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April 2017 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts featuring: Black Grace; Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel; L.A. Theatre Works; Martha Graham Dance Company; and The 7 Fingers of the Hand  

February 17, 2017
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(FAIRFAX)—George Mason University’s Center for the Arts announced today its schedule of events for April 2017, which features a number of high caliber performances by celebrated dance and theater companies from the United States and abroad. Highlights throughout the month include: the Montreal-based dance troupe The 7 Fingers of the Handin their touring production of Cuisine & Confessions, which blends food, theater and acrobatics to tell stories of family connections, on April 8 and 9; the New Zealand-based modern dance troupe Black Grace, offering a program that showcases their signature athleticism and inventive choreography, on April 14; L.A. Theatre Works, producing Amy Mann’s searing drama about Nazi war criminals, Judgment at Nuremberg, on April 23; the iconic and pioneering Martha Graham Dance Company, debuting two new modern dance works along with two classic pieces, on April 28; and classical music favorite, Jeffrey Siegel in a new Keyboard Conversations® program featuring the beloved music of Chopin, on April 30.

A full schedule of performances for April 2017 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

Great Performances at Mason

The 7 Fingers of the Hand
Cuisine & Confessions
April 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
April 9 at 4 p.m. 

Images: Cuisine & Confessions

Dance, acrobatics, and a pinch of theatrics are the essential ingredients in this remarkable show that explores life in the family kitchen where lessons are learned, bonds are forged, and secrets are exchanged. In their latest delightfully inventive production, Cuisine & Confessions, The 7 Fingers of the Hand interprets relationships and storytelling as they prepare a meal in a unique and playful way. This Montreal-based group gets right into the heart of the home, using circus acts and acrobatics to depict scenes of family meals and intimate moments. This acclaimed ensemble’s name is a twist on a French idiom, “the five fingers of the hand,” which describes distinct parts moving in coordination toward a common goal. In this case, there are seven artistic collaborators who achieve a common goal in creating an amazing production. The highly skilled artists, with their precisely timed stunts, provide the perfect recipe for an unforgettable theatrical event. “A perfect blend with just the right ingredients.” (Huffington Post)

Please come early or plan to stay after to enjoy a mini festival celebrating food, art, and confessions. From 4-8 p.m., there will be food trucks selling snacks and dinner, artsy outdoor demonstrations, and an indoor confessions booth in our lobby to reveal your most guilty food pleasure.

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

Tickets: $50, $43, $30

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on March 28

Black Grace

April 14 at 8 p.m.

Images: Black Grace

New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance group presents a highly physical and uniquely powerful performance. Founder Neil Ieremia draws from his Samoan and New Zealand roots to create works that reach across social, cultural, and generational barriers. This fusion of Pacific Islander, Māori, and modern dance results in dramatically spiritual performances, which are full of beautiful expression and raw athleticism. The program will include pieces set to works ranging from Bach to original compositions to native, indigenous music. Known for their strength, stamina, and flawless performance, Black Grace will take hold of the audience from the moment they take the stage—and never let go!

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 April 4

L.A. Theatre Works

Judgment at Nuremberg

By Abby Mann

April 23 at 7 p.m. 

Images: Judgment at Nuremberg

In this gripping radio-style production, the boundaries of justice and compassion are stretched, as Nazi war criminals are forced to face judgments for their roles in the atrocities of the Holocaust. As the world observes the 75th anniversary of World War II, L.A. Theatre Works applies its signature style to this famous work by Abby Mann. Based on the Academy Award-winning movie, this is a dramatized version of one of the Nuremburg Trials, where an international tribunal sought to bring to justice Nazis who were guilty of crimes against humanity. Often, American judges struggled to determine the culpability of those who were following orders. Actors transport us to the 1940s as the world searches for justice and meaning in the face of tragedy. Join us for this unforgettable theatrical event.

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 April 11

Martha Graham Dance Company

April 28 at 8 p.m.

Images: Martha Graham Dance Company

As the oldest modern dance company in America, Martha Graham Dance Company pioneers a uniquely American style of dance that captivates audiences and inspires generations. The group’s passionate performances and innovative style radically changed the trajectory of dance. Founder Martha Graham was known for creating movement rooted in social and psychological ideas and this innovative company continues to embody her groundbreaking spirit of ingenuity. The program features Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra Act 2 in her trademark, highly dramatic style immediately followed by her final work, Maple Leaf Rag in which she pokes fun at her own ultra-dramatic works such as Clytemnestra. The company will also perform two Center for the Arts debuts including Dark Meadow Suite and a new work set to beautiful Middle Eastern music. The group has performed in the most famous venues around the world from the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, to the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the Paris Opera House, and in the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre on the Acropolis in Athens. Experience first-hand the revolutionary dance that wows audiences around the world.

