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Sax Symposium

  • January 6, 2017 - January 7, 2017

Various Locations


"The President's Own" United States Marine Band

  • January 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The Marine Band's annual Sousa Season Opener will take place on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 pm at George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Va. Musicologist Dr. Patrick Warfield joins the Marine Band to guide this unique program that begins with a sampling of Sousa’s famed concerts at New York City’s famous Hippodrome Theatre and his first efforts as a “war composer.” After the U.S. declaration of war in 1917, Sousa joined the United States Navy and took part in national tours to aid in recruitment and bond sales. The concert concludes with a recounting of these Liberty Loan tours and “The March King’s” shift from peacetime entertainer to wartime public figure. Selections include Antonín Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony, George M. Cohan’s popular song “Over There,” and Sousa’s wartime march “America First,” as well as his musical setting of Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Boots.”


Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: 
Keys to the Classics – Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven

Please note: This performance was rescheduled from its original date on November 20, 2016. The repertoire was also updated from the original French theme.

  • January 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Tickets issued for the original November 20 performance will be honored on the new date. 

Become a classical insider with Jeffrey Siegel as he provides context and interesting tidbits on masterpieces from three of the greatest composers of all time—Haydn's boisterous and delightful Sonata in D Major; Mozart's poignant and deeply affecting Rondo in A Minor; and Beethoven's beloved and tempestuous Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, famously known as the Pathétique Sonata. Virtuoso pianist and entertaining storyteller Jeffrey Siegel returns to our stage with a program of familiar classics that transcend styles and eras. Popular with classical music lovers and newcomers alike, his unique “concerts with commentary” format gives the story behind the score. An interactive Q and A will conclude this program.

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1 Free Student Ticket Available Nov. 8, 2016

$42, $36, $25. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Aquila Theatre: Murder on the Nile

By Agatha Christie

  • January 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall Cultural Passport Program Event

Set during World War II at the BBC Home Service studios in London, Aquila Theatre’s production features members of a theater troupe preparing for a live radio broadcast of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile when yet another air raid threatens the performance. Air raid sirens were a regular occurrence in London during this time as Great Britain was on constant alert to bombings by Germany. Yet somehow, the show goes on and the story unfolds. Famous heiress Kay Ridgeway boards a honeymoon cruise with her penniless new husband, and it's inevitable that foul play will follow. The passenger list on this treacherous journey includes a spurned lover, a protective uncle, a troubled doctor and a slew of other colorful characters, as well as the world-famous investigator Hercule Poirot, who must call on all of his intuition and investigative skills to solve this baffling mystery. This deliciously dangerous murder mystery is one of Dame Christie's most popular tales. For Britain's foremost mystery author, whenever class, wealth, and reputation are on the line, a murder or two cannot be far behind!

Known for its breathtaking interpretations of theatrical classics, Aquila Theatre brings its signature style of thrilling physicality and stunning design to this gripping play. Book a one-way ticket on this Nile cruse and see if you can figure out "whodunit!"

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Aquila Theatre will also perform Murder on the Nile at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on January 21 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Jan 22, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$44, $37, $26. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Visual Voices

  • January 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Visual Voices, a professional lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, invites eight 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 offers students the opportunity to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits.

Fall 2016

September 1: Richard Raiselis "Time for Reflection"

September 8: Judith Harris "Renaming Things: The Power of Metaphorical Thinking in Poetry and the Visual Arts"

September 22: Jonathan Linton "The Human Touch in the Digital Age: Portraits, Figures, and Thoughts"

October 6: Siebren Versteeg "Siebren Versteeg"

October 20: Studio 424 – Chicago "We Give a Shit – and We Do It for a Living"

Spring 2017

January 26: Walter Kravitz "Art is What Isn't – Studio Pursuits"

February 9: J.J. McCraken "The Dirt Eater and the Scold: Reflections on a Research-led Art Practice"

March 9: John Jacob "Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum"

March 23: E. Carmen Ramos "Rufino Tamayo: The New York Years"

March 30: Helen Frederick "Absorbing Traditions: The Labor of Art"

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Direct from Dublin, Ireland: The Five Irish Tenors

  • January 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Cultural Passport Program Event

Five premier tenors from Ireland fuse Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism, dramatic flair and extraordinary musicianship in this singular concert experience. In this, their first U.S. tour, The Five Irish Tenors perform a marvelous program of opera arias and beloved Irish songs, including W.B Yeats's "Down by the Sally Gardens," Verdi's "O Mio Rimorso" from La Traviata, Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus," and the glorious "Danny Boy." Two extraordinary pianists accompany Ireland's most popular ensemble as they perform solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets. Let the celestial voices of these virtuoso musicians whisk you away to the Emerald Isles.

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The Five Irish Tenors will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on January 29 at 4:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ciaran Kelly, Principal Tenor (Jan 28, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Junie B. Jones

Presented by TheatreWorks

  • January 30, 2017 at 10:30 am

Concert Hall

Now that JUNIE B. JONES has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book.

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.

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