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A Sense of Wonder

Based on the life and works of Rachel Carson

  • February 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee

The true story of one woman's love for the natural world and her fight to defend it. Obie Award-winning actress Kaiulani Lee portrays the extremely private Rachel Carson, thrust into the role of controversial public figure. Carson, a marine biologist, zoologist, poet, and author of the groundbreaking Silent Spring, comes to life in in a performance that has served as the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment.

$25: Adults
$15: Mason Students, Faculty & Staff (with valid Mason ID), Seniors and groups

A special presentation sponsored by The STEAM Table at Mason

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Walnut Street Theatre: A Life in the Theatre

  • February 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre presents David Mamet’s humorous and thoughtful play about two actors competing for the spotlight — and the dressing room! Inspired by his background as an actor, this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright wrote a very funny and touching story about two actors in a repertory company: Robert, a veteran actor, and John, a promising young actor. This hilarious work provides a backstage glimpse into the world of show business, and the challenges of the relationship between this mentor and his apprentice — from rehearsals to reprisals, and ego trips to acting tips. "Mr. Mamet has written — in gentle ridicule; in jokes, broad and tiny; and in comedy, high and low — a love letter to the theater. It is quite a feat, and he has pulled it off." (New Yorker)

Read a review from The Philadelphia Inquirer's online presence Philly.com about Mamet's Life in the Theatre here.

Please note that this performance includes mature language.

$44, $37, $26

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Zimmerman, Music Director

  • February 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Dvorák: Symphony No. 8
Bodorová: Symphony No. 1 (U.S. Premiere)

Web Site

$50, $40, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Todd Ellison and Friends

The Romance of Broadway

  • February 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Just in time for Valentine's Day, enjoy an evening of Broadway's most romantic love songs performed by this outstanding pianist joined by some of Broadway's finest vocalists. Praised as one of "Broadway's electric conductors," by The New York Times, Todd Ellison has distinguished himself on Broadway as the first-rate music director for the Tony Award-winning productions of Spamalot, La Cage aux Folles, and 42nd Street, as well as the new hit production of Annie. He was also music director for New York's iconic holiday attraction Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This delightful evening of music features favorites such as "It Had To Be You," "The Way We Were," Broadway gems from showstoppers like West Side Story, Carousel, and Wicked, an Elvis Presley Medley and more!

Can't make this Todd Ellison performance? He'll be back in April, with friends! Read more about Todd's April performance here.

$46, $39, $28

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

The Vagina Monologues

  • February 13, 2015 - February 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

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 16th 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 and Women's and Gender Studies. 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 vday.org

$25 - General Public
$10 - Mason Faculty and Staff
$5 - Mason Students: Must show valid Mason ID
$15 - Group rate when purchasing 10 or more


Virginia Opera: Salome

  • February 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Richard Strauss's chilling one-act opera, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's notorious play about the Bible's wicked femme fatale, both shocked and thrilled audiences more than a century ago with its extravagant debauchery and rich, evocative score. Salome, the beautiful yet troubled stepdaughter of Herod, has a perverse obsession over the imprisoned John the Baptist, who spurns her seductions. Meanwhile, her lecherous stepfather is willing to offer her whatever her heart desires if only she will perform a dance, until he learns of the extremity of her demands. With its broad vocal range and the sensual "Dance of the Seven Veils," the title role is among one of the most demanding in all of opera. Virginia Opera brings this spectacular work to our stage for the first time. Sung in German with English supertitles.

$86, $72, $44

Virginia Opera: Salome

  • February 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Richard Strauss's chilling one-act opera, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's notorious play about the Bible's wicked femme fatale, both shocked and thrilled audiences more than a century ago with its extravagant debauchery and rich, evocative score. Salome, the beautiful yet troubled stepdaughter of Herod, has a perverse obsession over the imprisoned John the Baptist, who spurns her seductions. Meanwhile, her lecherous stepfather is willing to offer her whatever her heart desires if only she will perform a dance, until he learns of the extremity of her demands. With its broad vocal range and the sensual "Dance of the Seven Veils," the title role is among one of the most demanding in all of opera. Virginia Opera brings this spectacular work to our stage for the first time. Sung in German with English supertitles.

$98, $80, $48

George Mason University's Career Fair

  • February 18, 2015 - February 19, 2015 at 11:00 am

Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center

Mason's largest career fair features 180 employers and thousands of Mason students. Come see what jobs and internships are offered by employers. This is a great event for beginners and experienced students. No registration is required.

Please make sure to research employers using the participant list.

Web Site

NPHC Step Show

  • February 20, 2015 at 7:30 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: In advance
$15: Day of show

Web Site

Artsbus

  • February 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

Finley Building

The Feb. 21, 2015 Artsbus trip has been canceled. Check your email for info regarding exchanges or refunds.

