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Mason Jazz Festival

Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 10:30am
Location: Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

The Mason Jazz Festival is an invitational event open to middle school, high school, collegiate and community Jazz ensembles. This festival will take place on the George Mason University Fairfax campus. All performances are free and open to the public – no tickets or registration required. Free park...Read More


Mason Jazz Festival Concert

Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

At the conclusion of the Mason Jazz Festival (starting at 10 a.m.) the closing festival performance will be the United States Air Force, Airmen of Note.

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NPR's From the Top

Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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Hosted by Anderson and Roe

Attend a live recording of this popular NPR radio show, featuring the acclaimed piano duo Anderson and Roe as guest hosts. From the Top celebrates the stories, talents, and character of America’s best pre-collegiate classically-trained music...Read More


Hot Peas 'N Butter

Sunday, Mar 01, 2020 1:00pm
Sunday, Mar 01, 2020 4:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Family Series

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Praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “hot and mellow multicultural groove,” Hot Peas ‘n Butter will have you and your whole family on their feet dancing with their infectiously fun global music celebration. This Parent Choice Award-winning, family music ensemble...Read More


Faculty Artist Series: Dr. David Porter

Sunday, Mar 01, 2020 3:00pm

The School of Music's faculty puts on their free Spring recital series. Please join us for these wonderful performances by our professional faculty.

SPRING 2020 SERIES:
Fri. Feb. 7, 7pm, Dr. Alvarez (soprano)
Sun. Feb. 9, 3pm, The Gunston Ensemble (strings & piano)
Sun. Feb. 9, 7pm, Prof. Wilkerson (ba...Read More


Mason Symphony Concerto Concert*

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

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Mason Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Dennis Layendecker

The Mason Symphony Orchestra is comprised of outstanding string, wind, and percussion players from throughout the School of Music.

School of Music students: MUSI 300 credit events are marked with (*).

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The King's Singers

Friday, Mar 06, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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Love Songs 

This celebrated vocal ensemble returns to the Center to sweep you off of your feet with their new program called Love Songs featuring a repertoire of romantic music spanning 500 years. With impeccable a cappella harmonies, The King’s Singers perform a rang...Read More


Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven at 250 - Soulmates

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

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Beethoven: “Symphony of Symphonies”

French pianist Philippe Bianconi has been described as an artist whose playing is “always close to the soul of the music, filling the space with poetry and life,” (The Washington Post) and who offers “an extraordinary exhibition of musicianship, techni...Read More


The Chieftains

Thursday, Mar 19, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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The Irish Goodbye

Irish music legends, The Chieftains, return to the Center for a thrilling night of their signature blend of traditional Celtic and...Read More


Mason Community Arts Academy Family Concert: Words Matter: The Written Word and Music

Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 2:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason Community Arts Academy and Wind Symphony

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This family-friendly concert explores the relationship between the written word and its influence on music composition. George Mason University’s Wind Symphony will join forces with acting and music students from Mason Community Arts Academy to highlight selected poetry, literature, and ...Read More


Percussion Ensemble Concert*

Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

Join the Mason Percussion Ensemble as they present works that include a variety of percussion instruments. Led by Professor John Kilkenny and Matthew Halligan.

School of Music students: MUSI 300 credit events are marked with (*).

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Big Band Showdown*

Monday, Mar 30, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

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Join the Mason Jazz Ensemble (director, Jim Carroll) for an evening that celebrates the hot sounds and swinging beats of the Big Band era!

School of Music students: MUSI 300 credit events are marked with (*).

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

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Student Involvement: Iweek Dance Competition

Thursday, Apr 02, 2020 8:00pm

Mason’s international student clubs present dances from around the world in this colorful and lively competition! Come out and support the participating teams and individuals competing in this year's event. Get your ticket at the Center for the Arts Ticket Box Office or the Office of Student Involve...Read More


University Singers & Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert*

Sunday, Apr 05, 2020 3:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

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University Singers are under the direction of Dr. Stan Engebretson.

A select choral ensemble at George Mason University, the University Singers are dedicated to the performance of advanced vocal chamber music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary and commissioned works.

