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SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2004-2005 SEASON - SEPT. 1

August 9, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S
CENTER FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES
SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE
FOR THE ENTIRE 2004-2005 SEASON OF
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON

New Season Marked by World Premiere Theater, Returning Bestselling Artists, Holiday Performances, and much, much more!

PATRONS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE SINGLE TICKETS FOR PERFORMANCES RANGING FROM THE BEST IN INTERNATIONAL & FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT TO MAGNIFICENT ORCHESTRAS, BALLETS AND SOLOISTS IN THE HEART OF FAIRFAX…

Throughout the season, the Center showcases classical music of the highest caliber with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, piano genius Ivo Pogorelich, the Dresden Philharmonic the Venice Baroque Orchestra, and the Kirov Orchestra.

Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations® expands to four programs

In January 2005, Theater of the First Amendment produces a World Premiere full-length run of a new Dianne McIntyre creation with music by Olu Dara – Open the Door, Virginia!

Mark Morris Dance Group returns in February for two highly-anticipated performances

Single Tickets available for all holiday performances, including Chanticleer, The Boys Choir of Harlem and the Canadian Brass


FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, AUGUST 5, 2004—Single tickets are on sale for the entire Center for the Arts’s 2004-2005 Season of Great Performances at Mason, beginning Wednesday, September 1, 2004. Tickets may be charged via telephone at 703-218-6500 or online at www.tickets.com (service charge applies). Patrons may visit the Center for the Arts box office daily, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to purchase tickets. For a complete schedule of events at the Center for the Arts, and its venues visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

The 2004-2005 Season of Great Performances at Mason, sponsored by First Horizon Bank, provides audiences with a wide selection of world famous artists, acclaimed ensembles and original productions from which to choose. Family Friendly performances – with half price seats for children 12 years and under – make up a good part of the series. Opportunities for the whole family to enjoy the arts include the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations®, Theater of the First Amendment’s Open the Door Virginia!, the Moiseyev Dance Company, STREB, and the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s Romeo & Juliet.

Dance events – always a sure thing on the Center’s highly praised Dynamic Dance series – include Billy Siegenfeld’s Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, MOMIX, the Mark Morris Dance Group for two performances, and, with Washington Performing Arts Society, Rennie Harris’s Facing Mekka. On our popular Global View series, audiences thrill to capoeira and Afro-Brazilian rhythms with Balé Folclorico da Bahia, and the breathtaking folk dance and theatricality of the world-renowned Moiseyev Dance Company. Reminiscences and familial memories, coupled with the music of Alejandro Escovedo comprise the song cycle with video, still photography, spoken word and song that is By the Hand of the Father– a bittersweet look at the journeys of Mexican-Americans and their fathers.

George Mason’s Center for the Arts’s resident professional theater company, Theater of the First Amendment presents a one-night only, staged concert reading of the timely, emotional and piquant Nathan the Wise on September 11, 2004. In January, the company produces the WORLD PREMIERE of a new Dianne McIntyre, Olu Dara collaboration: Open the Door, Virginia!, telling the uplifting and dramatic story of the big role a small county in Virginia played during the Brown v. Board of Education decisions. Other theater events include Anne Bogart’s SITI Company with an intriguing look at life, love and death: Death and the Ploughman, the fantastical National Black Light Theatre Prague performing their unique Fantasy Travellers: Alice and Gulliver, and alumni of the always-anticipated Acting Company in the newly rediscovered classic tale of loneliness and human longing, Carson McCullers’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

The 2004-2005 Season of Great Performances at Mason contains some of the area’s most sought-after orchestral music and classical soloists in the Magnificent Music series, including the beloved Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (with special guest artist, pianist Christopher O’Riley), the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, led by Yuri Temirkanov and featuring Lynn Harrell on cello, the Dresden Philharmonic under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos with Julia Fischer on violin, Opera Verdi Europa in a full-length production of Carmen, and the inimitable Kirov Orchestra and Maestro Valery Gergiev, featuring Yefim Bronfman as the guest piano soloist. The Venice Baroque Orchestraperforms on its period instruments and welcomes the heralded duo pianists Katia and Marielle LaBeque.

Of course, Virginia Opera, Virginia’s own, much loved company brings four productions to Northern Virginia. This season the Opera’s productions are Turandot, The Merry Widow, Tristan und IsoldeM and Faust.

The Center welcomes three holiday events – with a menu of music sure to please everyone looking for way to usher in the winter season: the traditional appearance by the a cappella ensemble Chanticleer, the Center for the Arts debut of The Boys Choir of Harlem and their golden voices, and, the always ebullient Canadian Brass.

In addition to single ticket sales, subscriptions to the 2004-2005 Season of Great Performances at Mason are still available. For more information on subscriptions call 703-993-ARTS (2787). The complete season of Great Performances at Mason, with performance dates, prices and series breakdown, is available at www.gmu.edu/cfa.
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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.

The Center for the Arts
Opened in 1990 and located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, the Center for the Arts includes multiple performance spaces — Harris Theater, TheaterSpace, Black box, the Dance Studio, and our premiere venue, the Concert Hall.
The Center for the Arts plays a key role in the cultural vitality of the Washington Metropolitan region, attracting more than 100,000 patrons each year to performances by local artists and ensembles; community functions; student and faculty productions; the award-winning offerings of Theater of the First Amendment; and our own series — Great Performances at Mason. The Center also serves the George Mason University community, playing a significant role in the education and lives of students and faculty.