Remaking Spring 2015 Trips (Tickets are available now):

• March 21, 2015
April 11, 2015 (was April 18)

Web Site

CANCELLED:
Black History Month Concert

Presented by School of Music and Potomac Arts Academy

  • February 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

Concert Hall

Due to the inclement weather, this event has been canceled.

However, the concert scheduled for 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 22 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William campus will go on as intended. 

We encourage you to exchange your tickets for the Sunday performance. You may do so by contacting either the:

• Center for the Arts Ticket Office at 703-993-2787
• Hylton Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at 703-993-7759

If you are unable to attend the Sunday performance, please contact the Center for the Arts Ticket Office for a refund.

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Rescheduled for April 25th:
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: An Evening with Doc Severinsen

  • February 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

As a result of inclement weather in mid-February, this event has been rescheduled for April 25th at 8:00 pm.

We will be in contact with those of you who hold tickets for the Feb. 21st performance to inform you that those tickets will be honored at the new date of April 25th. If, in the meantime, you wish to exchange your tickets for another Great Performances at Mason event for this spring, please contact the ticket office at 703-993-2787.

$50, $43, $30

Amtrak GPAM Season Sponsor

Christopher O'Riley and Pablo Ziegler: Two to Tango

  • February 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Two brilliant contemporary pianists share the stage in a  program featuring two-piano arrangements of tango music. One of the foremost pianists of his generation, Christopher O'Riley is known for breaking down barriers between classical and popular music, regularly performs as a soloist with the world's leading orchestras, and is host of NPR's From the Top. The Washington Post says, "O'Riley played so delicately that he seemingly left no fingerprints on the keys, yet his melodies sang out with sweet clarity." Latin Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler launched his career performing in the legendary quintet of tango master Astor Piazzolla, and has since become the face of Argentine New Tango, a fascinating hybrid of tango and American jazz. The Guardian says, "Ziegler…plays straight from the beating, bleeding heart of nuevo tango, with its Argentinian mix of swagger and sweetness."

Click here for an audio sampling of this incredible duo.

$46, $39, $28

An Evening with George Takei

  • February 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

With an uncanny eloquence and signature wit, Takei shares the story of his family’s forced internment as Japanese Americans during WWII—a seemingly forgotten part of American history. He also takes audiences through his rise to celebrity as a Sci-fi icon, his remarkable journey as social media mega power, and his passionate fight for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality in America—empowering others to beat the odds and make a difference.

$25: Adults
$20: Seniors
$10: Faculty/Staff
$5: Students (limit 2 tickets per student)

TheatreWorks: Fly Guy & Other Stories

  • February 25, 2015 at 10:30 am

Concert Hall

Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert

  • February 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator, Preview

  • February 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm

TheatreSpace

A stimulating, funny and provocative play set in a prim upper class Victorian home at the dawn of electricity, where a gentleman doctor has invented an extraordinary and mysterious device for treating "hysteria." This smart comedy ponders marriage and intimacy, and what it truly means to find connection.

Tickets:
Adults: $15
Students, faculty, staff, seniors and groups: $10

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Music without Boarders featuring Rita

  • February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Grand Tier III

Visual Voices: I Make Things, Jame Anderson

  • February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Free

Visual Voices

  • February 26, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Harris Theatre

Join us for the Spring '15 Visual Voices Series (All shows begin at 7:20 pm):

Feb. 26 - I Make Things (Jame Anderson)

Mar. 5 - Jersey Devils (Steve Badanes & Linda Beaumont)

Free/Non-ticketed

Faculty Artist Series, Percussion

  • February 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm

de Laski - Room 3001

Free

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

  • February 26, 2015 - February 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • February 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

TheatreSpace

A stimulating, funny and provocative play set in a prim upper class Victorian home at the dawn of electricity, where a gentleman doctor has invented an extraordinary and mysterious device for treating "hysteria." This smart comedy ponders marriage and intimacy, and what it truly means to find connection.

This play includes mature themes and is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Tickets:
Adults: $15
Students, faculty, staff, seniors and groups: $10

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Faculty Artist Series, Composition

  • February 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Free

CANCELLED:
SAI Black History Month Concert

  • February 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Free

Mark Morris Dance Group

  • February 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

For over three decades, this visionary choreographer has thrilled audiences and impressed critics with the exquisite beauty and delightful wit of his choreography, and the remarkable artistry of his dance group. Mark Morris's work, almost always performed to live music, is celebrated for its musicality, and he continues to experiment with the relationship between music and movement. This program includes two works set to music by Lou Harrison: Pacific, a renowned ballet by Mark Morris being performed by his company for the first time, and Grand Duo, which has been called “intoxicatingly thrilling” (Seattle Times) and “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th century.” (The Guardian) Words, a new dance set to Songs Without Words by Mendelssohn will be featured along with The "Tamil Film Songs in Stereo" Pas de Deux. "There is no other choreographer today with Morris' unbound imagination and the skill to realize it onstage." (The Washington Post)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Mark Morris; Artistic Director (Feb 28, 2015) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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