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SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE, Sept. 1

August 11, 2007
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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.

SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPT. 1, 2007
FOR ALL GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON EVENTS AT
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

The season features innovation and visits from “old friends”

• MARK MORRIS’S MASTERPIECE: "DIDO & AENEAS"
• FULL-LENGTH "CHAPEL/CHAPTER" FROM
BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY
• THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON OF THE
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
• FOUR PROFESSIONAL THEATER PRODUCTIONS
• BERGEN PHILHARMONIC with pianist ANDRE WATTS
• ROYAL PHILHARMONIC under PINCHAS ZUKERMAN
• STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF MEXICO
• HELSINGBORG SYMPHONY under ANDREW MANZE performing
Beethoven’s “Eroica”
• GLOBAL ARTISTRY FROM PERU, RUSSIA, MEXICO, ARGENTINA AND THE BRITISH ISLES
• THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR
• LEON BATES PERFORMS BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS
• COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS LEGEND DOC WATSON
• FOUR OPERAS FROM VIRGINIA OPERA INCLUDING THE COMPANY’S FIRST-EVER RUSSIAN OPERA

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 11, 2007—Single tickets for all events at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007 through tickets.com, 888-945-2468 (daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Internet orders may be placed through tickets.com, or by browsing the Center for the Arts online calendar (www.gmu.edu/cfa/calendar/) and clicking the “Buy Tickets” button. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Center’s box office (in the lobby of the Center for the Arts Concert Hall), Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During the April announcement of the 2007-08 Season of Great Performances at Mason, Tom Reynolds, director of artistic programming, marketing and audience services, was quick to reference the artists and events Center patrons had not seen before, including Barbara Cook (tickets on sale now), Doc Watson, the Bergen Philharmonic, Rockapella, Perú Negro and Rik Reppe.
Artistic Director Rick Davis said, “I’m excited about the shape of the 2007-08 season as it maintains the high artistic level of our music and dance offerings, increases the visibility of the theater series and adds some innovative international work that should bring a lot of festivity to the Concert Hall. There’s truly something for everyone.”

One of the Center’s main events is a full-length production by the Mark Morris Dance Group – Purcell’s "Dido & Aeneas," whose chamber ensemble Morris will conduct. In addition, returning artists include the Virginia Opera, Chanticleer, King’s Singers, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations® and the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre.

Musician and music historian Andrew Manze brings a deep exploration of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat major – “Eroica” – with aid of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Andre Watts joins the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Pinchas Zukerman conducts London’s Royal Philharmonic. The State Symphony of Mexico welcomes pianist Leonel Morales interpreting the monumental “Rach 3.”

The Center’s venerated dance series continues to aim high. In addition to Morris’ "Dido & Aeneas," there are performances by folkloric groups like Ballet Folklórico de México and the Georgian State Dance Company.

Choreographer Bill T. Jones returns to the Center for an exclusive area presentation of his company’s full-length 2006 work, "Chapel/Chapter." The legendary Martha Graham Dance Company performs here for the first time since the Center’s inaugural season in 1990, and the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre brings two productions—"Swan Lake" and "Carmen."

The Theater Series features Aquila Theatre Company in Joseph Heller’s "Catch-22." Tim Robbins’ award-winning Actors’ Gang with Orwell’s "1984"; The Acting Company comes in for two diverse productions: Orson Welles’ play-within-a-play "Moby Dick Rehearsed," and Shakespeare’s bittersweet farewell to the stage, "The Tempest"; and monologist Rik Reppe brings his one-man observation on the human condition, "Staggering Toward America."

The Center continues a tradition of preserving “America’s music” by presenting some of the finest musicians in jazz. The season features the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and the world’s ultimate jazz festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, on tour.

Center veteran artist Jeffrey Siegel returns for a 15th season of his popular ‘concerts with commentary,’ Keyboard Conversations®.

The Virginia Opera season in Northern Virginia opens with the premiere of Offenbach’s thought-provoking "Tales of Hoffmann." Audience favorite "The Pirates of Penzance" and bel canto masterwork "Lucia de Lammermoor" follow, and the company brings its inaugural presentation of a Russian opera with Tchaikovsky’s most popular opera, "Eugene Onegin," to Fairfax in February 2008.

Leon Bates joins with vocalists Louise Toppin and Robert Mack celebrate the “Great White Way,” and veteran bluegrass icon Doc Watson sits in with Richard Watson on guitar and David Holt on banjo.

This holiday season features the King’s Singers and the unique and mesmerizing stylings of a cappella geniuses Rockapella, as well as the always-welcome antics of the Canadian Brass. Teaming up the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra with Washington’s top brass: the Capitol Bones, recreates “A Stan Kenton Christmas.”


The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the support of PNC Bank as sponsor of the 2007-08 Season of Great Performances at Mason


SINGLE TICKETS for all George Mason Center for the Arts GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON series events go on sale Saturday, September 1, 2007. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Subscriptions to Great Performances at Mason are still available. For a brochure or more information call 703-993-2787. 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.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.