Great Performances at Mason (2016-17 Season)

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Fiesta!

  • September 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

Virtuoso pianist and engaging speaker Jeffrey Siegel returns to the keyboard in a program that showcases the ardent melodies and incisive rhythms of Spanish and Argentine composers. Popular with piano music lovers and newcomers alike, his unique "concerts with commentary" approach gives the story behind piano works by Albeniz, Granados, deFalla, and the popular tango Por una Capeza by Carlos Gardel. Delivered with wit and humor and a deep admiration for the music, Mr. Siegel's performance will make you fall in love with this intoxicatingly exotic music. An interactive Q and A will conclude this program.

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$42, $36, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

The Midtown Men

  • September 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Stars from the original cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys take the stage in this high-octane show, performing many of your all-time favorites from the 1960s. These four vocalists shared the stage in their role as the iconic Four Seasons singing group for more than 1,000 performances in the mega-hit show, which won a Tony Award for Best Musical. Now, Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer have reunited as The Midtown Men, taking their signature sound and chemistry to audiences everywhere performing classic hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, and, of course, The Four Seasons. Don't miss this musical tour de force in this a rocking performance that is sure to bring the whole audience to their feet – a delight for all ages. "The Midtown Men sound as crisp as their Rat Pack-inspired suits. Their voices blend together so flawlessly on stage." (New York Daily News)



Not a performance of, nor affiliated with the show Jersey Boys.

This performance is part of the ARTS by George! benefit. More information at artsbygeorge.gmu.edu

The Pre-Performance Discussion for The Midtown Men has been cancelled due to the ARTS! by George! event preceding performance.

$100, $85, $60. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Aquila Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

  • September 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Mistaken identity, espionage, and deceptions take center stage in Shakespeare's famous comedy. This classic farce is a tale of matchmaking and romantic mischief. When the soldier Claudio returns from war to his fiancé Hero, the two conspire to set up the sharp-witted and belligerent Benedict and Beatrice. Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's last comedies and is considered one of his crowning masterpieces. For their 25th Anniversary season, Aquila Theatre tackles this classic romantic comedy with their signature physicality and remarkable dramatization. This festive play, full of combative wit and melodrama, will leave you rolling in the aisles.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Sep 30, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$44, $37, $26. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Virginia Opera: The Seven Deadly Sins and Pagliacci

  • October 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • October 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Virginia Opera opens its 25th season at the Center for the Arts with a fantastic double bill — the satirical ballet chanté The Seven Deadly Sins and Ruggero Leoncavallo's masterpiece Pagliacci. The final collaboration between Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, The Seven Deadly Sins is a sharp critique of capitalism, exploring greed, desire, and sacrifice in the pursuit of success. Anna, performed by renowned Weill specialist Ute Gferer, embarks on a cross-country journey in search of the American Dream, encountering one of the infamous sins in each of the cities she visits. In Pagliacci, a traveling troupe of actors blurs the lines of art and life as their play mirrors their own reality with tragic consequences. It features one of the most familiar of all tenor arias sung by the crying clown, "Vesti la giubba." The renowned baritone Michael Chioldi and the acclaimed soprano Kelly Kaduce appear in these two tales of temptation and vengeance. Seven Deadly Sins will be sung in English with English supertitles. Pagliacci will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company - Glenn Winter (Oct 8, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company - Glenn Winter (Oct 9, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Analogy/Dora: Tramontane

  • October 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

A giant in the modern dance world, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is known for its remarkable choreography using form to explore identity and social commentary. In this inspiring performance, Bill T. Jones contemplates the amorphous nature of memory in his original work, Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, a breathtaking story of a Holocaust survivor. The dancers move between dancing, speaking and singing to tell the story of 95-year old Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker, based on her interviews with Jones. An innovative force in modern dance, Bill T. Jones is recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts, MacArthur Genius Award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, and multiple Tony Awards. You will be moved by this evening-length work about resilience and humanity as told through brilliant dance.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 14, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

The Havana Cuba All-Stars: Cuban Nights

  • October 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

The joy of the Caribbean pulses through the air as Cuba's most prominent musicians share their rich musical heritage, from the Rumba to the Cha-Cha-Cha to the Habanera. Journey to the land of white sand beaches, swirling cigar smoke, and swinging Latin jazz with the acclaimed musicians of The Havana Cuba All-Stars. This exciting band brings an authentic Cuban experience, with rhythmic drums and castanets, wailing trumpets, and masterful acoustic guitar. Devoted to presenting the wide tapestry that exists in Cuban music — from Latin dance to soulful ballads — this concert presents the great musical traditions of the Cuban people. "The Asere Friendship Tour" is The Havana Cuba All-Stars' first-ever U.S. tour and celebrates the new open friendship between the United States and Cuba. Bringing the musical traditions of their forefathers to the States for the first time, the group's Spanish vocals, traditional songs, and sizzling rhythms will light up the stage and fill the hall with exciting sounds.

