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CENTER FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES VERIZON SPONSORSHIP

August 27, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES
VERIZON FEDERAL NETWORK SYSTEMS’ SPONSORSHIP OF THE AMERICAN ECHOES SERIES OF PERFORMANCES—
PART OF THE 2005-2006
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON SEASON


Fairfax, Virginia, August 29, 2005— "Verizon Federal Network Systems (FNS) is proud to continue our support for George Mason University's Center for the Arts with our sponsorship of the American Echoes series for the 2005-06 season," said Wesley E. Jordan, Vice President, Verizon FNS.

As part of the Great Performances at Mason series at the Center for the Arts, Mason’s professional performing arts venue, the American Echoes series of performances is comprised of those artists and events with a particular emphasis on American influences or American roots. Included in the American Echoes series for 2005-2006 is an evening with venerable Broadway showman Marvin Hamlisch in October, the Ahn Trio returning with new twists on classical music; one of the most influential blues-rockers of all time, John Mayall in November; the Center’s own house jazz band, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in March, Arlo Guthrie and the Massacree Band reprising “Alice’s Restaurant” and more in April, and fiddler Mark O’Connor exploring American roots music and classical interpretations with the Appalachia Waltz Trio in May.

"George Mason University is one of the nation's premier centers of learning,” continues Jordan, saying, “Verizon FNS and our Federal agency customers look to the university not only as a source of top talent to staff our organizations, but as a community partner in creating a vibrant, diverse program of entertaining cultural experiences."

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Verizon FNS provides enterprise-wide network communication solutions and professional services for the Federal government. With decades of experience in operating, maintaining, and securing the nation's most sophisticated voice, data and video networks, FNS is a trusted source of telecommunications solutions for the world's most demanding public sector organizations. www.verizon.com/fns/

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The Center for the Arts is currently selling subscriptions to the 2005-2006 Season of Great Performances at Mason. Great Performances at Mason includes the American Echoes, Magnificent Music, Dynamic Dance, Global View, Virginia Opera and Keyboard Conversations series. For information on the entire season visit www.gmu.edu/cfa or call 703-993-ARTS (2787). Single tickets for all Center for the Arts events go on sale on Thursday, September 1, 2005 through Tickets.com or 1-888-945-2468), or in person at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall box office, Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM. For information call 703-993-8888. The Center for the Arts is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

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.