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THE WAVERLY CONSORT PRESENTS "THE CHRISTMAS STORY" AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

November 4, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

THE WAVERLY CONSORT

“THE CHRISTMAS STORY”

Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 4, 2010 – “This is the way to begin the Christmas season,” says the Los Angeles Times of the unique holiday celebration presented by this 13-member ensemble. In the spirit of medieval church dramas and mystery plays, eight singers join five instrumentalists playing reproductions of medieval instruments to recreate the pageantry and joy of the medieval church. Their performance recounts the events of the Biblical Christmas story – the message of the archangel Gabriel to the shepherds, the journey of the Magi to the manger at Bethlehem, the intrigue of Herod and his court and the flight into Egypt – in an uplifting and moving celebration of ritual drama and song. The Waverly Consort brings “The Christmas Story” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. 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.

Founded in 1964 by Michael and Kay Jaffee, The Waverly Consort is a pioneer in the early-music revival and is dedicated to exploring the sounds and styles of musical repertories from past centuries. In its hometown of New York City, the ensemble has performed more than 100 concerts at Lincoln Center, as well as concert series at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Cloisters. The ensemble has also toured throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. The Boston Globe praised The Waverly Consort as “a group not only extraordinary in its ability to bring early music to life, but also outstanding in the level of individual virtuosity” and extolled it for its “rare refinement and imagination, and a sense of atmosphere that was enchanting.”

Hailed as “one of the joys of the season” by the Chicago Tribune, “The Christmas Story” first premiered in 1980 in the Medieval Sculpture Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and later moved to the Cloisters. In the past 30 years, people from all over the world have come in a yearly pilgrimage to heard The Waverly Consort perform this enchanting season music, and the ensemble has began touring the production to communities throughout North America. “Rarely do a thousand people sit as hushed as did this crowd … it was magical.” (Kansas City Star)

  

Tickets for THE WAVERLY CONSORT’S “A CHRISTMAS STORY” are $42, $34, $21. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. 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 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.