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George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts Announces The Ninth Annual ARTS BY GEORGE! Benefit Event on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at 5 p.m. 

July 16, 2014
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George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts


Announces The Ninth Annual


ARTS BY GEORGE! Benefit Event


Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at 5 p.m.


 


Benefit event features a showcase of performances and exhibitions by College of Visual and Performing Arts students and faculty, sumptuous buffets and beverages, a silent auction of arts-related items and experiences and a dazzling gala performance by Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone


FAIRFAX, Va., July 16, 2014 – George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to announce its ninth annual ARTS by George! gala this September. One of the premier arts events in Northern Virginia, this outstanding benefit event is dedicated to providing support for student scholarships in the areas of visual arts, dance, music, theater, computer game design, film and video studies and arts management, as well as the Great Performances at Mason season at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.Held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at 5 p.m., ARTS by George! will take place in the de Laski Performing Arts Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus, as well as the Music/Theater Building and a tented plaza next to the performing arts building.


“Some are surprised to learn that George Mason University has world class artists-in-training, plus a student population that wants to experience great arts performances,” said Mark Shugoll, who returns to serve as co-chair of ARTS by George! for the second consecutiveyear with his wife, Merrill Shugoll. “ARTS by George! funds scholarships so students can mature as artists under the tutelage of Mason’s outstanding faculty. It also supports the Great Performances at Mason series in the Concert Hall, allowing all Mason students in any discipline to attend performances by international artists for free. And it is the most fun gala in town, brimming with wonderful performances and delicious food.”


This highly anticipated benefit event commences as guests visit the college’s classrooms, studios and performance spaces throughout Mason’s arts complex, and watch and often participate in fascinating showcases of performances and exhibitions by gifted student and faculty artists. Highlights include a collaboration between the Schools of Music and Theater featuring selections from their fall 2014 musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”; an interactive Film and Video Studies exhibit titled “Star in a Comedy Classic” for guests to act out scripts from comedy film classics; dance pieces choreographed by the School of Dance’s distinguished faculty; and a new exhibit by Confucius Institute highlighting the college’s global initiatives through student and faculty presentations about their academic experiences in China.


Guests will also enjoy delicious cuisine and wine bars by local restaurants, caterers and wine vendors, including CHIMA Brazilian Steakhouse, La Isla Corporation (Alma de Chile wines), Legal Sea Foods, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and RSVP Catering.


The evening’s festivities include a silent auction of distinctive arts-related items and experiences. Highlights include an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of PBS’ “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill”; attire by fashion designer Nanette Lepore; and luxury vacation packages to Florida, New York City, Mexico and China.


The evening culminates in George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall with a gala performance by Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone, who takes the stage for an unforgettable concert titled “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda … Played That Part.” Called “the American musical’s greatest living star,” by the San Francisco Chronicle, LuPone performs songs from roles in musicals that she could have played, would have played and should have played, along with those she did play or will be playing. Included will be songs from “Hair,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Funny Girl,” “West Side Story” and “Peter Pan,” along with songs from her commanding portrayals of Argentine first lady Eva Perón in “Evita” and Madame Rose in “Gypsy.”


Following the performance, ARTS by George! guests are welcomed onto the Concert Hall stage for a post-show champagne and dessert reception.


ARTS BY GEORGE! SCHEDULE


 


5:00 p.m.                   Student showcases in visual arts, music, dance, theater, computer game design, film and video studies, arts    management and the Confucius Institute throughout the classrooms, studios and performance spaces of the de Laski Performing Arts Building, Music/Theater Building and the tented arts plaza.


5:00 p.m.                  Delicious cuisines and wines bars throughout the event.


5:00 p.m.                  Silent auction of distinctive arts-related items and experiences.


8:00 p.m.                  Gala performance by Patti LuPone.


9:45 p.m.                  Champagne and dessert reception onstage.


 


ARTS BY GEORGE! STEERING COMMITTEE


Mark Shugoll, Event Co-Chair 


Merrill Shugoll, Event Co-Chair 


Joe Catalano, Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair


Val McWhorter, Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair


Carolyn Peterson, Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair


Judy Canyock, Food & Beverage Committee Co-Chair


Eve Ezell, Food & Beverage Committee Co-Chair


Ida Portland, Food & Beverage Committee Co-Chair


Lucy Church, Logistics Committee Co-Chair


Mack Miller, Logistics Committee Co-Chair


Robin Parker, Silent Auction Committee Co-Chair


Bob Purks, Silent Auction Committee Co-Chair


 


TICKETS FOR ARTS BY GEORGE! (includes student showcases, food, beverages, Patti LuPone gala concert and champagne and dessert reception onstage) are $250/person. Contact Deborah Páez Hoesly at dpaez@gmu.eduor 703-993-4188 or visit artsbygeorge.gmu.edu to order tickets and/or inquire about sponsorship opportunities and benefits. Like ARTS by George! on Facebook at facebook.com/ARTSbyGeorgeand follow on Twitter and Instagram at @GMUARTSbyGeorge #AnEveningLikeNoOther.




About the College of Visual and Performing Arts


The College of Visual and Performing Arts 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 1,935-seat Concert Hall. The college 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


George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.