All Music Series (2013-14 Season)
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Series Prices: $497.00, $425.00, $249.00 for 12 events | ORDER
- October 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm
American Festival Pops Orchestra welcomes back its devoted fans and Mason alumni alike for a celebration of popular music of the 70's and 80's including the many eras of rock music, hit musicals, and memorable movie and TV themes. Enjoy your favorite tunes from such influential artists as Billy Joel, Michael Jackson and The Beatles as well as a rousing rendition of the Charlie Daniels Band's hit "Devil Went Down to Georgia" performed by Pops Concertmaster, Peter Wilson. Revisit Broadway's blockbuster numbers with selections from Chicago, A Chorus Line, and Grease, and don't miss some of film's greatest musical moments from James Bond to Rocky to John Williams' iconic theme from Star Wars. Conductor and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello leads this accomplished ensemble, and welcomes Mason's own Mike Nickens and "The Green Machine" for a special guest appearance. "[American Festival Pops Orchestra] performed crisply and with great enthusiasm under the baton of Maestro Maiello." (Washington Times)
$48, $40, $24
- October 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Elgar: Serenade in E minor, Op. 20
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op. 110
J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus No. 1 from The Art of the Fugue
Dvorak: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22
This dynamic Russian chamber orchestra, including some of the country's finest young string players, presents a brilliant concert of classical music under the baton of Maestro Rachlevsky. Founded in 1991 by Rachlevsky, this stellar ensemble has produced a spectacular catalog of recordings featuring works by the celebrated Russian masters as well as other revered composers. This performance features a Serenade by Elgar as well as Dvorák's carefree Serenade for Strings. The chamber orchestra also performs Shostakovich's dark Chamber Symphony followed by the contrasting masterpiece by Bach, Contrapunctus No. 1 from The Arts of the Fugue. "An ensemble of remarkably tight discipline and heart-on-the-sleeve expressiveness." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
$50, $42, $25
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Lady Jeanne Galway, flute
- November 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Harty: In Ireland
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 313
Hammond: Carolan Variations
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, K. 551 (Jupiter)
This world-class ensemble, renowned for its driving energy and explosive power, shares the stage with Ireland’s great flutist, Sir James Galway. This living legend joins forces with the "razor-sharp, fully seasoned ensemble" (Chicago Tribune) under the exuberant baton of JoAnn Falletta, "one of the finest conductors of her generation." (The New York Times) Revel in the glorious sounds of "the man with the golden flute" (Seattle Times) as he brings his mastery of the classical flute repertoire and sparkling reputation as a consummate entertainer to our stage. Galway performs Harty's fantasy for flute, In Ireland and Mozart's beloved Flute Concerto No. 2. He is joined by accomplished flutist Lady Jeanne Galway for Hammond's Carolan Variations. The program also features Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, the "Jupiter" symphony.
$75, $67, $37.5
Featuring Guest Soloists Joe Burgstaller and Marty Hackleman
- November 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Enjoy this extraordinary 17-piece brass ensemble as they present a program that will change the way you think about brass! Embark on a journey From Bach to Classic Rock that travels from music originally played in powdered wigs to music meant to be played with black t-shirts and pyrotechnics, all displaying the powerfully majestic brass sound. The ensemble also welcomes guest soloists Joe Burgstaller and Martin Hackleman for this performance. Washington Symphonic Brass has extensively toured the East Coast with an expansive repertoire and now brings nostalgic favorites from across the centuries to our stage. Founded by the late conductor Milt Stevens and acclaimed trumpeter Phil Snedecor, Washington Symphonic Brass features some of the most talented musicians from the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas many of whom routinely perform with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. "Brass, boldly redefined…." (The Washington Post)
Watch for their new CD out now: Classic Rock for Brass
Available at most music retailers, or at wsbrass.com.
$44, $36, $22
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin
Amanda Forsyth, cello
- January 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
Brahms: Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102
One of the most illustrious orchestras in the world returns to our stage with renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman for an evening of unequalled classical music. Known as Britain's national orchestra, this ensemble was founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, who envisioned an elite ensemble of the country's finest musicians. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra flourished, first under Beecham's direction, and then under a distinguished list of conductors including André Previn, Daniele Gatti, and Charles Dutoit. For this concert, guest conductor and violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman leads the orchestra to perform Bach's Violin Concerto in A minor and Schoenberg's Romantic masterpiece, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) inspired by a poem with the same name and the music of the late German Romantics. Then, celebrated cellist Amanda Forsyth joins Zukerman for Brahms' Double Concerto in A minor, a remarkable work requiring two equally brilliant soloists. "Incisive, insightful, and extremely beautiful." (The Guardian)
$75, $67, $37.5. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on January 2, 2014
Boguslaw Dawidow, conductor
Avshalom Sarid, viola
- February 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World, Op. 95
Bracha: Melodies for Mount Carmel
This popular orchestra, a focal point of musical life in Northern Israel, makes its Center for the Arts debut as part of its first tour of the United States. Since its founding in 1950, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel has built an impressive and loyal following, and is renowned throughout its homeland for its support of Israeli composers, soloists, and conductors. Under the baton of Boguslaw Dawidow, the orchestra brings a spectacular evening of music that includes the comfortingly familiar melodies of Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor and the warm sounds of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World, as well as Israeli composer Uri Bracha's Melodies for Mount Carmel, with virtuoso violist Avshalom Sarid.