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Guitar Ensemble Concert*

Saturday, Apr 11, 2020 8:00pm

Join us for the George Mason University Guitar Ensemble's concert. The program will include music for two, three, and four guitars, as well as music for large ensemble. Under the direction of Professor Matt Trkula, the GMU Guitar Ensemble features School of Music guitar students from a variety of ma...Read More


Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, Apr 11, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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Featuring Maria Schneider, conductor 

Mason Artist-in-Residence

Grammy® Award-winning composer and conductor Maria Schneider leads Northern Virginia’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in a night of cool, expressive jazz. The evening’s repertory includes instrumental ex...Read More


Chorale Broadway Showcase

Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 2:00pm
Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

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The University Chorale, a choir of 80-100 singers under the direction of Dr. Lisa Billingham, performs a wide variety of music each semester ranging from classical styles to multi-cultural works and popular music, including the popular Broadway Showcase each spring.

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Close Encounters of a Musical Kind

Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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In his final concert of the season, Jeffrey Siegel brings to life the music of the “three great Bs:” Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Enjoy a program of classics declassified that includes Beethoven’s beloved Moonlight Sonata, Bach’s exhilarating Toccata in D major, and t...Read More


Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Concert*

Thursday, Apr 23, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

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The Mason University Wind Symphony, led by composer-conductor Mark Camphouse is a select ensemble comprised of outstanding wind, brass, and percussion players in the School of Music and the University. The ensemble’s mission is to study and perform the best literature available for wind ...Read More


Opera: The Coronation of Poppea

Friday, Apr 24, 2020 8:00pm
Saturday, Apr 25, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

The Mason University Opera Theater & Workshop provides serious vocal performance students with in-depth study and performance of operas from Baroque to modern, with opera scenes and productions each semester. The Opera Theater presents two to three productions annually.

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven at 250 - Peace & Joy

Saturday, Apr 25, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

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Leshnoff: Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos” (Regional Premiere)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 

Distinguished by The New York Times as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism,” composer Jonathan Leshnoff is renowned for his music’s striking harmonies and powerful themes.  Leshnoff’s Symphony No....Read More


Opera: The Coronation Of Poppea

Sunday, Apr 26, 2020 2:00pm

The Mason University Opera Theater & Workshop provides serious vocal performance students with in-depth study and performance of operas from Baroque to modern, with opera scenes and productions each semester. The Opera Theater presents two to three productions annually.

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Mason Jazz Vocal Night*

Monday, Apr 27, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

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Join us for an evening of music dedicated to Jazz Vocals! Performances by Mason Jazz Studio soloists and the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dr. Darden Purcell.

Visit Jazz Vocals online.

Tickets: $12/$8/$5
2 Free tickets per Mason student ID avail. 11/12/19

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International Jazz Day Concert*

Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

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

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A Concert Presentation of Spring Awakening

Friday, May 01, 2020 3:00pm
Friday, May 01, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Theater

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A Concert Presentation of Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed by James Gardiner & Erin Gardiner
Musical Direction by Joe Walsh
Choreography by Amelia McGinnis

Winner of eight Tony Awards, this contemporary rock musical, based on the 1891 German pla...Read More


Mason Symphony Orchestra & University Choirs Concert*

Saturday, May 02, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music

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The Mason Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Dennis Layendecker.

The Mason Symphony Orchestra is comprised of outstanding string, wind, and percussion players from throughout the School of Music.

School of Music students: MUSI 300 credit events are marked with (*).

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The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!

Sunday, May 03, 2020 2:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Family Series

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Witness the impossible with top illusionist Bill Blagg in his new mind-bending and hilarious magic show The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! “Unbelievable!” raves USA Today, and “Absolutely Incredible!” echoes The Chicago Tribune. The whole family will rub their eyes in disb...Read More


Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Inspiring the Next Generation

Saturday, May 09, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

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Featuring the Fairfax Symphony All-Stars
Sharon Bulova Young Artists’ Program

Alexander Kerr, violin
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Leshnoff: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Regional Premiere)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition 

The FSO salutes the next generation of young musicians with a s...Read More


School of Music Honors Recital*

Saturday, May 09, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Mason School of Music
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Choralis 20th Anniversary: An Experiment in Music

Sunday, Jun 07, 2020 5:00pm
Location: deLaski Performing Arts Building, A101, Black Box, Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building, A105, TheaterSpace, Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building, A102, Theatre Dressing Room, Fairfax Campus, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall,…
Presented By: Choralis

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Experiments in Music
Todd Fickley, pianist

Suzanne Karpov, soprano

Roger Isaacs, countertenor

Steven Eddy, bass

The grand finale of our 20th season will be three crowd-pleasing works composed by 1930s contemporaries. Carl Orff, Igor Stravinsky, and George Gershwin used techniques and text...Read More