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Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Concert

  • November 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

First half featuring Symphonic Band under the direction of Professor John Kilkenny

The second half of the concert will feature the Wind Symphony and be under the direction of five Graduate-Conductors:
Jeremy Cochran (Doctoral Candidate)
LaToya Webb (Masters Candidate)
Lisa Eckstein (Doctoral Candidate)
Mark Thiele (Doctoral Candidate)
Joel Graham (Doctoral Candidate)

The program will feature a wide variety of original and transcribed works for Wind Symphony.

Tickets:
$12 adults
$8 seniors
$5 youth through grade 12

English Department Reading: Adam Hassett

  • November 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Grand Tier III

Free/Non-ticketed

Direct from Shanghai, The P.R. of China:
Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China: Shanghai Nights

  • November 4, 2016 - November 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • November 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

Share the thrills with the whole family as trampoline artists and aerial acrobats fly through the air with the greatest of ease, while jugglers, contortionists, and martial artists demonstrate the exacting precision of their skills. Through jaw-dropping feats of acrobatics, impeccably timed stunts, and beautiful costumes, the Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China merges the hustle and bustle of contemporary Shanghai with China's rich cultural heritage to produce this celebration of their native land. They cleverly use acrobatics and circus acts to convey stories of the people of the beautifully complex country of China. This acclaimed company, with more than 100 performers, has won many top awards in international competitions for their outstanding acts, several of which are included in this production. Experience the amazing beauty and thrilling feats of skill direct from Shanghai!

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The Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on November 12 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ms. Zhao Shuangwu, Director of the company. Translator Cindy Yu Shi (Nov 4, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ms. Zhao Shuangwu, Director of the company. Translator Cindy Yu Shi (Nov 5, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ms. Zhao Shuangwu, Director of the company. Translator Cindy Yu Shi (Nov 5, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

School of Music Entrance Auditions: All Instuments and Voice

  • November 5, 2016 at 8:00 am

Performing Arts Building/MTB

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K.136/125a
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Op. 28
Schubert: Octet in F major for Winds and Strings, D.803

  • November 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

This renowned chamber ensemble from London performs an exquisite program of string and wind chamber works for one of the preeminent classical music events of our season. Schubert's rarely performed Octet in F major highlights the evening's program and this ensemble's performance of it is already capturing the attention of the press. "…the St. Martin Ensemble delivered a performance as remarkable as the [rarely heard] work itself" came the glowing review after a recent performance (Cleveland.com). Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is drawn from the principal players of the distinguished Academy orchestra, which has an international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. With more than 30 albums, they are the most recorded chamber ensemble, and their impressive repertoire ranges from Baroque to Bartók. The group tours extensively with regular performances in France, Germany, and Spain, as well as North and South America. Be sure to experience their return appearance at the Center.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Stephen Stirling & Robert Smissen (Nov 6, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Percussion Ensemble Concert

  • November 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm

DeLaski - Room 3001

Free/Non-ticketed

STOMP

An SI at CFA Performance

  • November 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm

George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Mason's Student Involvement and the Center for the Arts presents international percussion sensation STOMP. This heart-pounding performance brings signature energy and ingenuity to the Center's stage. Using ordinary props like brooms and garbage cans, this award-winning troupe creates extraordinary rhythms sure to thrill all audiences. The Los Angeles Times calls STOMP “electrifying!” and the Chicago Tribune says the group brings “a phenomenal show.” Experience the pulsing excitement for yourself!


Tickets:

$45, $30 Adults
$20, $15 Mason students with an ID (limit 2, available at the ticket office)

Fall New Dances

  • November 10, 2016 - November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • November 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Tickets:
$15, $10, $7

Veteran's Day Luncheon

  • November 11, 2016 at 11:45 am

Concert Hall Lobby

NAfME Students of Students Recital

  • November 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm

DeLaski - Room 3001

Please come and enjoy the finest work of the members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Free/Non-ticketed

Jazz 4 Justice: "A Tribute to the Greatest Generation"

  • November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Carroll, joins Ed Weiner and the Fairfax Law Foundation to present Jazz 4 Justice™, an annual benefit concert with a special veterans day "Tribute to the Greatest Generation."

