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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: Junie B. Jones

  • April 2, 2014 at 10:30 am
  • April 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Concert Hall

Mason Players: The Rover

Written by Aphra Behn
Directed by Kristin Johnsen-Neshati

  • April 3, 2014 - April 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • April 5, 2014 - April 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

TheaterSpace

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

Matt Nathanson

Presented by George Mason University and the Office of Student Involvement in partnership with the Center for the Arts

  • April 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Matt Nathanson is coming to George Mason University. Made famous for his singles "Come On Get Higher", "Car Crash", and "All We Are" from his album Some Mad Hope, Matt Nathanson is having success again with his new album Last of the Great Pretenders which came out this past July.

Tickets:
Adults: $40, $30
Mason Faculty & Staff: $30, $20
Mason Students: $20, $10

Moscow Festival Ballet: Romeo and Juliet & Chopiniana

  • April 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This renowned company from Moscow brings two of the most romantic classical works to our stage in the grand tradition of Russian ballet. Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare's classic tale of young star-crossed lovers falling victim to family hatred. This tragic love story is illuminated by Petipa's brilliant choreography and Tchaikovsky's majestic score, and complemented by resplendent costumes and stunning sets. Then the dancers perform Chopiniana, which portrays a Romantic dream-world with ballerinas bathed in moonlight dancing around a young poet, and is often described as a "romantic reverie." With enchanting music by Chopin and ethereal choreography by Mikhail Fokine, this beautiful morsel is the pure classical form of ballet from the 19th century.

$56, $48, $28

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Moscow Festival Ballet: Ballet Favorites

  • April 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

This masterful corps of dancers presents a delightful afternoon featuring the most exquisite jewels of the ballet canon. This remarkable collection of ballet selections includes the highlights from The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Don Quixote; Fokine’s poignant "Dying Swan" set to music by Saint-Saens; Petipa's most loved gems from Paquita; and much more. This outstanding company from Moscow was founded in 1989 by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, who brought leading dancers from across Russia together to forge a new company dedicated to staging new productions of timeless classics in the grand tradition of Russian ballet. "The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body." (Post and Courier)

$56, $48, $28

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Some Things I Can’t Explain: Rahshia Sawyer - Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

Artist Reception: April 9, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm;
Artist Talk: 7:00 pm

  • April 7, 2014 - April 11, 2014

Fine Art Gallery of the Art & Design Building

"Life changing events often feel chaotic. Whether they are wanted or unwanted, the desire to rush through the process of adaptation frequently causes one to miss the beauty within the transformation. My work explores the indefinable emotions connected with passage from the known to the unknown."
– Artist Statement by Rahshia Sawyer

An Evening with Director Mark Rydell

  • April 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Mason Hall's Atrium & Meese Conference Room

The School of Theater hosts a special guest via teleconference on Monday, April 7, at 4:30pm. Director Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond, James Dean, The Cowboys) shares insights to his long career in entertainment, studying at the Actors Studio and directing on Broadway before moving to helm iconic television series and award-winning feature films. Mr. Rydell will beam in from Beverly Hills for an interactive conversation with our students and our community.

This event is FREE. No reservations required.

Directions at http://cfa.gmu.edu/directions.

Free

International Week Dance Competition

  • April 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

Mason's International student organizations present dances from around the world in this colorful and lively competitions. Winners will perform at the International Week Closing Ceremony, Friday April 11th.

Participating teams to be announced soon.

Dance Team Rosters are available at Iweek.gmu.edu and are due by Tuesday March 4th, 2014. Click here for the online application.

Tickets:
Adults: $5
Faculty/Staff: 2 Free tickets available (additional tickets $5 each)

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2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Text and Community Reading: Dinaw Mengestu

  • April 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Grand Tier III

Rahshia Sawyer - Master of Fine Arts Thesis Reception: Some Things I Can’t Explain

  • April 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Fine Art Gallery of the Art & Design Building

Reception from 6:00- 9:00 pm
Artist Talk begins at 7:00 pm

International Week Dinner Dance

  • April 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Johnson Center's Dewberry Hall

Tickets:
Adults: $15
Staff: $10
Students (with valid Mason ID): $5

Virginia Opera: Carmen

  • April 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Virginia Opera presents Georges Bizet's sultry tragedy about opera's most famous femme fatale. Thrilling audiences for well over a century, this classic story follows Don José and his ill-fated obsession with the alluring gypsy, Carmen. When Carmen tosses aside the naive soldier for the handsome toreador, Escamillo, José's jealousy destroys them both. Filled with passion, betrayal, and jealousy, this heartrending tale - with its beloved melodies, including the well-known Habañera, and its fiery title role - is one of the most popular works in opera literature. Don't miss this electrifying Virginia Opera production of Bizet's sizzling opera. Sung in French with English supertitles.

