CFA https://cfa.gmu.edu/ en Mason Artist-in-Residence SW!NG OUT got Mason and Northern Virginia swingin' https://cfa.gmu.edu/news/2022-05/mason-artist-residence-swng-out-got-mason-and-northern-virginia-swingin <span>Mason Artist-in-Residence SW!NG OUT got Mason and Northern Virginia swingin&#039;</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/376" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Zoe Harr</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/12/2022 - 12:46</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="716d575d-2b57-4355-8dd2-968a30d6b180"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cvpa.gmu.edu/why-cvpa/guest-artists/mason-artist-residence-program"> <h4 class="cta__title">Mason Artist-in-Residence Program <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p>Still tapping our toes, the Center for the Arts looks back on SW!NG OUT's time within the community, George Mason University, and the Center. As an <a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/about/artists-residence">Artist-in-Residence</a>, SW!NG OUT company members engaged with local swing dance groups, area students, Hylton Performing Arts Center’s <a href="https://hyltoncenter.org/programs/veterans-and-arts-initiative" target="_blank">Veterans and the Arts Initiative</a>, and community members to share the history of swing and Lindy Hop—and get dancing too! After a wonderful collection of community activities, SW!NG OUT concluded its time at George Mason University with its highly anticipated performance at the Center for the Arts on March 19.</p> <p>A highlight of the evening was the program's incredible conclusion that invited audience members to get up and "swing it out"! Joining SW!NG OUT on and off the Center's stage, audience members danced alongside the company with friends and family, creating one spectacular jam session. SW!NG OUT will be remembered for years to come with their enthusiasm, engagement, and swingin' fun! </p> <p>Check out some of our favorite moments from SW!NG OUT's time at George Mason University:<br />  </p> <article class="align-center" style="min-width: 50%;"><div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ruq-1GyB9Qk?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </article></div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/311" hreflang="en">CFA</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Center for the Arts</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 12 May 2022 16:46:49 +0000 Zoe Harr 1836 at https://cfa.gmu.edu The Center for the Arts Invites You to Its 2022/2023 Season https://cfa.gmu.edu/news/2022-05/center-arts-invites-you-its-20222023-season <span>The Center for the Arts Invites You to Its 2022/2023 Season</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/376" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Zoe Harr</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/12/2022 - 09:25</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_associated_people" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-associated-people"> <h2>In This Story</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-associated-people field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">People Mentioned in This Story</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/agodwin3" hreflang="und">Adrienne Bryant Godwin</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="edd18dd0-a65d-4526-8413-efc0f23f6b29"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/?month=9&amp;year=2022&amp;viewtype=list-month"> <h4 class="cta__title">Learn more about the Center&#039;s 2022/2023 Season! <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="87e9b2bd-0713-470b-a8ca-6095646453a0"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/give/friends-center-arts"> <h4 class="cta__title">Become a Friend! <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><figure role="group" class="align-left"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-05/edit_D8A2155%20YES.jpg?itok=DO1F5xzq" width="330" height="350" alt="Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies LIVE perform at the Center for the Arts on February 25, 2023." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Chloé Arnold's Syncopated Ladies LIVE! perform at the Center for the Arts on February 25.</figcaption></figure><p>The <strong>Center for the Arts at George Mason University </strong>announced its <a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/events/2022-2023-season"><strong>2022/2023 season</strong></a> of mainstage performances, featuring a diverse lineup of artists and ensembles across many genres, as part of <em>Great Performances at Mason </em>and the<em> Family Series.</em> </p> <p>“The sheer joy of being together in a shared performance space still feels precious to me after these past two years, and I wanted to fill next year’s season with artists who will ensure that we all remember just how special it is to witness artistic brilliance live on stage,” shares Director of Programming <strong>Adrienne Bryant Godwin</strong>. “From kicking off the season with Kristin Chenoweth to presenting the Mason debut of Chloé Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies LIVE! to the return of audience favorite taiko drummers KODO from Japan, this season celebrates the unbridled joy of the performing arts.”</p> <p>The Center also welcomes three 2022/2023 Mason Artists-in-Residence: <strong>Nrityagram Dance Ensemble</strong>, Bangalore-based “rock stars of the dance world” (<em>New York Post</em>); Native American collective with hip-hop influence <strong>Indigenous Enterprise</strong>; and GRAMMY-winning, radical cultural collaborators <strong>Silkroad Ensemble</strong>, who embrace a language of musical difference to create a more hopeful, inclusive world.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-05/027A9932.jpg?itok=5CgIyds-" width="289" height="350" alt="Indigenous Enterprise performs Indigenous Liberation at the Center for the Arts on April 29, 2023." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Indigenous Enterprise performs at the Center for the Arts on April 29.</figcaption></figure><p>Each residency will feature curated opportunities for Northern Virginia to get to know these artists with workshops, conversations, and events surrounding their performances.</p> <p>Godwin notes, “Our three Mason Artists-in-Residence are all deeply rooted in cultural traditions, but each of them brilliantly presents their work through a unique contemporary lens. One of the premier Indian classical dance ensembles, Nrityagram will collaborate with Sri Lanka’s Chitrasena Dance Company, weaving together two dance vocabularies – Odissi from India and Kandyan from Sri Lanka. Indigenous Enterprise, who burst onto the scene only a few years ago, are honoring the Native American identity through high-profile appearances on mainstream television and collaborations with superstars like the Black Eyed Peas. I’m particularly excited to announce that the Silkroad Ensemble will be participating in a three-year residency, during which will support some of their ambitious projects under the new artistic direction of Rhiannon Giddens.”</p> <p>A full listing of 2022/2023 <em>Great Perform</em><em>ances at Mason </em>and <em>Family Series </em>performances can be found on the Center's <a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/events/2022-2023-season">website</a>.</p> <p>Season subscriptions are currently on sale to Friends of the Center for the Arts at <a href="https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3DZ1-2BGDhZO0bA-2FeCarXPNPZQDlpLJ7eHKZTv-2BWg9H5rrbCUZYEBo1XkwENZ9XUn-2F2BsrF0_wCkbcBTtvEe1ejG-2FGPVfac-2BfUJ-2BQHpZt3UJfx-2FLzKAxv3G1NoGP5CpIZOPVfg41UigV6uWe70k-2F01O5eJudye-2FkcA6FiC6e79djd94unq5sQjMCnA7NYy9QIsiFjrdnr8-2BGw3DSrDqoVbsRqIQCpJxiRFbMt1SqQefD9-2FBRbom3fpy9mdfaN50Zb5ljhmnbBjau6GV-2BY3CXgIr4l30VoWeWmOSRxUiOyM69NWKm33DEVN2kRpmsmd6AXGQX6g7NFUC4m69dr1E2HtJAykimNEyXIMryrsPdBrYqvEV8pfYeoXbnp0-2FwfLk-2FQ8dwPejWA0ZIcn3WMTbQbvGd8wKBIn-2F-2FKFOGjH12K-2Fk-2BWQ8mJs8PoGp-2FKTtUz7A7-2BDVt1rUlc&amp;data=05%7C01%7Czharr%40gmu.edu%7C385d6429923246ed876e08da32df1b3a%7C9e857255df574c47a0c00546460380cb%7C0%7C0%7C637878231077041531%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=svEDBHeESLhy%2FJhO4EGoh%2F3LEfN%2Bhx8ffox9LLGj4Vw%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" title="Original URL: http://link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com/ls/click?upn=Z1-2BGDhZO0bA-2FeCarXPNPZQDlpLJ7eHKZTv-2BWg9H5rrbCUZYEBo1XkwENZ9XUn-2F2BsrF0_wCkbcBTtvEe1ejG-2FGPVfac-2BfUJ-2BQHpZt3UJfx-2FLzKAxv3G1NoGP5CpIZOPVfg41UigV6uWe70k-2F01O5eJudye-2FkcA6FiC6e79djd94unq5sQjMCnA7NYy9QIsiFjrdnr8-2BGw3DSrDqoVbsRqIQCpJxiRFbMt1SqQefD9-2FBRbom3fpy9mdfaN50Zb5ljhmnbBjau6GV-2BY3CXgIr4l30VoWeWmOSRxUiOyM69NWKm33DEVN2kRpmsmd6AXGQX6g7NFUC4m69dr1E2HtJAykimNEyXIMryrsPdBrYqvEV8pfYeoXbnp0-2FwfLk-2FQ8dwPejWA0ZIcn3WMTbQbvGd8wKBIn-2F-2FKFOGjH12K-2Fk-2BWQ8mJs8PoGp-2FKTtUz7A7-2BDVt1rUlc. Click or tap if you trust this link.">cfa.gmu.edu/subscriptions</a> or by phone at 703-993-2787. It's not too late to become a Friend and enjoy the many perks it includes, such as:</p> <ul><li>An exclusive Friends Priority Period (5/10-5/23) for subscriptions and tickets</li> <li>Access to the Friends-only refreshment area with