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Visual Voices Speaker Series

  • February 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Teresa Jaynes, "Talking to the Fingers in the Language of the Eyes: Haptic Interpretations of the Archive”

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.

The lectures are open to the public and take place in Harris Theater on select Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact, Harold Linton.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

  • February 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Muscular men wearing tutus and dancing en pointe with flawless technique? It must be the worldwide dance phenomenon, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, affectionately known as the “Trocks,” performs a full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire in faithful renditions as you’ve never seen it before. Portraying both male and female roles, these highly trained dancers are delightfully earnest in their efforts, complete with the humor of intentional foibles and accidents that keep audiences rolling in the aisles. This company was founded in New York in 1974 by a small group of ballet enthusiasts as a playful parody of traditional ballet. They immediately attracted the attention of the press and the Trocks were off and pirouetting. Whether this is your first time at a dance performance or your 1000th time, you will be delighted and entertained.

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The Mason Cabaret in Concert

  • February 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

A perennial favorite, our Musical Theater ambassadors, the Mason Cabaret, return with a fresh line up of stellar vocalists offering showstoppers, ballads and duets from the Great White Way. As Sondheim once wrote, “Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone…”  This “Fun-raiser” will have you dancing in your seats and humming all the way home!

Tickets:  
$30 General Admission in support of Mason’s Musical Theater Program

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Inspiring the Next Generation

  • February 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
In Mo Yang, violin
featuring the 2018 Fairfax County All-Stars Youth Orchestra
  

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
In Mo Yang, violin                  
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Excerpts featuring the 2018 Fairfax County All-Stars Youth Orchestra

Hailed as “one of the new generation’s most talented young string virtuosi” (The Violin Channel), Korean violinist In Mo Yang is the First Prize Winner of the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition.  Most recently, he earned First Prize at the 54th International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini” – the only First Prize awarded by the competition’s jury in nearly a decade. 

The second half of the program features the 2018 Fairfax County All-Stars Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side with the FSO.  This new FSO education initiative brings together the brightest young musicians from across Fairfax County’s nine supervisory districts to form the All-Stars Youth Orchestra.  These talented musicians receive mentoring and coaching from FSO musicians leading up to the concert and are Fairfax County's dynamic music ambassadors. 

Tickets: $65, $53, $39
Student Tickets: $15

Pre-Performance Discussion: Conductor Christopher Zimmerman and special guests (Feb 3, 2018) Pre-Performance Discussion

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Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

Stefan Solyom, conductor
Nareh Arghamanyan, piano

  • February 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Smetana: “Šárka” from Má Vlast (My homeland)
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

One of Sweden’s oldest orchestras, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) presents a dynamic concert of cherished orchestral works. Under the direction of Stefan Solyom, the orchestra performs a thrilling concert featuring works by Smetana, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky. World-renown Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan joins the orchestra to perform Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto. The HSO has performed at many prominent European venues, including three recent sold-out performances at the Great Festival Hall in Salzburg and in Vienna.

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TAO

Drum Heart

  • February 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Drum Heart, TAO’s newest production of taiko drumming, is a heart-pounding experience like no other that is guaranteed to thrill the whole family. The thunderous sights and sounds of powerful, athletic performers dressed in stunning costumes playing instruments and fiercely striking drums is a spectacle to behold. TAO is celebrated for its precise choreography filled with energy and stamina, and is the first professional taiko company to include female performers in this traditionally male-dominated art form. Critics describe the company members as “extraordinarily talented percussion artists, and they’re seductive, alluring performers” (Chicago Tribune).

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35mm: A Musical Exhibition

By Ryan Scott Oliver; Directed by Angelica Miguel & Maxwell Snyder  

  • February 16, 2018 - February 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

A Concert-Style Musical Theater Performance

In this student collaboration between the Mason Players and Mason’s Green Machine, a picture is worth 1,000 words. The songs may be worth more. Inspired by the photographs of Matthew Murphy, 35mm is an intricately woven collection of stories told through song that re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.

Tickets:  
$20 General Admission
$10 students, staff, seniors and groups

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Virginia Opera: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • February 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • February 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

William Shakespeare’s iconic 15th century language meets Benjamin Britten’s 20th century inventive and enchanting music in this delightful opera about love, forgiveness, and the power of dreams. A domestic dispute between the king and queen of fairies spills into the human realm, creating chaos as the stories of three couples and a troupe of amateur actors collide with hilarious results. Nothing is what it seems as fairies, “rude mechanicals,” and moonstruck young lovers spend a single, magical night in the forest. Adam Turner conducts this opera’s lush dynamic score while many Virginia Opera favorites--soprano Heather Buck (Titania), baritone Matthew Burns (Bottom), and tenor David Blalock (Lysander)--return to perform in this comic tour de force. Sung in English with English supertitles.

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Visual Voices

  • February 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Harris Theatre

Dr. Sharif Bey, “Artist, Researcher, Teacher: Problems, Paradigms, and Processes”

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.

The lectures are open to the public and take place in Harris Theater on select Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact, Harold Linton.

ArtsBus

  • February 24, 2018

Get on the bus—the ArtsBus, that is—which every month whisks you to New York City on a day trip to embrace and experience the city's vibrant and varied arts scene. Head to museums, galleries and special events in the place that many of the world's top professional artists call home.

Participants can enrich the trip by taking two-hour tours and studio visits led by School of Art faculty, who provide in-depth perspective and insight into the visual feast.

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CANCELLED: BalletBoyz

  • February 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This performance has been cancelled. We have been informed that owing to the loss of expected funding, BalletBoyz has had shorten their upcoming U.S. tour and cancel their performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Subscribers who included it in their package are being contacted and given the option to exchange into a newly added dance performance by RIOULT Dance NY.

RIOULT Dance NY

From Purple to Pärt

  • February 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical work of acclaimed modern choreographer and former Martha Graham principal dancer Pascal Rioult returns to the Center for the Arts with his company, RIOULT Dance NY, in a two-part dance program titled From Purple to PärtTe Deum, set to the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, is a reimagining of one of Pascal’s earliest works. The newly-premiered Fire in the Sky is inspired by club dancing from Rioult’s youth and the music of Deep Purple, the famed British rock band whose sound flourished through the '70s and '80s. Founded in 1994, the daring and imaginative RIOULT Dance NY company continues to deliver “powerful, emotionally moving” (Durham Herald Sun) performances and has received accolades from around the world. “Musically astute, visually arresting and kinetically exciting...Rioult and company are undeniable champs of modern dance” (The Daily Gazette, Schenectady).

$48, $41, $29

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