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April 8, 2003
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2003-2004 SEASON OF
Center for the Arts at George Mason University concentrates on collaborations, an eclectic music mix, diverse theater, and its reputation for presenting superior dance

Soloists –
Joan Kwuon, Byron Janis, Alessandra Marc
Varied musical styles –
Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing,
Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Verdi Europa,
Evelyn Glennie, Eileen Ivers, Ahn Trio,
Virginia Opera
New Theater Series –
Mason’s own professional company,
Theater of the First Amendment;
Ann Bogart’s SITI Company,
The Acting Company
Collaborations – Mason, WPAS and Dance Place commission a piece from
Ron Brown/Evidence,
Mason participates in Library of Congress Motown Festival with appearance
by legendary Four Tops,
Canadian Brass appearance in conjunction with the National Trumpet Competition
Outstanding world renowned dance companies – Mark Morris Dance Group,
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, David Dorfman, Moscow Festival Ballet, Miami City Ballet
Performances for families to enjoy together from all over the world --
Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia, Doudou N’Diaye Rose and the Drummers of West Africa, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra,
Evelyn Glennie,
Cirque Eloize,
Theater of the First Amendment’s
Odyssey of Telemaca

Fairfax, Virginia, April 4, 2003
—Artistic Director Rick Davis announced the 2003-2004 Season of Great Performances at Mason today. The 2003-2004 Great Performances collection of artists and events, at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts (CFA), will include ten series – Magnificent Music, Dynamic Dance, Global View, American Echoes, Superb Soloists, Theater, Virginia Opera, Keyboard Conversations®, and All Music and All Dance, this coming season. The Great Performances at Mason series events are designed to "entertain, enlighten and enliven," said Davis, speaking at a luncheon and press conference at the Center’s Concert Hall on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University.

This year, Davis stressed, the Center continues its tradition of presenting some of the most sought-after dance companies performing today, including Mark Morris (who, during the 2002-2003 season, chose the Center for the Arts as the site for his newest world premiere, "Serenade," this past March), and the Center debuts of both Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and David Dorfman Dance. Moscow Festival Ballet returns to the Concert Hall stage as does Edward Villella’s much loved Miami City Ballet. Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, renowned for their cultural commentary and a unique movement language, performs "Come Ye," commissioned by the Center for the Arts, Washington D.C.’s Dance Place, Washington Performing Arts Society and the St. Joseph Historical Society. Expanding on an already established theater series anchored by the Center’s own professional company, Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), enables Great Performances audiences to see some of the finest theater touring the country. Ann Bogart’s SITI Company performs its signature work, War of the Worlds, based on the Orson Welles radio play, and The Acting Company returns with an evening of mystery and suspense in Murder by Poe. TFA’s relationship with the impeccable creative team of Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox continues to mature with another show suitable for families – complete with music, puppets, atmosphere – and even a Mariachi band! – as the Odyssey of Telemaca opens in the Spring of 2004!
"Continuing our great tradition of presenting both up and coming young soloists and established stars in the classical realm, we’re delighted to welcome violinist Joan Kwuon this fall, as well as a performance by celebrated soprano, and DC area native, Alessandra Marc," said Davis. "And, one of the artists I’m most excited about – because he only appears a few times a year at select venues – is the acclaimed pianist Byron Janis. We’re proud to present an artist of his renown as part of our new Superb Soloists series."
Building on the success of now offering four productions each season to its Northern Virginia audiences, Virginia Opera continues in 2003-2004 with a production of the classic heartbreaker Madame Butterfly, a charming interpretation of The Magic Flute, a fiery Rigoletto and Fidelio, Beethoven’s only operatic composition.

For performances which are intrinsically American in flavor, Davis recommends the American Echoes series – including the Center’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, currently enjoying phenomenal success and adoration from local audiences. "We’re presenting incomparable fiddler Mark O’Connor and his ‘Hot Swing Trio,’ and I’m further thrilled to announce," continued Davis, "that as part of American Echoes we’ll be one of the area venues taking part in the Library of Congress’s groundbreaking Motown Festival. To that end, we’ll host one of the world’s premiere singing groups – the immortal Four Tops!"

Several years ago, the Center began recruiting artists from around the world as part of the Global View series. A proven crowd pleaser, Global View now boasts a return by Doudou N’Diaye Rose and his family: the Drummers of West Africa, and Center debuts by Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company, and Riverdance alum Eileen Ivers. The youthful compatriot of Cirque de Soleil, Canada’s Cirque Eloize, combines electrifying music with bold movement and aerial acrobatics. The smoky vocals of chanteuse Ute Lemper – a cross between Lotte Lenya, Sally Bowles and Velma Kelly – mesmerizes with a program of Weill, Kander and Ebb, Piaf, Michael Nyman, and more. Of course, admired pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns for another season of stimulating concerts with commentary in his three-program Keyboard Conversations®, series and the holidays would not be complete without the annual performance by Chanticleer, sold out in three consecutive seasons!

Subscribers are invited to choose from one of the ten series, or, if they are finding it difficult to select one series to encompass their interests, they may choose to create a Custom Series, selecting four or more events from all of the offerings. Click here for a chronological listing of 2003-04 performances.

The Center, which opened in 1990, maintains its central goal of combining the attraction of world-class professional performances with its educational program. Artistic director Davis shared the podium with William Reeder, dean of the Center’s academic parent, the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), who explained his desire to reach out to students and the community. The Center’s professional programs and the College’s academic offerings, clarified Reeder, combine to "give students the opportunities to interact with – and learn from – real, working artists – some of the best artists performing today!" This interaction is paramount, stressed Dean Reeder, to his goal of preparing each and every CVPA student to practice their craft – and to succeed. The Center, mindful of its obligation toward all George Mason students, and its pioneer mission to integrate the arts into all facets of the academic experience, provides 500 free tickets for Mason students to all ‘Great Performances at Mason’ events. The George Mason community is always welcome at CVPA departmental performances.
Active outreach programs include consistent visits to music, dance and theater classrooms by the professional artists appearing at the Center, a vital gallery program, and good exchange with K-12 partners throughout the capital region.

Subscriptions to GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON are available through the Center for the Arts box office. The box office is located in the lobby of the mainstage Concert Hall on Mason Pond Drive on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The box office is open daily, Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM. For information on subscriptions, call 703-993-ARTS (2787).

The Center for the Arts complex is a group of state of the art theaters, galleries and performance spaces 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.

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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.