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LEGENDARY BROADWAY STAR BARBARA COOK APPEARS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

September 5, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES

LEGENDARY BROADWAY ARTIST

BARBARA COOK

Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 5, 2007—George Mason University’s Center for the Arts announces a performance by incomparable Broadway artist and lyric soprano Barbara Cook. “The grand diva retains a silvery voice that remains crystal-clear, and her sense of timing and emotional candor is braced with a purity that adds grace and wisdom to the songs. (Daily Variety) The performance takes place on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. This concert supports the Center’s commitment to bring world-renowned performing artists to its spacious venue on Mason’s Fairfax campus. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier III.

Cook made her Broadway debut more than 50 years ago as the ingénue lead in the musical "Flahooley." Her legendary Broadway career includes roles in "Candide," "Carousel," "The King and I," "She Loves Me" and an unforgettable performance as Marian the Librarian in "The Music Man" that won her a Tony Award. “Barbara Cook is THE leading lady of the Broadway musical stage,” said Rick Davis, artistic director of the Center for the Arts. “Nobody couples a pure, agile voice with a witty, knowing way with a lyric like Miss Cook. We are thrilled to have her on our stage.”

In 1975, Cook made her Carnegie Hall debut embarking on a second career as a concert and recording artist performing in some of the country’s major concert halls and cabarets and in numerous concert halls worldwide, including London’s Royal Albert Hall. Universally acknowledged as one of the world’s preeminent Sondheim interpreters, The New York Times declared “The voice of Barbara Cook combined with the songs of Stephen Sondheim adds up to a ravishing musical dish,” after Cook’s recent appearance at Carnegie Hall.

Cook has released numerous recordings interpreting the work of Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, as well as the Grammy-nominated "Count Your Blessings," a collection of traditional Christmas songs. Her recordings also include eight original Broadway cast albums.

At 79, Cook shows no sign of slowing down. In 2006, she made her solo concert debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, giving her the distinction of the first female solo pop singer to be presented in concert at the Met. Later this fall, she will celebrate her 80th birthday with two bi-coastal concerts: in October at Los Angeles’ Disney Concert Hall, and in November at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. Cook’s most recent CD is "No One Is Alone" from DRG Records.


PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.

Tickets for BARBARA COOK are $60, $52, $30. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Barbara Cook in concert is also available as part of the Arts, By George! Scholarship benefit evening. The $200 ticket includes food, beverage, student/faculty showcase, the Barbara Cook performance and a private dessert reception with the artist onstage post-performance. For information about Arts, By George!, contact Kathy Beyer at kbeyer2@gmu.edu, 703-993-4188.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.