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Ashlyn Rock, Junior Vocal Recital

  • September 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Harris Theatre

Please come and enjoy the finest work of Ashlyn Rock in her junior vocal recital as she performs “Trees on the Mountain,” from Carlisle Floyd’s opera, Susanna, Italian art songs by Ottorino Respighi, selections from Hugo Wolf’s Lieder (“Mausfallensprüchlein,” “ich hab in Penna einen Liebsten wohne,” “Vergborgenheit,” “Das Verlassene Mägdlein”), French melodies from Poulenc (“C”) and/or Cécile Chaminade (“Si j'étais jardinier”), and Émile Paladilhe (“Psyché”), as well as a duet with Anya Newsome of Léo Delibes’s “Sous le dôme épais” (Flower Duet) from Lakmé. She is looking forward to singing these beautiful pieces for everyone in September! 

This 40 minute performance is free and open to the public.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Fairfax Jubilee with Amit Peled

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
Amit Peled, cello

  • September 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

PROGRAM
Camphouse: Title to Be Announced (World Premiere)

Elgar: Cello Concerto
Amit Peled, cello

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

The FSO opens its 60th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of a new work by George Mason University faculty composer Mark Camphouse, honoring the 275th Anniversary of Fairfax County. 

Voted by Musical America as one of the most influential musicians today, renowned cellist Amit Peled returns to celebrate the FSO’s Anniversary Season.  He has been described as having “the flair of a young Rostropovich” (American Record Guide) and “simply a gorgeous sound” (Baltimore Sun).  

Tickets: $65, $53, $39

Student tickets: $15

Pre-Performance Discussion: Conductor Christopher Zimmerman and special guests (Sep 16, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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A Grand Piano Celebration

Celebrating Sid and Reva Dewberry's Generosity in Establishing the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Scholars Fund

  • September 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Concert Hall

Featuring the artistry of Linda Apple Monson in collaboration with

Julianna Nickel, flute; Harold Summey, drums; & Kris Monson, bass

Pianists Anna Balakerskaia, John Healey, and Wade Beach

And Outstanding Student Piano Artists

Proceeds support student scholarships for Mason's School of Music

Fairfax campus

Tickets: 
$20 adults
$15 seniors
$5 youth through grade 12

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on September 5, 2017

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

A Bernstein Birthday Bash

  • September 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Kicking off his 25th consecutive season at the Center, piano virtuoso and exceptional storyteller Jeffrey Siegel celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with piano transcriptions of famous songs from West Side Story, his intimate Anniversaries, and music of two composers who most influenced him, Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue) and Copland (El Salon Mexico). A perennial favorite at the Center for the Arts, Jeffrey Siegel makes newcomers feel welcomed while enhancing the enjoyment of seasoned classical music lovers. “Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate” (Los Angeles Times). An interactive Q & A will conclude this program.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Sep 17, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$42, $36, $25. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on September 5, 2017

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ARTS by George!

An Evening Like No Other

  • September 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Join us for a benefit in support of student scholarships at George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Great Performances at Mason season at the Center for the Arts. The evening begins by showcasing the remarkable talents of Mason students amid an array of spectacular food and beverages, and culminates in the Concert Hall when Tony Award winner and Broadway star Kelli O’Hara takes the stage to perform a radiant concert of Broadway favorites, pop classics, and great American standards. In addition, a talented student vocal ensemble from George Mason University’s School of Music will join O’Hara on stage for a number or two. O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of the great leading ladies, starring in The King and I, The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, and The Pajama Game. Don’t miss this dynamic entertainer with “angelic vocals”

(The Daily Free Press) serenade you with melodies from your favorite Broadway musicals.

$275/person ($120 tax deductible)

Sponsorship packages are available at $10,000, $5,000, $3,000, $1,500.

For more information, contact Susan Graziano at sglomb@gmu.edu, call 703-993-4188, or visit artsbygeorge.gmu.edu

Schedule of Events:

5:00 p.m.

ARTS by George! event

Student showcases in Art, Arts Management, Computer Game Design, Dance, Film and Video Studies, Music,

and Theater throughout the studios and performance spaces of the deLaski Performing Arts Building and Music/Theater Building

Creative cuisine and fine wine bars throughout the event

Silent and Live Auction of unique arts-related items and experiences

8:00 p.m.

Concert Hall performance by Kelli O’Hara

9:45 p.m.

Champagne and dessert reception on stage with Kelli O’Hara

Kelli O’Hara

This performance is part of the ARTS by George! benefit.

  • September 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Tony Award® winner and Broadway star Kelli O’Hara performs a radiant concert of Broadway favorites, pop classics, and great American standards. O’Hara, who was named “Broadway’s golden girl and luminous star” by The New York Times, has unequivocally established herself as one of the great leading ladies, starring in The King and I, The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, and The Pajama Game. A trained opera singer, she has also appeared on the Metropolitan Opera House stage and in a recent performance of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas, The New York Times praised her “gleaming voice” and “majestic clarity.” Talented student musicians from Mason’s School of Music will perform alongside O’Hara for one number. Don’t miss this dynamic entertainer who will perform melodies from your favorite Broadway musicals with her signature "angelic vocals" (The Daily Free Press).

This performance is part of the ARTS by George! benefit.

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$100, $85, $60

Pendar Kordnavahsi, Piano Recital

  • September 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001 - de Laski Rehearsal Room

Please come and enjoy the finest work of Pendar Kordnavahsi in his piano recital. This 35 minute performance is free and open to the public.

Potomac Arts & Mason Wind Symphony Young People's Concert

  • September 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Concert Hall

Tickets:
$12 adults
$8 seniors
$5 youth (up through grade 12)

Tickets will be available on August 1, 2017.

Leigh Pilzer, Doctoral Jazz Saxophone Recital

  • September 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm

deLaski Performing Arts Building 3001 - de Laski Rehearsal Room

Please come and enjoy the finest work of Leigh Pilzer in her doctoral jazz saxophone recital. This 50 minute performance is free and open to the public.

Festival of South African Dance

Featuring the Gumboots and Pantsula Dance Companies

  • September 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Direct from Johannesburg, South Africa, two dynamic dance companies share the stage for a pulsating, rhythm-filled evening of urban street dance. Featuring 20 dancers with live musicians, the Gumboots and Pantsula Dance Companies use dance to respond to cultural and political issues in their communities by conveying real-life stories of hard work, human struggles, and longing for a better life. Wearing Wellington boots, Gumboots dancers urgently pound the floor in a popular dance originally conceived by South African miners who used foot tapping to communicate underground when talking wasn’t allowed. Pantsula is rooted in urban street culture and uses the sounds of busy city life, house music, and technical dance moves akin to hip-hop and breakdancing to express social problems in hopes of spearheading change.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Sep 30, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on September 19, 2017

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