complimentary coffee and soft drinks at <em>Great Performances at Mason</em> events</li> <li>Invitation to pre-and post-performance special events</li> <li>Membership pin</li> <li>Acknowledgement in performance programs</li> </ul><p>For the general public, subscriptions go on sale Tuesday, May 24 and tickets for individual events go on sale Monday, August 1. <strong>Explore 2022/2023 season details on the Center for the Arts’ <a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/events/2022-2023-season" target="_blank">website</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/311" hreflang="en">CFA</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Center for the Arts</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 12 May 2022 13:25:59 +0000 Zoe Harr 1841 at https://cfa.gmu.edu GRAMMY-winning Composer and Mason Artist-in-Residence Maria Schneider Led Events Across Mason Campuses https://cfa.gmu.edu/news/2022-05/grammy-winning-composer-and-mason-artist-residence-maria-schneider-leads-events-across <span>GRAMMY-winning Composer and Mason Artist-in-Residence Maria Schneider Led Events Across Mason Campuses</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/426" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Laura Mertens</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/11/2022 - 16:02</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_associated_people" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-associated-people"> <h2>In This Story</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-associated-people field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">People Mentioned in This Story</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/node/1826" hreflang="und">Prof. John Kocur</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="8bd5667e-29c3-4a60-bb7d-500c7c34a0c9"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cvpa.gmu.edu/why-cvpa/guest-artists/mason-artist-residence-program"> <h4 class="cta__title">Mason Artist-in-Residence Program <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="3a0d5194-3b3a-4233-820f-5ca3391fc240"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cip2.gmu.edu/"> <h4 class="cta__title">Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="6937c0d5-1598-43e3-a6d1-85ba39eacf94"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://artsmanagement.gmu.edu/"> <h4 class="cta__title">Mason Arts Management Program <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><figure role="group" class="align-left"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-05/Maria_Schneider_800_210915501.jpg?itok=Sm-etINi" width="350" height="197" alt="Composer Maria Schneider, in a white shirt and multicolored silk scarf, gestures with her hands while speaking from a black couch at &quot;Beyond the Notes&quot; in Van Metre Hall on Mason's Arlington campus in April 2022." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Composer Maria Schneider speaking at "Beyond the Notes" event in April. (Photo by Ron Aira/Mason Creative Services)</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Known for fearless musical exploration and beautifully blurring lines between genres, composer <strong>Maria Schneider</strong> has earned seven GRAMMY Awards across the realms of jazz, classical, and even her work with David Bowie. Serving as <strong>Mason Artist-in-Residence </strong>this April, she<strong> </strong>led a powerful series of events across Fairfax and Arlington campuses with students, faculty, staff, and community members. </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>Launched during the 2019-2020 season, the Mason Artist-in-Residence program connects artists appearing at the</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> <a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/">Center for the Arts</a> </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>in Fairfax and the</span></span></span></span> <a href="https://hyltoncenter.org/"><span><span><span><span>Hylton Performing Arts Center</span></span></span></span></a> <span><span><span><span>in Manassas with communities throughout Northern Virginia in a variety of activities for diverse audiences, creating opportunities for transformational experiences.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Through discussions, open rehearsals, and a culminating concert, the residency helped reinforce how Schneider became a groundbreaking visionary in the field. Events began</span></span></span><span><span><span><span> with </span></span></span></span><strong><span><span>Beyond the Notes with Maria Schneider: A Conversation about Respecting Artist Rights</span></span></strong><span><span>, held on April 14 in Van Metre Hall on Mason’s Arlington Campus, and co-hosted by Mason’s <a href="https://cip2.gmu.edu/">Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP<sup>2</sup>)</a> and <a href="https://artsmanagement.gmu.edu/">Arts Management Program</a>. George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Professor and Arts &amp; Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Director <a href="https://www.law.gmu.edu/faculty/directory/fulltime/aistars_sandra">Sandra Aistars</a> moderated the conversation with Schneider, which was also streamed live to an audience including individuals joining in from Ghana, Nigeria, the UK, and India. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-05/Maria_Schneider_Sandra_Aistars_800_210915500.jpg?itok=sNN6Ocfz" width="350" height="197" alt="At left, composer Maria Schneider in white shirt, colorful silk scarf, and jeans, speaks to the audience, sitting next to moderator Sandra Aistars, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Professor and Arts &amp; Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Director. " loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Maria Schneider (left) speaks with moderator Sandra Aistars (right). (Photo by Ron Aira/Mason Creative Services)</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Aistars said, "Maria Schneider seamlessly blends her art and her advocacy. Her skill in both musical composition and arts advocacy is that she moves us to hear what she shows us, often through unconventional means—be it the beauty of the natural world, the poignancy of a shared moment between friends, or the artist’s struggle to preserve dignity and rights in the digital world. She is also fierce. We need artists like Maria who are not afraid to remind corporations, fans, and artists alike to behave ethically towards one another if they hope to maintain a healthy music ecosystem that will sustain the next generations of artists and audiences."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Schneider discussed her expansive approach to big band instrumentation, noting that the ensemble is a "solid, powerful medium," but that she loves to push its boundaries to explore further, asking, “</span></span></span></span><span><span>How can I stretch this instrumentation?" <span>Weaving together recorded clips of music and conversation, the Thursday event began with a recording of her work "Cerulean Sky," </span>which combined flute, muted trumpet—and birdsong. She acknowledged, "It doesn’t sound much like a big band, but it is."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The<em> LA Times</em> has said, "…<span>Schneider's [music] reaches toward a significant new level of imagination, making hers the first truly novel approach to big jazz band composition of the new century." She explained to the crowd, "</span></span></span></span><span><span>I’ve always been a composer who wants to explore new ground.” She credits her mentors with helping her hone her unique compositional voice, including jazz pianist/arranger/composer/bandleader Gil Evans and the "ethereal quality" of his work, and Bob Brookmeyer, her composition teacher who saw her natural inclination towards jazz despite all her classical training, and encouraged her to go chart for big bands. Of her recent work, the 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist piece <em>Data Lords</em><span>,<span> NPR said, "</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>This is music of extravagant mastery, and it comes imbued with a spirit of risk."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Schneider’s risk-taking has also helped <span>blaze a trail for the trend of crowdfunding, as one of the first artists to sign with ArtistShare, today widely recognized as an early precursor to websites like KickStarter, IndieGoGo, and PledgeMusic.</span></span></span></span> <span><span>She says ArtistShare founder Brian Camelio explained to her, "One thing you can’t fileshare is the creative process." She notes that she documents her process on the platform through internet-exclusive streaming videos, sketches of her scores, and photos from rehearsals and concerts. "<span><span>You</span></span> can announce you’re doing a project, feature interviews with players, allow fans to become closer to the music. . . I like that I don’t have any anonymous sales." Releasing her “Concert in the Garden” album on ArtistShare in 2004, she became the first artist to win a GRAMMY Award for an album not available in retail stores. Schneider exhorted artists in the room to "Never give up creative control of your work."