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ROCKAPELLA BRINGS "A ROCKAPELLA HOLIDAY" TO GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS, DEC. 7

November 12, 2012
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

ROCKAPELLA

“A ROCKAPELLA HOLIDAY”

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 9, 2012 – From barbershop to “Glee,” vocal music has long captivated music fans across the generations. This holiday season, one of the most popular a cappella groups of all time returns to Fairfax, bringing a rockin’ concert of classic carols and funky and soulful holiday tunes celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. With an electrifying concert that will charm young and old alike, five-man a cappella powerhouse Rockapella brings “A Rockapella Holiday” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at 8 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 are half price when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the concert on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

“The best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella, you know that’s the truth.” (USA Today) Composed of high tenor Scott Leonard, tenors John K. Brown and Steven Dorian, bass George Baldi III and vocal percussionist Jeff Thacher, Rockapella was formed more than 25 years ago and numerous talented singers have appeared in the lineup since the group’s inception. Senior-most member Scott Leonard finds that bringing in fresh new talent and different personalities has helped bring the group “closer to perfection.” From 1991-1996, Rockapella appeared as the house band on the hit PBS television show, “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” reaching more than 10 million children (and parents) each week. More than two decades later, the show’s unforgettable theme song is still the group’s most recorded and downloaded hit. In the years since, Rockapella has made countless appearances, including on Spike Lee’s PBS special, “Do It A Cappella”; a Whoopi Goldberg HBO special; “The Today Show”; “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”; and commercials for Folgers and Almond Joy. The group has also been invited to perform with the Boston Pops Orchestra and has toured the globe, performing everywhere from Switzerland to Singapore. Rockapella has released 20 albums, including the group’s most recent recording, 2011’s “A Rockapella Holiday.” Broken Records Magazine called the album, which features traditional and popular Christmas carols and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa music, “a fascinating, innovative wonder”; the album was also nominated for the 2012 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Holiday Album.

A day before the performance at the Center for the Arts, Rockapella will judge 10 of the best a cappella groups from across the Commonwealth of Virginia at the inaugural A Cappella Sing Off! at the Globe Theatre at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. Held on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., the event raises money for two Williamsburg charities, Literacy for Life and Williamsburg Choral Guild.

For more information on Rockapella, please visit www.rockapella.com.

 

Tickets for “A ROCKAPELLA HOLIDAY” are $24, $40 and $48. 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.

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

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