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 April 18

Keyboard Conversations(R) with Jeffrey Siegel

The Genius of Chopin

April 30 at 7 p.m.

Images: Keyboard ConversationsÒ with Jeffrey Siegel

This popular series concludes the season with the scintillating and well-loved piano music of Chopin. Jeffrey Siegel explores Chopin’s music, which is as masterfully composed as it is beautiful, and demonstrates the extraordinary musical ingredients used by this eminent composer to create his works. The program includes many great concert favorites that have been featured in film and television. Enjoy some of the most compelling, fascinating music ever written—waltzes, nocturnes, ballades, impromptus, and the famous Heroic Polonaise! An interactive Q and A will conclude the program.

Tickets: $42, $36, $25

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on April 18

Other Selected Performances at the Center for the Arts

Mason’s School of Theater

Gogol’s Nose and Other Strange Tales from the City
April 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
April 6 - April 8 at 8 p.m.
April 8 - April 9 at 2 p.m.


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&Awith the cast will take place on April 7 after the performance.

Tickets: $25 general admission; $15 students, staff, seniors, and groups

Mason’s School of Dance
Dance Gala Concert
April 1 at 8 p.m.
Concert Hall

The Gala Concert is Mason Dance Company’s crowning season event featuring a program of works by contemporary professional choreographers. The program includes: 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

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

Mason’s School of Music
Chorale Broadway Showcase: Broadway Royalty
April 7 - April 8 at 8 p.m.
April 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Harris Theatre
Mason’s University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Lisa A. Billingham and comprised of 80-100 singers from across campus, performs its very popular concert of Broadway Show Tunes including medleys from AladdinThe King and I, and Carole King’s Beautiful. Other popular show tunes will be presented from Hamilton, Carousel, The Bridges of Madison County, and many more. On April 8, the Bridges Youth Choir will be featured alongside the Chorale. 

Tickets: $20, $15, $5

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on March 28

Mason’s School of Music
Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Green Machine Concert
April 25 at 8 p.m.
Concert Hall

The Mason Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and the spirited pep band Green Machine join forces to present a lively spring concert. The Mason Symphonic band will perform a range of new and classic works for wind band, under the direction of John Kilkenny and Denny Stokes. Director of Bands Mark Camphouse will serve as guest conductor. 

Tickets: $12 adults, $8 seniors, $5 youth through grade 12

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID beginning on April 11

Mason’s School of Theater
Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival
April 28 - April 29 at 8 p.m.
April 29 at 2 p.m.

Our celebration of student work continues! Student playwrights, directors, actors, and dramaturgs take part in a ten-day creative journey culminating in a festive event that shines a light on the storytellers of the next generation.

Tickets: $20 general public, $10 students, staff, seniors, groups

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on April 18

Mason’s School of Music
Music by Arthur Sullivan and Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
April 28 - April 29 at 8 p.m.
April 30 at 3 p.m.
Harris Theatre

Iolanthe or The Peer and the Peri is a comic opera originally performed at the Savoy Theatre in 1882. It is a fairy tale opera that explores themes of love while poking fun at Victorian politics. 

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $5 youth

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on April 18

Gilbert and Sullivan Forum
April 29 at 10 a.m.

A full-day experience including noted scholars, a guided tour of the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert and Sullivan exhibition in Fenwick Library, and lunch. The forum will be followed by a performance of Iolanthe by the School of Music. More information at

Tickets: $15 (forum, including lunch), $30 (forum and 8 p.m. performance of Iolanthe)

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Inspiring the Next Generation
Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
with members of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
April 29 at 8 p.m.
Concert Hall

Glinka: Russian and Ludmilla Overture
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
In Mo Yang, violin
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Originally founded by the Fairfax Symphony in 1964, the American Youth Philharmonic (AYPO) has become one of the leading orchestral training programs in the nation. Our shared music director Christopher Zimmerman, leads members of the AYPO in this extraordinary opportunity for these young musicians to perform alongside the Fairfax Symphony. Hailed as “one of the new generation’s most talented young string virtuosi” (The Violin Channel), Korean violinist In Mo Yang is the First Prize Winner of the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Most recently, he earned First Prize at the 54th International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini”–the only First Prize awarded by the competition’s jury in nearly a decade.

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

Tickets: $65, $53, $39 general admission, $15 students

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.


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