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-05/Brianna_Christenson_at_Maria_Schneider_Beyond_the_Notes_800_7021.jpg?itok=6AZgPSbi" width="350" height="197" alt="At left, a member of Prof. Aistars’ Arts and Entertainment clinic, stands with fellow second-year law students who also attended &quot;Beyond the Notes,&quot; with Maria Schneider." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Brianna Marie Christenson (left) with fellow second-year law students. (Photo by Laura Mertens)</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Attendee and second-year law student <strong>Brianna Marie Christenson</strong>, a member of Prof. Aistars’ Arts and Entertainment clinic who has worked as a business manager and plans to go into copyright law, said, "<span>Maria Schneider shows creatives how to use a technology built to serve the audience and not the artist, like music streaming platforms, work for both artist and fan. Her use of online platforms to find new fans and bring them to her own site for sale of her repertoire is a brilliant way to handle having a niche audience while trying to recoup on albums. . . .Her leadership in use of crowdfunding is something artists replicate en masse now."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Schneider has<span> also testified about digital rights before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, participated in round-tables for the United States Copyright Office, given commentary on CNN, and filed a class-action lawsuit against YouTube<span class="msoIns"><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mason Alumnus and Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies <strong><span><a href="https://music.gmu.edu/staff/prof-john-kocur/">John M. Kocur</a></span></strong><span>, a saxophonist who also rehearsed for six hours with Schneider and played on the April 16 concert, notes, "Maria Schneider valiantly defends of the rights of musicians against corporate interests. She makes music for social advocacy and advocates for musical justice. The core of her message is that our intellectual property is valuable, and we ought to guard it carefully or our entire culture will suffer."</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While embracing technology to allow artists to be more independent, Schneider also emphasized the need to unplug, telling Mason Jazz Ensemble students in an open rehearsal/Q&amp;A on April 15 at the Center for the Arts: </span></span><span><span>“I don’t believe you can be a great artist unless you give yourself space. Leave your phone at home. Allow yourself to get bored. That’s when you start to imagine things. Dream it up. Make something.<em> You</em> will come through your music.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-05/Maria_Schneider_Mason_Jazz_Ensemble_rehearsal_800.jpg?itok=OGBxQU3Q" width="350" height="263" alt="Maria Schneider conducts School of Music students." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Maria Schneider conducts Mason Jazz Ensemble students. (Photo by Laura Mertens)</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Schneider’s rehearsal with the Mason Jazz Ensemble students and additional sessions with the professional Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra culminated in the galvanizing April 16 concert at the Center, with Schneider conducting her own works performed by the ensembles.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Featured Mason Artists-in-Residence in the newly announced 2022/2023 Center for the Arts season, will include <a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/nrityagram-dance-ensemble/">Nrityagram Dance Ensemble</a>, <a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/indigenous-enterprise/">Indigenous Enterprise</a>, and the launch of a three-year residency with <a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/silkroad-ensemble/">Silkroad Ensemble</a>. Learn more about the Mason Artist-in-Residence program at <a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/about/artists-residence">cfa.gmu.edu/about/artists-residence</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Center for the Arts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/311" hreflang="en">CFA</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/581" hreflang="en">Artist in Residence</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 11 May 2022 20:02:03 +0000 Laura Mertens 1831 at https://cfa.gmu.edu Why I Love Being a Friend of the Center for the Arts https://cfa.gmu.edu/news/2022-04/why-i-love-being-friend-center-arts <span>Why I Love Being a Friend of the Center for the Arts</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/376" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Zoe Harr</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/04/2022 - 14:41</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="0fa4d767-876c-417d-9f6c-aa6543aa8dc5"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/give/friends-center-arts"> <h4 class="cta__title">Become a Friend! <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><article class="align-left"><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/IMG_6543.jpg?itok=ZZ9YvhMO" width="350" height="350" alt="Patricia and Bob Warakomsky" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Longtime </span></span></span></span><a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/give/friends-center-arts"><strong><span><span><span>Friend of the Center for the Arts</span></span></span></strong></a><strong> </strong><span><span><span><span>(FCFA), </span></span></span></span><strong><span><span><span><span>Bob </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span><span>Warakomsky</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span>, shares his personal history of being a Friend, recalling, “</span></span></span></span><span><span><span>My wife Patricia and I discovered this gem of the Center for the Arts in the mid-‘90s by attending performances of the Virginia Opera. We began attending special events sponsored by the FCFA, which led us to become Friends ourselves. Being Friends has enhanced our enjoyment of the <em>Great Performances at Mason</em> by being able to listen to and talk to performers at the special events. We enjoy meeting fellow members who are performing arts enthusiasts in the Friends refreshment area in the Concert Hall lobby as well.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Warakomsky, who is also a member of the Friends Communications Committee, recently </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>collected memories of Friends who attest to the incredible experience of supporting the arts through FCFA. We invite you to get to know some of our Friends below:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /><article class="align-right"><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/IMG_5666.JPG?itok=f_drGhde" width="350" height="349" alt="Ida and Robert Portland" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“FCFA is a great way to connect to the arts and to others who love the arts. The Center has a large variety of performances, some being programs that we know we would enjoy and some that were unfamiliar but likewise enjoyable. The events for Friends are fantastic ways to get an inside look at what motivates performers. The Artists-In-Conversation programs allow Friends to speak directly to the performers and the Grand Tier Society Talks feature intimate conversations with experts and/or performers. It has been a very important part of our social life and we’ve made lifelong friends who share our commitment to the arts.” </span></span></span><br /><strong><span><span><span>-Ida and Rob P.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /><article class="align-left"><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/IMG_1620.jpg?itok=lHMlPx8h" width="350" height="349" alt="Joan White" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Becoming a member of the FCFA Board in 2005 made a huge impact on my life. Attending a variety of <em>Great Performances at Mason</em> performances also opened my mind to areas I had not previously known, and allowed me to grow in those areas (and to grow in life as well). </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>I made friendships of almost two decades with several members of the Board, and grew to care </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span>for and admire the amazing qualities of all the Board members. As I grew, I found myself caring for George Mason University as an exceptional institution of education as well. I’m so proud to be a continuing member of the FCFA, and part of all the other members who make the Friends organization so very special.” </span></span></span><br /><strong><span><span><span>-Joan W.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /><article class="align-right"><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/media_library/public/2022-04/IMG_20170816_182318009%20%281%29_0.jpg?itok=GW1Udd1S" width="220" height="198" alt="Mike and Linda Kostrzewa" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>"When we discovered the Center for the Arts decades ago, we found a community that loved the arts as much as we did. When we subsequently joined the FCFA we felt that we now truly belonged to that community. We began to volunteer for the Friends and felt an intense pleasure in contributing to the community. Today, as Board members we get immense satisfaction in helping guide that community. Belonging, contributing, and guiding Friends memberships are a gift that gives so much back.” </span></span></span><br /><strong><span><span><span>-Mike and Linda K.