Proceeds support vital community efforts by the Law Foundation and the George Mason University Jazz Studies Department.



View the event poster.

Tickets:

$20 adults
$15 seniors
$15 youth

American Festival Pops Orchestra: A Salute to Our Veterans

  • November 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

In observance of Veterans Day, this celebrated pops orchestra presents a concert of uplifting pops sounds to honor all of those who have served and sacrificed to keep us safe. Enjoy a lively program of patriotic favorites and American standards including "You're a Grand Old Flag," "American Salute," "Liberty Fanfare" by John Williams, and other works by Aaron Copland. Of course, no patriotic concert is complete without a stirring medley of John Phillips Sousa marches, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever." In this special concert, the talented musicians of the American Festival Pops Orchestra give an exuberant performance, conducted by the charming and accomplished conductor, Anthony Maiello.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd Arranger in Residence, AFPO (Nov 13, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Concert

  • November 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm

DeLaski - Room 3001

The George Mason University Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble has been in existence for over 10 years. It draws from a diversified student population of both music majors and non-majors. They have appeared in the Potomac Arts Academy Regional Conference at GMU, the Northeast Tuba/Euphonium Regional Conference in Ithaca, NY as well as appearances on and off the GMU campus. The group remains as a front runner of the low brass department for recruiting students to enjoy and play chamber music and is led by two adjunct professors at GMU: David Porter and Mark Jenkins. This year highlights the group in a variety of music selections providing a broad scope of delightful and challenging literature.

We are always interested in speaking with prospective music students. GMU has a wide variety of music degrees that can be tailored to fit each student’s needs. Please talk with one of us or email Professor John Kilkenny at jkilken1@gmu.edu.

Free

Mason Jazz Vocal Night

  • November 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Join us for an evening of of music dedicated to Jazz Vocals! Performances by Mason Jazz Studio soloists and the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dr. Darden Purcell. Visit us online.

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Free

Jazz Workshop Concert

  • November 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Jazz Saxophone faculty, Rick Parrell directs the Mason Jazz Workshop big band in their Fall concert! Visit the "Jazz Workshop" online.

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Free/Non-ticketed

Mason's School of Theater presents A Midsummer Night's Dream - PREVIEW

by William Shakespeare; Directed by Mia Amado;
A Studio Series Production

  • November 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm

TheatreSpace

Shakespeare's celebrated comedy follows three couples as their stories intertwine with the artistic pursuits of the "rude mechanicals" and the domestic dispute between Titania and Oberon, which has shocked the fairy world. Few can resist the power of dreams, or the pranks of young Puck, but if chaos is ever to be restored—in the fairies' world or ours—the lovers must wake up to each other and forgive.

A Talk Back/Q&A with the cast will take place after the first Friday performance of each production.

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Mason's School of Theater presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare; Directed by Mia Amado;
A Studio Series Production

  • November 17, 2016 - November 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • November 19, 2016 - November 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

TheatreSpace

Shakespeare's celebrated comedy follows three couples as their stories intertwine with the artistic pursuits of the "rude mechanicals" and the domestic dispute between Titania and Oberon, which has shocked the fairy world. Few can resist the power of dreams, or the pranks of young Puck, but if chaos is ever to be restored—in the fairies' world or ours—the lovers must wake up to each other and forgive.

A Talk Back/Q&A with the cast will take place after the first Friday performance of each production.

Tickets:
$20 General Admission;
$10 Students, Staff, Seniors and Groups

Opera Scenes Recital

  • November 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Choral Room A323

Highlights from Mozart's masterpiece Don Giovanni featuring all your favorite characters singing the maestro's brilliant arias and ensembles in a condensed staging with piano and string accompaniment. Our students study this great "dramma giocoso" and present their performance in a workshop version.

