American Echoes (2016-17 Season)

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: To Swing Through the Sky

Conceived by Paul Glenshaw

  • October 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

This exciting original work celebrates the spirit of American innovation with narration, dramatic visuals, lively dance and the swinging big-band sound of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. The intertwined histories of America's two most iconic innovations — jazz and aviation — are explored in this special encore performance. Many fascinating points of connection in the history of each invention are revealed through the key innovators, including Louis Armstrong and Charles Lindbergh, Howard Hughes and Duke Ellington, and many others. This multimedia performance features the dazzling jazz musicians of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra led by Artistic Director and alto sax virtuoso, Jim Carroll. Audiences at the Hylton Performing Arts Center were thrilled to enjoy the world premiere of To Swing Through the Sky, and now audiences at the Center can experience this incredible ride.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Jim Carroll - Professor of Jazz Studies; George Mason School of Music (Oct 16, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $39, $28. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

American Festival Pops Orchestra: A Salute to Our Veterans

  • November 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

In observance of Veterans Day, this celebrated pops orchestra presents a concert of uplifting pops sounds to honor all of those who have served and sacrificed to keep us safe. Enjoy a lively program of patriotic favorites and American standards including "You're a Grand Old Flag," "American Salute," "Liberty Fanfare" by John Williams, and other works by Aaron Copland. Of course, no patriotic concert is complete without a stirring medley of John Phillips Sousa marches, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever." In this special concert, the talented musicians of the American Festival Pops Orchestra give an exuberant performance, conducted by the charming and accomplished conductor, Anthony Maiello.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd Arranger in Residence, AFPO (Nov 13, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID


  • November 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Feel the full intensity of this dark comedy as percussionist Antonio Sanchez performs his critically acclaimed score onstage while the Oscar-winning film Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is projected behind him. The movie pulses with a restless urgency because of the skilled direction and commanding performances of a star-studded cast. But it is the innovative drumming score that is at the very core of the film, underpinning each scene, generating the uneasy feeling of impending doom. Written and performed by the acclaimed jazz percussionist Antonio Sanchez, the drummer in Pat Metheny's band, the score has received accolades for its wildly spontaneous and organic sound. Winning Oscars for best picture, director, original screenplay and cinematography, the movie stars Michael Keaton with Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Stone. It follows a faded Hollywood star, famous for playing a movie superhero, in his attempt to mount a Broadway play hoping to reinvigorate his failing career. Antonio Sanchez's drum performance propels the emotional core of the story as this increasingly desperate actor struggles with fame, family, and legacy. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind experience.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Joe McCarthy (Nov 18, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$42, $36, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket 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

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices

  • March 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

Step into the era of swinging beats and brassy big band sounds as the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra teams up with the dynamic vocal jazz quartet, New York Voices, for this very special performance. Musical Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this renowned jazz orchestra, composed of the metro-area's best jazz musicians, is led by Musical Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll. For this concert, they team up with the polished and playful quartet, New York Voices whose soulful scats, close-knit voicings, and unparalleled vocal blend have earned them critical acclaim for more than 25 years. New York Voices is "the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz." (Boston Herald) Together, these ensembles create an evening of jazz magic.

The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on December 2 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Jim Carroll and a Member of New York Voices (Mar 11, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

The 7 Fingers of the Hand: Cuisine & Confessions

Circus and Theater Meets Onstage Cooking

  • April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • April 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • April 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Dance, acrobatics, and a pinch of theatrics are the essential ingredients in this remarkable show that explores life in the family kitchen where lessons are learned, bonds are forged, and secrets are exchanged. In their latest delightfully inventive production, Cuisine & Confessions, The 7 Fingers of the Hand interprets relationships and storytelling as they prepare a meal in a unique and playful wayThis Montreal-based group gets right into the heart of the home, using circus acts and acrobatics to depict scenes of family meals and intimate moments. This acclaimed ensemble's name is a twist on a French idiom, "the five fingers of the hand," which describes distinct parts moving in coordination toward a common goal. In this case there are seven artistic collaborators who achieve a common goal in creating an amazing production. The highly skilled artists, with their precisely timed stunts, provide the perfect recipe for an unforgettable theatrical event. "A perfect blend with just the right ingredients." (Huffington Post)

There will not be a pre-performance discussion for this event. Instead, please join us 30 minutes prior to the performance for an interactive experience with the company in the Concert Hall.

10 Things People Should Know about Cuisine and Confessions.

Food Trucks and Mini-Festival

Inspired by our shared love of performing arts and food, the Center for the Arts will host an outdoor mini-festival between the 2 and 8 p.m. performances of Cuisine & Confessions on Saturday, April 8. For more information, please visit

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 8, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 8, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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