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Mason Opera: Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

  • December 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • December 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Just in time for the holidays, the School of Music's Mason Opera
proudly presents its adaptation of Engelbert Humperdinck's classic and beloved opera Hansel and Gretel, the family favorite wherein innocence and goodness overcome evil. Join in for gingerbread, a wicked witch, beautiful music, and a whole lot of fun!

Tickets:
$12, adult
$8, seniors
$5, youth through grade 12

The Center for the Arts is collecting items to provide holiday cheer for the citizens of Puerto Rico. Learn more about our Holiday Drive.

Virginia Opera: The Girl of the Golden West

  • December 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • December 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Virginia Opera continues its season with Giacomo Puccini’s magnum opus, The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West), considered the first “spaghetti western.” Set during the California Gold Rush of 1849, this Italian opera is Puccini’s take on the rough and tough Wild West and features familiar themes of unrequited love, jealousy, betrayal, redemption, and changing fate. The story follows Minnie, a gun toting saloon owner of the Polka Saloon. Minnie is the object of desire for all of the whiskey-guzzling and card-playing patrons of her establishment, but Minnie rebuffs the cowboys and gold-diggers and instead falls head over heels for a mysterious stranger who might just be a wanted highway bandit in disguise. This thrilling Western melodrama is vividly brought to life under the direction of Virginia Opera’s beloved Lillian Groag. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Dr. Glenn Winter (Dec 2, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Dr. Glenn Winter (Dec 3, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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$110, $90, $54. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Mason Opera: Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

  • December 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • December 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Old Town Hall, Fairfax (off campus)

This event takes place off campus at Old Town Hall, Fairfax.

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Tickets:
$12, adult
$8, seniors
$5, youth through grade 12

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Six Appeal Vocal Band Holiday Show

  • December 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Center for the Arts, Fairfax campus

One of the busiest a cappella ensembles in the country, Six Appeal is known for its vivid musical style, sharp comedic timing, and playful charm. The vocal band performs music from a wide range of decades and styles, including classic oldies, current chart toppers, and original tunes. Don't miss the winners of the 2012 National Harmony Sweepstakes Championship!

The Center for the Arts is collecting items to provide holiday cheer for the citizens of Puerto Rico. Learn more about our Holiday Drive.

Tickets: (on sale November 1, 2017)

Students: Free, must present Mason ID and Ticket for entry
Community: $20, Limited Availability

Dance Innovations

  • December 7, 2017 - December 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Tickets:

$15 full; $10 students, staff and seniors; $7 groups of 10 or more

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

A Celtic Family Christmas

  • December 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Two of Canada’s brightest stars, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, marry their exceptional talents in this festive evening of lightning-fast fiddling and lively step-dancing. This husband and wife duo captivates the audience with their unmistakable chemistry as they perform foot-tapping rave-ups, heartfelt ballads, and remarkable step dancing. In their newest program, A Celtic Family Christmas, they are joined onstage by talented musicians and their whole family to recreate all of the warmth and joys of a typical Christmas in their home on Cape Breton Island. “Dual fiddle wizardry…amazing synergy,” raves the Intelligencer Journal. Celebrate the holidays as they share their traditions in song, dance, and stories by the fire.

The Center for the Arts is collecting items to provide holiday cheer for the citizens of Puerto Rico. Learn more about our Holiday Drive.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: A member of the company (Dec 8, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

American Festival Pops Orchestra

Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

  • December 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Celebrate the Christmas season with Northern Virginia’s very own pops orchestra in its annual family concert of cheerful carols and cherished holiday tunes. This jovial evening includes a program of sentimental favorites including Leroy Anderson's festive "Sleigh Ride," and culminates in a rousing sing-a-long in which the audience gets a chance to share in the experience. Under the baton of founder and artistic director Anthony Maiello, these talented musicians from the greater D.C. area perform favorites that are guaranteed to fill you and your family with holiday warmth and merriment.

The Center for the Arts is collecting items to provide holiday cheer for the citizens of Puerto Rico. Learn more about our Holiday Drive.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd, Arranger in Residence (Dec 9, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

Mason Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

Orchestral Music of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker 

  • December 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

Mason Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Dennis Layendecker

The Center for the Arts is collecting items to provide holiday cheer for the citizens of Puerto Rico. Learn more about our Holiday Drive.

Tickets:
$20, adults
$15. seniors
$5, youth through grade 12
2 free student tickets with Mason I.D., available beginning November 28, 2017.

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

School of Art Senior Art + Design Show

  • December 11, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Fine Arts Gallery

George Mason University’s School of Art presents the Fall 2017 Senior Art+Design Show, an exhibition highlighting works produced by the graduating senior class. Included in the exhibition will be a presentation of work encompassing many different artistic disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, as well as, installation and new media.

Reception: Friday, December 15, 2017 6:00p - 9:00p

For more information please visit School of Art website.

Dance Studio Series Performance

  • December 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
  • December 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

deLaski Performing Arts Building 3009 - Dance Studio

Tickets: $7, seating is limited

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: The Nutcracker

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor with The Fairfax Ballet
Margaret Virkus, Artistic Director

  • December 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Experience this timeless holiday classic with the FSO and the Fairfax Ballet – a holiday tradition your family will always cherish.  Enjoy a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice.  It’s the perfect holiday treat for the entire family!

The Center for the Arts is collecting items to provide holiday cheer for the citizens of Puerto Rico. Learn more about our Holiday Drive.

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Vienna Boys Choir

Christmas in Vienna

  • December 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Family-Friendly Event

One of the finest choral ensembles in the world makes its traditional visit to the Center for its glorious vocal celebration of Christmas. Always a highlight of the Center’s holiday season, this concert features cherished carols, pop favorites, and sacred hymns sung with the purity and excellence of these talented young boys—all between the ages of 10 and 14. This internationally renowned choir has stood the test of time since its founding in 1498 and continues to share its bright, light voices through the centuries” (The New York Times) with the world. Don’t miss this heartwarming concert, perfect for the holiday season!

The Center for the Arts is collecting items to provide holiday cheer for the citizens of Puerto Rico. Learn more about our Holiday Drive.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: David Srebnik, Classical Music Program Director (Dec 17, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

  • December 20, 2017 - December 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Celebrate this Christmas with the experience taking North America by storm! Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour,Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets, Nesting Dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. Gather the family and see why the press is raving “Knock Out!” – New York Times “Christmas Cheer!” – LA Times. Get the best seats today and memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!.

Groups get the best seats at the best prices! Call Bobbie at 1-800-320-1733 to reserve your seats today.

Tickets:

$175 Platinum, $130 Gold Circle, $89, $69, $49, $28

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