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July 26, 2011
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FAIRFAX, Va., July 26, 2011 – Single tickets for 2011-12 Great Performances at Mason events at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax go on sale to the public on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. Tickets can be purchased by calling 888-945-2468 (daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Internet orders may be placed by visiting and clicking on “Event Calendar” and then the link for each event. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Center’s box office in the lobby of the Concert Hall, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During the April announcement of the 2011-12 season of Great Performances at Mason, Tom Reynolds, director of artistic programming, described a season including more than 50 marvelous performances, featuring “everything from a mariachi band to the Mariinsky Orchestra.” He explained that the Center for the Arts “endeavors to appeal to those who prefer the classics, as well as those who enjoy more contemporary and popular performances.”



Appearing at this year’s ARTS by George! benefit event are two of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook: vocalist and pianist Michael Feinstein and composer, conductor and pianist Marvin Hamlisch. Together, these two musical giants showcase the best of American popular music from Broadway to Hollywood. (PLEASE NOTE: single tickets for this performance are available starting Aug. 1, 2011.)



The classical ensembles appearing this season include the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin under Misha Rachlevsky, Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra under Roman Leontiev with pianist Alexandre Pirojenko and Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic under Eugene Tzigane with cellist Amit Peled. Pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz also join forces for a genre-bending concert blending classical and pop music titled “Shuffle.Play.Listen.” Also appearing are the The charming Vienna Boys Choir returns this season with a program featuring classical masterpieces, Austrian folk songs and waltzes, cherished pop songs and medieval chant.



One of the premier destinations for dance in the greater D.C. area, the Center hosts an impressive collection of contemporary dance companies this season. Celebrating its 85th season, the Martha Graham Dance Company returns with Graham’s masterwork, “Appalachian Spring,” and also collaborates with the Mason Dance Company in Graham’s “Panorama.” Other contemporary dance companies appearing this year include Pilobolus Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Moscow Festival Ballet also returns this season with two of the most luminous fairy tale ballets of all time: “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”



The Center presents a diverse group of global acts representing Cuba, South Africa, Japan, Colombia, Spain and China. Kings of Salsa showcases cool street salsa, Afro-Caribbean hip-hop, contemporary dance and the Cuban classics – mambo, rumba and cha-cha-cha. Compañia Flamenca José Porcel presents the breathtaking choreography and passionate rhythms associated with this remarkable Spanish dance form, bringing “Gypsy Fire,” a program that showcases the purest, oldest and most fiery forms of flamenco. On its inaugural U.S. tour, National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China preserves a centuries-old acrobatic art form, performing daring feats with common household objects. The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir brings uplifting songs of joy, peace and hope in South Africa’s many languages. Embarking on its first U.S. tour, Ballet Folklórico de Antioquia, Colombia shares the richness and diversity of Colombian culture with authentic music, ritualistic dance and physical theater. TAO performs “The Art of the Drum,” a fresh, energetic interpretation of the ancient art of Japanese Taiko drumming. HSBC Bank is the 2011-12 Global View series sponsor.



Among the artists representing the diverse landscape of American art forms this season is Grammy-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis appearing with his quartet in an extraordinary program titled “An Evening with Branford Marsalis,” featuring original compositions and modern jazz standards. “The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959: A Collaboration with Blue Note Records” is an engaging multimedia musical narrative about an extraordinary decade in American history and the new music pioneered by this nonpareil of the jazz world. Legendary pianist Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers perform a sublime evening of Latin jazz. One of the great 20th century American folk singers and storytellers, Arlo Guthrie appears with his son, grandson and longtime collaborator in an evening of folk music favorites, amusing stories and witty anecdotes called “Boys Night Out.” “The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers” combines the classic R&B music and hilarious comedy popularized by comedians John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the 1970s. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jim Carroll, presents a special tribute concert titled “Buddy, Woody and Stan,” celebrating the music of Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. Under the baton of Anthony Maiello, the American Festival Pops Orchestra appears with acclaimed Broadway soprano Lisa Vroman to perform beloved popular music from Broadway, cinema and television, as well as patriotic music honoring our nation.



The Center presents four critically acclaimed theater companies this season. Aquila Theatre returns with Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and Shakespeare’s wicked tragedy, “Macbeth.” Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre presents David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play, “Proof.” One of Shakespeare’s greatest historical tragedies is brought to life by one of America’s leading touring theater companies when The Acting Company performs “Julius Caesar.” Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), George Mason University’s professional theater in residence, performs “Stay,” a poignant production about a family living on a remote island off the coast of Scotland. Conceived by choreographer Susan Shields of Mason’s School of Dance and TFA’s co-artistic director Heather McDonald, this stirring work merges theater, dance, SLAM multimedia, film and music.



The Virginia Opera returns this season with four new productions. The season opens with the Virginia Opera’s premiere production of Verdi’s heartbreaking tragedy, “Aida” and follows with a family friendly production of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” In the spring, the Virginia Opera brings the Virginia premiere of Philip Glass’ “Orphée,” based on Jean Cocteau’s cinematic reimagining of the myth of Orpheus and Euridice. The season concludes with Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and deliciously witty masterpiece, “The Mikado.”



Jeffrey Siegel returns with the 19th season of his “concerts with commentary” series at the Center for the Arts, Keyboard Conversations®, which features the virtuoso pianist providing unique insight into the lives and work of the most famous composers of all time before performing their works. This season, Siegel presents “A Beethoven Bonanza,” “From Heart to Art: The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt,” “Russian Rapture: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky” and “The Power and Passion of Brahms.” Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the 2011-12 Keyboard Conversations® series sponsor.



Artists bringing holiday shows to the Center this season include Grammy Award-winning male vocal ensemble Chanticleer, Grammy-nominated bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent, Mason’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra, rural folk pianist George Winston, Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano with “Fiesta Navidad,” a festive program of mariachi music, including Mexican and American Christmas songs.

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SINGLE TICKETS for all Great Performances at Mason events at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts go on sale on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AND MARVIN HAMLISCH tickets will be available starting on Aug. 1. Single tickets may be purchased by phone at 888-945-2468, by visiting or by visiting the box office, open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Subscriptions to all Great Performances at Mason series are still available. For a brochure containing more information, please call 703-993-ARTS (2787) or e-mail 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 Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K on performance dates. Visit


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

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. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.