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ROCKAPELLA PRESENTS "A ROCKAPELLA HOLIDAY"

November 6, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
PRESENTS
ROCKAPELLA
"A ROCKAPELLA HOLIDAY"
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 5, 2007 – “Some say the best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth,” says USA Today. Audiences of all ages enjoy the infectious vocal harmonies of this five-man a cappella powerhouse. Rockapella performs two holiday concerts at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The 3 p.m. show at the Center for the Arts was added due to popular demand. "A Rockapella Holiday" features holiday classics such as "Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree," "I’ll Be Home For Christmas," and "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," as well as popular new pieces like "Little Mary Snowflake," and their signature "Snowstar." A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets for the 3 p.m. performance go on sale to the public beginning on Nov. 10.

“Rockapella’s music is so contagious it should come with a warning label … five voices that blend into a symphony, Rockapella is the sound of the future, today!” (Todd Pettengill, WPLJ, New York) Composed of tenors Scott Leonard, Kevin Wright and John K. Brown, bass George Baldi and vocal percussionist Jeff Thacher, Rockapella first gained recognition in 1991 as featured performer on the PBS television special "Do It A Cappella" by acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. Rockapella became renowned for their theme song for the PBS television show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” The group wrote and performed original music on the show from 1990-95, entertaining ten million viewers a week with their seamless harmonies and witty lyrics. Following "Carmen Sandiego," the group was cast alongside Hollywood starts Whoopi Goldberg and Denzel Washington in their inventive hit family series, “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” on HBO, which led to a performance on Whoopi Goldberg’s HBO special “Chez Whoopi.”

Described by The New York Times as “one of the most accomplished contemporary a cappella groups, Rockapella has performed extensively on broadcast television, including “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, NBC’s “The Today Show” with Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC, CBS’s “The Early Show” with Bryant Gumbel and CBS’s Orange Bowl Parade. In addition to their concerts and live performances on television and radio, Rockapella has also received numerous invitations to perform the National Anthem at professional sporting events. The group has released seven albums in North America, including the holiday albums "Comfort & Joy" and "Christmas," and 10 albums in Japan. Since 2003, Rockapella has performed throughout the country with their annual "A Rockapella Holiday" tour, spreading the joy of the holiday season through their music. The group frequently collaborates with the Boston Pops. “What amazing musicians and compelling performers! Rockapella is, simply put, terrific,” said Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart.

Rockapella often performs benefit concerts to raise money for everything from music education programs to HIV and AIDS research, from children’s hospitals to food banks. In 2007, Rockapella also collaborated on “Hokie Nation: An A Cappella Tribute,” an album of a cappella music supporting victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy.


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

Tickets for Rockapella are $40, $32, $20. Family Friendly: Children 12 and under half price. 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.

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.