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The Havana Cuba All-Stars will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on October 14 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Michel Pardron, Music Director. Spanish Translator: Rei Berroa (Oct 15, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

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

Direct from Shanghai, The P.R. of China:
Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China: Shanghai Nights

  • November 4, 2016 - November 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • November 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

Share the thrills with the whole family as trampoline artists and aerial acrobats fly through the air with the greatest of ease, while jugglers, contortionists, and martial artists demonstrate the exacting precision of their skills. Through jaw-dropping feats of acrobatics, impeccably timed stunts, and beautiful costumes, the Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China merges the hustle and bustle of contemporary Shanghai with China's rich cultural heritage to produce this celebration of their native land. They cleverly use acrobatics and circus acts to convey stories of the people of the beautifully complex country of China. This acclaimed company, with more than 100 performers, has won many top awards in international competitions for their outstanding acts, several of which are included in this production. Experience the amazing beauty and thrilling feats of skill direct from Shanghai!

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The Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on November 12 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ms. Zhao Shuangwu, Director of the company. Translator Cindy Yu Shi (Nov 4, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ms. Zhao Shuangwu, Director of the company. Translator Cindy Yu Shi (Nov 5, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ms. Zhao Shuangwu, Director of the company. Translator Cindy Yu Shi (Nov 5, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K.136/125a
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Op. 28
Schubert: Octet in F major for Winds and Strings, D.803

  • November 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

This renowned chamber ensemble from London performs an exquisite program of string and wind chamber works for one of the preeminent classical music events of our season. Schubert's rarely performed Octet in F major highlights the evening's program and this ensemble's performance of it is already capturing the attention of the press. "…the St. Martin Ensemble delivered a performance as remarkable as the [rarely heard] work itself" came the glowing review after a recent performance (Cleveland.com). Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is drawn from the principal players of the distinguished Academy orchestra, which has an international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. With more than 30 albums, they are the most recorded chamber ensemble, and their impressive repertoire ranges from Baroque to Bartók. The group tours extensively with regular performances in France, Germany, and Spain, as well as North and South America. Be sure to experience their return appearance at the Center.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Stephen Stirling & Robert Smissen (Nov 6, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36. 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

BiRDMAN LiVE

  • 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

RESCHEDULED: Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: A French Musical Feast

  • November 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Due to injury, Jeffrey Siegel has rescheduled his November 20 performance to January 8 at 7pm. He will play the same program. 

Ticket buyers will be contacted by phone. Tickets already purchased will be honored on the new date. 

$42, $36, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Sons of Serendip: Christmas: Beyond the Lights

  • November 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Begin celebrating the holiday season with the inspiring sounds of this original new ensemble. Gorgeous vocals accompanied by harp, cello, and piano sing in the season as the Sons of Serendip perform their lovely interpretations of popular holiday favorites. Through serendipity, these four friends from graduate school found themselves on America's Got Talent for the 2014 competition where they wowed audiences and judges alike. They quickly earned recognition for their signature sound with unique interpretations of popular works, and their stunning vocals and brilliant instrumentation. This concert includes songs from their album Christmas: Beyond the Lights, featuring the most beloved Christmas songs and carols performed with their singular style that invokes peace and serenity. In their first performance at the Center, the Sons of Serendip are sure to be an inspirational start to your holiday season.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Mason Morton (Nov 26, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Virginia Opera: The Barber of Seville

  • December 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • December 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Virginia Opera presents the world's most popular comic opera in this delightful production of Rossini's perfect opera buffa. Full of comical high jinks, mistaken identities, and longing lovers, The Barber of Seville recounts the tale of Count Almavira, a love-sick noble man who is prohibited from seeing his beloved Rosina by the curmudgeon who is her guardian. So Almavira enlists the help of Figaro, the town's barber and all-around problem solver. The two scheme, concocting tricks and hoaxes, to gain access to the lovely Rosina, and hopefully unite Almavira with his beloved. The iconic score of this work contains some of the most recognizable tunes in all of music, including "Largo al factotum," "Figaro's Aria," and "Una voce poco fa." Michael Shell directs this production for Virginia Opera and Virginia native Will Liverman plays the clever Figaro. Don't miss this performance filled with exquisite voices, wit, and charm.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

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Bring a Smile to the Face of a Child!

