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SINGLE TICKETS FOR 2010-11 SEASON OF GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON ON SALE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1

July 22, 2010
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 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2010

FOR ALL 2010-11 GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON EVENTS AT

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF GREAT PERFORMANCES

 

FAIRFAX, Va., July 20, 2010 – Single tickets for all events at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax go on sale to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 through tickets.com, 888-945-2468 (daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Internet orders may be placed through visiting cfa.gmu.edu and clicking on “Event Calendar” and then the link for each event. 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 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During the April announcement of the 2010-11 season of Great Performances at Mason, Tom Reynolds, director of artistic programming, described a season that includes both veterans and brilliant new stars of the arts world. “To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we have invited back some of our favorite and most popular artists from previous seasons, as well as an exciting host of gifted performers who appear on our stage for the first time, as we continue to bring to Fairfax the best of the performing arts,” Reynolds said.

The Center presents a diverse collection of artists and ensembles appearing for the first time on the Concert Hall stage this season. The young, innovative string quartet Brooklyn Rider performs an exciting program that encompasses traditional classical works, as well as the music of contemporary composers. Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie and Opole, Philharmonic of Poland perform at the Center on their first tours of the United States. Illustrious contemporary dance ensembles Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Trisha Brown Dance Company bring inspiring new works and classic pieces from the repertories of their renowned choreographers. The smash musical “The Merchants of Bollywood,” Spanish songstress Buika and Celtic band Danú share the beautiful music and dance traditions of their native cultures. Award-winning bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent brings an intimate performance that highlights these musicians’ amazing two-part harmonies and flat-picking brilliance. New Orleans legends Allen Toussaint, Nicholas Payton and the Joe Krown Trio join forces for New Orleans Nights, an incredible evening of jazz music from America’s favorite southern city. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady celebrate the 40th anniversary of their acoustic and electric blues band Hot Tuna Blues. Newcomers this holiday season include The Waverly Consort with its beloved traditional holiday pageant, and the spirited Synergy Brass Quintet. This season also features a stunning performance by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, who headlines the fifth annual ARTS by George! benefit event to support student scholarships and the Center’s Great Performances at Mason series.

Center favorites returning this season include Jeffrey Siegel with his popular “concerts with commentary” series Keyboard Conversations® and Virginia Opera with four incredible productions of the world’s greatest operas. Classical ensembles that make appearances this year include the BBC Concert Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the genre-bending Turtle Island Quartet. Renowned modern dance troupes Mark Morris Dance Group, Parsons Dance and MOMIX bring dance that never fails to enchant the Center’s audience. The Russian National Ballet Theatre brings two of the world’s most cherished ballets to the stage – “Romeo and Juliet” and “Swan Lake.” Touring theater companies Aquila Theatre, L.A. Theatre Works and The Acting Company perform Shakespearean plays and contemporary works. Global acts Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company, Tango Buenos Aires and Perú Negro bring colorful music and dance that amazes and charms audiences every time these stunning ensembles appear on the Center’s stage. American art forms are represented by Drumline LIVE, American Festival Pops Orchestra and Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Mason’s own Theater of the First Amendment returns to recreate the distinctive look, exciting sound and nostalgic feel of the classic radio days with “Live Wire.” Chanticleer, Leahy and the Vienna Boys Choir bring extraordinary performances that truly capture the spirit of holiday season.

For more information about events at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, please visit cfa.gmu.edu.

SINGLE TICKETS for all George Mason Center for the Arts GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON series events go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu.

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.