
Deborah Jowitt: One of America’s foremost dance historians, writers, and scholars
Elizabeth Parkinson: Star of Broadway's "Movin' Out"

With introductions by Suzanne Carbonneau, leading dance scholar at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Don’t miss this inspiring afternoon of world-class artists sharing their stories in a panel discussion.

$10 adults
$5 Mason students/staff and seniors

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Bachelor of Fine Art Senior Reception

  • March 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Fine Art Gallery of the Art & Design Building

American College Dance Festival Gala Performance

  • March 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Adults: $10
Seniors: $5

Web Site

TheatreWorks: Charlotte's Web

  • March 13, 2014 at 10:30 am
  • March 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Concert Hall

Persian Club New Year Show

  • March 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Concert Hall

GMU Persian Club presents the largest Persian New Year Show of 1393! As a non-political, non-religious, and non-profit organization, GMU Persian Club has organized a Norouz show for nearly 30 years and counting. Our intent as university students remains to disseminate Iranian culture by celebrating the radiant Persian New Year, while uniting DC, Maryland, and Virginian Iranians and Iranian-Americans.


Trinity Music Festival, South Indian

  • March 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

Harris Theatre

It is a south Indian Carnatic Music Festival honoring three composers Saint Tygaraja, Muttuswami Dishitar, and Shyam Sastri. Artists honor the three composers by singing their compositions. Events will be ongoing throughout the day.

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The Chieftains

  • March 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Begin your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Center for the Arts with these Celtic music pioneers. These six-time Grammy Award-winners take our stage for the first time in a lively concert that captures the profound beauty of the Emerald Isle. The Chieftains have uncovered centuries of Irish song and made these traditional works their own through the inimitable style that has won them countless fans over the decades. Their iconic sound has become synonymous with the revival of traditional Irish music. This legendary band has collaborated with countless stars of the music world including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Doc Watson, and Luciano Pavarotti; and has performed for both Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II.

Web Site

$60, $52, $30

HSBC Global View Series Sponsor

Priscilla Briggs Photography: Making Mona Lisa

  • March 17, 2014 - May 9, 2014

Mason Hall Atrium Gallery in Mason Hall

"Making Mona Lisa," an exhibition of photography and painting by Priscilla Briggs that documents the oil painting industry in Xiamen, China comes to the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus from March 17 to April 11.

Briggs' work takes an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing of paintings made specifically for tourist galleries, hotels and furniture stores. These mass-produced copies of European Masters and the commercial painters who make them call into question "the perceived value of such oil paintings as 'ART' in the global market," according to Briggs' artist statement. Through the process of how these paintings are made – a digital print that is painted over – and her documentary work about it, Briggs delves into the complexity of the term "original" when dealing with the industry of copied artworks.

TheatreWorks: Henry & Mudge

  • March 19, 2014 at 10:30 am
  • March 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Concert Hall

Visual Voices: Margery Amdur

  • March 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theater

Between My Selves

Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

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

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Presents Chamber Works by Mozart, Varese, Britten and Shostakovich

  • March 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • March 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Harris Theater

Christopher Zimmerman, Conductor
William Hite, tenor

The Fairfax Symphony returns to George Mason University's Harris Theatre in Fairfax to continue the celebration of Benjamin Britten’s works.  Tenor William Hite will again join the FSO to perform Britten's Nocturne.  The program includes the brilliantly delicate Mozart Symphony No. 27, and Varese's rhythmic Octandre.  One of Shostakovich's rarely performed symphonies will round out the program.

VARESE: Octandre
BRITTEN: Nocturne, op. 60
SHOSTAKOVICH: Chamber Symphony in D Major
MOZART: Symphony No. 27 in G Major

Web Site

$60, $45, $25

"Who Run It?" NPHC Annual Step Show

  • March 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Concert Hall

The George Mason National Pan-Hellenic Council (GMU-NPHC) presents their annual NPHC Step Show "Who Run It?". This event will feature performances from different Fraternities and Sororities along with performances from a few special guests.

$12 (through March 15th)
$15 (Mar. 15-23)

Web Site

Vision Series Arlington: Defining Corruption Down: How the West Created an
Anti-Corruption Industry and Put Blinders on Its Own Misdeeds

Janine Wedel, University Professor, School of Public Policy

  • March 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

The Auditorium at Founders Hall

The "anti-corruption industry" of the 1990s and 2000s, with economists and World Bankers at the helm, defined corruption narrowly--as synonymous with bribery. Corruption was typically not about us... Read more here.

Learn more about Janine Wedel 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.


Jazz Combos Concert

  • March 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

de Laski - Room 3001


Mason Players: The Rover

Written by Aphra Behn
Directed by Kristin Johnsen-Neshati

  • March 27, 2014 - March 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • March 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm


Restoration Comedy set in the season of Carnival!
Sometime spy for Charles II and England's first professional woman playwright, Aphra Behn premiered her topsy-turvy comedy in 1677. Two sisters in Naples must summon their wits and virtue to evade arranged marriage, the convent, and—Heaven forbid!—the Banish'd Cavaliers.

$20 Adults
$15 Students and Seniors

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Vocal Recital Hearings

  • March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

Grand Tier III

George Mason University Dance Company 2014 Gala Concert

Featuring a premiere by Karen Reedy, “Kaleidoscope Pines” by Kyle Abraham, “Sang Froid” by Mark Morris, and “Rush Hour” by Robert Battle

  • March 28, 2014 - March 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Gala Concert is the Dance Company’s crowning season event featuring a program of works by contemporary professional choreographers.

$20 Adults
$12 Students and Seniors
$10 Tickets for Groups of 10 or more

Mason Dance Gala Post-Show Reception

  • March 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Grand Tier III

University Singers Open Rehearsal

  • March 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Harris Theater

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: The Romantic Music of Chopin

  • March 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

Jeffrey Siegel presents a showcase of the beloved piano works by Frédéric Chopin. Mr. Siegel and his delightful "concerts with commentary" series has a large following of devotees – both aficionados and neophytes alike – who are drawn to his immense talent, his sparkling wit, and his illuminating insight into the great composers. This vibrant program features enthralling, fiery, and poetic works of this beloved composer includes the heroic Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53, charming Waltzes, dreamy Nocturnes, a group of virtuoso Études, and the tempestuous Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31.

Web Site

$38, $30, $19

NASM Departmental Recital

  • March 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Mason Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

  • March 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Concert Hall

This event's venue has changed from Harris Theatre to the Concert Hall.

Free and Open to the public.

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