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CODA Conference

  • February 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm
  • February 3, 2017 - February 4, 2017

Various Locations

Virginia Opera: Der Freischütz

  • February 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • February 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

The struggle between good and evil takes center stage in Carl Maria Von Weber's compelling opera Der Freischütz. As Max prepares to compete in a target-shooting contest to win the hand of his beloved Agathe, wicked forces conspire to tempt his fate. Drawing from German folk legend, this is the first of the country's great Romantic operas and is revered for its stark emotions and strong sense of national identity. The hauntingly expressive score propels the virtuous young lovers and the mystic evil spirits in a story that twists reality with the supernatural. The accomplished artists and visionary direction of this Virginia Opera production bring to life an unearthly tale of otherworldly forces that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Performed in English with English supertitles.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Glenn Winters, Dr. Opera (Feb 4, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Glenn Winters, Dr. Opera (Feb 5, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

The Mason Cabaret

  • February 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm


Please join us for a terrific evening of friends, wine and song featuring the musical talents of Mason students as they belt out such Broadway hits as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Tonight,” “Broadway Baby,” and many more!

A complimentary glass of wine is included with the ticket to the event. The performance will be Cabaret style with guests seated at tables.

Tickets: $30 ($10 tax-deductible)


Concerto Competition Auditions

  • February 8, 2017 at 9:00 am

Concert Hall

Visual Voices

  • February 9, 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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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Triple

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor

  • February 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Corigliano: "Elegy" for Orchestra

Beethoven: "Triple" Concerto
   Nurit Bar-Josef, violin
   Amit Peled, cello
   Alon Goldstein, piano

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

2017 marks the beginning of our 60th Anniversary Celebration. The FSO rings in the new year by featuring an extraordinarily talented trio: National Symphony Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef; renowned cellist Amit Peled; and FSO audience favorite Alon Goldstein, who performed Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto with the orchestra last season.

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

Walnut Street Theatre: Last of the Red Hot Lovers

By Neil Simon

  • February 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

In the heat of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, one middle-aged married man sets off to celebrate the decade of free love... before it's too late! Overworked and overweight, Barney Cashman attempts to covertly set up trysts with three potential lovers. Mishaps and hilarity follows as Barney starts to rediscover his humanity and to learn what is actually missing in his life. The king of modern comedic theater, Neil Simon, delivers a hilarious romp through the perils of middle-aged angst. Walnut Street Theatre, America's oldest theater, brings their national reputation and unique artistic vision to this wonderful new production. Bring tissues because this hysterical comedy will leave you crying with laughter!

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, "As the Walnut Street Theatre’s blisteringly funny production proves, the only thing that hasn’t changed in 50 years is the hilarious failure rate of beta schmucks and their female counterparts left and looked over by the sexual marketplace." Read the review.

This performance will have captioning via supertitles. 

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Feb 12, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

Off Book/Out of Bounds

  • February 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

From Gershwin to Green Day, hear more than 100 years of iconic Broadway show tunes... electrified! The mastermind behind the Grammy-nominated East Village Opera Company and the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, Peter Kiesewalter, reimagines classic Broadway hits with a rockin' twist. Experience these beloved songs from musical theater history like never before – with elements of classic rock, gospel, funk, the blues, and even surf music. Four Broadway vocalists team up with a four-piece rock band to create a fantastic blend of theatricality and pop music. Inspired by the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata's critically acclaimed album "The Hills are Alive," a reinterpretation of The Sound of Music, this high-energy performance explores beloved tunes from the rich American musical theater canon.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Peter Kiesewalter (Feb 17, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert & Sullivan Review

Presented by School of Theater
Directed by Rick Davis
Musical Director: Joseph Walsh

  • February 17, 2017 - February 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Enjoy a variety sampler of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Savoy Operas," masterpieces of musical theater that embodied—and helped create—the manners, mores, and style of late Victorian London.  Get a glimpse inside the artistic process at this partially staged performance "in workshop” that includes insightful commentary on comedy and satire and excerpts from well-known operettas such as Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado along with lesser-known works like Ruddigore and Patience.  This event launches Mason's Year of Gilbert and Sullivan Celebration. 

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

$20 General Admission
$10 Students, Staff, Seniors and Groups

This performance will also take place at the Hylton Center's Gregory Family Theater (located on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas) on Feb. 24 & 25 at 8 pm. Learn more.

