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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA “SIMPLY SWINGIN’ WITH SINATRA AND FRIENDS” STEVE LIPPIA, GUEST VOCALIST Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 8 p.m.
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
“SIMPLY SWINGIN’ WITH SINATRA AND FRIENDS”
STEVE LIPPIA, GUEST VOCALIST
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 9, 2014 – Modern crooner Steve Lippia joins Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra to present a swinging evening of American pop and jazz classics as they take the stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax for “Simply Swingin’ with Sinatra and Friends” on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 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.
Led by founder and Artistic Director Jim Carroll, this superb group of musicians from the greater Washington, D.C. area performs some of Sinatra’s most beloved hits, as well as favorite tunes by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow and more, in collaboration with Lippia, who is said to have “an astonishing approximation of Frank Sinatra’s voice.” (Courier-Post)
One of the nation’s most in-demand vocalists and interpreters of standards and traditional pop music, Steve Lippia’s youthful energetic talent combines with his masterful vocal prowess to create a perfect blend of classic and contemporary, and his shows have introduced countless young listeners to this timeless and celebrated musical genre while appealing to longtime fans. Lippia has performed with numerous symphonies across North America, including Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, Philadelphia Pops, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, Boulder Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Pops, among others. He has headlined in numerous highly successful, extended engagements at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, where audiences lined up for more than two hours before showtime to vie for seating. He has also performed in multiple engagements for Hilton Atlantic City and Casino Windsor. In addition, Lippia has headlined at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, backed by the Nelson Riddle and Woody Herman orchestras. He has appeared on “Extra,” FOX’s “Good Day New York,” CNN’s “Showbiz Today,” ABC and the BBC. His critically acclaimed self-titled CD was recorded at L.A.’s Warner Bros. Studio with a 41-piece symphony. He has also released “Steve Lippia Live” and “Steve Lippia in Concert.”
In addition to serving as the artistic director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Jim Carroll’s illustrious career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall and the Apollo Theatre. A versatile performer and alto sax virtuoso, Carroll has performed with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and many others. Active as an educator, Carroll is the director of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at George Mason University.
Tickets for METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA are $48, $40 and $24. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. 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 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 and Instagram 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.
About George Mason University
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