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CHANTEUSE UTE LEMPER, APRIL 15, 8PM

March 23, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
SULTRY CHANTEUSE UTE LEMPER
APRIL 15, 8:00 p.m.

“…[she] balances sophistication and sensuality like no one else.”
The New Yorker


Fairfax, Virginia, March 13, 2006—The New York Times calls her the “real thing” when it comes to cabaret, describing her act as “proud” and “saucy.” And, says CNN, songstress Ute Lemper takes an evening of cabaret and “makes it hers, talking and singing in a stream-of-socially-conscious monologue that’s finally as much a declaration of her soul as it is entertainment.” On Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 8:00 p.m., Ute Lemper returns to the Center for the Arts for a varied musical journey including anecdotes, commentary, and, of course, her own take on the music of Weill, Brecht, Hollander, and even Gershwin. A pre-performance discussion begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Ute Lemper’s career is vast and multi-layered. She has made her mark on stage, in films, in concert, and as a unique recording artist. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin cabaret songs, the works of Kurt Weill and French chanson, and for her portrayals on Broadway and in London’s West End. Lemper’s professional debut on the musical stage was in the original Vienna production of Cats in the roles of Grizabella and Bombalurina. She went on to play Peter Pan in Peter Pan and Sally Bowles in Jerome Savary’s Cabaret (Paris) for which she received the Moliere Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She has performed her solo concerts worldwide at venues including La Scala, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Festival Hall (London), and Alice Tully Hall (NY), among dozens of others.

Lemper, according to Variety, is “a premier interpreter of the Weill legacy,” and, with her impeccable style, timing and sense of period, she is equally at home in a medley of Yiddish music – with a soft, spoken translation in English – or her simmering stylings of Edith Piaf (“La vie en rose,” “Je ne regrette rien”) and her a cappella signature piece, Dietrich’s “Falling in Love Again.

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Tickets for UTE LEMPER are $40, $32 and $20. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 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 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.