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID


  • February 18, 2017 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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Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

  • February 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • February 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

Journey into the contemporary culture of India through the glitz and glamour of Bollywood with this musical review based on one of its greatest films, Taj Express. With India's high-energy pop music, this live performance is deeply rooted in the art of the Bollywood film genre, complete with colorful costumes, thrilling music, dazzling dance, and even film excerpts. Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant, who choreographed more than 75 Bollywood films including Dhol Baaje and Kajra Re, Kamli; and Director Shruti Merchant, a judge on India's leading reality show Dance India Dance, have created this joyous tribute to Bollywood blockbusters.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Feb 18, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Feb 19, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Mark Morris Dance Group

  • February 24, 2017 - February 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Mark Morris Dance Group is the preeminent modern dance company of our time. Acclaimed for its grace, power, and confidence the gifted dancers enchant both audiences and critics alike. Morris's choreographic genius radiates beauty, musical sophistication, and gifted intellect. His choreography is performed to live music performed by the MMDG Music Ensemble and explores the relationship between movement, expression, and music. This program includes Serenade, a solo piece set to Lou Harrison's Serenade for Guitar and Percussion, Dancing Honeymoon featuring music from the 1920's and 30's, and two brand new works, including A Forestset to Haydn's Piano Trio No. 44 in E major and Pure Dance Items set to music by Terry Riley. Morris is hailed as "the most life-enhancingly musical choreographer alive" by The New York Times. Welcome back the dancers and musicians to their Northern Virginia home with an astonishing performance of the best in modern dance.

Read the Feb. 17 review in The Washington Post!

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Nancy Umanoff, Executive Director of Mark Morris Dance Group (Feb 24, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Nancy Umanoff, Executive Director of Mark Morris Dance Group (Feb 25, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

Celebration of Excellence, Honors College

  • February 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

Concert Hall

Friends of Music Mardis Gras

  • February 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm

DeLaski - Room 3001

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Dima Tkachenko, violin

  • February 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall Cultural Passport Program Event

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Stravinsky: Suite from "The Firebird"

The virtuosity and precision of one of Eastern Europe's most esteemed orchestras presents an evening of brilliant Russian music. Founded in 1918, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of Eastern Europe's most esteemed orchestras, earning international acclaim for its virtuosity and precision. This program showcases those qualities with some of the most demanding music written by three Russian masters: Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. Throughout its history, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has premiered the works of many classical giants including Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and has produced over 100 acclaimed recordings, garnering several Grammy nominations. Under the baton of Theodore Kuchar, the ensemble is sure to mesmerize audiences with their stunning performance of Russian masterpieces.

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The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on February 25 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Feb 26, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Alexander Who's Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move

Presented by TheatreWorks

  • February 28, 2017 at 10:30 am

Concert Hall

Alexander has just received some really bad news. His dad has taken a job in a city a thousand miles away, which means that he and his family are going to have to move to a whole new city. And even though his mom says, "Wait, you'll like it," Alexander already knows that he'll hate it. He can't bear to leave the people and places he loves, so he decides that he won't move. First he tries to live with three different neighbors. Then he tries to build a tent so he can live by himself. Then he decides he'll hide so that his parents'll never find him, but that doesn't work out either. With a little help from his mom and dad and even his bossy older brothers they help him to understand that home is "where your family is, where you're with the people who love you best of all."

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.

CANCELLED: Sojourner Truth Lecture: An Evening with Janet Mock

  • February 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Sojourner Truth Lecture: An Evening with Janet Mock, has been postponed to a later date in the Fall. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to our patrons. The new date will be announced soon.

The annual Sojourner Truth lecture is given by a Black woman who exemplifies a commitment to the principles embodied by Sojourner Truth through scholarship, the arts, politics, or activism. This year the Sojourner Truth Lecture will be given by Janet Mock.

Janet Mock, writer of Redefining Realness, TV host, and trans advocate will speak on black womanhood and her experiences. She considers herself a Beyoncé scholar, but is widely known as a sought-after speaker and prominent advocate for trans women's rights. She hosts the weekly culture show "So POPular!" on MSNBC’s hit network and serves as Contributing Editor for Marie Claire.

Students and faculty/staff must present a valid Mason ID at the Center for the Arts Ticket Office (cash/credit) or the Student Involvement Office (Mason Money) to purchase up to two discounted tickets.  

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