Learn more about the December toy drive to benefit the children of Inova Children's Hospital!

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company - Glenn Winter (Dec 3, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company - Glenn Winter (Dec 4, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

  • December 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling ring-ting-tingling, too. It's time for the holidays at the Center as the American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for Christmas with their annual decking of the Concert Hall. The orchestra's glorious music fills the air, spreading holiday cheer to audiences of all ages. Join us for this popular family tradition, complete with holiday favorites and a lively carol sing-along -- always a concert highlight. Conducted by founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this pops orchestra brings together the most talented musicians from the metro area to perform the best of the season, including Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," "Christmas Festival," and other treasured classics. It's our way of wishing you and yours a happy holiday.

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Bring a Smile to the Face of a Child!

Learn more about the December toy drive to benefit the children of Inova Children's Hospital!

Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd Arranger in Residence, AFPO (Dec 10, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

A Canadian Brass Christmas

  • December 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

The world's best-known brass ensemble returns to the Center with their lively Christmas concert to ring in the season with holiday classics and brass standards. Canadian Brass is renowned for their unique combination of virtuosic playing and heartwarming humor, and their Christmas concert is a particular favorite of audiences worldwide. Their engaging stage presence, rapport with audiences, and incongruous white running shoes have helped make this iconic quintet a household name; but it is their music -- performed with utmost dedication, skill and excellence -- that rightly earns the most superlative accolades. They were the first chamber ensemble to solo on the main stage at Carnegie Hall, and today they have gained worldwide recognition through their extensive touring, regular television appearances, and a discography that includes more than 130 albums. This is a Christmas treat that you and your family will remember for years to come.

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Bring a Smile to the Face of a Child!

Learn more about the December toy drive to benefit the children of Inova Children's Hospital!

Pre-Performance Discussion: David Srebnik (Dec 17, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

  • December 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Celebrate the holidays with these extraordinarily talented young Austrian choristers in concert as they perform sacred hymns, holiday pop favorites, and Christmas carols. These gifted boys are known the world over for their glorious harmonies, pristine tone, and extensive repertoire. Without question, the Vienna Boys Choir has stood the test of time, performing continually since 1498 for the Sunday Mass in Vienna's Imperial Chapel. The choir has been associated with the world's greatest composers from Mozart to Bruckner, and Franz Schubert was even a chorister. They have been recorded extensively, and regularly tour throughout Europe, the Americas, and beyond. "The angelic voices of this most famous vocal group are ageless" (Salt Lake Tribune). Bring the whole family for an enchanting afternoon right at the height of the Christmas season.

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Bring a Smile to the Face of a Child!

Learn more about the December toy drive to benefit the children of Inova Children's Hospital!

Pre-Performance Discussion: David Srebnik - Classical Music Program Director - SiriusXM Satellite Radio & (Dec 18, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Aquila Theatre: Murder on the Nile

By Agatha Christie

  • January 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall Cultural Passport Program Event

Set during World War II at the BBC Home Service studios in London, Aquila Theatre’s production features members of a theater troupe preparing for a live radio broadcast of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile when yet another air raid threatens the performance. Air raid sirens were a regular occurrence in London during this time as Great Britain was on constant alert to bombings by Germany. Yet somehow, the show goes on and the story unfolds. Famous heiress Kay Ridgeway boards a honeymoon cruise with her penniless new husband, and it's inevitable that foul play will follow. The passenger list on this treacherous journey includes a spurned lover, a protective uncle, a troubled doctor and a slew of other colorful characters, as well as the world-famous investigator Hercule Poirot, who must call on all of his intuition and investigative skills to solve this baffling mystery. This deliciously dangerous murder mystery is one of Dame Christie's most popular tales. For Britain's foremost mystery author, whenever class, wealth, and reputation are on the line, a murder or two cannot be far behind!

