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ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI AT CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON OCT. 5 AND 6 AT 8PM

August 8, 2012
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ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI

APPEARING AT

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN FAIRFAX

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at 8 p.m.

AND THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at 4 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX and MANASSAS, Va., Aug. 8, 2012 – From a tiny country in Central Africa comes of one the most celebrated percussion ensembles in the world – Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi. This spirited ensemble’s drumming and dancing performances are based on ancient sacred traditions that have been passed down from father to son throughout the generations, yet its distinctive early rhythms sound as modern as any contemporary beat. Audiences in the greater Washington, D.C. area will have the opportunity to experience the thunderous percussive rhythms and mesmerizing movements of these gifted artists when they appear at two performing arts venues in Northern Virginia this fall.

On Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at 8 p.m., the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi appear at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax as part of its Great Performances at Mason season. Pre-performance discussions, free to ticketholders, will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. This performance is a part of the 2012-2013 Global View series at the Center for the Arts, which is sponsored by HSBC Bank.

The ensemble also appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at 4 p.m. as part of its Hylton Presents season. A pre-performance discussion will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Prince William Hospital is the 2012-2013 season sponsor of the Hylton Presents season at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.  

In Burundi, drums are considered sacred symbols of fertility and regeneration, and for centuries, they have been played at special occasions and ceremonies such as births, funerals and enthronements of kings. The homemade drums include the central Inkiranya drum, the Amashako and Ibishikiso drums and the popular large Ingoma drum, which are hollowed out from the trunks of trees that only grow in central Burundi, and are covered with animal skins.

Since the 1960s, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi have performed for audiences the world over and have left an indelible imprint on world music. The ensemble’s distinctive sound – the “Burundi Beat,” as it has become known – has influenced many popular Western artists such as Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow, and the drummers even appeared on Joni Mitchell’s 1975 album, “The Hissing of the Summer Lawns.” The drummers also inspired the creation of the first World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) Festival in 1982, which made world music a part of the mainstream. Though the ensemble has toured the globe and recorded several albums, the artists continue to be intimately tied to their homeland and still perform at rituals and ceremonies in their community.

  

HSBC Bank is the 2012-2013 Global View Series Sponsor

at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

  

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize Prince William Hospital as the

2012-2013 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor

                                                      

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS:

Tickets for ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI are $23, $38 and $46 and go on sale on Aug. 1. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:

Tickets for ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI are $30, $38 and $46 and go on sale Aug. 1. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. FREE parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.

 

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 the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.


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.