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MASON OPERA & ORCHESTRA - A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

November 4, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY OPERA & ORCHESTRA

PRESENTS

A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Harris Theatre, George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 at 2 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 15, 2010 – The songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II have been featured on both the stage and silver screen and are cherished by generations of musical theater lovers, while Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster musicals have been performed to countless audiences in productions from Broadway to community theater to high school and colleges across the United States. This fall, George Mason University Opera joins together with the George Mason University Chamber Orchestra for “A Tribute to the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber,” which showcases the finest works of these celebrated composers. The production will be performed in Harris Theatre on Mason’s Fairfax Campus on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. The Mason Opera will be led by Patricia Miller, University Professor of Music and the director of Mason’s vocal studies program, and the director is Maureen Codelka, an adjunct professor in Mason’s School of Music. Dennis Layendecker, Heritage Chair of Music and the director of the School of Music and the University Orchestras, will conduct the Mason Chamber Orchestra for these performances.

“These songs are so familiar to everyone,” Miller said. “So many of us have memories attached to these timeless melodies and have lived with this music all of our lives, and it takes a trained voice to do them justice. When you hear the beautiful melodies from ‘The King and I’ and ‘Carousel,’ and from ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ accompanied by the richness of the orchestra, it is very much like ‘Mi Chiamano Mimi’ from ‘La Bohème’ or ‘Habanera’ from ‘Carmen.’ This production has allowed the opportunity for a wonderful collaboration between our instrumental and vocal students, under the guidance of our vocal faculty, as well as the direction of Dr. Dennis Layendecker, who will conduct these performances.”

The first half of the program will feature favorites from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved musicals including “The Carousel Waltz” from “Carousel”; “Some Enchanted Evening,” “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame” and “A Wonderful Guy” from “South Pacific”; “I Have Dreamed” and “Shall We Dance” from “The King and I”; “I Enjoy Being A Girl” from “Flower Drum Song”; and “The Surrey with the Fringe On Top” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from “Oklahoma!”  The second half will feature the most popular songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational musicals, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from “Evita”; “All I Ask of You” and “Music of the Night” from “The Phantom of the Opera”; “Memory” and “Jellicle Ball” from “Cats”; and “Sunset Boulevard” and “With One Look” from “Sunset Boulevard.”

For more information about the Mason Opera or this production, please contact the School of Music at (703) 993-1380 or music@gmu.edu.

 

Tickets for George Mason University Opera are $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, and a limited number of tickets are free for students with a valid Mason ID starting on Oct. 19. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (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.