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September 20, 2006
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

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Fairfax, Virginia, September 19, 2006— George Mason University today announced that Verizon Business, through its Federal Network Systems (FNS) organization, is continuing its support of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts with its sponsorship of the American Echoes series.

“George Mason University is one of the nation's leading academic institutions and Verizon Federal Network Systems is proud to extend our support," said Paul Bates, vice president for global professional services and enterprise solutions for Verizon Business. "The rich quality of talent and diverse cultural experiences that American Echoes and other University programs provide are matched only by George Mason's top notch alumni, who consistently deliver outstanding performances for the FNS organization and our federal customers."

As part of the Great Performances at Masonsubscription series at the university’s professional performing arts venue, George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, American Echoes is comprised of performances by those artists and events with particular emphasis on American influences, musical style or heritage. Included in this season’s series is a concert by Broadway chanteuse Betty Buckley on October 14, the rock ‘n roll icon Bo Diddley and special guests on November 4, bassist Edgar Meyer with mandolin genius Chris Thile on January 13, 2007, the Center’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra with a salute to the Golden Age of Radio on February 17, family bluegrass band Cherryholmes on April 7, and guitar-greats John Williams and John Etheridge on April 15.

Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications, is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. Verizon Business’ FNS organization provides enterprise-wide network communication solutions and professional services for the federal government. With decades of experience in operating, maintaining, and securing one of 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.

The Center for the Arts is currently selling subscriptions and single tickets to the 2006-2007 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 or call 703-993-ARTS (2787). Single tickets for all Center for the Arts are available through, 888-945-2468 (service charges apply), or in person at the Center’s ticket 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, six miles west of the Beltway, at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.

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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.