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“My husband and I were in bands and orchestras all throughout college. He played for three more years in military bands in D.C., Maryland, and Massachusetts. Although we knew a few people with similar backgrounds where we worked, we had no friends with a deep appreciation or knowledge of music and its history. The first step to rectify this situation was to join the FCFA and begin going to the <em>Great Performances at Mason</em>. The College of Visual and Performing Arts’ staff members were the glue that kept us in the mix. They encouraged us to volunteer in the Friends area of the Concert Hall during <em>Great Performances</em> and to help on the Board. Our involvement has been very rewarding! We usually recognize a few people each time we go to a show!” </span></span></span><br /><strong><span><span><span>-Gail and Louis C.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /><article class="align-left"><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/Mack%20and%20Paulette%20Miller.jpg?itok=XZuZPUST" width="350" height="336" alt="Mack and Paulette" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Being a long-time member of the FCFA is a very big part of the reason that my husband and I ‘retired in place’ here in Northern Virginia. We have met so many lovely people who have become real friends and important parts of our lives. We share with them a love for the arts and a desire to add to the enrichment of the community around us. One of the highlights for me, among so very many wonderful Friends experiences, was attending an intimate Grand Tier Society event in 2010 at the home of one of our members. The special guest for the evening was Broadway star Nicholas Rodriguez. Nick had just starred in Arena Stage’s production of <em>Oklahoma!</em> and I was totally star struck. Shaking his hand and gushing about how much I loved his performance was a total ‘fangirl’ moment for me and such fun to remember.” </span></span></span><br /><strong><span><span><span>-Paulette and Mack M.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I have been an FCFA member since 2007 and have appreciated the opportunity to support the <em>Great Performances at Mason</em> on a level beyond my subscriptions. Meeting so many Friends who have similar interests and participating in very welcoming and engaging activities and special events have added immeasurably to my enjoyment of the outstanding performances at the Center for the Arts.” </span></span></span><br /><strong><span><span><span>-Eloise S.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /><article class="align-right"><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/PCCW2031.JPG?itok=DCHmoT-Z" width="350" height="350" alt="Janice and Jim Wolfe" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“My husband and I met at a community theater more than 40 years ago in Fairfax City! I value the arts in all forms to tap our human depths and prickle our emotional and creative being. As a Mason counselor and educator for 35 years, I am ecstatic that the Friends of the Center for the Arts contributes to learning on and off stage through such programs as Artists-In-Conversation and the pre-performance discussions. To me, the performance space represents a safe and evocative community to imagine our present and prepare us for our future. What could be better than that?” </span></span></span><br /><strong><span><span><span>-Janice and Jim W.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <hr /><article class="align-left"><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/AIC-2018-02-18-122_0.JPG?itok=63K-_o1S" width="350" height="306" alt="Evelyn and Tom" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“When the Center for the Arts (CFA) opened in 1990, my husband Tom, a George Mason University professor, and I thought how great it would be to attend <em>Great Performances</em> right on the Fairfax campus.</span></span></span> <span><span><span>In addition to offering elegant and exciting entertainment, the new Center </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>provided the opportunity for faculty and staff to not only gather socially with colleagues, but also with other arts enthusiasts</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span> from around the area. The FCFA established a gathering place in the CFA lobby so that patrons who became Friends could relax and enjoy light refreshments both before performances and during intermission. What a wonderful treasure the CFA and the FCFA are for the arts community in Northern Virginia. I’m so glad Tom and I joined the Friends!” </span></span></span><br /><strong><span><span><span>-Evelyn and Tom K.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <hr /><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Center for the Arts would like to thank these wonderful Friends for sharing such meaningful memories. The Center thrives thanks to the support of our community, and the Friends are an integral part of this success. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/give/friends-center-arts"><strong><span><span><span>We invite you to become a Friend today</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> and join the hundreds of members who are enjoying the benefits and the satisfaction of supporting the arts at Mason!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/311" hreflang="en">CFA</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Center for the Arts</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 04 Apr 2022 18:41:46 +0000 Zoe Harr 1736 at https://cfa.gmu.edu Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Returns with Acclaimed Pianist, Simone Dinnerstein https://cfa.gmu.edu/news/2022-04/fairfax-symphony-orchestra-returns-acclaimed-pianist-simone-dinnerstein <span>Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Returns with Acclaimed Pianist, Simone Dinnerstein </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/376" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Zoe Harr</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/04/2022 - 14:31</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_associated_people" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-associated-people"> <h2>In This Story</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-associated-people field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">People Mentioned in This Story</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/agodwin3" hreflang="und">Adrienne Bryant Godwin</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="bd00b47f-5c47-4cfb-a6e6-21e06128eaad"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/fairfax-symphony-orchestra-with-simone-dinnerstein"> <h4 class="cta__title">Buy Tickets <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><figure role="group" class="align-right"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/SDinnerstein%2B-%2Bcredit%2BLisa%2BMarie%2BMazzucco%2B3.jpg?itok=6njmOAwS" width="233" height="350" alt="Simone Dinnerstein joins the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra on April 23 at the Center for the Arts." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Simone Dinnerstein joins the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra on April 23 at the Center for the Arts.</figcaption></figure><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span><span>“An artist of strikingly original ideas and irrefutable integrity” (<em>The Washington </em>Post)</span></span><span>, pianist Simone Dinnerstein will join the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) <a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/fairfax-symphony-orchestra-with-simone-dinnerstein">performance</a> on April 23 at the Center for the Arts. Simone was originally scheduled to perform different pieces, but due to a strained finger injury, she has adjusted her repertoire accordingly. Despite the unforeseen injury, the performance will feature a fantastic selection of music, both new and old, that will not only impress its audience, but allow Dinnerstein’s finger to heal.</span></span></span></p> <p>The concert begins with the regional premiere of <em>White Heron</em> by composer Robert Carl, followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K 488, and Rachmaninoff’s famous Symphony No. 2. The fun starts before the performance with a pre-concert talk with Dinnerstein and Music Director and Conductor of FSO Christopher Zimmerman.</p> <p>Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 holds particular significance for Dinnerstein. Not only is the piece included on her 2017 album, Mozart in Havana, but the concerto served as a point of artistic connection between Dinnerstein and the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, with which she performed the piece while visiting Cuba in 2015, at the invitation of her teacher and esteemed pianist, Solomon Mikowsky. Gramophone describes Dinnerstein’s approach to piece as having a “wide yet subtle palette of tonal shadings and articulations,” while applauding her “crisp fingerwork and strategic left-hand accents.”