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February Events at George Mason University's Center for the Arts featuring: Off Book/Out of Bounds; Mark Morris Dance Group; The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine; Taj Express; Walnut Street Theatre’s The Last of the Red Hot Lovers; Virginia Opera’s Der Freischütz; and more  

December 6, 2016
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(FAIRFAX)—George Mason University’s Center for the Arts announced today its schedule of events for February 2017, which includes varied dance, music, and theater performances by the most celebrated companies and ensembles locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Virginia Opera continues its season on February 4 and 5 with Carl Maria Von Weber’s Romantic masterpiece of the supernatural, Der Freischütz. On February 12, the Walnut Street Theatre presents its hilarious production of The Last of the Red Hot Lovers by comic genius Neil Simon. Four Broadway vocalists will team up with a four-piece rock band in Off Book/Out of Bounds, offering a special blend of theatricality and pop music on February 17. Taj Express will present TheBollywood Musical Revue on February 18 and 19, which combines colorful costumes, thrilling music, dazzling dance, and even film excerpts. On February 24 and 25, the preeminent modern dance company Mark Morris Dance Company will move to compositions by Lou Harrison and Joseph Haydn, among other new pieces. The month’s programming concludes on February 26 with a mesmerizing concert of Russian masterworks— featuring Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird—performed by The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.

A full schedule of performances for February 2017 is below. Unless otherwise noted, performances will take place in the Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall located at 4373 Mason Pond Drive in Fairfax, Virginia. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Center for the Arts’ Ticket Office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.), by calling 888-945-2468, or through the Center for the Arts’ website at cfa.gmu.edu.  

Great Performances at Mason 

Virginia Opera: Der Freischütz

February 4 at 8 p.m.

February 5 at 2 p.m.

Images: Virginia Opera: Der Freischütz

The struggle between good and evil takes center stage in Carl Maria Von Weber's compelling opera Der Freischütz. As Max prepares to compete in a target-shooting contest to win the hand of his beloved Agathe, wicked forces conspire to tempt his fate. Drawing from German folk legend, this is the first of the country’s great Romantic operas and is revered for its stark emotions and strong sense of national identity. The hauntingly expressive score propels the virtuous young lovers and the mystic evil spirits in a story that twists reality with the supernatural. The accomplished artists and visionary direction of this Virginia Opera production bring to life an unearthly tale of otherworldly forces that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Performed in English with English supertitles.

Pre-Performance Discussion with Dr. Glenn Winters of Operation Opera begins 45 minutes before both performances.

Tickets: $110, $90, $54

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on January 24, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre: Last of the Red Hot Lovers

By Neil Simon

February 12 at 7 p.m.

Images: Walnut Street Theatre: Last of the Red Hot Lovers

In the heat of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, one middle-aged married man sets off to celebrate the decade of free love...before it’s too late! Overworked and overweight, Barney Cashman attempts to covertly set up trysts with three potential lovers. Mishaps and hilarity follows as Barney starts to rediscover his humanity and to learn what is actually missing in his life. The king of modern comedic theater, Neil Simon delivers a hilarious romp through the perils of middle-aged angst. Walnut Street Theatre, America’s oldest theater, brings their national reputation and unique artistic vision to this wonderful new production. Bring tissues because this hysterical comedy will leave you crying with laughter! This performance will have captioning via supertitles. 

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

Tickets: $44, $37, $26

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on January 31, 2017

Off Book/Out of Bounds

February 17 at 8 p.m.

Images: Off Book/Out of Bounds

From Gershwin to Green Day, hear more than 100 years of iconic Broadway show tunes...electrified! The mastermind behind the Grammy-nominated East Village Opera Company and the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, Peter Kiesewalter, reimagines classic Broadway hits with a rockin’ twist. Experience these beloved songs from musical theater history like never before—with elements of classic rock, gospel, funk, the blues, and even surf music. Four Broadway vocalists team up with a four-piece rock band to create a fantastic blend of theatricality and pop music. The group is led by Broadway star Tony Vincent—best known for his performances in RENTJesus Christ Super StarAmerican Idiot, and We Will Rock You. Inspired by the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata’s critically acclaimed album “The Hills are Alive,” a reinterpretation of The Sound of Music, this high-energy performance explores beloved tunes from the rich American musical theater canon.

