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George Mason University's Center for the Arts Presents Jasmine Guy and The Avery Sharpe Trio with "Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey" on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at 8PM

December 3, 2014
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Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 3, 2014 – Renowned actress, singer, comedienne and dancer Jasmine Guy and The Avery Sharpe Trio pay homage to the musicians, composers, writers, poets and actors of the Harlem Renaissance with “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey,” coming to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at 8 p.m. 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.

 “Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: to make a poet black, and bid him to sing.” Countee Cullen penned this provocative poem at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, when creativity flourished freely in the African American community while blacks struggled against racial inequality, prejudice and segregation. Weaving together text, music, movement and imagery into a panoramic experience,  “Raisin’ Cane” brings to life the voices of Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jean Toomer (the author of the 1923 novel “Cane,” which inspired the work’s title) and other legendary black artists from this prolific period.

Jasmine Guy’s professional career started as a dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; her other stage credits include Broadway and national productions of “Chicago,” “Grease” and “The Wiz.” She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her starring role on “A Different World.” Guy currently appears on Tyler Perry’s new primetime drama, “If Loving You is Wrong” on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and recently appeared on The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries.” She also appears in the feature film “Big Stone Gap,” based on Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling novel and filmed in the southwestern Virginia town of the same name. The film premiered at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville on Nov. 6, 2014.

The Avery Sharpe Trio consists of bassist Avery Sharpe, percussionist Kevin Sharpe and jazz violinist Diane Monroe. Avery Sharpe has worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny and Wynton Marsalis, and performed on the Grammy Award-winning recordings of Michael Brecker and McCoy Tyner.

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Tickets for “RAISIN’ CANE: A HARLEM RENAISSANCE ODYSSEY” are $48, $41 and $29. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket 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 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

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.