Spring Schedule: Great Performances at Mason (2011-12 Season)

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River North Dance Chicago

  • January 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

“River North is easily the best of the many Chicago companies determined to preserve Broadway.” (Chicago Tribune) Founded in 1989 by four visionary dancers/choreographers, this jazz-based contemporary dance ensemble is known for its gifted and emotive dancers, electrifying music, and radiant and dramatic choreography. River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago’s leading dance companies and one of the most popular national repertoire companies in the United States and abroad. Under the artistic directorship of Frank Chaves, this brilliant company embodies the true flavor of “Americana” by developing a diverse and eclectic repertoire of work by established and emerging American choreographers. “Jazz dance never looked so...funny, mystical, poignant, inexplicable, sexy.” (The Arizona Republic)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Frank Chaves, Artistic Director, River North Dance Chicago (Jan 27, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

Web Site

$42, $34, $21

Aquila Theatre: Macbeth

  • January 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Macbeth

“Fair is foul and foul is fair” in this acclaimed British/American touring company’s rendering of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.  In this brutal and chaotic tale, nothing is as it seems and men combat their own madness and fates. Scottish general Macbeth, fresh from victory, comes across three witches in the forest on his journey home. The witches present an intriguing prophecy: one day he will be the King of Scotland. When Lady Macbeth hears the news, she persuades her husband to commit regicide, leading the couple into a murderous and maddening descent into war, insanity, guilt, and death. Superstitiously referred to as “the Scottish play,” Macbeth
has enjoyed considerable success despite its notoriety as a cursed play, and Aquila Theatre breathes new life into this wickedly troubled work. “The most exhilarating, inventive theater company that has put down roots here in many years.” (American Reporter)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Members of the Company (Jan 28, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$40, $32, $20

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Russian Rapture: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

  • January 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

Russian Rapture: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “the Leonard Bernstein of the piano,” Jeffrey Siegel charms both piano aficionados and novices alike with his illuminating and witty commentary and astounding musical gifts. In his third concert of the season, Mr. Siegel whisks audiences on a journey across the globe, performing breathtaking works by two of the greatest Russian composers of all time: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Siegel presents a rapturous performance of soaring melodies and sumptuous sonorities of these ever-popular composers – the colorful Preludes, captivating Etudes, and the scintillating Humoresque.

“A pianist with a bravura technique and a big, gorgeous sound…and when the artist himself offers the inside scoop, the musical experience becomes vastly more personal.” (Denver Post)

$38, $30, $19

Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers

  • February 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Legendary Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, perform a sublime evening of Latin jazz in their first appearance at the Center. Hailed as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuosic pianists” by The New York Times, this multi-Grammy Award winner has defined his genre and influenced countless musicians worldwide. “Whether Chucho Valdés is performing a gentle ballad or a rousing foot-stomper, his joy is in playing and his love of the music always shines through.” (All About Jazz) This supremely talented musician, composer and arranger is considered one of Cuba’s greatest jazz artists. His long and illustrious career includes more than 80 recordings, performing with such jazz masters as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chick Corea. He is the winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.  This is an unforgettable treat for jazz lovers.

WPFW 89.3 FM - Pacifica Radio is the media sponsor for Chucho Valdés at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Dr. Greg Robinson, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, School of Music, GMU (Feb 3, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $38, $23

Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra: Roman Leontiev, conductor

  • February 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Roman Leontiev, conductor
Alexandre Pirojenko, piano

Since its founding shortly after World War II, this grand orchestra has developed an extremely diverse repertoire ranging from Baroque through 20th century music. Their moving performances often include compositions by Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel, as well as Stravinsky and Poulenc—and, of course, works by the great Russian composers Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky. The orchestra also regularly commissions and performs new works each season. Under the direction of music director and chief conductor Roman Leontiev, the orchestra performs an exciting program, featuring Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade for Orchestra, Op. 35.  Prize-winning pianist Alexandre Pirojenko joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major.

