Pre-Performance Discussions

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Join us 45 minutes prior to the curtain for our Great Performances at Mason events, and enjoy our lively and popular Pre-Performance Discussions. These forums are led by local experts and, occasionally, by the artists themselves. Here, patrons are encouraged to ask questions and are able to gain a bit of insight and knowledge about our world-renowned guest artists. Held on the spacious and comfortable Grand Tier III Lobby, these captivating exchanges provide a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of a great performance!


Date Event Curtain Speaker
September 30, 2016Aquila Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing8:00 pmMember of the Company
October 8, 2016Virginia Opera: The Seven Deadly Sins and Pagliacci8:00 pmMember of the Company - Glenn Winter
October 9, 2016Virginia Opera: The Seven Deadly Sins and Pagliacci2:00 pmMember of the Company - Glenn Winter
October 14, 2016Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Analogy/Dora: Tramontane8:00 pmMember of the Company
October 15, 2016The Havana Cuba All-Stars: Cuban Nights8:00 pmMichel Pardron, Music Director. Spanish Translator: Rei Berroa
October 16, 2016Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: To Swing Through the Sky7:00 pmJim Carroll - Professor of Jazz Studies; George Mason School of Music
November 4, 2016Direct from Shanghai, The P.R. of China:
Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China: Shanghai Nights
8:00 pmMs. Zhao Shuangwu, Director of the company. Translator Cindy Yu Shi
November 5, 2016Direct from Shanghai, The P.R. of China:
Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China: Shanghai Nights
2:00 pmMs. Zhao Shuangwu, Director of the company. Translator Cindy Yu Shi
November 5, 2016Direct from Shanghai, The P.R. of China:
Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China: Shanghai Nights
8:00 pmMs. Zhao Shuangwu, Director of the company. Translator Cindy Yu Shi
November 6, 2016Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble2:00 pmMember of the Company
November 13, 2016American Festival Pops Orchestra: A Salute to Our Veterans2:00 pmBryan Kidd Arranger in Residence, AFPO
November 18, 2016BiRDMAN LiVE8:00 pmMember of the Company
November 26, 2016Sons of Serendip: Christmas: Beyond the Lights8:00 pmMember of the Company
December 3, 2016Virginia Opera: The Barber of Seville8:00 pmMember of the Company - Glenn Winter
December 4, 2016Virginia Opera: The Barber of Seville2:00 pmMember of the Company - Glenn Winter
December 10, 2016American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season8:00 pmBryan Kidd Arranger in Residence, AFPO
December 17, 2016A Canadian Brass Christmas8:00 pmMember of the Company
December 18, 2016Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna4:00 pmDavid Srebnik - Classical Music Program Director - SiriusXM Satellite Radio &
January 22, 2017Aquila Theatre: Murder on the Nile4:00 pmMember of the Company
January 28, 2017Direct from Dublin, Ireland: The Five Irish Tenors8:00 pmMember of the Company
February 4, 2017Virginia Opera: Der Freischütz8:00 pmMember of the Company - Glenn Winter
February 5, 2017Virginia Opera: Der Freischütz2:00 pmMember of the Company - Glenn Winter
February 12, 2017Walnut Street Theatre: Last of the Red Hot Lovers7:00 pmMember of the Company
February 17, 2017Off Book/Out of Bounds8:00 pmMember of the Company
February 18, 2017Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue8:00 pmMember of the Company
February 19, 2017Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue4:00 pmMember of the Company
February 24, 2017Mark Morris Dance Group8:00 pmMember of the Company
February 25, 2017Mark Morris Dance Group8:00 pmMember of the Company
February 26, 2017The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine4:00 pmMember of the Company
March 11, 2017Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices8:00 pmJim Carroll and a Member of New York Voices
March 12, 2017Miloš4:00 pmMember of the Company
March 17, 2017Danú: St. Patrick's Day Celebration8:00 pmBenny McCarthy Original Member of Danú
March 18, 2017Russian National Ballet Theatre: Chopiniana and Carmen8:00 pmAlexander Daev Company Ballet Master Russian Translator: Katya Fentsova
March 19, 2017Russian National Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty4:00 pmAlexander Daev Company Ballet Master Russian Translator: Katya Fentsova
March 25, 2017Virginia Opera: Turandot8:00 pmMember of the Company - Glenn Winter
March 26, 2017Virginia Opera: Turandot2:00 pmMember of the Company - Glenn Winter
April 8, 2017The 7 Fingers of the Hand: Cuisine & Confessions2:00 pmMember of the Company
April 8, 2017The 7 Fingers of the Hand: Cuisine & Confessions8:00 pmMember of the Company
April 9, 2017The 7 Fingers of the Hand: Cuisine & Confessions4:00 pmMember of the Company
April 14, 2017Black Grace8:00 pmMember of the Company
April 23, 2017L.A. Theatre Works: Judgment at Nuremberg7:00 pmMember of the Company
April 28, 2017Martha Graham Dance Company8:00 pmMember of the Company


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