</p> <article class="align-center" alt="Simone Dinnerstein, Havana" style="min-width: 50%;"><div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QegQ2BGCEmk?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </article><p class="MsoNoSpacing"> </p><p><span><span><span>The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra revels in its excitement to be joined by Dinnerstein. “It's a pleasure and honor to collaborate with Simone, whose pianism and artistry the orchestra and I always look forward to,” said Zimmerman. “She has a direct and honest emotional connection to the music she plays, as well as an intellectual curiosity, which keep her interpretations fresh and special. We are thrilled to partner with the Center for the Arts at George Mason University to bring this exciting program to our audiences.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span>Since 1957, FSO has focused on being a leading artistic voice on the concert stage and teaching the next generation of musicians in the greater Fairfax community. </span>Dinnerstein has long been committed to education as well, having created a program, <a href="https://www.simonedinnerstein.com/bachpacking"><em>Bachpacking</em></a>, in which she takes a digital keyboard to elementary school classrooms, helping young children get close to the music she loves. While in Fairfax, Dinnerstein will visit with students at FSO partner school, Woodburn Elementary, as well as host a masterclass with Mason School of Dance students on April 22.</p> <p><span>“The Center for the Arts is thrilled to be partnering with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra on this special presentation of one of the great pianists of our time,” adds Center for the Arts Director of Programming <a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/profiles/agodwin3">Adrienne Bryant Godwin</a> The FSO is a true gem in the cultural landscape of Northern Virginia, and the Center is proud to be able to collaborate with them to bring Simone Dinnerstein to our community, sharing her impeccable artistry both from the stage and in the Mason classroom.”</span></p> <p><span>To learn more about the <strong>Fairfax Symphony Orchestra featuring Simone Dinnerstein on April 23, visit the <a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/fairfax-symphony-orchestra-with-simone-dinnerstein"><strong>Ce</strong>nter for the Arts website</a></strong>.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/311" hreflang="en">CFA</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Center for the Arts</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 04 Apr 2022 18:31:12 +0000 Zoe Harr 1746 at https://cfa.gmu.edu Virginia Opera's Peggy Kriha Dye Featured as Guest Speaker at Artists-In-Conversation Event https://cfa.gmu.edu/news/2022-04/virginia-operas-peggy-kriha-dye-featured-guest-speaker-artists-conversation-event <span>Virginia Opera&#039;s Peggy Kriha Dye Featured as Guest Speaker at Artists-In-Conversation Event</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/376" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Zoe Harr</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/04/2022 - 11:54</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_associated_people" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-associated-people"> <h2>In This Story</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-associated-people field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">People Mentioned in This Story</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/rdavi4" hreflang="und">Rick Davis</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>On Sunday, April 10, an Artists-In-Conversation (AIC) event will be held as a benefit for the </span><a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/give/friends-center-arts"><span>Friends of the Center for the Arts</span></a><span> (FCFA) at the Contributor level and above, preceding the Virginia Opera’s performance of <em>The Marriage of Figaro</em>. The event will be held in the Buchanan Hall Lobby from 12 to 1 p.m., with <strong>Peggy Kriha Dye</strong>, General Director and CEO of the Virginia Opera, and <strong>Rick Davis</strong>, </span><span><span><span>Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts</span></span></span><span>. Dye will be discussing the future of opera – where is it going and what’s new within the industry to keep it fresh and attract new audiences.</span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/Peggy%2BDye_0.jpg?itok=Y0Edc2f6" width="349" height="350" alt="Peggy Kriha Dye, General Director and CEO of the Virginia Opera." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Peggy Kriha Dye, General Director and CEO of the Virginia Opera.</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span>Dye assumed her position with the Virginia Opera on October 18, 2020, right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was the General and Artistic Director and CEO at Opera Columbus prior to assuming her current position. She has a superlative opera background, having performed as a soprano on more than 100 stages in over 40 productions throughout the world from 1992 through 2017.</span></span></span></p> <p><span>In addition to hearing from Dye, the AIC will also feature a light buffet brunch consisting of a variety of tea sandwiches, fruits, and pastries. Immediately following the brunch, a pre-performance discussion will be held at 1:15pm in the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Grand Tier followed by the performance of <em>The Marriage of Figaro </em>at 2 p.m.</span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Invitations to attend the AIC were sent to all Friends of the Center for the Arts members who contribute at the Contributor level or above. Current members who subscribe at the Friends level need only to increase their membership contribution by $50 to be at the Contributor level, thereby qualifying to receive invitations to future AIC events and Friends benefits—such as being the first to hear the upcoming 2022/2023 season. <strong>Don't miss the next event, <a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/give/friends-center-arts">b</a></strong></span><strong><a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/give/friends-center-arts"><span>ecome a Friend or increase today!</span></a></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span>This event is being co-chaired by FCFA Board members Ida Portland, Shirley Joyce, and Janice Sutera Wolfe.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/311" hreflang="en">CFA</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Center for the Arts</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 04 Apr 2022 15:54:39 +0000 Zoe Harr 1751 at https://cfa.gmu.edu Become a Friend and get Invited to the Exclusive 2022-2023 Season Preview! https://cfa.gmu.edu/news/2022-04/become-friend-and-get-invited-exclusive-2022-2023-season-preview <span>Become a Friend and get Invited to the Exclusive 2022-2023 Season Preview!</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/376" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Zoe Harr</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/04/2022 - 10:55</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="d24fa37f-cfdd-4060-94da-b1d493765dda"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/give/friends-center-arts"> <h4 class="cta__title">Become a Friend! <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Curious about what’s coming to the </span></span></span><a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/"><span><span><span>Center for the Arts</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> next season? Want to ensure first pick of the best seats in the house? How about the chance to purchase tickets before the general public for special performances at the Center?</p> <p>It’s easy! Just <strong>join the </strong></span></span></span><a href="https://cfa.gmu.edu/give/friends-center-arts"><strong><span><span><span>Friends of the Center for the Arts</span></span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span><span> by April 25</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> to receive an exclusive invitation to our 2022-2023 Season Announcement event on May 10. This free Friends-only event offers a first look at the upcoming season at the Center, featuring <span>hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow performing arts lovers like yourself. Join the Friends today and spend the evening of May 10 learning about the upcoming season and enjoying a great party!