This performance is generously sponsored by Evelyn and Tom Kiley.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Nicole Lacroix, WETA 90.9 FM (Feb 4, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $42, $25

Virginia Opera: Orphée by Philip Glass, Virginia Premiere

  • February 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Orphée by Philip Glass
Virginia Premiere

The Virginia Opera brings the Virginia Premiere of Philip Glass’s Orphée to the stage this spring! Based on Jean Cocteau’s stunning cinematic reimagining of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Glass’ 20th century take on this emotional love story is set to music “so haunting and cinematic that one cannot help but be swept up in its magic.” (Virginia Pilot). Set in Paris, Orphée is a famous, but misunderstood poet who falls for a beautiful new muse – Death, herself – nearly turning his back on life and his wife, Eurydice. Featuring uplifting jazz-inspired musical orchestration and dramatic themes of neglected love, inspired passion and fevered obsession, the Virginia Opera’s stunning production of this opera is an event not to be missed! Sung in French with English supertitles.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Company Member (Feb 10, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

Web Site

$86, $72, $44

Arlo Guthrie: Boys' Night Out

  • February 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Boys' Night Out

One of the great 20th century American folk singers—and consummate storytellers—comes to the Center with his son Abe Guthrie, grandson Krishna Guthrie, and longtime collaborator, Terry a La Berry for a highly entertaining evening of folk favorites, amusing stories, and witty anecdotes. An “hour and a half in the presence of Guthrie is like receiving the most enjoyable and authoritative master class on 20th century American folk music one could possibly have.” (The Independent, London) The son of singer-songwriter and activist Woody Guthrie, Arlo’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of his highly original “Alice’s Restaurant,” a satirical anti-war anthem. The record spun off a hit movie and Guthrie became a cultural hero to a new generation espousing social consciousness and activism. A gifted musician on the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Guthrie has equal talent for clever repartee, promising an event the whole family will enjoy.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Mary Sue Twohy, Sirius|XM Radio (Feb 11, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $40, $24

Virginia Opera: Orphée by Philip Glass, Virginia Premiere

  • February 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

Orphée by Philip Glass
Virginia Premiere

The Virginia Opera brings the Virginia Premiere of Philip Glass’s Orphée to the stage this spring! Based on Jean Cocteau’s stunning cinematic reimagining of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Glass’ 20th century take on this emotional love story is set to music “so haunting and cinematic that one cannot help but be swept up in its magic.” (Virginia Pilot). Set in Paris, Orphée is a famous, but misunderstood poet who falls for a beautiful new muse – Death, herself – nearly turning his back on life and his wife, Eurydice. Featuring uplifting jazz-inspired musical orchestration and dramatic themes of neglected love, inspired passion and fevered obsession, the Virginia Opera’s stunning production of this opera is an event not to be missed! Sung in French with English supertitles.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Company Member (Feb 12, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

Web Site

$98, $80, $48

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

  • February 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This groundbreaking company mixes methods, styles, and cultures to create an entirely new and exciting form of dance. Audiences everywhere are captivated by their intensity, passion, technical brilliance, and ability to evoke deep emotion. Choreographer and artistic director Dwight Rhoden and artist-in-residence and artistic director Desmond Richardson are “two of the greatest virtuosos ever to emerge from Ailey land.” (The New York Times) The founders' appreciation for multiculturalism was the inspiration for this innovative company of brilliant classical and contemporary dancers. Committed to transcending cultural and artistic boundaries, they have not only brought their art to great stages of the world, but also to the popular entertainment world, like E! and the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance. “Beware: the energy and spirit of this dance company are contagious.” (Holland Dance Festival)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Jae Man Joo, Associate Artistic Dir., & Michael Moore, Company Mgr., from Complexions (Feb 17, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$42, $34, $21

The "All New" Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers™

  • February 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Blues Brothers™ are back! This West End musical is a runaway hit across Europe, and now it comes to the Center. “A rip-roaring, foot-stomping boogie,” says the Daily Mail about this hilarious musical that has some of the best blues you will hear this side of Chicago. Born in the ‘70s from the comic genius of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, Jake and Elwood Blues became an unprecedented, international phenomenon—part performance art, part music, and all entertainment—and it is every bit as popular now as they were 30 years ago. So throw on your black suit, porkpie hat, and coolest shades, and come enjoy unforgettable classic R&B songs like “Respect,” “Think,” and “Gimme Some Loving.” You can help the brothers save their Chicago orphanage as they perform this one last big show—if they can avoid the long arm of the law, that is.

