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The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee; Directed by Edward Gero  

  • April 5, 2018 - April 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • April 7, 2018 - April 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Harris Theatre

A Mainstage Production

With contemporary resonance, Lawrence and Lee imagine circumstances surrounding 19th Century writer Henry David Thoreau’s imprisonment for his refusal to pay a poll tax designed to support an unpopular war. Reflected through the memories of his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, the play explores the roles of government and the governed, civil disobedience, education, and the interdependence of man and nature.

$30 General Admission
$15 students, staff, seniors and groups

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Virginia Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor  

  • April 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • April 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Virginia Opera concludes its season with the most famous of all bel canto operas, Gaetano Donizetti’s tragic Lucia di Lammermoor. This intense tale of star-crossed lovers revolves around two feuding Scottish families, the Ravenswoods and the Lammermoors. Lucia di Lammermoor loves Edgardo of Ravenswood, but when her brother’s political activity put him at odds with the king, he decides to reestablish his family’s status by forcing Lucia into an arranged marriage that culminates in the most spectacular mad scene in all of opera. Metropolitan Opera soprano Rachele Gilmore makes her Virginia Opera debut in the title role of Lucia, a woman at her emotional breaking point. Complementing her as Edgardo is tenor Joseph Dennis, also in his Virginia Opera debut. Don’t miss this dramatic masterpiece of thwarted love and dashed expectations. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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$110, $90, $54

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Spring New Dances

  • April 12, 2018 - April 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Harris Theatre

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

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  • April 14, 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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The Mountaintop

L.A. Theatre Works

  • April 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Fifty years ago, on April 3, 1968, after delivering his famously prescient speech, punctuated by the immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” an exhausted Martin Luther King Jr. retired to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. By the following evening, Dr. King had been assassinated. In her provocative play, The Mountaintop, Katori Hall imagines what may have transpired between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid on the eve of his assassination when a storm rages outside. Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, L.A. Theatre Works applies its signature style, complete with sound effects made the “old-fashioned” way on stage, to this acclaimed and gripping play rife with humor, political jabs, and an intimate glimpse at Dr. King’s hopes, regrets, and fears. On this solemn anniversary, don’t miss this radio-style production of a contemporary play about this great man.

The Mountaintop contains mature language.

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$44, $37, $26

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The King’s Singers

50th Anniversary Tour

  • April 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This acclaimed a cappella sextet offers a sublime performance of diverse and compelling vocal works. From Renaissance madrigals to contemporary, popular music, The King’s Singers is known for their extensive repertoire and strong command of varied styles. Consummate entertainers, the singers’ renditions are marked by immaculate intonation, vocal blend, diction, and incisive timing. At a recent concert, The Washington Post affirmed, “Their vocal production was effortless, stylistically varied and beautifully blended, even in the most complex polyphony.” Over the past fifty years, The King’s Singers has secured its place as “the superlative vocal sextet” (The Times, London).

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$50, $43, $30

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Connections Through Time

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
Simone Dinnerstein, piano

  • April 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Bach: Keyboard Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058
Glass: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Regional Premiere)
Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings

Simone Dinnerstein returns to perform the regional premiere of a new concerto written for her by renowned composer Philip Glass.  " I have been a fan of Glass since my teens. In fact, his music drama "The Photographer" was the first live event I attended without an adult, and I have always associated his music with coming of age” says Dinnerstein.  “There are almost no concertos written for piano and strings since Bach's time. Both Glass and I have a strong interest in Bach and how his music impacts us today. The pairing of the Bach concerto with his own composition will create myriad strands of connectivity enabling the listener to create bridges between the old and new."

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

Pre-Performance Discussion: Conductor Christopher Zimmerman and special guests (Apr 21, 2018) Pre-Performance Discussion

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The Hot Sardines

  • April 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

“One of the best jazz bands in New York today” (Forbes) makes its debut at the Center where they transport the audience to New York speakeasies, Parisian jazz cabarets, and New Orleans jazz clubs. Acclaimed for their brassy arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and smoky vocals, The Hot Sardines stand apart for the innovation, verve, and sheer joy they bring to music, both old and new. Pianist Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, met in 2007 at a jazz jam session and bonded over their love for Fats Waller. Also influenced by such greats as Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday, they began playing small gigs, and by 2011, they were headlining Midsummer Night Swing at New York’s Lincoln Center. Recently, they have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival, have sold out top NYC venues, toured from Chicago to London, and have released two critically acclaimed albums.

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$48, $41, $29

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Mason Players Originals!

  • April 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • April 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm


Expect a few changes to our approach to student artistic expression! New scripts, artistic performances and creative offerings inspired by our students will drive this final theatrical celebration of the season. Programming varies throughout the weekend and will be announced in the Spring.

Daily Pay What You Can ($5 increments only).

Tickets will be available on August 1, 2017.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

Bach and Chopin – A Musical Kinship

  • April 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Did you know that Bach was Chopin's favorite composer? Become a classical music insider when virtuoso pianist and entertaining storyteller Jeffrey Siegel returns to our stage for his 25th season with a program exploring Bach’s influence on Chopin. Hear vivacious dances, dramatic Preludes, and romantic, improvisational Fantasies by both composers. Popular with classical music aficionados and novices alike, Siegel’s unique “concerts with commentary” format tells the story behind the music. “A first-class musician who can sketch and color with greatness” (The London Times). An interactive Q & A concludes this program.

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$42, $36, $25

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International Jazz Day Concert

  • April 30, 2018 at 8:00 pm

$12 adults
$8 seniors
$5 youth through grade 12

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