</span></p> <p>Additional Perks of Becoming a Friend Include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Invitation to the annual Season Preview Event on May 10</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li>A Friends Priority Period (5/10-5/24) for subscriptions and tickets</li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Access to the Friends-only refreshment area with complimentary coffee and soft drinks at <em>Great Performances at Mason</em> events</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Invitation to pre and post-performance special events</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Membership pin</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Acknowledgement in performance programs</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Looking for even more exclusive benefits? Become a member of the Friends’ </span></span><strong><span><span>G</span></span>rand Tier Society</strong>, and play</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> a visionary and leadership role in ensuring that the season of <em>Great Performances at Mason</em> remains vibrant and affordable for all audiences.</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://securemason.gmu.edu/s/1564/GID2/16/19-giving.aspx?sid=1564&amp;gid=2&amp;pgid=1019&amp;bledit=1&amp;dids=213&amp;appealcode=IFCAM"><strong><span><span>Join the Friends of the Center for the Arts</span></span></strong></a><span><span> TODAY to find out what our next season has in store, and</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span> demonstrate your appreciation for the important role the arts play in our community.</span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/311" hreflang="en">CFA</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Center for the Arts</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 04 Apr 2022 14:55:59 +0000 Zoe Harr 1756 at https://cfa.gmu.edu Learn More About Artist-in-Residence, Composer and Conductor Maria Schneider https://cfa.gmu.edu/news/2022-04/learn-more-about-artist-residence-composer-and-conductor-maria-schneider <span>Learn More About Artist-in-Residence, Composer and Conductor Maria Schneider</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/376" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Zoe Harr</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/04/2022 - 10:37</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_associated_people" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-associated-people"> <h2>In This Story</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-associated-people field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">People Mentioned in This Story</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/dpurcel2" hreflang="und">Dr. Darden Purcell</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="ccaa0a40-d7a3-4c40-915d-d69809232230"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/beyond-the-notes-with-maria-schneider"> <h4 class="cta__title">Beyond the Notes with Maria Schneider <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="fe812dd4-3d71-4440-9865-6b1e39751ca6"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/metropolitan-jazz-orchestra"> <h4 class="cta__title">Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>GRAMMY Award-winning composer, conductor, and Mason Artist-in-Residence </span></span></span></span><a href="http://secure-web.cisco.com/1snvt5vX5f-AnGpSi0WdLPwy0UOSZgGqBsTS86QTRaFBJqt8ZHuIzw9As6bml9WhE7XJs90WYPICHGj5PIoMwkmDWcv2DMq17CVnzbHaduvd-EIc7c5HIr-yKorCXBzRMWnCNazDBchLrpTk4RR8fMMv4jXAwZ8uvnOF7p3Gp2SpMcqZrzdXqpXyoFC3lsQ7IhmA9YVrnTv6kHmS30ENm4bZds4VX-aOlCbnLKHJK0maNTGDsueBp8rHen1qrSxUwQVktzjGusmYMkDhmstvQs_afdfykPEEDMJKUJMlHIeeeUrtyPPj3fDOQ5qttGaz5yFsTAQHO8XrZPpHG1qXRuC1WvUlVATEUq2igAhiQEyRyK-p426m1g7Z3bVaNnqpC1achHO2zLIJum8sFXlry3r6nRu3lYty4dhJAvTlH0Qzrs3Qzsbl5zoZj6EB3CS5n6UslwRBgjf7IG0D_98QaNg/http%3A%2F%2Flink.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D30Gr6LI8XAMIntpmRXgABEZ4LamUuFJQFwZHUs0bNM3dERo9dIwsyBv9EVdsZGx7eKwG_wCkbcBTtvEe1ejG-2FGPVfac-2BfUJ-2BQHpZt3UJfx-2FLzKAxv3G1NoGP5CpIZOPVfg41UigV6uWe70k-2F01O5eJudye-2FkcA6FiC6e79djd94unq5vJTJI8z-2BV9LvO2wQov7UBo8OXlHO0y4BdLdeTEAG3Dh7PHNog8JfwlQ3k-2BxbPFoB8FgDm0JzEgdRr1-2FdJJuChaA48p85Y2SQDQxD6hwgc-2F9lwMFy6qHLrwG9j4jYxbovKZYUfCTbPVXJeL5hcIgHCmTkJE5Y705Y3p88kQAmXSd-2BbGYJUA6uVjnSNZv-2Flnpcj226FbSkKjGLxsJtiW59oXQr7atrKjM7kl-2FTyUQtR0wDCDPJ8RnCRzTcHrZ-2F-2BjzPh-2BwbB1lOEfpe3KXtMl7sSe"><span><span><span>Maria Schneider</span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span> conducts Northern Virginia’s own </span></span></span></span><a href="http://secure-web.cisco.com/1Bkt-gWDVkjcwCpzbTZkRoYXzjU0ZSRdwwuIpGLQ9iz6FEM4cwOhXwTn0jVutnCxyfd7nGj4rDSCROxczt4OPtrn-r2DMOS4K8gBGyrPNTpNIYZtvohttZ2d75IRs36JxmTI3CGCjaUZwTjKgWna24eg2KdanqOXDL9_fNsSoMk8NQCHJ0USh7uCJIIOuUGfZ4UYO2hUNLjWcUlU2u9vE4rt-6AC-2wQibeJ63qmBELE5a8dVmp_Rwph_tNFwLOb_tyZ8CBHfuotfxYJKiZIISa-sNkV2-97Iv86PaGMmy2w8fSGdEms7Wk70NqrogqPjwxQqK9fZJybdLk4tXFlmULr0eTmitpI65HP9Dgq2vbQvUVhOxL-61HQJwZvYN9SG7MR1nfQZL6pbig0QdqmoOxXLhZJBzddkRqFB1MqEkw2iXj4ECmABzmVN52yuBfZbPOVIFDzLwLeAyFXKy0HHxg/http%3A%2F%2Flink.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D30Gr6LI8XAMIntpmRXgABAPQzlL5QuzQ4fNf7kk8XfiI4zGS18j4CVYx5SUTCgiML6ynV2bQIk71zLZuVv82Slp4R0GDstIJPrtf74mkw2s-3DhyKR_wCkbcBTtvEe1ejG-2FGPVfac-2BfUJ-2BQHpZt3UJfx-2FLzKAxv3G1NoGP5CpIZOPVfg41UigV6uWe70k-2F01O5eJudye-2FkcA6FiC6e79djd94unq5vJTJI8z-2BV9LvO2wQov7UBo8OXlHO0y4BdLdeTEAG3Dh7PHNog8JfwlQ3k-2BxbPFoB8FgDm0JzEgdRr1-2FdJJuChaA48p85Y2SQDQxD6hwgc-2F9szATZ2myRbgSqrTRJsaPH29V6EZMwptOpnHqGFHAW01yHr9TTcJn4cEpESxkKY6gtrkVqzqLaKI-2B36-2BMk1XnRHa42pEb6qDTWe-2BkSvmzghK-2FtZhhKdbqn1cmHWGt-2B49N-2BLRMt0ipAj37f-2B7UnHc-2BcVA65Wx21QNTXrveI671kGe"><strong><span><span><span>Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span> for a jazz performance including some of her own original music on <strong>Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m.</strong> at the Center for the Arts at George Mason University. The performance follows Schneider’s long-awaited in-person visit to the Center for the Arts and includes a special event open to the public as part of her residency: </span></span></span></span><a href="http://secure-web.cisco.com/1CzmK7eR6VEYp5jgmbdSK4m-Y4_orJJjDontsGbn_MzzWW8Roc1YeaSQALNnXTCjtkAj9x-mcUttqKmvgrIEXTW68HVq6h0T9MzQYw01UXRhooLoyPy7NMDz6Jc6a9CSjxmnhsWdNy0MXQG6G-pJxDni6xQKfz5lS5DxLiwRP1oo1AwyAiTGF2352LDXVxiIG9VxFCRSITzy0C0fUeV6ZTo9HBe7hdMZDOSfdNEBDE01yzMT_3ddFl9DFt-rzjo-H9In9j2fsg5ZqpKyVVqo7QKJLBc7AjKaEIVsWOaMURxBE9vevb3y-kP5yaC2l8YAPO16t7Kg_OLyxXxCY19ij-A7ifoP8dP-XJPh4cIkwg_oKt2CqqbVg5tNiG3fRJBy6poEEGC9fD7buAwBcRFM5T5-oRjycwyH2pGjhb6Eer5GlskfA-OV9bLT3buqQWSJ3DaIE7FWBhI_LuBdX1j_OKQ/http%3A%2F%2Flink.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D30Gr6LI8XAMIntpmRXgABAPQzlL5QuzQ4fNf7kk8Xfi58ZMqc73KjIOhLEyy-2BeYWcFf03Q2nuPsJAc2wJkYpDg-2F6G8tUGSxo2S-2BUWbdbwAQ-3D2OAx_wCkbcBTtvEe1ejG-2FGPVfac-2BfUJ-2BQHpZt3UJfx-2FLzKAxv3G1NoGP5CpIZOPVfg41UigV6uWe70k-2F01O5eJudye-2FkcA6FiC6e79djd94unq5vJTJI8z-2BV9LvO2wQov7UBo8OXlHO0y4BdLdeTEAG3Dh7PHNog8JfwlQ3k-2BxbPFoB8FgDm0JzEgdRr1-2FdJJuChaA48p85Y2SQDQxD6hwgc-2F9g-2FilGWJgK5w7Pg6LSvtcesqIunKUxaCkDF4eFcNU-2BP5nCaLVfg3RIeGNc2Pq05asKjVXso1SOswoBubkkqEXhlsOGsuGOICLVFHPcDIUuKJnkX43qIdxs3TXK3TcQbotOj3qomoU12Y9PqkxZZl7E-2FYOhRbLOobG2mykJuShoX3"><strong><span><span><span>A Conversation about Respecting Artist Rights</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span> on <strong>April 14 at 4 p.m</strong>. on Mason’s Arlington campus. </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>While in residence, Schneider will also host an open rehearsal and Q&amp;A session for Mason Jazz students on April 15 at 3 p.m.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/20200105_MariaSchneider_DataLords_BrieneLermitte_648rt.jpg?itok=HSfjiDy1" width="313" height="350" alt="Maria Schneider joins Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra on April 16 at the Center for the Arts." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Maria Schneider joins Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra on April 16 at the Center for the Arts.</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Schneider was originally scheduled to perform and be in residence in the spring of 2020. Although most of this engagement was rescheduled, she did participate in a virtual event as part of </span></span></span></span><em><span><span><span><span>Mason Arts at Home. </span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span>Two years after this digital involvement in the </span></span></span></span><a href="http://secure-web.cisco.com/1GKQYb9bdxjSL2MrhLJoe61qVzZrZXUUnV4IM34rveQwMgsRSJLfmLsNstE_VrTvYF81DFb5rAI2nagyzjWTQaAJv6bzKde5b3Z1hdTXdyMLxcQpE9-WrqOjiT6xTBkUhQzuNB6lAhCZ3Rsn3RLPbQL-3GymRM-yG1Zrt51HiDtFpvZLdUV7YLfr7tmOOTcbc0p17uUhB8ILc0Y8Ya49fSR_idKmdzlLE2iCnA1Y8VWAmomABT2jVH875dM03-VSD33O0N1rW5oGHhS5sHa2y7Eqxwn3xn3YmT7pctfDanNqR5GDqcPLCcM-Sc7VxCgVeY5ItpyLB5UR0ywR7dx0zVaEuVwXIpLAd0V6OIRmpjHJce79euUV507C0nLyZeiA4vl8Hvm0dUFULh3Chimw8aZRtO_7-L9SH_sJ50ZsYijwl46PbQqwjLTU9kmdGK1ZQYI-i8k39i90nPbK9CRCc1A/http%3A%2F%2Flink.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D30Gr6LI8XAMIntpmRXgABNfugyPoyzszkKKGpenRn9MGgrKZMN4d-2FaKaOmfjQfAkpjY6iI0q8zpwj2vis7WY8g-3D-3DtglO_wCkbcBTtvEe1ejG-2FGPVfac-2BfUJ-2BQHpZt3UJfx-2FLzKAxv3G1NoGP5CpIZOPVfg41UigV6uWe70k-2F01O5eJudye-2FkcA6FiC6e79djd94unq5vJTJI8z-2BV9LvO2wQov7UBo8OXlHO0y4BdLdeTEAG3Dh7PHNog8JfwlQ3k-2BxbPFoB8FgDm0JzEgdRr1-2FdJJuChaA48p85Y2SQDQxD6hwgc-2F9qeS-2F3HslGgxEzSiT4utWWvWfrFxoOmkF5Drjued0ZXUPx3X9qdT7-2FhTP96ar1lEb3mVHPrNJp1QUwixh46bYV40QuvJ5U59c9piRYwRoxV6dQrxwCNmsiGCeyR0HadoVXKeUz8IV1QKmMiic3XZkwZiq9WsBSk1n6oWdzPyLo2W"><span><span><span>Mason Artist-in-Residence</span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span> program</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> and </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>as a strong voice for music advocacy, </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>Schneider returns in person with a stimulating conversation regarding artist rights, arts activism, and her </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>boundary-pushing musical career. 