The Blues Brothers trademark [for entertainment services] is owned by Daniel Aykroyd and Judith Belushi Pisano

Pre-Performance Discussion: Brad Henshaw, (Feb 18, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $40, $24

Soweto Gospel Choir

  • February 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Experience the beautiful songs of joy, peace, and hope, sung in a way that only this celebrated Grammy Award-winning South African Gospel choir can sing. “A cornucopia of remarkable voices…meticulous and unstoppable…spirited and spectacular.” (The New York Times) In ten short years, Soweto Gospel Choir has achieved international fame by enchanting audiences with their glorious voices, energetic dancing, vibrant costumes, and most importantly, an exuberant spirit that fills up the heart. This young, dynamic choir of 26 performs both traditional and contemporary songs in some of South Africa’s many languages in a way that leaves audiences overjoyed with emotion. “Sheer jubilation…the rhythm of life.” (Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia)

Click here to view video of the Soweto Gospel Choir.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Mary Sue Twohy, Sirius|XM Radio (Feb 19, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

Web Site

$44, $36, $22

HSBC Global View Series Sponsor

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra presents Buddy, Woody, and Stan

  • February 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Northern Virginia’s very own jazz orchestra presents a very special tribute concert celebrating the music of Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton. This esteemed orchestra of gifted musicians from the Washington, D.C. area brings audiences jumping to their feet for enthusiastic ovations when they perform their stunning interpretations of traditional jazz classics. Artistic director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll’s illustrious career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, and the Apollo Theatre. A versatile performer, Carroll has performed with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Experience an evening of extraordinary jazz.

WPFW 89.3 FM - Pacifica Radio is the media sponsor for Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Jim Carroll, Founder, Met Jazz Orchestra, Dir. of Jazz Studies, Mason School of Music (Feb 25, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$40, $32, $20

Walnut Street Theatre: Proof

  • March 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Proof

This critically acclaimed theater company—from America’s oldest continuously operating theater—presents a luminous and touching play about fathers and daughters, genius and insanity, legacy and truth. Winner of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells the story of Catherine, a young woman who dropped out of college to care for her ailing father, Robert, who has just died. Robert, a professor and mathematical genius, struggled with mental illness for much of his adult life. After his death, Catherine (played by Fairfax native Alex Keiper) finds romance with her father’s former graduate student, Hal, who is searching for proof of his mentor’s genius. Also adapted into a film, this moving work is a delightful romance, a drama about family dynamics, and a mystery about the true nature of genius. “Impeccable production of the drama...played with a touch-life tone and acted with a regal undertone.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ken Elston, Chair, Theater Department, George Mason University (Mar 2, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$40, $32, $20

Ballet Folklórico De Antioquia, Colombia

  • March 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

There is a concert at the Patriot Center that begins at 8:00 PM, Saturday evening that may cause traffic delays & limited parking for those attending the Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia, Colombia performance.

This impacts most directly those patrons who park in Lot K.  Lot K is also heavily used by Patriot Center patrons.

We encourage you to plan to come to campus early.  Take this opportunity to enjoy the Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:15 PM featuring Lina Botero (a former dancer with the company) on Grand Tier III, or simply enjoy a pre-performance beverage from our concessions bars in the Concert Hall lobby.

Embarking on its first U.S. tour, this gifted ensemble shares the richness and diversity of the Colombian culture through its spectacular performances of dance and music. The performances feature authentic music, ritualistic dance, and physical theater accentuated with brilliantly-colored and scintillating costumes. Ballet Folklórico De Antioquia, Colombia is recognized for its elegance, excellence, and breathtaking artistry in folkloric music and dance as well as contemporary music and dance. Founded two decades ago by Albeiro Roldán Penagos, the ensemble promotes the richness and cultural identities of its homeland and was honored in 2008 with an invitation to represent Colombia at the Beijing Olympic Games. Don’t miss the stunning beauty and intense passion of these amazing Colombian dancers!

Pre-Performance Discussion: Lina Botero, PR & Marketing Director, Former Dancer, Ballet Folklorico (Mar 3, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $38, $23

HSBC Global View Series Sponsor

Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic: Eugene Tzigane, conductor

  • March 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Eugene Tzigane, conductor
Amit Peled, cello

For the past 60 years, this accomplished 80-member orchestra has fulfilled a vital role as cultural ambassadors for its region to Europe and abroad. Based in Herford, Germany, the Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic has earned an international reputation for its consummate technical skill, motivated professionalism, and captivating enthusiasm. This has attracted such world-class, opera luminaries as Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, and Elena Garanca, who have all been accompanied by the orchestra on their tours of Germany. Under the direction of principal conductor Eugene Tzigane, the ensemble performs Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor. Virtuoso cellist Amit Peled joins the orchestra for Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor by Victor Herbert.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Nicole Lacroix, WETA 90.9 FM (Mar 4, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $42, $25