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

Tickets: $48, $41, $29

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

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

February 18 at 8 p.m.

February 19 at 4 p.m.

Images: Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Journey into the contemporary culture of India through the glitz and glamour of Bollywood with this musical review based on one of its greatest films, Taj Express. With India’s high-energy pop music, this live performance is deeply rooted in the art of the Bollywood film genre, complete with colorful costumes, thrilling music, dazzling dance, and even film excerpts. Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant, who choreographed more than 75 Bollywood films, including Dhol Baaje and Kajra Re, Kamli, and Director Shruti Merchant, a judge on India’s leading reality show Dance India Dance, have created this joyous tribute to Bollywood blockbusters.

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

Tickets: $50, $43, $30

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

Mark Morris Dance Group

February 24 & 25 at 8 p.m.

Images: Mark Morris Dance Group

The Mark Morris Dance Group is the preeminent modern dance company of our time. Acclaimed for its grace, power, and confidence the gifted dancers enchant both audiences and critics alike. Morris’s choreographic genius radiates beauty, musical sophistication, and gifted intellect. His choreography is performed to live music performed by the MMDG Music Ensemble and explores the relationship between movement, expression, and music. This program includes Serenade, a solo piece set to Lou Harrison’s Serenade for Guitar and Percussion, Dancing Honeymoon featuring music from the 1920s and 1930s, and two brand new works, including A Forest set to Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 44 in E major. Morris is hailed as “the most life-enhancingly musical choreographer alive” by The New York Times. Welcome back the dancers and musicians to their Northern Virginia home with an astonishing performance of the best in modern dance.

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

Tickets: $48, $41, $29

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

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Dima Tkachenko, violin

February 26 at 4 p.m.

Images: The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

The virtuosity and precision of one of Eastern Europe’s most esteemed orchestras presents an evening of brilliant Russian music. Founded in 1918, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of Eastern Europe’s most esteemed orchestras, earning international acclaim for its virtuosity and precision. This program showcases those qualities with some of the most demanding music written by three Russian masters: Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. Throughout its history, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has premiered the works of many classical giants including Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and has produced over 100 acclaimed recordings, garnering several Grammy nominations. Under the baton of Theodore Kuchar, the ensemble is sure to mesmerize audiences with their stunning performance of Russian masterpieces.

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on February 25 at 8 p.m. 

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

Tickets:  $60, $51, $36

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

Additional Events

Visual Voices

J.J. McCraken "The Dirt Eater and the Scold: Reflections on a Research-led Art Practice"

February 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Harris Theatre

Visual Voices, a professional lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, invites 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.

Tickets: Free/Non-ticketed

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Triple

Christopher Zimmerman, conductor

February 11 at 8 p.m.

2017 marks the beginning of our 60th Anniversary Celebration. The FSO rings in the new year by featuring an extraordinarily talented trio: National Symphony Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef, renowned cellist Amit Peled, and FSO audience favorite Alon Goldstein, who performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto with the orchestra last season.

There will be a Pre-Performance Discussion at 7 p.m. withDavid Ginder of WETA 90.9-FM, Conductor Christopher Zimmerman, and special guests.

Tickets: $65, $53, $39

Student tickets: $15

Mason’s School of Theater
The Mikado
A concert workshop
By Gilbert & Sullivan
Directed by Rick Davis; Musical direction by Joseph Walsh

February 17 & 18 at 8 p.m.
Harris Theatre

Get a glimpse inside the artistic process at this partially-staged performance “in workshop.” Historical context and commentary is weaved into this performance of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular (but controversial) operettas. Representing these artists at the height of their creative genius, this topsy-turvy story has delighted and disturbed audiences for more than a century. Originally staged at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1885 at the height of Europe’s fascination with the East, this event launches Mason’s Year of Gilbert and Sullivan Celebration.

A Talk Back/Q&A with the cast will take place after the performance on Friday, February 17, 2017.

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

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

Camille Cintrón Devlin, Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications

703-993-8794 | cdevlin6@gmu.edu

 Hyla S. Helsel London, Interim Director of Marketing

703-993-9808 | hhelsel@gmu.edu