Free/Non-ticketed

BiRDMAN LiVE

  • November 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Feel the full intensity of this dark comedy as percussionist Antonio Sanchez performs his critically acclaimed score onstage while the Oscar-winning film Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is projected behind him. The movie pulses with a restless urgency because of the skilled direction and commanding performances of a star-studded cast. But it is the innovative drumming score that is at the very core of the film, underpinning each scene, generating the uneasy feeling of impending doom. Written and performed by the acclaimed jazz percussionist Antonio Sanchez, the drummer in Pat Metheny's band, the score has received accolades for its wildly spontaneous and organic sound. Winning Oscars for best picture, director, original screenplay and cinematography, the movie stars Michael Keaton with Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Stone. It follows a faded Hollywood star, famous for playing a movie superhero, in his attempt to mount a Broadway play hoping to reinvigorate his failing career. Antonio Sanchez's drum performance propels the emotional core of the story as this increasingly desperate actor struggles with fame, family, and legacy. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind experience.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Joe McCarthy (Nov 18, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$42, $36, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Artsbus

  • November 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

The GMU Artsbus is a School of Art (SOA) sponsored day trip to New York City. For more info, click here.

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Professional Development in the Arts

Hosted by the Graduate Arts Management Society (GAMS)

  • November 19, 2016 at 11:00 am

Founders Hall, Multipurpose Room 125, Arlington Campus

The Graduate Arts Management Society (GAMS) will host a networking and professional development workshop open to all CVPA students and alumni.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Brahms' Great Beginnings

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor

  • November 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1
   Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Brahms: Symphony No.1

Simone Dinnerstein gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations that ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Charts. NPR reports, "She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours... She's actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation." Brahms' epic first symphony shows his struggle to deal with the legacy of Beethoven in what was called Beethoven's 10th Symphony.

Pre-Performance Discussion at 7 pm: Join David Ginder of WETA 90.9-FM with Conductor Christopher Zimmerman and special guests.

Student tickets: $15.

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$65, $53, $39

Vocal Pops A Capella Concert

  • November 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Free/Non-ticketed

RESCHEDULED: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: A French Musical Feast

  • November 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Due to injury, Jeffrey Siegel has rescheduled his November 20 performance to January 8 at 7pm. He will play the same program. 

Ticket buyers will be contacted by phone. Tickets already purchased will be honored on the new date. 

$42, $36, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

We the People

Presented by TheatreWorks

  • November 21, 2016 at 10:30 am

Concert Hall

Theatreworks USA is proud to present We the People, a musical revue that brings American Civics lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting and accessible.

Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more.

Barreling through a variety of musical styles relevant to today's youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop, We the People will instill American pride in audiences of all ages, and perhaps even inspire them to get involved and make a difference.

Ticketing is handled by TheatreWorks. Theatreworks USA is America's largest theatre for young and family audiences. Available for class trips, in-school, and evening/weekend performances.

Sons of Serendip: Christmas: Beyond the Lights

  • November 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Begin celebrating the holiday season with the inspiring sounds of this original new ensemble. Gorgeous vocals accompanied by harp, cello, and piano sing in the season as the Sons of Serendip perform their lovely interpretations of popular holiday favorites. Through serendipity, these four friends from graduate school found themselves on America's Got Talent for the 2014 competition where they wowed audiences and judges alike. They quickly earned recognition for their signature sound with unique interpretations of popular works, and their stunning vocals and brilliant instrumentation. This concert includes songs from their album Christmas: Beyond the Lights, featuring the most beloved Christmas songs and carols performed with their singular style that invokes peace and serenity. In their first performance at the Center, the Sons of Serendip are sure to be an inspirational start to your holiday season.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Mason Morton (Nov 26, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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