Known for its breathtaking interpretations of theatrical classics, Aquila Theatre brings its signature style of thrilling physicality and stunning design to this gripping play. Book a one-way ticket on this Nile cruse and see if you can figure out "whodunit!"

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Aquila Theatre will also perform Murder on the Nile at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on January 21 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Jan 22, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

Direct from Dublin, Ireland: The Five Irish Tenors

  • January 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Cultural Passport Program Event

Five premier tenors from Ireland fuse Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism, dramatic flair and extraordinary musicianship in this singular concert experience. In this, their first U.S. tour, The Five Irish Tenors perform a marvelous program of opera arias and beloved Irish songs, including W.B Yeats's "Down by the Sally Gardens," Verdi's "O Mio Rimorso" from La Traviata, Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus," and the glorious "Danny Boy." Two extraordinary pianists accompany Ireland's most popular ensemble as they perform solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets. Let the celestial voices of these virtuoso musicians whisk you away to the Emerald Isles.

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The Five Irish Tenors will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on January 29 at 4:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ciaran Kelly, Principal Tenor (Jan 28, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

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

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

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

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

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: The Immortal Melodies of Schubert

  • March 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

This program of music by Franz Schubert is the third in the series of unique "concerts with commentary." No composer wrote more beautiful melodies and accessible music than Franz Schubert. He is the composer of such famous works as Ave Maria, Serenade, and the Trout Quintet. With this unparalleled gift for writing ear-catching melodies, his compositions also have an exciting rhythmic verve. The program will include his beloved and familiar Ave Maria, the Trout, the spellbinding Impromptus, the exhilarating March Militaire, and the vivacious Sonata in A major, D. 664. This concert is sure to be inspiring for those just beginning a journey into the world of classical music as well as those with an existing passion for piano literature. An interactive Q and A will conclude this program.

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$42, $36, $25. 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

CANCELLED - Miloš

  • March 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

NOTE: Due to injury, Milos Karadaglic has cancelled his U.S. tour. Ticket buyers are being contacted and given the option to exchange into any performance of the season. 

Danú: St. Patrick's Day Celebration

  • March 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this festive concert of Celtic music and dance from the Emerald Isles performed by one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles. A real favorite of Irish audiences, (and ours) Danu always provides a high-energy experience while performing ancient Celtic music and new repertoire. Their virtuosity on authentic Irish instruments – flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki – is matched by the brilliance of gorgeous vocals in Irish and English. Bagpiper and former Riverdance member Ivan Goff joins the band for this American tour. Hailing from the heart of Ireland's old country, County Waterford, this acclaimed ensemble tours throughout the U.K. and the United States to standing-room-only concerts, and has recorded seven acclaimed albums. Bring the whole family to this high-energy concert of authentic Celtic music and dance!

Pre-Performance Discussion: Benny McCarthy Original Member of Danú (Mar 17, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

Russian National Ballet Theatre: Chopiniana and Carmen

  • March 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm

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This ballet double bill represents some of the very best of classical ballet with all of the beauty, grace, and passion that typifies the grand Russian ballet tradition. Growing out of Chopin's Seventh Waltz, Chopiniana does not follow a traditional plot. Instead, it is a poetic portrayal of romance and grace as represented by ballerinas and a young man or poet. Carmen is based on the iconic opera and includes Georges Bizet's acclaimed score, which was adapted by Rodion Shchedrin in what he called "a creative meeting of the minds." The ballet tells of Carmen, the fiery, free-spirited gypsy, and the love triangle between her, the soldier and the toreador. Upholding the national tradition of classical ballet, Russian National Ballet Theatre brings these ballets to life with impressive technique and artful poise, extravagant sets and gorgeous, colorful costumes. The whole family will enjoy the pageantry and elegance of this magnificent performance.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre will also perform Giselle at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on March 17 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Alexander Daev Company Ballet Master Russian Translator: Katya Fentsova (Mar 18, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$56, $48, $34. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Russian National Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty

  • March 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

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Considered by many to be the finest achievement in classical ballet and the crowning jewel of Petipa's career, The Sleeping Beauty is a lavish theatrical depiction of this well-known fairy tale. With music composed by the king of classical ballet music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this grand ballet has it all — a beautiful princess and a charming prince, a king and queen, fairies, both good and evil, and courtly splendor. After a wicked fairy curses the baby princess to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, a benevolent fairy bestows her gift, so the princess will instead fall into a deep sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. The unmatched grace of the dancers of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, along with the elaborate sets and beautiful costumes, make this a perfect family event!

