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SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2005-2006, SEPT. 1

August 18, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES
SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE ENTIRE
2005-2006 SEASON
OF GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON,
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2005


Fairfax, Virginia, August 1, 2005—“George Mason University is blending its wide spectrum of entertainment with the global taste of its neighboring communities to form a new season,” said The Washington Post after the April 2005 announcement of the 2005-2006 season of Great Performances at Mason. This season showcases a collection of some of the finest music, dance, theater, opera, and the incomparable artistry of today’s best national and international performers. Single tickets for the entire season of Great Performances at Mason will go on sale to the public on Thursday, September 1, 2005. Credit card purchases through tickets.com may be made online at www.tickets.com or by calling 1-888-945-2468 (service charges apply). In person purchases may be made at the Center for the Arts ticket office, located in the lobby of the Concert Hall on Mason Pond Drive on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Ticket Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 6PM. For general information call 703-993-8888.
From traditional ballet to contemporary dance created by some of the world’s most sought-after choreographers and their troupes, including the RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET, ATERBALLETTO, BALLET FLAMENCO JOSÉ PORCEL, MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP, SUSAN MARSHALL AND COMPANY, and DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS, the Center solidifies its position as a mecca for dance lovers. With global perspective, the Center presents BALLET HISPANICO, one of today’s foremost Hispanic dance companies to take the stage; and welcomes the Shanghai-based CHI, a cross between Chinese acrobats and Cirque du Soleil, guided by Taoist philosophy. The Center is also pleased to once again present the dedicated and masterful NRITYAGRAM DANCE ENSEMBLE, a living, breathing testament to the preservation of traditional Indian dance.
The 2005-2006 Season also includes a commitment to choral music represented by CHANTICLEER who, in a departure from their customary holiday appearance, presents an homage to the natural world using words and music. We
welcome the Center debut of another revered choral group, Great Britain’s KING’S SINGERS performing with the unique and Middle Eastern-inspired instrumentations of SARBAND.
Continuing the tradition of presenting the finest in orchestral music, the 2005-2006 season features PHILIPPE ENTREMONT conducting the MUNICH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, MAESTRO CHARLES DUTOIT leading the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, and an all-Russian program from the RUSSIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA.
Jeffrey Siegel’s popular KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS continues with a tribute to the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth in four related programs, and VIRGINIA OPERA brings its Northern Virginia audience four delightful productions: La Traviata, Romeo and Juliet, The Marriage of Figaro, and Norma.
For music with authentic American roots, Great Performances at Mason presents the Center debut of blues/rock great JOHN MAYALL AND THE BLUESBREAKERS. Other crowd pleasers offered this season include ARLO GUTHRIE AND THE MASSACREE BAND celebrating the 40th anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant, MARK O’CONNOR’S APPALACHIA WALTZ TRIO, the METROPOLITIAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA, and Oscar© winner MARVIN HAMLISCH.
For the holidays, the Center welcomes award-winning banjoist ALISON BROWN in a simple and evocative seasonal program called Winter’s Eve and welcomes back the spirited holiday musicality of the CANADIAN BRASS.
This season, the Center for the Arts provides local audiences with ample opportunity to experience enthralling theater through thought-provoking work from both MEREDITH MONK AND VOCAL ENSEMBLE and THE ACTORS’ GANG. The wacky FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS take the stage with a wildly humorous look at life. Slam poetry and movement converge as MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPHSCOURGE, a powerful piece melding politics, race, and the turbulent history of Haiti. Mason’s own professional company-in-residence, Theater of First Amendment, produces Jon Robin Baitz’s THREE HOTELS, an unflinching portrait of a marriage on the brink, and, in January, a new world premiere family musical from Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox entitled LIFT: ICARUS AND ME.
For a complete calendar of performances, visit www.gmu.edu/cfa
Single Tickets are available online at www.tickets.com or by phone at 1-888-945-2468.
For subscription information, call 703-993-ARTS (2787)


GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the 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 IS PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF FIRST HORIZON BANK
AS SPONSOR OF THE 2005-2006 GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON SEASON.