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METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND GUEST VOCALIST STEVE LIPPIA PERFORM TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

January 13, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

“SIMPLY SINATRA”

WITH THE METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA

FEATURING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JIM CARROLL

AND GUEST VOCALIST STEVE LIPPIA

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 13, 2009 Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. to pay tribute to the great Frank Sinatra with guest vocalist Steve Lippia, one of the country’s most prominent interpreters of classic pop music. The Courier-Post praised Lippia for his “astounding approximation of Sinatra’s voice.” The program, which is titled “Simply Sinatra,” is reminiscent of Sinatra’s concerts and will include memorable tunes from such artists as Count Basie and Buddy Rich that showcase the ensemble’s great jazz instrumentalists, as well as the magnificent talent of Lippia. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

One of the most in-demand vocalists across the nation, Lippia’s youthful energetic talent combines with his masterful vocal prowess to create a perfect blend of classic and contemporary popular music, and his shows introduce a new generation to this timeless and celebrated musical genre. Lippia has performed with numerous symphonies across North America, including the Philadelphia Pops, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, Boulder Philharmonic and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Pops, among others. He has headlined in numerous highly successful, extended engagements at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino is Las Vegas and the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, where audiences lined up for more than two hours before show time to vie for seating. He has also performed in multiple engagements for Hilton Atlantic City and Casino Windsor.  In addition, Lippia has also headlined at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, backed by the Nelson Riddle and Woody Herman orchestras. He has appeared on “Extra,” FOX’s “Good Day New York,” CNN’s “Showbix Today,” ABC and the BBC. His critically acclaimed self-titled CD was recorded at L.A.’s Warner Bros. Studio with a 41-piece symphony. He has also released “Steve Lippia Live” and “Steve Lippia In Concert.”

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll’s 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.

Tickets for “SIMPLY SINATRA” WITH THE METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA are $42, $34, $21. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. 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 in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.