American Echoes Series (2013-14 Season)
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Series Prices: $199.00, $164.00, $98.00 for 5 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
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
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. 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. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on February 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. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID