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Great Performances at Mason

Immerse yourself in a season full of inspiring performances by some of the worlds finest artists as the Center for the Arts brings the best artists from around the country and the world to Northern Virginia. Don't miss a second of this thrilling season of Great Performances at Mason.

Daniel Hope and Friends

Friday, Nov 02, 2018 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Daniel Hope

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“Air – A Baroque Journey”

Join violin virtuoso, Daniel Hope as he traces the extraordinary history of the violin from the late Renaissance through the Baroque era, a dynamic period when violinists and composers were liberated to seek new, original ways to express them...Read More


Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Music From Time of War

Sunday, Nov 04, 2018 7:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Jeffrey Siegel

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Music From Time of War, 1914-1918

In this second Keyboard Conversation, piano virtuoso Jeffrey Siegel plays some of the most stirring music written during World War I. This program features works by Ravel, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Bartók, and Rachmaninoff. Perfect for cla...Read More


Virginia Opera: Don Giovanni

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 2:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM VA Opera: Don Giovanni

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Virginia Opera presents Mozart’s wildly popular Don Giovanni, an enthralling opera from its thrilling overture up through its breathtaking final scene. This womanizing scoundrel, better known as Don Juan, has a list of amorous conquests so long it takes his attendant ...Read More


Spectrum Dance Theater: A Rap On Race

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Spectrum Dance Theater

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This innovative new work enlivens the current conversation around race and equity, mixing dance and theater to create a fully original, groundbreaking work. It is based on a momentous public conversation held in 1970 between anthropologist Margaret Mead and novelist J...Read More


Frankenstein

Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 7:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Aquila - Frankenstein

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Aquila Theatre

Aquila Theatre brings the classic thriller Frankenstein to the stage in a production that is sure to make your spine tingle. The story centers on Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist obsessed with his mission to create an artificial humanoid. Without ...Read More


Chanticleer

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Chanticleer

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A Chanticleer Christmas

Begin your holiday season with a gorgeous concert of seasonal favorites and classical standards performed by “the world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker), Chanticleer. This award-winning male vocal ensemble is often called "an orchestra ...Read More


Soweto Gospel Choir

Sunday, Dec 02, 2018 2:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Soweto Gospel Choir

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Songs of the Free

The two-time Grammy Award®-winning Soweto Gospel Choir has been spreading sheer joy to audiences across the globe for nearly two decades! Comprised of 20 of the best artists in South Africa, the choir invites you to enjoy the incomparable and inspira...Read More


Vienna Boys Choir

Friday, Dec 07, 2018 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Vienna Boys Choir

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Christmas in Vienna

One of the most revered boy choirs in the world returns to the Center with their popular holiday concert. They capture the joy and wonder of the holiday season with their exquisite performances of classical masterpieces and contemporary favorites. ...Read More


American Festival Pops Orchestra

Saturday, Dec 08, 2018 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM American Festival Pops Orchestra

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Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! It’s time to celebrate with the American Festival Pops Orchestra at their annual holiday concert, a cherished tradition at the Center. This uplifting evening includes favorite classics like Leroy A...Read More


Canadian Brass

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Canadian Brass

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A Canadian Brass Christmas

Back by popular demand! The internationally famous Canadian Brass returns this holiday season for an evening of impeccable music and witty repartee, perfect for your whole family. Renowned for joyous performances and their iconic white runni...Read More


MOMIX

Friday, Jan 25, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Momix

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Opus Cactus

Marvel at the magnificence of the American Southwest landscape, abounding with towering cacti and slithering lizards, brought to life by the wildly inventive minds and bodies of MOMIX. Surreal, wondrous, and enormously imaginative, Opus Cactus is a full ev...Read More


Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Met Jazz Orchestra

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Benny and Beyond

Eddie Daniels, clarinet

Travel back to the era of big bands and dancehalls when Benny Goodman was “The King of Swing” with “Renaissance” clarinetist Eddie Daniels and Northern Virginia’s treasured favorite, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Benny and B...Read More


Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar

Friday, Feb 08, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Sounds of Zamar

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Hear for yourself why rising Gospel stars Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar have millions of YouTube views. This concert is sure to inspire with Trey McLaughlin at the piano leading this group of superbly talented Gospel singers in fresh adaptations of contemporar...Read More


Havana Cuba All-Stars

Saturday, Feb 09, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Havana Cuba All Stars

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Asere! A Fiesta Cubana

Back by popular demand, the amazing dancers and musicians of the Havana Cuba All-Stars return with a jubilant spectacle of sizzling rhythms, joyous trumpets, and authentic Cuban dancing. You will be transported to the island’s cigar-infused Lati...Read More


