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July 27, 2011
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These two celebrated artists perform at the

6th annual ARTS by George! benefit event

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at 8 p.m.

Tickets available on Aug. 1


FAIRFAX, Va., July 27, 2011 – American vocalist, pianist and musicologist Michael Feinstein has been hailed as the “quintessential New York voice” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The five-time Grammy-nominated artist headlined the inaugural ARTS by George! benefit event in 2006, and this year, he returns with Marvin Hamlisch. Dubbed “the consummate one-man extravaganza” by The New York Times, Hamlisch is a distinguished composer, conductor, musical director and pianist who has created some of the most beloved music of our time and has earned an impressive collection of prestigious awards and honors throughout his career. These two entertainment powerhouses join forces for a melodic journey through the Great American Songbook, showcasing the best of popular music from Broadway to Hollywood at the 6th annual ARTS by George! at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. 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.

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Feinstein worked in local piano bars for years before moving to Los Angeles at age 20. The widow of legendary concert pianist/actor Oscar Levant introduced Feinstein to Ira Gershwin, who employed him as his assistant, earning Feinstein access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since recorded and performed. His 200-plus performances a year have included engagements at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the White House and Buckingham Palace. In addition, he appears at a sold-out holiday engagement each year at his Manhattan nightclub, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, which has also presented some of the most talented performers in pop and jazz. He has released numerous recordings, including his most recent CDs, 2010’s “Cheek to Cheek” with Broadway legend Barbara Cook and 2011’s “We Dreamed These Days” with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. Known as “the ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Feinstein is considered one of the finest interpreters of American standards living today and serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board. His PBS series, “Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook,” is the recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award and returns with its second season in 2012. Feinstein is the artistic director of the Palladium Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in January 2011 and is home to the international Great American Songbook Festival. In 2010, he also became the director of the Jazz and Popular Song Series at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center.

A graduate of the Julliard School of Music and Queens College, Hamlisch’s illustrious career spans more than 40 years, and he has written some of the most memorable and beloved music of our time. Hamlisch has composed the film scores for more than 40 motion pictures, including the “The Way We Were,” “The Sting,” “Sophie’s Choice” and “Ordinary People.” He has won virtually every major entertainment award that exists, including three Academy Awards, four Grammy awards, four Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award, as well as a Pulitzer Prize for the musical “A Chorus Line.” In addition, Hamlisch holds the position of principal pops conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony. Hamlisch’s recent projects include bringing “The Very, Very Best of Broadway” to the inaugural BlackCreek Summer Music Festival at the open-air Rexall Centre at York University in Toronto in July 2011. There, Hamlisch led an all-star pack of seasoned entertainers, including Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski and Raul Esparza.

Tickets to Michael Feinstein and Marvin Hamlisch’s performance can be purchased for $40, $55 and $70 starting Aug. 1, or as part of the ARTS by George! benefit event for $200. For more information or tickets to the ARTS by George! benefit event, please contact Deborah Paez Hoesly at or (703) 993-4188.


Tickets for MICHAEL FEINSTEIN & MARVIN HAMLISCH are $40, $55, $70. Tickets available starting on Aug. 1. 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 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.