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SINGLE TICKETS FOR 2009-10 SEASON OF GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON ON SALE ON TUESDAY, SEPT. 1

August 11, 2009
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

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SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2009

FOR ALL 2009-10 GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON EVENTS AT

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS 

·  BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL and the AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA, under the baton of ANTHONY MAIELLO, perform at ARTS BY GEORGE!

·  Classical music of the highest caliber, including THE KING’S SINGERS, the SHANGHAI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under LONG YU with young virtuoso pianist PENG PENG, the MOSCOW STATE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under ALEXEI KORNIENKO with pianist ALEXANDER SINCHUK, virtuoso pianist LANG LANG with the SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA under CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH and the ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS with violinist JULIAN RACHLIN

·  Stunning modern dance ensembles RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY, MOMIX, MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP and GARTH FAGAN DANCE

·  The MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET performing “GISELLE” and “COPPÉLIA”

·  Professional enthralling theater productions by L.A. THEATRE WORKS, AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY, THE ACTING COMPANY and OSCAR-WINNING ACTRESS OLYMPIA DUKAKIS starring in her one-woman Broadway hit “ROSE”

·  Global artistry from the SHAOLIN WARRIORS of China, the VIRSKY UKRANIAN NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY, Finnish circus ensemble CIRCO AEREO, the BAND OF THE IRISH GUARDS AND THE PIPES AND DRUMS OF THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF SCOTLAND, Canadian husband and wife fiddling duo NATALIE MACMASTER and DONNELL LEAHY, Japanese drumming and choreography by TAO, the AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR and BLACK GRACE, a stunning male dance troupe from New Zealand

·  Artists representing a variety of American art forms, including THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS, guitarist DOC WATSON and banjoist DAVID HOLT with grandson RICHARD WATSON, the METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA with guest soloist STEVE LIPPIA performing a SINATRA TRIBUTE, fiddler EILEEN IVERS celebrating Irish immigrants’ rich and tireless passage to America with her multimedia show “BEYOND THE BOG ROAD” and the melding of traditional and contemporary bluegrass with CHERRYHOLMES and DR. RALPH STANLEY AND THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS

·  THE VIRGINIA OPERA performing “LA BOHÈME,” “THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT,” “DON GIOVANNI” and celebrating the 75th anniversary of the quintessential American opera, “PORGY AND BESS”

·  Renowned pianist JEFFREY SIEGEL returns with KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin

·  HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES by CHANTICLEER, pianist GEORGE WINSTON, CANADIAN BRASS, NATALIE MACMASTER and ROCKAPELLA

   And much, much more!

FAIRFAX, Va., July 20, 2009 – Single tickets for all events at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax go on sale to the public Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 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 2009-10 season of Great Performances at Mason, Tom Reynolds, director of artistic programming, marketing and audience services, described a season that includes both veterans and brilliant new stars of the arts world. “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 opera and classical music, to modern dance and ballet, to theater that is captivating, entertaining 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 features a wealth of extraordinary performers and orchestras from around the world. Always a Center favorite, British vocal sextet The King’s Singers return with a diverse program that encompasses Medieval music to Renaissance masterpieces, lieder to folk, classical to pop and jazz. The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Long Yu with teenage virtuoso pianist Peng Peng, makes its Center debut with a program that combines the finest classical music of the Western World with China’s symphonic musical gems. Under the direction of Alexei Kornienko, the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra returns with selection of works by Rachmaninoff and Rimsky-Korsakov. Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang appears for the first time at the Center with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. The world-renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields also appears with violinist Julian Rachlin, performing a program that includes Astor Piazzólla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” a delightful blend of stirring violin and Tango Nuevo.

            The Center’s esteemed Dynamic Dance series continues to bring a diverse collection of professional dance ensembles to Northern Virginia, including four contemporary dance companies. The acclaimed Richard Alston Dance Company makes its Center debut, performing dances featuring masterful movement set to beautiful melodies, while Center favorite MOMIX brings a program of founder and choreographer Moses Pendleton’s best works. This year features the return of the Mark Morris Dance Group, with a program that includes two Washington area premieres, “Visitation” and “Empire Garden,” as well as one of Morris’ most beautiful works, “V.” Known for its individuality, unmannered approach, athleticism and virtuosity, Garth Fagan Dance appears at the Center, performing a program that blends ballet, modern and Afro-Caribbean dance. The Moscow Festival Ballet brings the venerated Russian tradition of classical ballet to the Center with two productions – “Giselle” and “Coppélia.” Committed to its tradition of bringing diverse cultural traditions to the region, the Center presents performances by the Virsky Ukranian National Dance Company, a rich and radiant company that performs the traditional dances of its homeland, and Black Grace, a spectacular troupe from New Zealand that fuses movement from traditional Pacific cultures with contemporary dance.