$60, $52, $30. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on January 21, 2014
Steve Lippia, vocalist
- February 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Modern crooner Steve Lippia joins the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra to present a swinging evening of American pop and jazz classics. Enjoy your all-time Sinatra favorites as well as hits by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, and Barry Manilow. Artistic Director Jim Carroll leads this superb group of musicians from the greater D.C. area as they collaborate with the vocalist said to have "an astonishing approximation of Frank Sinatra’s voice." (Courier-Post) Don’t miss this sizzling evening of America's cherished classics.
$48, $40, $24. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on January 28, 2014
- February 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm
This British a cappella sextet returns to our stage with The Great American Songbook in which they perform treasured songs by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Etta James, and others. The King's Singers are revered for their crystal-clear sound, impeccable pitch, delightful British wit, and mastery of an expansive repertoire spanning centuries of great music. They have captivated audiences the world over with their stunning interpretations of vocal music covering everything from Bach to Bublé, and have performed to sold-out crowds at nearly every prestigious concert hall, picking up a Grammy Award and a number of other accolades along the way. This is sure to be a truly memorable concert of beloved popular music sung by true entertainers.
$48, $40, $24. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on January 28, 2014
- February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of romantic music on this Valentine's weekend as legendary pianist Peter Nero performs a delightful fusion of popular and classical styles. This two-time Grammy Award-winning virtuoso and entertainer extraordinaire combines the works of popular and classical composers in a concert of extraordinary music. For example, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory" from Cats with touches of Puccini's Un Bel Di, Cole Porter's "Night and Day" combined with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and a series of variations on "I Got Rhythm" fused with sounds of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart, and Prokofiev. Since the 1960s, Peter Nero has warmed the hearts of audiences across the globe with his dazzling musical gifts and brilliant wit. This Juilliard-trained artist has recorded more than 65 albums, and has earned a sterling reputation in his 34 years as conductor and musical director of the legendary Philly Pops with his signature blend of classical music, swing, Broadway, blues, and jazz.
$60, $52, $30. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on February 4, 2014
- March 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm
When this debonair baritone from Germany strides onstage — perfectly poised and impeccably dressed in white tie and tails —to join his Weimar-era, big band orchestra, you'll suddenly be transported to an elegant Berlin nightclub back in the 1920s. In this new production, The Golden Age, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester present virtuosic recreations of the classic dance hall songs, swing and cabaret hits of the 20’s and 30’s. Legendary in his own country, this retro crooner with his smooth, silky sound and his superb orchestra are classically trained artists, and they take their music very seriously — but not themselves. There's a hint of tongue-in-cheek, especially in Raabe's dry and pithy introductions. "Their performances conjure the same warm immediacy as a vintage recording," says Vogue, who featured these fashionable artists prior to their Carnegie Hall appearance. It's a delightful entertainment experience quite unlike anything you've seen before.
$46, $38, $23. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on February 18, 2014
- March 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Begin your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Center for the Arts with these Celtic music pioneers. These six-time Grammy Award-winners take our stage for the first time in a lively concert that captures the profound beauty of the Emerald Isle. The Chieftains have uncovered centuries of Irish song and made these traditional works their own through the inimitable style that has won them countless fans over the decades. Their iconic sound has become synonymous with the revival of traditional Irish music. This legendary band has collaborated with countless stars of the music world including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Doc Watson, and Luciano Pavarotti; and has performed for both Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II.
$60, $52, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on March 4, 2014
- April 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm
This three-time Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer returns to the Center with his acclaimed quartet to treat us to an evening of unsurpassed jazz music. Branford Marsalis earns praise from audiences and critics alike for his unrivaled technique, awe-inspiring versatility, and innovative approach to music making. Performing with his tightly-knit quartet of musicians — longtime members Joey Calderazzo on piano and Eric Revis on bass with rising star Justin Faulkner on drums — this New Orleans native offers up an impressive collection of original compositions and modern and classic jazz standards. Marsalis was born into what The New York Times calls "jazz's most storied living dynasty," and has shared the stage with such 20th century jazz giants as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins.
$48, $40, $24. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on April 1, 2014