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What an incredible honor to host Maria, who is such a powerful voice in this field. I hope that our attendees gain new insights that will give them a deeper appreciation for Maria’s music, as well as a more passionate respect for the arts and for artists.</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Taking place on Mason’s Arlington campus in Van Metre Hall, the event will begin with a brief networking reception, followed by the featured conversation as well as a Q&amp;A. The conversation provides a unique opportunity to hear from Schneider on topics including the complexity of her composition process, the blending of her art and activism, and insights for both musicians and music lovers to understand the significance of copyright protection to an artist’s work.</span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/20016-106.jpg?itok=k4vvS6OI" width="350" height="350" alt="Jim Carroll, Artistic Director of Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Jim Carroll, Artistic Director of Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The April 16 performance at the Center for the Arts features Schneider guest conducting the <strong>Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra</strong>, founded by Artistic Director and saxophone virtuoso Jim Carroll. The performance will open with "We Love Being Here with You" featuring songstress </span></span></span></span><a href="http://secure-web.cisco.com/1zRjlwSLf3qAXo0fKgBxrHSAwp9ZOTDW9mein1B84Cqccx0Aw9HXqVbPaAH8Nb08yT1BEM-jUViCKmdnP8g8WX71lNjxkXFYPtaWolVq0xopQscl_Jrdkex5soGu6948lbl22wV1rxvDhz2-5WFgEqmCMLfhueRehLG67IXjbwBxbOVfvWsjgyr65W_XgdPQFgsLJdpJdP_EXjTLfT7TT3AP7_0nXEG1lgPlG4fWFrr_YVaZ7pUDQhIbVF4iqry0MNlkxqXngD7Lp1mZmYLlOcs1w3H2gzqEHSRUcw5oEfcl-uDSlJdw4ul9Z1_MHFPD3joL3m12dM_eMPXKnJH5P2XR8P32q5XilvUbTvsTkJ6xBj7AwLNulwQ35OasljdFPBKHUCU9tI_RjLKJl1uBfzu39whpgnbC7KYtPrcG-L02nCShZJ-1i454wDTpkkkyPCerb1El7CoeuIhG5voyiGw/http%3A%2F%2Flink.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com%2Fls%2Fclick%3Fupn%3D30Gr6LI8XAMIntpmRXgABITzrSY-2B4rwoNiz6oEd1T7mTaWNv6tCRfPcM5aca1R0jlsyghnwdDQ1XzKFoQCVnzA-3D-3D2zue_wCkbcBTtvEe1ejG-2FGPVfac-2BfUJ-2BQHpZt3UJfx-2FLzKAxv3G1NoGP5CpIZOPVfg41UigV6uWe70k-2F01O5eJudye-2FkcA6FiC6e79djd94unq5vJTJI8z-2BV9LvO2wQov7UBo8OXlHO0y4BdLdeTEAG3Dh7PHNog8JfwlQ3k-2BxbPFoB8FgDm0JzEgdRr1-2FdJJuChaA48p85Y2SQDQxD6hwgc-2F9gd1vW38-2FTZSoSvyqMogUy4sO4GV6FKFAakhutiKh7uZ01Y3sn8hJTREQuqyu5LSv-2Fwun-2BfkPhAkA6C8zLRy2BczWStDAW2OJ2eesIor4qvu7BkusWYl89DsCDgBRuUULXaVln6T9wr4VtImP5L6g8SavgXW3pV-2BjJ7bJUJB9GqN"><span><span><span>Darden Purcell</span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span> (Mason Director of Jazz Studies and Jazz Voice), followed by Schneider's original music including an instrumental excerpt from <em>Winter Morning Walks</em>. Opening the second half of the concert, <a href="https://music.gmu.edu/ensembles/large-ensembles/mason-jazz-ensemble/">Mason Jazz Ensemble</a> has been invited to perform “Dance You Monster to My Soft Song,” an original composition by Schneider that she will also conduct.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It is our great honor to have the opportunity to have Maria with us this spring,” adds Carroll. “Maria helps us all understand that through music we are all connected and a part of something bigger. Her music and activism teaches us all that the best form of protest is excellence. When the system has beaten me down, Maria’s music has picked me up and brought me back with her melody’s, unique harmonies, orchestrations, and amazing crescendos. I would suggest to everyone to let her music come into your heart and lift you up.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>For more information about the <strong>Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra</strong>’s upcoming performance <strong>featuring Maria Schneider</strong> on April 16<em>, </em>visit the the <a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/metropolitan-jazz-orchestra"><strong>Center for the Arts website</strong></a>. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/311" hreflang="en">CFA</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Center for the Arts</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 04 Apr 2022 14:37:39 +0000 Zoe Harr 1761 at https://cfa.gmu.edu Celebrate a Belated International Women’s Day with GRAMMY-winning Singer Lila Downs https://cfa.gmu.edu/news/2022-04/celebrate-belated-international-womens-day-grammy-winning-singer-lila-downs <span>Celebrate a Belated International Women’s Day with GRAMMY-winning Singer Lila Downs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/376" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Zoe Harr</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/01/2022 - 12:49</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="cd5f7482-7242-4cda-af7a-a6cb9f6f266b"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/lila-downs"> <h4 class="cta__title">Buy Tickets <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span>Having grown up between Minnesota and Mexico, </span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/lila-downs/"><span><span>Lila Downs</span></span></a></span></span></span><span><span><span> holds great pride in her expansive heritage of being the child of a Scottish-American father and Mixtec mother. In an </span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/lila-downs-belles-artes-concerts-grandmother/"><span><span>interview</span></span></a></span></span></span><span><span><span> with <em>Reforma </em>magazine, Downs recalls her mother, a singer as well, giving her advice when she was young, “<em>Lila, canta con sentimiento o no cantes.</em> Lila, sing with feeling or don’t sing at all.” Whether it’s a full-throated mariachi song, achingly tender bolero, or sultry jazz tune, Downs does just as her mother advised and pulls audiences in with her authentic charisma and storytelling. </span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/636_LILA%20DOWNS_MAR2017-2%20%281%29_0.jpg?itok=XoyufYhP" width="255" height="350" alt="Lila Downs comes to The Center for the Arts April 24." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Lila Downs comes to The Center for the Arts April 24.</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span>Not only has she won a </span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.grammy.com/artists/lila-downs/2197"><span><span>GRAMMY award</span></span></a></span></span></span><span><span><span> for</span></span></span> <span><span><span>Best Regional Mexican Music Album with her 2011 album <em>Pecados Y Milagros</em>, but she’s additionally won five awards with the Latin GRAMMYs between 2005 and 2017. If you find yourself in Mexico City, keep an eye out for Downs’ star on the </span></span></span><span><span><span>Walk of Fame at the Auditorio Nacional. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Drawing from her multicultural background, Downs’ songs often focus on justice, immigration, and women’s issues. In a <a href="https://www.npr.org/2021/01/20/958437186/lila-downs-new-song-is-about-indigenous-workers-invisible-labor"><span><span>recent interview</span></span></a> with <em>NPR </em>about her song “Dark Eyes,” Downs speaks of her mother’s continuing influence on her work, stating, “My mother is an Indigenous woman who migrated with my father to Minnesota ... and so I think I live through her vision and through the concern that she always had to not forget her origin, and therefore my origin.” Standing up for overlooked essential workers, especially those that are Indigenous, this topic is one of many that Downs demonstrates a strong passion for. Downs’ official YouTube channel features “Dark Eyes” with lyrics offered in both <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdC2gE3SNWw">English</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU1bc5291xU">Spanish</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Women’s History Month last month provided many opportunities for everyone all over the world to celebrate women from the past, present, and future. One of the millions celebrating was Lila Downs, who <em>NPR </em>honored as one of the world’s most </span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.npr.org/2022/03/04/1084571623/celebrating-womens-history-month-with-three-powerful-latinas"><span><span>powerful Latinas</span></span></a>. As previously noted, she finds great inspiration from her mother, but also honors her maternal grandmother, Matilde Sánchez. As a former vendor of the traditional Mexican drink pulque, Sánchez represented a classic hardworking woman, one of which Lila Downs notes “taught [her] what is sacred about life.” </span></span></span></p> <article class="align-left"><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-04/1607_LILA%20DOWNS_MAR2017.jpg?itok=NCCqBPnO" width="315" height="350" alt="Lila Downs comes to The Center for the Arts April 24." