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Season Release 2002-03

August 1, 2002
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

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Fairfax, Virginia, April 12, 2002--Citing the needs of both its on- and off-campus communites, William Reeder, Dean of George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, together with Rick Davis, Associate Dean and Artistic Director of both the College's Center for the Arts and Theater of the First Amendment, announced the 2002-2003 Season of "Great Performances at Mason."

With expanded programming from international artists, including Anoushka Shankar, the Shanghai Ballet,
Georgi an State Dance, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and others, the Center concentrates on meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse local audience while bringing opportunities to experience the arts from around the world to it s wider metropolitan D.C. audience. During the 2002-2003 Season, the multi-venue Center for the Arts presents over two dozen professional artistic events in various genres, fulfilling its role as both presenter and producer.

Increasingly aware of the n ecessity for an expansi on into producing, the Center embarks on several ambitious projects, some including combinations of original work in cooperation with resident artists and partners. The Center's newly incorporated jazz ensemble, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, which deb uted on the mainstage last season, returns with superstar Richard Stoltzman as guest artist, and Fairfax's own professional theater company in residence at George Mason, Theater of the First Amendment, forays into touring product ions as they sho wcase thei r award-winning commissioned works, "Sing Down the Moon," and "Perseus Bayou" on the Concert Hall stage in preparation for several road trips.

Strong artistic relationships are solidified during the season. Master pianist J effrey Siegel returns with his popular series of "Keyboard Conversations" -- adding an extra program inspired by compositions suitable for families to enjoy together. Virginia Opera enlarges its series here at its Northern Virginia home from three to fo u r operas with a special holiday opera: Thea Musgrave's A Christmas Carol, completing the opera series that also includes Wagner's spectacular Die Walkure, Strauss's Die Fledermaus and Puccini's La Boheme. Beloved artists return to the Concert Hall stage once again, including Mark Morris Dance Group; and ODC San Francisco, as an integral part of the newly created Family Series, with its charming Velveteen Rabbit. The amazing troupe Momix returns to Fairfax with a brand new program paying homage to the flora and fauna of desert lands.

Exciting newcomers to the Center's season include the Shanghai Ballet dancing two programs: the traditional legend of The White Haired Girl, and the delightful Coppelia Br azil's dynamic modern dance company Grupo Corpo lights up the stage and Fred Ho's Voice of the Dragon presents a parable of tragedy and revelation ? using dance combined with martial arts -- in Once Upon a Time in Chinese America. Renowned classic al musicians continue the Center's commitment to the traditional performing arts, including Leon Fleisher on piano as guest artist with the revered Mendelssohn Quartet, the groundbreaking Eos Orchestra, and a delightful program of Vivaldi from the Academy of Ancient Music.

Cutting edge perform an ce com es to the Center in the form of Rennie Harris's Puremovement, a co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts Society, in a showcase of the history of hip hop combining some of the hottest names in the genre with archival footage tracing the artform's history. Squonk Oper a brings the ir mesmerizing blend of video, electronic music, digital special effects and more to "Burn," a new take on Dante's Inferno.

Information on subscribing to "Gr eat Performances at Mason" is available at the Center for the Arts box office in th e lobby of th e Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Mason Pond Drive, or call 703-993-ARTS (2787). The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddo ck Road a nd Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.