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DRUMLINE LIVE RETURNS TO GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

January 31, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

DRUMLINE LIVE

Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 at 7 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 31, 2011 – After a sellout performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in 2009, Drumline LIVE is back with an enhanced, new show on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 at 7 p.m. This vibrant and energetic phenomenon brings show-style marching bands from the college football field to the Center’s stage. These percussion-driven performances captured the attention of millions with the hit movie “Drumline,” and now this live show, based on the football game halftime tradition at historically black colleges and universities, is packing in audiences across the country. 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.

Featuring a 39-member cast of energetic and flamboyant performers, the production includes an extraordinary roster of musicians and dancers performing to the sounds of Motown, gospel, African rhythms, classic and contemporary R&B and hip-hop and even a number featuring the music of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. But the heart of the show is unquestionably the talented percussionists whose spectacular showdown astounds with its precision and force. Their rhythmic sounds, phenomenal choreography and incredible athleticism amaze audiences of all ages.

Historically black colleges and universities are institutions of higher learning that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African-American community. There are currently more than 100 historically black colleges in the United States, located almost exclusively in the Southeast. The tradition of show-style marching bands began more than 50 years ago at Florida A&M University, which has long been considered the nation’s preeminent black college marching band school. The bands began in support of college football teams, but evolved into a sport of its own with characteristic high stepping, funky dance rhythms and a diverse musical repertoire. Competitions such as the Big Southern Classic and the Bayou Classic draw an audience of roughly 60,000 fans each – a testament to the popularity of the sport. Released in 2002, the 20th Century Fox movie “Drumline,” starring Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana, helped the tradition capture the attention and imagination of the American public.

 

Tickets for DRUMLINE LIVE are $23, $38, $46. 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.