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August 13, 2008
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Benefit event features a sampling of student performances, fine food and a concert by

Broadway's "Last leading man," Brian Stokes Mitchell

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 at 5 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., June 17, 2008George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts announces the third annual ARTS by George! a benefit event that supports student scholarships and the Great Performances at Mason series. The beginning of the evening showcases the remarkable artistic talents of Mason students and faculty, and culminates in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall with a performance by the incomparable Tony Award-winning Broadway artist Brian Stokes Mitchell. 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. 27, 2008 at 5 p.m.

ARTS by George! is a unique evening of music, dance, theater, visual art and creative cuisine, celebrating the excellence of the arts at Mason. Attendees embark on an artistic journey winding through CVPA’s studios, while sampling delicacies and enjoying artistic presentations by Mason students. These young artists—musicians, actors, dancers and visual artists—are presenting some of their “works in progress.” At 8 p.m., guests arrive in the Concert Hall for a performance by Brian Stokes Mitchell.

The Honorary Chair of ARTS by George! is Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. The esteemed co-chairs are Charles and Shirley Joyce, two of Mason’s most enthusiastic arts supporters. Sponsorship co-chairs are Julie Dyson, Carolyn Peterson and Enrique Tessada

“ARTS by George! is truly a practical realization of the integration of the three components that comprise the arts at Mason: education, professional performances and community involvement,” said CVPA Dean Bill Reeder.

Dubbed Broadway’s “last leading man” by The New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich career on Broadway, television and film. This tremendous baritone is known for his musical versatility, charisma and “chameleonic” ability to evoke any emotion. He has received numerous accolades for his work including a Tony Award for "Kiss Me, Kate," and Tony nominations for "Man of La Mancha," "Ragtime" and "King Hedley II." He has also appeared in television roles on "Trapper John, M.D.," "Crossing Jordan" and "Frasier." For this unforgettable performance, Mitchell takes the stage for a spectacular evening of timeless show tunes, ballads and classic loves songs, like “Embraceable You,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and his showstopper, “The Impossible Dream.” “He’s a talented musician and an engaging personality, but his rarest gift is for knocking show tunes over the moon.” (The Washington Post)



5 p.m.                        Showcases of the arts, buffets, & beverages

8 p.m.                        Concert by Brian Stokes Mitchell

9:45 p.m.                   Champagne & dessert reception on stage with Brian Stokes Mitchell


The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.


Honorary Chair

Governor Timothy M. Kaine


Event Co-Chairs

Charles Joyce

Shirley Joyce


Sponsorship Co-Chairs

Carolyn Peterson

Enrique Tessada

Julie Dyson


Steering Committee

Robert C. Buchanan

Don Conwell

Tota Conwell

Richard Henneberg

Don Palomaki

Sonja Palomaki

Robert Purks

Candy Reeder

Amy Ressa

Carole Scanlon

Sue Skaddan

Judith Weltz


TICKETS FOR ARTS, BY GEORGE! (includes student performance showcases, food, beverages, Brian Stokes Mitchell concert, and dessert reception onstage with the artist) are $200/person. Contact Deborah Paez at DPAEZ@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 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 40 law schools in the United States.