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

  • March 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This cutting-edge New York-based company explores the infinite possibilities found in the marriage of movement and multimedia. Their daring, athletic movements and integration of classical ballet with contemporary and popular dance forms has garnered this 16-member ensemble a great deal of attention. “Dancing that pulls viewers right out of their seats,” raves The New York Times. The Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer—celebrated dancer/choreographer and installation artist—has commissioned emerging contemporary choreographers, like Crystal Pite, Jacopo Godani, and Edwaard Liang, to create groundbreaking new works. This wide-ranging spectrum of repertory has helped to distinguish this unique company, which was founded in 2003, as an important, new creative force. “Cedar Lake’s dancers go from zero to 60 with an ease you or I cannot fathom.” (The New York Times)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Benoit Swan, Cedar Lake Dance Company (Mar 10, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

Web Site

$42, $34, $21

Vienna Boys Choir

  • March 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Vienna Boys Choir

“There’s no more gratifying sound than that of children singing. And there’s no more polished ensemble of children’s voices than the Vienna Boys Choir.” Fort Worth Star Telegram. A favorite at the Center, the world’s preeminent children’s choir has enchanted audiences across the globe with its purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, cherished pop songs, and medieval chant. The Vienna Boys Choir was formed more than five hundred years ago, and has worked with some of the greatest composers ever known, including Mozart and Bruckner; and Franz Schubert himself was a chorister. “Time may march on, but the Vienna Boys Choir remains a rock-solid institution.” Green Bay Press Gazette. Don’t miss these phenomenal young artists that will mesmerize music lovers young and old alike!

Pre-Performance Discussion: Natalia Dudnik, Associate Professor - German, GMU (Mar 11, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $38, $23

TAO: The Art of the Drum

  • March 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Art of the Drum

In this eagerly anticipated new production, athletic bodies, vibrant costumes, explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography all combine to create an awe-inspiring theater experience that must be seen to be believed. “Powerful, dynamic, and unique.” (Time Out Chicago) Typically a male-dominated genre, TAO includes both male and female performers who undergo years of training at a compound in the mountains of Japan until they reach the highest level of virtuosity. The drummers draw on their diversity of talents—rock musicians, gymnasts, composers—to add their own flair to the performance, resulting in a fresh, energetic interpretation of the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Since their sensational world debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004, they have toured the world, performing in 17 countries, and 400 cities for more than four million adoring fans.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Company Member (Mar 18, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

Web Site

$48, $40, $24

HSBC Global View Series Sponsor

Virginia Opera: The Mikado

  • March 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Mikado

The Virginia Opera closes its season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and deliciously witty masterpiece, which they wrote to satirize the social mores of 19th century England. Arguably one of the most popular operas ever written and one of the most often performed, this brilliant and ridiculously funny tale is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where everything has gone topsy-turvy after the Mikado outlaws flirting! Yum-Yum, a beautiful schoolgirl is engaged to be married to Ko-Ko, the tailor-turned-Lord High Executioner – despite her love for the romantic, wandering minstrel, Nanki-Poo (who is also the errant son of the Mikado!) Will these two young lovers find their happily-ever-after or will heads roll? Filled with hilarious antics, opulent costumes, and the soaring voices of the Virginia Opera, this delightful production will brighten the spirit and will make audiences laugh out loud! Sung in English with English supertitles.

View our Mason Student Ticket Policy.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Company Member (Mar 23, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

Web Site

$86, $72, $44

Christopher O’Riley / Matt Haimovitz: Shuffle.Play.Listen.

  • March 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Christopher O’Riley, piano
Matt Haimovitz, cello

Two outstanding artists, each known for breaking down the barriers in classical music, come together in a collaboration that weaves in and out of the classical and pop music genres. This fascinating program explores the lyrical and virtuosic beauty of their instruments and spans centuries and genres with works by Bach, Radiohead, Piazzolla, and Stravinsky among others. Recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation, Christopher O’Riley has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician; hosts the popular NPR program, From the Top; and has released a set of acclaimed recordings. “O’Riley played so delicately that he seemingly left no fingerprints on the keys, yet his melodies sung out with sweet clarity.” (The Washington Post) Matt Hamovitz debuted as a cello soloist at age 13 with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, and has since worked toward redefining the role of a classical artist, performing at coffeehouses and clubs along with international engagements. “Hearing a cello played with such fervor and commitment—not to mention high artistry—is a priceless experience.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Christopher O'Riley & Matt Haimovitz (Mar 24, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$42, $34, $21

Virginia Opera: The Mikado

  • March 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Mikado

The Virginia Opera closes its season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and deliciously witty masterpiece, which they wrote to satirize the social mores of 19th century England. Arguably one of the most popular operas ever written and one of the most often performed, this brilliant and ridiculously funny tale is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where everything has gone topsy-turvy after the Mikado outlaws flirting! Yum-Yum, a beautiful schoolgirl is engaged to be married to Ko-Ko, the tailor-turned-Lord High Executioner – despite her love for the romantic, wandering minstrel, Nanki-Poo (who is also the errant son of the Mikado!) Will these two young lovers find their happily-ever-after or will heads roll? Filled with hilarious antics, opulent costumes, and the soaring voices of the Virginia Opera, this delightful production will brighten the spirit and will make audiences laugh out loud! Sung in English with English supertitles.

