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MICHAEL FEINSTEIN, SEPTEMBER 30

August 21, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS welcomes
America's leading Gershwin interpreter, Broadway vocalist and pianist
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
in concert
Saturday, September 30, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
Premier interpreter of “the Great American Songbook”
performs with six piece combo


Fairfax, Virginia, August 11, 2006—George Mason University’s Center for the Arts announces the opening performance of the 2006-2007 season of Great Performances at Mason by renowned showman Michael Feinstein (“The voice is light, healthy and beautiful, whether crooning or belting,” praised the Columbus Dispatch in a recent review) on September 30, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. This concert solidifies the Center’s commitment to bring the very best of today’s world-renowned performing artists to the state-of-the-art venue on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The performance is preceded by an artistic discussion at 7:15 p.m., on the hall’s Grand Tier.

“Feinstein just gets better and better,” continues the Dispatch, “always ready to entertain an audience [with] a heady mix of wit, suave confidence, musical expertise and down-home jokes.”

Throughout the past three decades, Michael Feinstein has garnered a stellar reputation, not just as an outstanding musician and singer, but also as arguably the single most knowledgeable and dedicated musical anthropologist and archivist the Great American Songbook has ever known (a fact not lost on the Library of Congress, which recently elected Feinstein to the National Sound Recording Advisory Board, an organization dedicated to safeguarding America’s musical heritage).

The singer credits the Songbook’s versatility for its continued popularity – even among younger audiences and contemporary interpreters. His exceptional sensitivity to lyrics (he was Ira Gershwin’s assistant for six years) has been praised continually. The Washington Post, writing about Hopeless Romantics, Feinstein’s collaborative recording with the legendary George Shearing, stated, “Feinstein delivers every lyric as if it were worth savoring.”
This “quintessentially New York voice” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) remains busier than ever with a nonstop touring schedule and his supper club, established six years ago to provide a showcase for such stars as Rosemary Clooney, John Pizzarelli, Ann Hampton Callaway, among others. Whether he's presenting a torch song like Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry, or hammering home a standard like Alexander's Ragtime Band, Michael Feinstein remains one of the best friends a song (or a songwriter) could have.

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Tickets for MICHAEL FEINSTEIN are $50, $42, $25. 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.