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November 14, 2007
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Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007 at 8 p.m.


Fairfax, Va., Nov. 15, 2007 – Using Stan Kenton’s "Merry Christmas" (1961) for inspiration, two of the area’s major jazz powerhouses, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Capitol Bones Big Band, join forces in an evening of swingin’ holiday music. The ensembles perform "A Stan Kenton Christmas" at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. Enjoy the original charts of Ralph Carmichael and Stan Kenton for an innovative version of "Adeste Fideles," as well as myriad arrangements of holiday favorites. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

"A Stan Kenton Christmas" features some of the top jazz musicians from the Washington, D.C. area in a holiday program that includes Vince Guaraldi’s "Christmas Time is Here," Bob Wells and Mel Tormé’s "The Christmas Song," a smooth-as-silk version of "Greensleeves," and a robust treatment of "Big Bad Drummin’ Dude," featuring deftly juxtaposed elements from "The Little Drummer Boy."

The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra is directed by alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll. His illustrious career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, The White House, The Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall and the Apollo Theatre. A versatile performer, Carroll has performed with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and many others. Active as an educator, he is the director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University.

The Capitol Bones Big Band, Washington, D.C.’s premiere jazz trombone ensemble, was founded in 1991 by Matt Niess, who brought together the best jazz trombonists in D.C. to participate in a group dedicated to promoting not only great ensemble playing, but also the expansion of the repertoire of this unique medium. The Capitol Bones have played throughout the country to include performances at The International Trombone Workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada and Rochester, N.Y.; jazz clubs; universities; and an annual appearance at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. In addition to the standard arrangements, the Capitol Bones have added several new works to the jazz trombone ensemble repertoire by such notables as Conrad Herwig, Mike Tomaro, Mark Taylor, Jim Roberts and Matt Niess. The Capitol Bones' newest CD, "A Stan Kenton Christmas" features the Capitol Bones Big Band conducted by Kenton veteran Mark Taylor.


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

Tickets for METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND CAPITOL BONES BIG BAND are $40, $32, $20. Family Friendly: Children 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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

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.

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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.