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CVPA Celebrates the Arts, Sept. 19

September 6, 2002
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Thursday, September 19, 2002, 6:30-10 p.m.

Evening of festivities features performances, gallery exhibit,
and salsa dancing in the lobby of Center for the Arts Concert Hall!

Fairfax, Virginia, September 3, 2002—George Mason’s year-old College of Visual and Performing Arts invites its students, advisory board members, faculty and staff, volunteers, alumni, and, of course, the Northern Virginia community at large, to Celebrate the Arts on Thursday, September 19, 2002, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery on the university’s Fairfax campus. The College is comprised of the Departments of Art and Visual Technology, Department of Dance, Department of Music and Department of Theater.

For the broader Fairfax and Northern Virginia community, the Fairfax campus is the gateway to the spirit of Mason. This FREE event provides an ideal opportunity to visit the Fairfax campus, with its state of the art theater facilities, and witness student and faculty accomplishments. Celebrate the Arts kicks off with the unveiling of a new semester-long installation in the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery, curated by Mason’s gallery director, Kirby Malone. A select group of diverse performances follows – in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall – culminating with a spirited lobby salsa party, with music by local musicians Sin Miedo.

"Ours is a community of artists, actively engaged in the learning, teaching, practice, and development of a wide variety of art forms," explains Bill Reeder, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. "In our classrooms, and on our stages, there are painters and computer animators, actors and dancers, singers and saxophonists, composers and playwrights, critics and scholars, all working in close proximity to each other in an atmosphere of collaborative exploration." And, he continues, it is this collective effort between the entities of the College that served as the impetus for the September 19 program. "With its dedicated teachers and passionate students hard at work on individual journeys of growth and development, the College of Visual and Performing Arts is comprised of many layers of activity."

In addition to exciting performances in all shapes and guises, from modern dance to opera to multimedia, the College of Visual and Performing Arts is the academic "parent" to Northern Virginia’s world class, multi-venue, performing arts center, George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. The Center’s highly regarded artist series, Great Performances at Mason, presented at the Concert Hall, brings the best performers from around the block and around the world to its stages. With a policy of providing free tickets to Mason students and an award-winning resident professional theater, the Center maintains a strong reputation for excellence and diversity throughout the region.

Thursday, September 19, 2002
Concert 7:30 p.m.

GMU Wind Ensemble performs
Welcoming remarks by Bill Reeder, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Performances by the Department of Art and Visual Technology
Department of Dance
Department of Music
Department of Theater

CELEBRATE THE ARTS takes place on Thursday, September 19, 2002, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for the performances at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The salsa dance party begins at 9:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall Lobby. All events are FREE. Mason Hall is located on Mason Pond Drive, on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Parking is available in the deck adjacent to the Concert Hall and FREE parking is available in university Lot K. For more information on the event please contact: 703-993-8888.
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