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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE, TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2008

August 13, 2008
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

For general information about tickets, seating, parking, etc., for performances and events happening at the Center for the Arts, please contact the ticket office directly at 703-993-2787.

SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2008

FOR ALL GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON EVENTS AT

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 

VIRTUOSO PIANISTS EMANUEL AX and YEFIM BRONFMAN

KIROV ORCHESTRA under VALERY GERGIEV with pianist ALEXEI VOLODIN

DUBLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA under DEREK GLEESON with soprano REGINA NATHAN

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC under RICHARD EGARR performing all six BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS

NATIONAL RUSSIAN PHILHARMONIC under VLADIMIR SPIVAKOV

STUNNING MODERN DANCE ENSEMBLES HUBBARD STREET DANCE  CHICAGO, PHILADANCO, PARSONS DANCE and COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET

FIVE PROFESSIONAL ENTHRALLING THEATER PRODUCTIONS, INCLUDING THREE SHAKESPEAREAN PLAYS

GLOBAL ARTISTRY FROM WEST AFRICA, SPAIN, CANADA, PORTUGAL, CHINA and IRELAND

LEGENDARY TRUMPETER DOC SEVERINSEN and EL RITMO DE LA VIDA

TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET with SÉRGIO and ODAIR ASSAD

IRVIN MAYFIELD and NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA

FOUR ITALIAN OPERAS FROM VIRGINIA OPERA AND MAESTRO PETER MARK CONDUCTS HIS 100TH OPERA WITH VIRGINIA OPERA

BROADWAY’S “LAST LEADING MAN” BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 1, 2008—Single tickets for all events at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax go on sale to the public Tuesday, Sept. 2 through tickets.com, 888-945-2468 (daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Internet orders may be placed through tickets.com, or by browsing the Center for the Arts online calendar (www.gmu.edu/cfa/calendar/) and clicking the “Buy Tickets” button. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Center’s box office (in the lobby of the Center for the Arts Concert Hall), Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During the April announcement of the 2008-09 season of Great Performances at Mason, Tom Reynolds, director of artistic programming, marketing and audience services, described a season emphasizing and promoting diversity and multiculturalism. “We have a great variety of events that will provide stimulating opportunities for people with many and diverse interests,” Reynolds said. “From the finest in classical music, to cutting edge modern dance, to theater that is captivating, historical and educational—this season has it all.  From around the globe and across our own country, the Center brings the best of the performing arts.”

The Magnificent Music series brings acclaimed orchestras, conductors and soloists from around the globe. Virtuoso pianists Emanuel Ax & Yefim Bronfman join together for an extraordinary afternoon of classical piano. Britain’s Academy of Ancient Music presents a rare opportunity to hear all six of Bach’s "Brandenburg Concertos," conducted by Richard Egarr. Valery Gergiev conducts the Kirov Orchestra, featuring Alexei Volodin as piano soloist; Vladimir Spivakov conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra; and the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra undertakes its first tour of the United States, featuring the young dynamic duo of conductor Derek Gleeson and soprano Regina Nathan.

The Center’s esteemed Dynamic Dance series continues to aim high, bringing a diverse collection of professional dance ensembles to Northern Virginia. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Parsons Dance return to the Center, performing enchanting contemporary American dance, while newcomers Philadanco and Complexions Contemporary Ballet captivate audiences with their amazing enthusiasm, physicality and technical ability. The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents two beautiful productions – "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty." Committed to its tradition of bringing diverse cultural traditions to the region, there are performances by folkloric groups Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa and Ballet Flamenco José Porcel.

This year’s Enthralling Theater series brings three Shakespearean plays, each from a different genre: tragedy, comedy and history. Shakespeare & Company, celebrating its 30th anniversary, brings its first national tour of "Hamlet." Aquila Theatre Company performs an imaginative and exuberant production of "The Comedy of Errors." The Acting Company brings to life another Shakespearean play, "Henry V," and performs world premiere of "The Spy," based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper. L.A. Theater Works performs "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial," a radio-style drama using the original transcripts from the trial of John T. Scopes, which launched the great debate of evolution versus creationism.

The performances in the Global View series are from across the globe and capture the diverse cultural traditions of music and dance around the world. In addition to Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa and Ballet Flamenco José Porcel, fado luminary Mariza performs a musical blend of Gypsy, Jewish, Arabic and Andalusian influences that is often referred to as the “Portuguese Blues”; fireball fiddler Natalie MacMaster returns for a high-energy show full of foot-stomping fun; and the incredible Trinity Academy of Irish Dance also appears this season. Cirque Éloize returns with "Nebbia," the third part of its mesmerizing sky trilogy, and the National Acrobats of China also returns to the Center, executing daring feats and amazing audiences.

This season of American Echoes features legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen, who came out of retirement to perform with a trio of remarkable Latin American musicians, creating a program aptly titled "El Ritmo de la Vida" or “The Rhythm of Life.” DRUMLine Live brings the tradition of show-style, percussion-driven marching bands at historically Black colleges and universities to the Center. String powerhouses Turtle Island Quartet and Sérgio and Odair Assad join together, performing music from across the globe. Cherryholmes returns to the Center with their distinctive brand of bluegrass, and the Center’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra preserves the American tradition of jazz.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts announces the third annual ARTS by George!, a benefit event supporting student scholarships and the Great Performances season, on Saturday, September 27.  The event features work by CVPA students and faculty, as well as delicious food and wine. The evening culminates with a concert by Brian Stokes Mitchell, dubbed Broadway’s “last leading man” by The New York Times. Mitchell takes the stage for a spectacular evening of timeless show tunes, ballads and classic love songs, like “Embraceable You,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and his showstopper, “The Impossible Dream.” Tickets for Brian Stokes Mitchell and the ARTS by George! benefit event are on sale now.

Maestro Peter Mark conducts his 100th production with Virginia Opera: Verdi’s classic "Il Trovatore." This action-packed romantic tragedy tells the tale of two brothers secretly separated at birth who are fighting for the love of the same woman. In the winter, the company performs Donizetti’s intoxicating romantic comedy "The Elixir of Love." The company also offers Puccini’s suspenseful thriller "Tosca" and Rossini’s outrageous comedy, "The Barber of Seville" in the spring.

Center veteran artist Jeffrey Siegel returns for a 16th season of his popular ‘concerts with commentary’ series, Keyboard Conversations®.

This holiday season, guitarist Christopher Parkening and baritone Jubilant Sykes perform a program of classic and beloved Christmas music. Chanticleer returns with a spectacular program of Christmas carols, Medieval and Renaissance music, motets and American spirituals. Family-friendly offerings include a holiday performance by Leahy, a fiddling, step-dancing Celtic octet of siblings from Ontario; the pure and crystal clear voices of the Vienna Boys Choir; and a spirit-filled performance by Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

 

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.

SINGLE TICKETS for all George Mason Center for the Arts GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON series events go on sale Tuesday, September 2, 2008. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. Subscriptions to Great Performances at Mason are still available. For a brochure or more information call 703-993-2787. 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.