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November 17, 2010
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Holiday music performed by university ensembles & faculty members—

holiday poetry readings and an audience sing-a-long complete the program!

Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Center for the Arts Concert Hall


FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 17, 2010George Mason University’s School of Music is pleased to announce its highly anticipated holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 at 7 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The School of Music’s esteemed instrumental and vocal ensembles present a program titled “The Holidays at Mason: Believe in Miracles,” which includes seasonal favorites, classical music, traditional carols, Hanukkah songs, jazzy renditions of popular Christmas music and the ever-popular audience sing-a-long. The George Mason University ensembles that will perform in this year’s concert are the Symphony Orchestra under Dennis Layendecker, Heritage Chair of Music and the director of the School of Music and the University Orchestras; the University Chorale under Lisa Billingham, co-director of Music Education (Choral); and the University Singers under Stanley Engebretson, director of Choral Studies.

This year’s concert features the ensembles performing selections composed by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard for the 2004 feature film “Polar Express,” selected movements of John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music,” Bill Holcombe’s arrangement of “Festive Sounds of Hanukkah” and “A Most Wonderful Christmas” audience-sing-along by Robert Sheldon. The performance culminates with Mike Davis’ “An American Christmas,” a work that celebrates 400 years of diverse American holiday traditions. The program also features holiday poetry readings by student actors in Mason’s Department of Theater.

The George Mason University Holiday Concert is sponsored by Phaup Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.


Tickets for the George Mason University Holiday Concert are $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, and a limited number of tickets are free for students with a valid Mason ID.  Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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



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.