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The Russian National Ballet Theatre will also perform Giselle at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on March 17 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Alexander Daev Company Ballet Master Russian Translator: Katya Fentsova (Mar 19, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$56, $48, $34. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Virginia Opera: Turandot

  • March 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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Puccini's grandiose opera brings the splendor of imperial China to life with this epic tale of revenge, power, and love. The vengeful princess Turandot will marry only if a suitor can meet her challenge. Answer three riddles correctly or face doom. When a young handsome prince succeeds, she still resists and so he offers a challenge of his own: learn his name by dawn and he will forfeit his life. One of opera's most lavish works, the score includes the well-known tenor aria, "Nessun dorma." This is Puccini's last opera; in fact, the final scene was completed by Franco Alfano after the maestro's death. Laced with exoticism and an innovative use of chorus, it is a powerful work and considered one of his finest. Don't miss Virginia Opera's elegant new production of this timeless masterpiece. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Glenn Winters, Dr. Opera (Mar 25, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Glenn Winters, Dr. Opera (Mar 26, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$110, $90, $54. 1 Free Student Ticket 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

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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.

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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 cfa.gmu.edu/cuisine.

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

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Black Grace

  • April 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

New Zealand's leading contemporary dance group presents a highly physical and uniquely powerful performance. Founder Neil Ieremia draws from his Samoan and New Zealand roots to create works that reach across social, cultural, and generational barriers. This fusion of Pacific Islander, Maori, and modern dance results in dramatically spiritual performances, which are full of beautiful expression and raw athleticism. The program will include pieces set to works ranging from Bach to original compositions to native, indigenous music. Known for their strength, stamina, and flawless performance, Black Grace will take hold of the audience from the moment they take the stage — and never let go!

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 14, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on April 4, 2017

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L.A. Theatre Works: Judgment at Nuremberg

By Abby Mann

  • April 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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In this gripping radio-style production, the boundaries of justice and compassion are stretched, as Nazi war criminals are forced to face judgments for their roles in the atrocities of the Holocaust. As the world observes the 75th anniversary of World War II, L.A. Theatre Works applies its signature style to this famous work by Abby Mann. Based on the Academy Award-winning movie, this is a dramatized version of one of the Nuremburg Trials, where an international tribunal sought to bring to justice Nazis who were guilty of crimes against humanity. Often, American judges struggled to determine the culpability of those who were following orders. Actors transport us to the 1940s as the world searches for justice and meaning in the face of tragedy. Join us for this unforgettable theatrical event.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 23, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$44, $37, $26. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on April 11, 2017

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Martha Graham Dance Company

  • April 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

As the oldest modern dance company in America, Martha Graham Dance Company pioneers a uniquely American style of dance that captivates audiences and inspires generations. The group's passionate performances and innovative style radically changed the trajectory of dance. Founder Martha Graham was known for creating movement rooted in social and psychological ideas and this innovative company continues to embody her groundbreaking spirit of ingenuity. The program features Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra Act 2 in her trademark, highly dramatic style immediately followed by her final work, Maple Leaf Rag in which she pokes fun at her own ultra dramatic works such as Clytemnestra. The company will also perform two Center for the Arts debuts, including Dark Meadow Suite and a new work set to beautiful Middle Eastern music. The group has performed in the most famous venues around the world from the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, to the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the Paris Opera House, and in the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre on the Acropolis in Athens. Experience first-hand the revolutionary dance that wows audiences around the world.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 28, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on April 18, 2017

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: The Genius of Chopin

  • April 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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This popular series concludes the season with the scintillating and well-loved piano music of Chopin. Jeffrey Siegel explores Chopin’s music, which is as masterfully composed as it is beautiful, and demonstrates the extraordinary musical ingredients used by this eminent composer to create his works. The program includes many great concert favorites that have been featured in film and television. Enjoy some of the most compelling, fascinating music ever written — waltzes, nocturnes, ballades, Impromptus, and the famous Heroic Polonaise! An interactive Q and A will conclude the program.

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$42, $36, $25. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on April 18, 2017

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