            The Center is honored to have remarkable theatrical productions from three celebrated theater companies as part of its Enthralling Theater series this season, as well as a performance featuring a legendary Academy Award-winning actress. Olympia Dukakis appears at the Center in her Broadway hit, “Rose,” a one-woman play about an 80-year-old Jewish woman from Ukraine, who takes us along on her journey through war-torn Warsaw to the borscht-belts of post-war Atlantic City and modern day Miami Beach. L.A. Theatre Works, America’s premier radio theater company returns with two masterpieces of science fiction in one night: Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” and H.G. Wells’ “The Lost World.” The unique British-American Aquila Theatre Company returns this season with one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “As You Like It.” In a special Valentine’s Day performance, award-winning ensemble The Acting Company returns with Shakespeare’s iconic romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet.”

The artists in this season’s Global View series are from all around the world – from China to Canada, Ukraine to Japan, and Ireland to Finland and Africa – and capture the diverse cultural traditions of song and dance from around the world. This series begins with the Shaolin Warriors, bringing the remarkable skill, dramatic movement and spectacular imagery of the Chinese art of Kung Fu to the stage. The Virsky Ukranian National Dance Company celebrates the passion and beauty of its homeland with masterful dances featuring male Cossack warriors demonstrating their impressive acrobatic skills and swordplay, while female dancers glide gracefully across the stage. Stunning Finnish circus ensemble Circo Aereo makes not only its Center debut this season, but also its American debut, bringing a program that mixes time-honored circus arts with innovative cabaret theater, masterful movement and charming humor. The Band of the Irish Guards and the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland bring the pomp and grandeur of the British Empire to the Center this spring, while two of Canada’s most revered fiddlers (who are also married), Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, bring their dual fiddle wizardry to the stage. TAO presents the ancient art of Japanese drumming with amazing and explosive energy, and the world renowned African Children’s Choir blends song and dance from the entire continent of Africa with uplifting gospel music.

This season of American Echoes truly captures the diversity of American art forms – from traditional and contemporary bluegrass to jazz, to folk music that explores the explores the passage of immigrants to America and a delightful comedy troupe that appeals to the whole family. This season features the return of The Flying Karamazov Brothers, a zany foursome from San Francisco known for combining theater, comedy, music and juggling with a bit of philosophy thrown in the mix. Legendary guitarist Doc Watson and award-winning banjoist David Holt return for an incredible evening of music that spans generations and musical traditions, while D.C.’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra teams up with Steve Lippia, one of the most prominent interpreters of classic pop music, for a tribute to the great Frank Sinatra. Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers returns with “Beyond the Bog Road,” a stellar collaboration of musicians, singers, step dancers and cloggers, which celebrates the long journey that brought Irish immigrants to America. Center favorite Cherryholmes returns to perform with Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys in a concert that blends traditional and contemporary bluegrass forms and is sure to please music lovers of all ages.

            The College of Visual and Performing Arts announces the fourth annual ARTS by George!—a gala evening supporting student scholarships and the Great Performances season, on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event features performing and visual arts by CVPA students and faculty, food and wine, and culminates with a concert by Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, who takes the stage with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, presenting its inaugural concert under the direction of Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, a professor in the School of Music, for a spectacular evening of show tunes, ballads and classic love songs like “Embraceable You,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and his showstopper, “The Impossible Dream.” Mason graduate student Vincent Oppido recently collaborated with Mitchell to arrange an original overture of the most beloved songs from Broadway plays in which Mitchell has appeared, such as “Ragtime” and “Man of La Mancha.”

With a reputation for bringing the magnificence, excellence and musicality of great opera to throngs of delighted patrons each season, the Virginia Opera brings four of the world’s most beloved operas to Northern Virginia this year. The season opens with Puccini’s bittersweet romantic tragedy “La Bohème,” the poignant story of starving young artists struggling to survive in Paris’ Latin Quarter; followed by Donizetti’s rollicking romantic comedy “The Daughter of the Regiment,” the hilarious tale of a young woman who is adopted and raised by a French army regiment. In spring 2010, the company offers Mozart’s classic dramatic comedy about the world’s greatest lover (and cad) of all time, “Don Giovanni.” The season concludes with a production in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the quintessential American opera, Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”

Center veteran artist Jeffrey Siegel returns for a 17th season of his popular “concerts with commentary” series, Keyboard Conversations®. These entertaining programs feature the renowned pianist speaking about a related selection of compositions and/or composers, playing works in their entirety and then taking questions from the audience. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, Siegel presents four performances that explore the life and work of this great composer: “Chopin for Lovers!” “Chopin the Patriot,” “Chopin the Storyteller” and “Chopin and the Future.”

             The Center for the Arts presents something for everyone this holiday season! Center favorites Chanticleer return with a spectacular program of Christmas carols, Medieval and Renaissance music, motets and American spirituals, while the Canadian Brass returns for a festive program of holiday music, combining virtuosity and showmanship with a playful sense of humor. Known for his dulcet style of playing, pianist George Winston performs a program titled “The Winter Show” that sets a peaceful mood for the holiday season. Virtuoso fiddler Natalie MacMaster invokes the holiday traditions of her native Cape Breton in a spirited Christmas show that makes audiences leap to their feet. Five-man a cappella powerhouse Rockapella returns to the Center with a fun and funky holiday show that celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and is fun for the entire family.

SINGLE TICKETS for all George Mason Center for the Arts GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON series events go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009. 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

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch by U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, dance, organizational psychology and health care, Mason students are routinely recognized with national and international scholarships. 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.