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August 21, 2013
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FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 21, 2013 – “[Mariza is] remaking fado’s ancient sadness into a majestic modern sound,” raves Rolling Stone about this stunning Portuguese-Mozambican chanteuse who has seduced audiences worldwide with her hauntingly beautiful voice, luminous stage presence and soul-stirring interpretations of fado, the traditional Portuguese music genre. Mariza last enchanted audiences at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax in 2009, and she returns on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. with an unforgettable evening of music that showcases her passionate and melancholic art form. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. HSBC Bank is the 2013-2014 Global View Series Underwriter at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

Known as the poetry of the Portuguese people, fado (which translates to “destiny” or “fate”) dates back to the 1820s or earlier. Like tango, this deeply emotive art form was traditionally associated with the working classes and was created as a result of the intermingling of diverse cultures. Fado originated in the streets and tavernas of Lisbon, and is a fusion of Gypsy, Arabic, Afro-Brazilian and Andalucían influences.

            In a little more than a decade, Mariza has moved beyond being one of Lisbon’s greatest local treasures to one of the world’s most acclaimed global music artists, selling more than one million records worldwide and performing to countless audiences across the globe. This powerful contralto was born in Mozambique, but when she was young, her family settled into the old district of Mouraria in Lisbon, a neighborhood where she first was introduced to fado. She became entranced with the soulful music and guitars she heard from a taverna below her family’s apartment. Although she experimented with other forms of music – from bossa nova to funk to American R&B – fado remained Mariza’s first love.

Mariza released her debut album, “Fado em Mim” in 2001, which quickly garnered her the attention and praise of audiences and critics alike, and she was invited to perform at a number of high profile venues and festivals, including New York City’s Central Park, Hollywood Bowl, Royal Festival Hall and the WOMAD Festival. Mariza’s subsequent albums – “Fado Curvo,” “Transparente,” “Terra” and “Fado Tradicional” – showed her growth and maturity as a fado artist, earning her placement on the Billboard World Music Chart and two Latin Grammy Award nominations. Mariza has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honors in the last decade, including an appointment as Ambassador of Good Will by UNICEF, the Commander of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator by the president of Portugal and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts and Lettres by the French government. Mariza has also been the subject of a BBC documentary titled “Mariza and the History of Fado,” and appeared in Spanish director Carlos Saura’s acclaimed film, “Fados.” Mariza plans to release a new album in 2013, in conjunction with her world tour, which will span five continents.


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HSBC Bank is the 2013-2014 Global View Series Underwriter

at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts



Tickets for MARIZA are $46, $38 and $23. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. 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 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 Like us on Facebook at 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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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