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July 26, 2006
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.


This season features exciting and diverse artists!
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN performs popular standards, the MASTER DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI take the stage, Broadway legend BETTY BUCKLEY returns, and FAIRFAX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA celebrates their 50th Anniversary! We welcome back many artists: virtuoso pianist IVO POGORELICH, unsurpassed vocalists like CHANTICLEER, the physicality of MOMIX under the sea,
the enchanting CIRQUE ELOIZE, VIRGINIA OPERA brings us four outstanding works, and many more…
New to our stage: TANIA PEREZ-SALAS’ COMPAŃIA DE DANZA, Rock ‘n Roll’s BO DIDDLEY; EDGAR MEYER and CHRIS THILE, LORIN MAAZEL conducts the SYMPHONICA ARTURO TOSCANINI, the SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR sings with power and majesty, YUNDI LI appears with the GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA OF LEIPZIG, Cape Breton fiddler NATALIE MACMASTER, the award-winning bluegrass family CHERRYHOLMES and much more!

Fairfax, Virginia, August 1, 2006—Single tickets for all events at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax go on sale to the public on Friday, September 1, 2006 through, 888-945-2468 (service charges apply), or in person at the Center’s ticket office (lobby of the Concert Hall, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). Artistic director Rick Davis describes the Center as “a generative force for regional arts and culture,” mainly due to the inclusion of several local ensembles and artists (including the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra’s October concert, local choreographers Susan Shields and Dana Tai Soon Burgess, as well as the Center’s home grown Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. An impressive roster of internationally renowned orchestras, dance companies, and musicians, firmly establishes George Mason University’s Center for the Arts as a mecca for world class performing arts in the D.C. metro area. Local media and arts patrons have consistently praised the Center for its commitment to bringing the best in performing arts from around the world to the northern Virginia/DC metro area.
In 2002, the Times Community Newspapers called the Great Performances at Mason series, “one of the area’s most important cultural events,” and The Connection echoed that sentiment, naming the Center a “beacon of artistic support in Fairfax, drawing together both talent and community.”
This season, the Center for the Arts welcomes newcomers in all genres to its series. There are artists with world class reputations in classical, orchestral and world music, jazz, ballet, and modern dance; bluegrass and even rock and roll! The season includes Broadway crooner Michael Feinstein, the Drummers of Burundi, Tania Pérez-Salas Compańia de Danza, Bo Diddley, Lorin Maazel conducting the Symphonica Arturo Toscanini, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Soweto Gospel Choir, Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Natalie MacMaster, Cherryholmes, John Williams and John Etheridge Duo, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. Returning artists include audience favorites like Betty Buckley, virtuosic pianist Ivo Pogorelich, the colorful Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company, glorious holiday sounds from Christopher Parkening and Jubilant Sykes, and Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul. The enigmatic and mesmerizing Cirque Eloize returns, as do several of the Center’s most popular events: including the Mark Morris Dance Group, sonorous Chanticleer, and the lively musicianship of the Canadian Brass, among many others. For a complete listing of events visit
The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the continued support of First Horizon Bank as sponsor of the 2006-2007 Season of Great Performances at Mason

SINGLE TICKETS for all George Mason Center for the Arts GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON series events on sale Friday, September 1, 2006. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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

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.