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><p><span><span><span>On International Women’s Day, Downs honored women everywhere by posting a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwoIk2AYp-s"><span><span>performance</span></span></a></span></span></span><span><span><span> of fragments from poet <span>Rocío García Rey</span>’s “<span>Mujer Colibrí” (“Hummingbird Woman”). The poem, written by a fellow Mexican woman involved in activism through the arts, details violence against women, both past and present, and asks that past victims not be forgotten. Just as Lila Downs had made a point to remember those of Indigenous culture who have faced injustice, Downs makes a similar statement for women all over the world.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In an </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.cbc.ca/music/read/dangerous-woman-a-conversation-with-the-formidable-lila-downs-1.5064039"><span><span>interview</span></span></a></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> with Radio Canada, when asked if Downs felt that she has disrupted the music industry with her musical activism, she laughs and says, “I hope that I have. I love to break the expectations even though it's hard and it feels like you're constantly swimming against the current, but it's worth it because you are creating … I hope that we are able to do more and disrupt some more of the patriarchal musical lanes.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p>For more information about <strong>Lila Downs</strong>’ upcoming performance on April 24<em>, </em>visit the the <a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/lila-downs"><strong>Center for the Arts website</strong></a>. </p> <hr /><p>Lila Downs' "Cariñito," a collaboration with Panteón Rococó and the Mexican Institute of Sound Mix, to promote education for women:</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"><article alt="Lila Downs' &quot;Cariñito,&quot; a collaboration with Panteón Rococó and the Mexican Institute of Sound Mix, to promote education for women." style="min-width: 50%;"><div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x0kxput6OG0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </article><figcaption></figcaption></figure></div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/311" hreflang="en">CFA</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Center for the Arts</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Apr 2022 16:49:58 +0000 Zoe Harr 1771 at https://cfa.gmu.edu Virginia Opera Returns to the Center and Invites You to Attend "The Marriage of Figaro" https://cfa.gmu.edu/news/2022-03/virginia-opera-returns-center-and-invites-you-attend-marriage-figaro <span>Virginia Opera Returns to the Center and Invites You to Attend &quot;The Marriage of Figaro&quot;</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/376" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Zoe Harr</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/31/2022 - 11:35</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="d56cf729-14db-4ba3-a48c-fd38ce6e1c95"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/virginia-opera-the-marriage-of-figaro/"> <h4 class="cta__title">Buy Tickets <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Mozart’s beloved four-act comic opera, <a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/virginia-opera-the-marriage-of-figaro/" target="_blank">The Marriage of Figaro</a>, is the kind of mad and frantic bedroom farce from which guilty (and not-so-guilty) pleasures are made. Artistic Director of Virginia Opera (VAO), Adam Turner, states, “This story, these characters- they're all incredibly relevant and resonant. You’ll find a way to see a connection with these characters in some fashion because these are all still themes we still explore today.” In VAO’s recent <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nve7WkOI9w">video</a> “Adam Turner explains the plot of <em>Figaro </em>in just 30 seconds-ish,” Turner attempts to summarize the plot in under a minute, falling short just a few moments into the first act in which he laughs and exclaims, “That’s not even the first scene!” <em>The Marriage of Figaro</em> is clearly full to the brim with characters that can’t be forgotten and moments that will leave you smiling. </p> <article class="align-center" alt="Adam Turner explains the plot of Figaro in just 30 seconds-ish" style="min-width: 50%;"><div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6nve7WkOI9w?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </article><p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"> </p><p>Last performed by <a href="https://vaopera.org/" target="_blank">Virginia Opera</a> in 2013, the new 2022 staging, conducted by Adam Turner with live music by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, promises a captivating performance that will leave you whistling a tune all the way home. Turner echoes the significance of this performance, mentioning, "<span><span><span>It's thrilling to be revisiting Mozart's masterpiece after a nearly decade-long hiatus, and this production of <em>Figaro</em> is going to be nothing short of enchanting." </span></span></span> Driven by the music of Mozart at his most spirited, <em>Figaro</em>’s hilariously absurd twists and turns pile the outrageous on top of the scandalous to create a perfect viewing experience. <em><a href="https://www.pilotonline.com/entertainment/arts/vp-db-marriage-of-figaro-review-032822-20220325-zzphesgpabc5tawxicvnwqinlm-story.html" title="Score this Match Love to Love: Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ at Virginia Opera">The Virginian-Plot</a> </em>raves, "Bravo, Mozart, for fusing music and words into enlightenment ... And bravo, Virginia Opera. It may be your company’s sixth production of <em>Figaro</em>, but you still took risks to make it new."</p> <article class="align-left" alt="Virginia Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro" style="min-width: 50%;"><div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2rAjoFQ_ezM?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </article><p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"> </p><p><span>Luckily for opera experts and newcomers alike, there are many opportunities to learn about the piece, such as </span><a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/mason-arts-at-home-let-8217-s-talk-opera-with-josh-borths/" target="_blank">Let’s Talk Opera with Josh Borths</a><span>, in which Borths, </span>Preview Lecturer &amp; Educator of Des Moines Metro Opera and Founder of <a href="https://www.operaclassroom.com/" target="_blank">OperaClassroom.com</a>,<span> dives into </span>the history behind this beloved Mozart piece, how controversy almost kept this classic work off the stage, and much more.<span> Along with many opera lovers between its original production year of 1786 and today's modern audiences, Borths notes <em>The Marriage of Figaro</em> as “one of [his] favorite operas to talk about” and proves just that by wholeheartedly providing a plethora of information that is both intriguing and fun. </span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq196/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-03/VAOpera%20Figaro%20SNATO%20Edited-7305_0.jpg?itok=mrAaDlqx" width="350" height="283" alt="Virginia Opera company members in The Marriage of Figaro, coming to the Center on April 9 and 10." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Virginia Opera company members in <em>The Marriage of Figaro</em>, coming to the Center on April 9 and 10.</figcaption></figure><p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><em>The Marriage of Figaro </em>highlights aspects of the human condition and its ability to provide what we all wish for most: a happy ending. Adam Turner shares his excitement, stating, "<span><span><span>It's thrilling to be revisiting Mozart's masterpiece after a nearly decade-long hiatus, and this production of <em>Figaro</em> is going to be nothing short of enchanting ... <em>Figaro </em>promises to deliver a performance to remember, with its resounding<strong><em> </em></strong>message best encapsulated by one of the show's final lines - <em>in the end there is only love</em>." </span></span></span>A fantastic opera to end Virginia Opera’s 2021-2022 season, this performance truly can’t be missed.</p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">For more information about Virginia Opera’s upcoming production of <em><strong>The Marriage of Figaro</strong></em> on April 9 and 10<em>, </em>visit the the <strong><a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/virginia-opera-the-marriage-of-figaro/">Center for the Arts </a><a href="https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/virginia-opera-the-marriage-of-figaro/" target="_blank">website</a></strong>. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Center for the Arts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/311" hreflang="en">CFA</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 31 Mar 2022 15:35:23 +0000 Zoe Harr 1741 at https://cfa.gmu.edu