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

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$86, $72, $44. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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An Evening with Branford Marsalis

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

This three-time Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer returns to the Center with his acclaimed quartet to treat us to an evening of unsurpassed jazz music. Branford Marsalis earns praise from audiences and critics alike for his unrivaled technique, awe-inspiring versatility, and innovative approach to music making. Performing with his tightly-knit quartet of musicians — longtime members Joey Calderazzo on piano and Eric Revis on bass with rising star Justin Faulkner on drums — this New Orleans native offers up an impressive collection of original compositions and modern and classic jazz standards. Marsalis was born into what The New York Times calls "jazz's most storied living dynasty," and has shared the stage with such 20th century jazz giants as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Jim Carroll, Professor of Jazz Studies; George Mason School of Music (Apr 12, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

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$48, $40, $24. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

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Mason Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • April 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Adults: $20
Seniors: $15

Virginia Opera: Carmen

  • April 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Virginia Opera presents Georges Bizet's sultry tragedy about opera's most famous femme fatale. Thrilling audiences for well over a century, this classic story follows Don José and his ill-fated obsession with the alluring gypsy, Carmen. When Carmen tosses aside the naive soldier for the handsome toreador, Escamillo, José's jealousy destroys them both. Filled with passion, betrayal, and jealousy, this heartrending tale - with its beloved melodies, including the well-known Habañera, and its fiery title role - is one of the most popular works in opera literature. Don't miss this electrifying Virginia Opera production of Bizet's sizzling opera. Sung in French with English supertitles.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 13, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

Web Site

$98, $80, $48. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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Mahogany Murray - Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

  • April 14, 2014 - April 18, 2014

Fine Art Gallery of the Art & Design Building

"My work is an exploration of "Self" and investigates the concepts of "Being and Becoming". Each piece is rooted in personal awareness and an undefined sense of self, and are all entranced by the beauty of the abstract."
– Artist Statement by Mahogany Murray

Mason Jazz Workshop Concert

  • April 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theater

An Evening with Apolo Anton Ohno

  • April 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

George Mason University, Office of Student Involvement in partnership with the Center for the Arts are excited to announce the appearance of Olympian Apolo Ohno.

An eight-time Olympic Speed Skating medalist, including two gold medals, Apolo Ohno became the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history and the new Ambassador to the Winter Olympic Games in the U.S. and around the world. Author of a new book, Zero Regrets, Ohno shares the compelling portrait of a father-and-son relationship, the intensity of competition, the secrets to mental toughness and powerful insights to how we can all come closer to living with zero regrets. He recently claimed another title as Season Four Champion of the ABC television hit, “Dancing with the Stars.”

Tickets:
Mason Students: $5 (up to 2 with Mason ID)
Faculty and Staff: $10 (up to 2 with Mason ID)
General Public: $15

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Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett

Venue change: Now in Harris Theatre

  • April 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett,” is a live performance featuring Peter Buffett on piano with cellist, Michael Kott. This is a multi-media presentation that takes the audience on a journey with Peter from his discovery of the piano, to writing music for commercials and film, and then on to how his current philanthropic work with the NoVo Foundation has ultimately influenced his songs and
 life. Using his own life story and experiences as illustration, Buffett discusses how important it is for each person to define his or her own path, regardless of their wealth or background, and ultimately conveys that it’s ones values—and what we are able to give back to society—that shape and define us as individuals. Buffett’s integrity, candor and musical talent make for an uplifting and rewarding evening that will resonate with every audience member looking to lead a more fulfilling life and leave a meaningful legacy. The event is the live companion to Buffett’s recently released book, Life Is What You Make It (Random House/Harmony Books), which debuted at #4 on the New York Times Best Seller Hardcover Advice list.

A limited number of copies of Mr. Buffett's book will be available for purchase and Mr. Buffett is scheduled to be available to sign copies of his book after the performance.