Virginia Opera: The Elixir of Love

Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 8:00pm
Sunday, Feb 17, 2019 2:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM VA Opera - The Elixir of Love

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Gaetano Donizetti’s infectiously charming bel canto opera sparkles with effervescent melodies, comedic misunderstandings, and endearing characters who are seeking an elixir for one of life’s greatest ills: love! The shy peasant Nemorino secretly yearns for the feisty ...Read More


Cirque Mechanics

Friday, Feb 22, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Cirque Mechanics

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42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Experience the latest invention from the creative minds of Cirque Mechanics with their signature blend of acrobatics, mechanical marvels, and a good bit of clowning around. This new production tells the story of an iconic 42-fo...Read More


Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Czech National Symphony

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100 Years of Leonard Bernstein

John Mauceri, conductor
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano 

Celebrate the 100th birthday of American’s national treasure, Leonard Bernstein, with a musical fête of his works when the internationally renowned Czech National Symphony Orchestra (...Read More


Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: The Exotic Music of the Night

Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 7:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Jeffrey Siegel

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The Exotic Music of the Night

Piano virtuoso Jeffrey Siegel explores the mystic and the macabre! This concert features excerpts from Mendelssohn’s beloved A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including the celebratory Wedding March. On this program, Siegel will also play the de...Read More


Mark Morris Dance Group

Friday, Mar 01, 2019 8:00pm
Saturday, Mar 02, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Mark Morris Dance Group

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With the MMDG Music Ensemble

Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), one of the most revered contemporary dance companies performing today, returns to their Northern Virginia home at the Center. This influential dance company performs to live music by the MMDG Music Ensemble ...Read More


The Pink Panther in Concert

Friday, Mar 15, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Pink Panther

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featuring the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

Enjoy all of the hijinks and hilarity of the original classic 1963 film played in its entirety while listening to the award-winning score, composed by the brilliant film composer Henry Mancini, as it is performed live on...Read More


KODO

Saturday, Mar 16, 2019 8:00pm

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Experience the electrifying wall of sound that completely fills the hall when the athletic artists of Kodo take the stage to perform the ancient Japanese art of taiko drumming. Audiences are captivated by the visually stunning performance, the astonishingly precise mo...Read More


Danú

Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 7:00pm

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an authentic Irish music experience the whole family will enjoy! Take a musical journey across the Emerald Isle with one of today’s leading traditional Irish ensembles as they perform timeless Celtic works along with fascinating, power...Read More


Virginia Opera: Madama Butterfly

Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 8:00pm
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 2:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM VA Opera: Madame Butterfly

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Virginia Opera closes its season with Puccini’s magnificent tragic masterpiece, Madama Butterfly. Revealing the depth of human emotion through lyrical duets and heartbreaking arias including the famous “Un bel di,” this poignant and timeless tale of unrequited love an...Read More


Aquila Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sunday, Mar 31, 2019 7:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Aquila: Midsummer Night's Dream

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Aquila Theatre returns with a magical and witty production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love with its many complications never fails to entertain and remind us of his literary genius. “The course of true love never did run smooth” is th...Read More


Russian National Ballet: Giselle

Saturday, Apr 06, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Russian National Ballet

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Giselle

The Russian National Ballet performance of Giselle will hold you spellbound with its haunting romantic story, stirring score, sumptuous choreography, and exquisite dancing. In this tale of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption, a heartbroken peasant girl...Read More


Russian National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Sunday, Apr 07, 2019 2:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Russian National Ballet

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The Sleeping Beauty

The whole family will enjoy this lavish production of the charming fairy tale The Sleeping Beauty performed in grand Russian style by the Russian National Ballet. With choreography by ballet master Marius Petipa set to Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score,...Read More


Pablo Sáinz Villegas

Friday, Apr 12, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Pablo Sainz Villegas

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Americano

Nacho Amimany, percussion; Pedro Giraudo, bass

Praised as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” guitar virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas presents Americano, a program that traces the history of the guitar in the Americas. Sáinz Villegas is joined onstage by master w...Read More


Parsons Dance

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Parsons Dance Company

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New York City-based Parsons Dance is internationally celebrated for creating and performing American modern dance that is positive, life-affirming, enriching, and accessible. Founded in 1985 by Artistic Director David Parsons and Tony Award® -winning lighting designer...Read More


Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Chopin in Paris

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 7:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: GPAM Jeffrey Siegel

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Chopin in Paris

In this concert of stunning piano music and illuminating commentary, Jeffrey Siegel presents the eminent Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and the gorgeous pieces he created while in Paris. Chopin reluctantly left his beloved Poland after the uprising, a...Read More