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March 2017 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts with:  Danú;  Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel;  Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices; Russian National Ballet Theatre;  Virginia Opera’s Turandot 

January 10, 2017
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(FAIRFAX)—George Mason University’s Center for the Arts announced today events for March 2017, starting with Keyboard Conversations ® with Jeffrey Siegel on March 5. The month’s “concert with commentary” will feature the melodies of Franz Schubert including Ave Maria, the Trout” Quintet, and Impromptus, among others. The big band musicians of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra team up with the dynamic vocal quartet New York Voices to create an evening of jazz magic on March 11. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with a festive concert of Celtic music and dance from the Emerald Isles performed by one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles, Danú. The Russian Ballet Theatre performs a double bill of Chopiniana and Carmen on March 18. Together these two works showcase the grand traditions of Russian ballet. The company returns on March 19 for a lavish theatrical depiction of the fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty. Virginia Opera closes out the month’s offerings with Puccini’s grandiose opera Turandot that depicts the splendor of imperial China. 


A full schedule of performances is below. Unless otherwise noted, performances will take place in the Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall located at 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, Virginia. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Center for the Arts’ Ticket Office (open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), by calling 888-945-2468, or through the Center for the Arts’ website at cfa.gmu.edu. 


Great Performances at Mason 


Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: 


The Immortal Melodies of Schubert 


March 5 at 7 p.m. 


Images: Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel 


This program of music by Franz Schubert is the third in the series of unique “concerts with commentary.” No composer wrote more beautiful melodies and accessible music than Franz Schubert. He is the composer of such famous works as Ave Maria, Serenade, and the Trout Quintet. With this unparalleled gift for writing ear-catching melodies, his compositions also have an exciting rhythmic verve. The program will include his beloved and familiar Ave Maria, the Trout, the spellbinding Impromptus, the exhilarating March Militaire, and the vivacious Sonata in A major, D. 664. This concert is sure to be inspiring for those just beginning a journey into the world of classical music as well as those with an existing passion for piano literature. An interactive Q and A will conclude this program. 


Tickets: $42, $36, $25 


1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on February 21 


Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices 


March 11 at 8 p.m. 


Images: Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices 


Step into the era of swinging beats and brassy big band sounds as the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra teams up with the dynamic vocal jazz quartet, New York Voices, for this very special performance. Musical Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this renowned jazz orchestra, composed of the metro-area’s best jazz musicians. For this concert, they team up with the polished and playful quartet, New York Voices whose soulful scats, close-knit voicings, and unparalleled vocal blend have earned them critical acclaim for more than 25 years. New York Voices is “the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz.” (Boston Herald) Together, these ensembles create an evening of jazz magic. 


Pre-Performance Discussion with a Member of the Company begins 45 minutes before the performance. 


Tickets: $50, $43, $30 


1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on February 28, 2017 


Danú 


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 


March 17 at 8 p.m. 


Images: Danú 


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this festive concert of Celtic music and dance from the Emerald Isles performed by one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles. A real favorite of Irish audiences (and ours), Danú always provides a high-energy experience while performing ancient Celtic music and new repertoire. Their virtuosity on authentic Irish instruments – flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki – is matched by the brilliance of gorgeous vocals in Irish and English. Bagpiper and former Riverdance member Ivan Goff joins the band for this American tour. Hailing from the heart of Ireland’s old country, County Waterford, this acclaimed ensemble tours throughout the U.K. and the United States to standing-room-only concerts, and has recorded seven acclaimed albums. Bring the whole family to this high-energy concert of authentic Celtic music and dance! 


Pre-Performance Discussion: Benny McCarthy, original Member of Danú, begins 45 minutes before the performance. 


Tickets: $50, $43, $30 


1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on March 7, 2017 


Russian National Ballet Theatre: Chopiniana and Carmen 


March 18 at 8 p.m. 


Images: Russian National Ballet Theatre: Chopiniana and Carmen 


This ballet double bill represents some of the very best of classical ballet with all of the beauty, grace, and passion that typifies the grand Russian ballet tradition. Growing out of Chopin’s Seventh Waltz, Chopiniana does not follow a traditional plot. Instead, it is a poetic portrayal of romance and grace as represented by ballerinas and a young man or poet. Carmen is based on the iconic opera and includes Georges Bizet’s acclaimed score, which was adapted by Rodion Shchedrin in what he called “a creative meeting of the minds.” The ballet tells of Carmen, the fiery, free-spirited gypsy, and the love triangle between her, the soldier, and the toreador. Upholding the national tradition of classical ballet, Russian National Ballet Theatre brings these ballets to life with impressive technique and artful poise, extravagant sets and gorgeous, colorful costumes. The whole family will enjoy the pageantry and elegance of this magnificent performance. 


Pre-Performance Discussion with Alexander Daev, Company Ballet Master, and Katya Fentsova, Russian Translator, begins 45 minutes before the performance. 


Tickets: $56, $48, $34 


1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on March 7, 2017 


Russian National Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty 


March 19 at 4 p.m. 


Images: Russian National Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty 


Considered by many to be the finest achievement in classical ballet and the crowning jewel of Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is a lavish theatrical depiction of this well-known fairy tale. With music composed by the king of classical ballet music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this grand ballet has it all—a beautiful princess and a charming prince, a king and queen, fairies, both good and evil, and courtly splendor. After a wicked fairy curses the baby princess to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, a benevolent fairy bestows her gift, so the princess will instead fall into a deep sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. The unmatched grace of the dancers of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, along with the elaborate sets and beautiful costumes, make this a perfect family event! 