Tickets:
$15 General Public
$10 George Mason Faculty, Staff & Alumni
Free: George Mason Students (2 tickets with a valid student ID)

Sponsored by GMU’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and Center for the Arts

Due to the venue change (from Concert Hall to Harris Theatre), tickets may appear to be unavailable when you click the "Get Tickets" link below. Our ticketing system is being updated to ensure seating preferences and will become available again once current ticket holders have been reseated in Harris Theatre. Thank you for your patience.

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Flute Choir Recital

Venue change: Now in Concert Hall

  • April 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Percussion Ensemble Concert

  • April 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theater

Kim's Studio Awards Ceremony

  • April 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

Grand Tier III

2nd Annual Master of Fine Arts Exhibition and Open Studios

  • April 21, 2014 - April 28, 2014

Fine Art Gallery of the Art & Design Building

The 2nd Annual MFA Exhibition and Open Studios is produced by the School of Art Graduate Organization, Graduate Artifex.  Current graduate student work will be curated by a guest curator and featured in an exhibition to showcase all concentrations for the Master of Fine Arts Program.

Vision Series Fairfax: Educating for Social Justice and Peace: A Calling and A Journey

Elavie Ndura, Professor, College of Education and Human Development

  • April 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

The enduring inter-group conflicts and violence that besiege communities around the world seem to defy the three groundbreaking declarations that the United Nations adopted to... Read more here.

Learn more about Elavie Ndura 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

TheatreWorks: The Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books

  • April 23, 2014 at 10:30 am
  • April 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Concert Hall

Army Herald Trumpet Performance

  • April 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

de Laski - Room 3001

Distinguished Quill Awards

  • April 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Concert Hall Lobby

Jazz Combos Concert

  • April 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm

de Laski - Room 3001

Free/Non-ticketed

“I Am You” World Peace Project: Ahni Sallaway Artist Reception

  • April 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Mason Hall Atrium Gallery in Mason Hall

CEIE Senior Design and Grad Dinner

  • April 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Concert Hall Lobby

The Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival

Discovery Abounds in this End-of-Year Crowd-Pleaser.

  • April 25, 2014 - April 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • April 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

TheaterSpace

The tradition continues as student writers, directors and actors present their newest work in an intense ten-day rehearsal process that culminates in a presentation that shines a light on the storytellers of the next generation. It is always full of wonderful surprises!

$15 General Admission
$10 Students, faculty, staff, seniors & groups

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Presents Mahler's Fifth Symphony

  • April 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Christopher Zimmerman, Conductor

The Fairfax Symphony showcases the grandeur of Mahler's magnificent Fifth Symphony with more than 80 musicians on stage.  Herbert von Karajan, conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, has said, "a great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath."

Repertoire:
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5

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$60, $45, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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Saxophone Ensemble Concert

  • April 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Harris Theater

Free/Non-ticketed

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Mistresses and Masterpieces

  • April 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

You probably already know the work of Brahms, Schumann, and Liszt as some of the finest composers for piano of all time. Now learn about the great loves of their lives. For his third concert of the season, Jeffrey Siegel introduces those who inspired Romantic music from the heart – to the heart. Praised by The New York Times as "a performer who colors with virtuoso artistry," Mr. Siegel has enchanted piano enthusiasts and classical music newcomers at the Center for more than 20 years.

Web Site

$38, $30, $19. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

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Mason Jazz Vocal Night

  • April 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theater

Vision Series Arlington: Protecting Your Health and Money in the New Era of Medical Decision-Making

Catherine Gallagher, Director, Cochrane Collaboration College for Policy

  • April 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm

The Auditorium at Founders Hall

Information about this lecture will be available soon.

Learn more about Catherine Gallagher 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

World Strides: Conference and Awards Event

  • April 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Mason Wind Symphony Concert

  • April 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Adults: $10
Seniors: $5

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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PIA - Department Chair Luncheon

  • April 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Grand Tier III

International Jazz Day with Mason Jazz

  • April 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Join the Mason Jazz Studies department as we celebrate International Jazz Day, 2014! This concert will feature the Mason Jazz Ensemble (Jim Carroll), Jazz Workshop Big Band (Rick Parrell), Jazz Combos (Wade Beach), Traditional Jazz Ensemble (Dave Robinson), Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble (Joe McCarthy) and Steel Pan Ensemble (Victor Provost).

From the International Jazz Day website:
In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.  International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.  Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.  International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day.  The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.

Adults: $10
Seniors: $5

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on April 22, 2014

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