View our Mason Student Ticket Policy.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Company Member (Mar 25, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

Web Site

$98, $80, $48

The Acting Company: Julius Caesar

  • April 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

Julius Caesar

One of Shakespeare’s great tragedies is brought to the stage by one of America’s leading touring theater companies. A classic story of opportunity and strategic error, historical events from the reign of this iconic Roman emperor are interwoven with tragic elements and linguistic devices in this compelling work. Seen by many as overly ambitious and by others as a noble leader, Caesar ignores a soothsayer who warns him to “beware the Ides of March.” This chilling prophecy comes to fruition in perhaps the most famous death scene ever written—“Et tu, Bruté?” The Acting Company, hailed as “the major touring classical theatre company in the United States” by The New York Times, celebrates its 40th anniversary with this powerful production from one of the finest works in the Shakespearean literature.

View our Mason Student Ticket Policy.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Adriana Baer, Staff Repertory Director, The Acting Company (Apr 1, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$40, $32, $20

Moscow Festival Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

  • April 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Sleeping Beauty

Audiences are transported to a world of fairy tale princesses, malevolent witches, storybook kingdoms, and true love’s kiss in this most cherished ballet. Considered the crowning jewel of Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is the magical tale of a beautiful princess who waits in slumber to be awakened by the kiss of her prince. Opulent costumes and sets, Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score—which he thought was perhaps his best piece of music—and the elegant movements of these extraordinary dancers result in an evening of breathtaking artistry. Wishing to bring together the best of Russian ballet, Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded this esteemed company of leading Russian dancers in 1989. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body.” (Post and Courier)

View our Mason Student Ticket Policy.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member(s) of the Company (Apr 13, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$54, $46, $27

Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella

  • April 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Cinderella

The timeless fairy tale ballet comes to the Center this season to delight the young and not so young alike. Its exquisite costumes, lush scenery, comical evil stepsisters and, of course, Prokofiev’s exuberant score make this one of the most beloved ballets of all time. The jubilant production is the work of one of Russia’s most esteemed ballet companies. “This was an afternoon that deserved ‘bravos’ within minutes of the opening steps.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded the company in 1989 to create an ensemble that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. Under his direction, leading dancers from across Russia now stage exciting new productions of timeless classics.

View our Mason Student Ticket Policy.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member(s) of the Company (Apr 14, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$54, $46, $27

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Broadway Lights

  • April 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Broadway Lights

Anthony Maiello, conductor
Lisa Vroman, soprano

The American Festival Pops Orchestra returns with Broadway Lights, a delightful program of favorites from Broadway, cinema, and television, as well as patriotic music honoring our nation. This evening of inspiring music celebrates the immense talent of Broadway, jazz and film composers such as John Williams, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Founder and artistic director, Anthony Maiello—who is also Associate Director of Mason’s School of Music—has brought together this fantastic orchestra of 60 talented musicians from the D.C. area. The orchestra will be joined by Lisa Vroman, hailed as “a musical and theatrical marvel” by The San Francisco Chronicle to perform some of the most memorable and cherished music of the 20th century.

There will be no Pre-Performance Discussion for this event.

View our Mason Student Ticket Policy.

Web Site

$46, $38, $23

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: The Power and Passion of Brahms

  • April 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

The Power and Passion of Brahms

“Siegel lit the stage…piano playing to delight the ears.” (San Diego Evening Tribune) Brilliant pianist Jeffrey Siegel concludes his 19th season of Keyboard Conversations at the Center for the Arts with a tribute to one of the leading composers of the romantic era and considered by many to be a “successor” to Beethoven: Johannes Brahms. Mr. Siegel shares the virtuoso composer’s majestic tonal miracles in short story form – the narrative Ballades, Op. 10 and the smoldering Rhapsodies, Op. 79.

“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)

View our Mason Student Ticket Policy.

$38, $30, $19