Pre-Performance Discussion with Alexander Daev, Company Ballet Master, and Katya Fentsova, Russian Translator, begins 45 minutes before the performance. 


Tickets: $56, $48, $34 


1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on March 7, 2017 


Virginia Opera: Turandot 


March 25 at 8 p.m. 


March 26 at 2 p.m. 


Images: Virginia Opera: Turandot 


Puccini’s grandiose opera brings the splendor of imperial China to life with this epic tale of revenge, power, and love. The vengeful princess Turandot will marry only if a suitor can meet her challenge. Answer three riddles correctly or face doom. When a young handsome prince succeeds, she still resists and so he offers a challenge of his own: learn his name by dawn and he will forfeit his life. One of opera’s most lavish works, the score includes the well-known tenor aria, “Nessun dorma.” This is Puccini’s last opera; in fact, the final scene was completed by Franco Alfano after the maestro’s death. Laced with exoticism and an innovative use of chorus, it is a powerful work and considered one of his finest. Don’t miss Virginia Opera’s elegant new production of this timeless masterpiece. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. 


Pre-Performance Discussion with Dr. Glenn Winters begins 45 minutes before the performances. 


Tickets: $110, $90, $54 


1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on March 14, 2017 


Other Performances at the Center for the Arts 


Mason’s School of Theater presents: The Fantasticks 


Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt; Directed by Hayley Dandreaux 


March 2 – 4 at 8 p.m. 


March 4 – 5 at 2 p.m. 


Harris Theatre 


Inspired by The Romancers by Edmond Rostand, The Fantasticks tells the charming musical tale of a boy, a girl, their parents, and the wall that keeps the lovers apart. The narrator, El Gallo, takes the audience on a magical journey as the boy and girl fall in love, grow apart, and discover the truth that “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” 


A Talk Back/Q&A with the cast will take place after the performance on March 3. 


Tickets: $20 General Admission, $10 Students, Staff, Seniors, and Groups 


Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Masterpieces 


Christopher Zimmerman, conductor 


Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, “Elvira Madigan” 


Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 Mozart: Symphony No. 40 


March 4 at 8 p.m. 


Simone Dinnerstein gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations that ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Charts. NPR reports, “She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours... She’s actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation.” 


Pre-Performance Discussion with David Ginder of WETA 90.9-FM, Conductor Christopher Zimmerman, and special guests begins 1 hour before the show. Tickets: $65, $53, $39 


Student tickets: $15 


Mason’s School of Music presents: University Singers 


March 5 at 4 p.m. 


The University Singers is a select choral ensemble dedicated to the performance of advanced vocal chamber music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary and commissioned work. 


Tickets: $12 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Youth 


Mason’s School of Music presents: Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band 


March 7 at 8 p.m. 


Mason’s Wind Symphony, led by composer-conductor Mark Camphouse and Mason’s Symphonic Band, led by Professors John Kilkenny and Denny Stokes, come together for their annual spring concert. 


Tickets: $12, $8, $5 


1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on February 28, 2017 


Mason’s School of Art presents: Visual Voices 


Mach 9 at 7:30 p.m. 


March 23 at 7:30 p.m. 


March 30 at 7:30 p.m. 


Harris Theatre 


Visual Voices, a professional lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, invites eight nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design. In addition to providing a look inside the studios of these top professionals, the series offers students the opportunity to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits. 


March 9: John Jacob “Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum” March 23: E. Carmen Ramos “Rufino Tamayo: The New York Years” March 30: Helen Frederick “Absorbing Traditions: The Labor of Art” 


Free/Non-ticketed 


Mason School of Music presents: Symphony Orchestra 


March 22 at 8 p.m. 


Under the leadership of Dr. Dennis Layendecker, the Mason Symphony Orchestra is comprised of outstanding string, wind, and percussion players. In addition to performing works from the standard orchestral repertoire, the Symphony Orchestra routinely performs with the university choruses, and occasionally features new works by student composers, as well as commissioned works by faculty and other composers. 


Tickets: $12, $8, $5 


Gogol’s Nose and Other Strange Tales from the City 


March 30 – 31 at 8 p.m. 


TheatreSpace 


In the Petersburg Tales, Gogol depicts a 19th-century Russian capital that’s surreal but recognizable, ridiculous and grotesque. Whether it’s beauty, wealth, or social position you’re after, you can find it in Petersburg—but you can lose it, too. This original, highly physical piece distills some of Gogol’s best loved stories about a city where a nose can go missing, a clerk can turn king, and a man can find true love in a piece of outerwear. 


A Talk Back/Q&A with the cast will take place after the production on March 31. 


Tickets: $25 General Admission; $15 Students, Staff, Seniors, and Groups 


Mason’s School of Dance presents 


2017 Dance Gala Concert 


March 31- April 1 at 8 p.m. 


The Gala Concert is Mason Dance Company’s crowning season event featuring a program of works by contemporary professional choreographers including Second to Last by Alejandro Cerrudo; Mass by Robert Battle; Balance/Imbalance by Soon Ho Park; and a new work by Susan Shields. 


Tickets: $25, $15, $10 


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. 


PRESS CONTACTS 


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