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September 4, 2007
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Scholarship fundraiser features a sampling of student performances, fine food and
a concert by Broadway star Barbara Cook

Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 4, 2007—George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts announces the second annual ARTS by George!, a benefit that supports student scholarships. The beginning of the evening showcases the remarkable artistic talents of Mason students and faculty and culminates at the Center for the Arts with a performance by legendary Broadway artist Barbara Cook. With honorary co-chairs Rep. Tom Davis and state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, ARTS by George! is generously supported by many local metro area donors and businesses, and is held on Mason’s Fairfax campus on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.

ARTS by George! is a unique evening of music, dance, theater, visual art and creative cuisine, celebrating the excellence of all of the arts at Mason. Attendees embark on an artistic journey winding through CVPA’s studio environments with patrons sampling delicacies and enjoying artistic presentations by Mason students. These young artists – musicians, actors and dancers – are presenting some of their works in progress. At 8 p.m., guests arrive in the Concert Hall for a performance by Broadway chanteuse Barbara Cook.

“The blending of students, faculty, professional artists and community is a one-evening microcosm of our approach to education and to the best possible use of the College’s artistic resources on behalf to Mason and the region we serve,” said William Reeder, CVPA dean. 

Barbara Cook made her Broadway debut more than 50 years ago as the ingénue lead in the musical "Flahooley." She performed in many Broadway musicals, including "Oklahoma!", "Carousel," "Plain and Fancy," "Candide," "The Music Man" (for which she won a Tony Award) and "She Loves Me." Today, she has a successful second career as a concert and recording artist performing in major concert halls across the nation and abroad.


5 p.m. Showcases of the arts, buffets & beverages
8 p.m. Concert by Barbara Cook
10 p.m. Champagne & dessert reception on stage with Barbara Cook


Tickets for ARTS BY GEORGE! (includes student performance showcases, food, beverages, Barbara Cook concert, and dessert reception onstage with the artist) are $200/person. Contact KBEYER2@GMU.EDU OR 703-993-4188, or visit to order tickets and/or inquire about sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts acknowledges the generous support of the following sponsors
(As of 8/31/07)

Executive Producer:
Mr. and Mrs. Milt and Carolyn Peterson
Tessada & Associates

Kathleen de Laski and Edward Grubb
Marianne Keler and Mike Kershow
Dr. Alan Merten and Sally Merten
Norma Zimdahl

Mr. Barry Broadway
Creative Currency, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Joyce
Phaup Brown Wealth Management Group of Wachovia Securities
Robert K. Purks
Mr. and Mrs. William Reeder

Mr. Joseph Adams and Ms. Carole Scanlon
Aston Martin Tysons
Robert and Charmaine Bainum
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Batal
Mrs. Agnes M. Brown
Robert and Jeanne Buchanan
Mr. Mike Brown and Ms. Buffy Price
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carroll and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Portland
Mr. and Mrs. Randolph and Lucy Church
The Honorable Gwendalyn Cody
Dr. Richard Davis and Ms. Julie Thompson
Marion and Ashok Deshmukh
Mrs. Mary A. Duckett
Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Eileen Duggan, Ms. Kay Rongley, Ms Joan White
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dyson
Fairfax Law Foundation
Mr. Greg Giammittorio
Mr. and Mrs. Grayson and Betty Hanes
Jim and Sally Hazel
Mr. and Mrs. Til and Anne Hazel
Dr. Joy R. Hughes and Mr. Kenneth Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Carol Kirby
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Kruchko
Mr. and Mrs. Evans Mandes
Mr. Brian Marcus
Martha Weems, Ltd.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maskey
The Honorable and Mrs. John Mason
Juliana and Richard May
Ms. Pamela J. Mazza and Mr. Christopher B. Cyrway
Mr. and Mrs. R. Dennis McArver
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Rita Meyer
Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.
Dr. and Mrs. Dimitrios Papaconstantopoulos
Mr. Stephen Passuth and Mrs. Deborah Bowen Passuth
PitneyBowes Government Solutions
Dr. Victoria N. Salmon and Mr. John J. Salmon
Mr. and Mrs. H. Kendrick Sanders
Shugoll Research
Dana and Sue Skaddan, Ms. Lisa W. Vohra
Mr. and Mrs. William and Susan Soza
Mr. and Mrs. John and Nina Toups
Katharina and Robert Vohra
Edward and Maura Weiner
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Weltz and Mr. and Mrs. Mack Miller

In-kind sponsors:
Bonefish Grill
Costco of Sterling
King Wholesale Inc.
La Isla Corporation
RCG Associates
RSVP Catering
Carole T. Scanlon
Worth Higgins & Associates, Inc.

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.