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METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA IN SPECIAL SUMMER PERF. JUNE 20

May 27, 2004
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

For general information about tickets, seating, parking, etc., for performances and events happening at the Center for the Arts, please contact the ticket office directly at 703-993-2787.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S
CENTER FOR THE ARTS
PRESENTS
THE METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Special summer performance, Sunday, June 20,
kicks off Summer Jazz Workshop!


Fairfax, Virginia, May 18, 2004—In 1987, Congress passed a resolution declaring jazz "a rare and valuable national treasure." Jazz is America’s quintessential musical expression – sometimes referred to as "America’s classical music." For the last several seasons, George Mason’s Center for the Arts has nurtured an interest in jazz and a blossoming resurgence in the great jazz masters of the past: Ellington, Monk, Parker, Goodman and so many more with its highly-anticipated performances by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra is featured in a special summer performance inaugurating the start of the George Mason Department of Music’s Summer Jazz Workshop on Sunday, June 20 at 7PM. Under the sure hand of Jim Carroll, the Orchestra performs a host of jazz classics including pieces from the repertoires of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, like Woody and You, Manteca, Donna Lee and Blood Count.

The concert features performances by guest artists Rick Whiteheadon guitar andCharlie Young on alto saxophone.

The concert heralds an intense week for jazz students and jazz musicians of all levels as they come together on George Mason’s Fairfax campus to explore this truly American art form.

The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra performs twice in the 2004-2005 Season – October 2 at 8PM with a Tribute to Tito Puente, and February 5 at 8PM with more vibrant jazz. For information on upcoming Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra appearances, call 703-993-ARTS (2787).

George Mason University’s Summer Jazz Workshop, under Jim Carroll, Mason’s director of Jazz Studies, and leader of the Center for the Arts’s Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, provides local musicians of all ages and abilities a wide range of experiences with some of the finest jazz musicians and educators in the DC area. Held from June 20 to June 25, the Summer Jazz Workshop schedule includes Jazz Theory/Improvisation, Big Band/Combo rehearsals, masterclasses on individual instruments, and evening jam sessions each day!

Participants are guaranteed contact with the members of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the professional "house band" in residence at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts and an integral part of the Center’s subscription series, Great Performances at Mason. For more information on the Workshop call the George Mason Department of Music at 703-993-1380.

Tickets for the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra on June 20 are $25, with a special student/family friendly (children under 12) price of $12.50. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit
www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa


GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.