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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.

November 2021

Great Performances at Mason

RESCHEDULED: Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 8:00pm

This performance by Camille A. Brown & Dancers has been rescheduled to April 2, 2022 at 8 p.m. The Ticket Office will contact all ticket holders via email with their options. Please contact the Ticket Office at cfatix@gmu.edu or 703-993-2787 if you haven't heard from them by January 20.

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Fantastic Fantasies

Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 7:00pm

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Take an extraordinary journey through classical music with this Keyboard Conversations® performance. Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel will guide you through the improvisatory, unbound music of Mozart, Mendelssohn’s “Last Rose of Summer”, and Swedish composer Stenhammar’s rhapso... Read more

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 8:00pm

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Vasily Petrenko, music director
Kian Soltani, cello

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Celebrate the diamond jubilee anniversary of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) with a program featuring ... Read more

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Virginia Opera: Three Decembers

Saturday, Feb 05, 2022 8:00pm
Sunday, Feb 06, 2022 2:00pm

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by Jake Heggie with libretto by Gene Scheer

Virginia Opera’s production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Three Decembers is a two-act chamber opera about family—the ones we are born into, and those we create. Based on Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s unpublishe... Read more

RESCHEDULED: Kristin Chenoweth in Concert

Saturday, Feb 12, 2022 8:00pm

This performance by Kristin Chenoweth has been rescheduled to September 24, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. The Ticket Office will contact all ticket holders by email with their options. Please contact the Ticket Office at cfatix@gmu.edu or 703-993-2787 if you haven't heard from them by January 20. 

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Pilobolus

Sunday, Feb 20, 2022 7:00pm

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BIG FIVE-OH!

Pilobolus is turning 50! The remarkable company that secured an iconic place in American culture in the early 1970s is still wowing audiences with its irresistible mix of wit, sensuality, and stunning physical acumen. For this 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobo... Read more

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Mark Morris Dance Group

Saturday, Feb 26, 2022 2:00pm
Saturday, Feb 26, 2022 8:00pm

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Featuring the MMDG Music Ensemble

The ever innovative and compelling Mark Morris Dance Group is on every arts lover’s must-see list. They return to the Center with a medley of lively works. The performance opens on a playful note with Words, called “frisky and enigmatic” by Th... Read more

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Sunday, Feb 27, 2022 7:00pm

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Sharing a heartfelt message of love, peace, and harmony, Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs an uplifting concert showcasing traditional South African vocal styles. Already successful in their own right in South Africa, the group rose to worldwide prominence in 1986 when they col... Read more

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CANCELED: The Chieftains

Monday, Mar 14, 2022 8:00pm

The Chieftains Irish Goodbye Tour has been canceled, including this performance at the Center for the Arts

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SW!NG OUT

Saturday, Mar 19, 2022 8:00pm

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Mason Artist-in-Residence
A Joyce Theater Production
Directed by Caleb Teicher

The fire, fight, and sheer joy of swing dance inhabits the Center for the Arts in SW!NG OUT. Live music by Eyal Vilner’s Big Band accompanies the dancing and choreography created by the acclaimed Cale... Read more

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Edgar Meyer and Scottish Ensemble

Sunday, Mar 27, 2022 4:00pm

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Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist and composer Edgar Meyer joins the acclaimed Glasgow-based Scottish Ensemble for a unique program that spans the ages from the Baroque to the present day. The concert features works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Wi... Read more

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Evocative Visions

Sunday, Apr 03, 2022 7:00pm

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Pianist Jeffrey Siegel is popular with classical music lovers and newcomers alike. In his final Keyboard Conversations® concert of the season, he plays the visually inspired masterpieces of Debussy, plus Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Grieg. Included on the program is Debussy’s The ... Read more

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Virginia Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, Apr 09, 2022 8:00pm
Sunday, Apr 10, 2022 2:00pm

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Mozart’s beloved four-act comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro, is the kind of mad and frantic bedroom farce of which guilty (and not-so-guilty) pleasures are made. It is all driven by the music of Mozart at his most spirited and conceived in collaboration with his most entrust... Read more

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, Apr 16, 2022 8:00pm

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Mason Artist-in-Residence
Featuring Maria Schneider, conductor

GRAMMY Award-winning composer, conductor, and Mason Artist-in-Residence Maria Schneider conducts Northern Virginia’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in a night of cool, expressive jazz. The evening’s repertory inclu... Read more

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra with Simone Dinnerstein

Saturday, Apr 23, 2022 8:00pm

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Christopher Zimmerman, music director and conductor
Featuring Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Simone Dinnerstein was originally scheduled to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5.  Due to a strained finger injury, she has adjusted her repertoire over the next few months to allow i... Read more

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Lila Downs

Sunday, Apr 24, 2022 7:00pm

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Lila Downs is one of the most influential artists in Latin America. Whether it’s a full-throated mariachi song, an achingly tender bolero, or sultry jazz tune, this GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter draws audiences in with her unmistakable charisma and inspiring storytell... Read more

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: American Pianistic Treasures

Sunday, Sep 18, 2022 7:00pm

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Welcome back Jeffrey Siegel, a masterful “pianist who literally overflows with music” (Berlin Die Welt) to our stage for his popular series that tells the stories behind the music. In this “concert with commentary,” Siegel introduces the signature sounds of American piano music with belove... Read more

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Kristin Chenoweth in Concert

Saturday, Sep 24, 2022 8:30pm

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For the Girls

Is there anything Kristin Chenoweth can’t do? The Emmy® and Tony Award-winning performer dazzles audiences in every role she tackles on stage and screen. Join her as she takes centerstage as headliner of the 2022 ARTS by George!. In this much-anticipated concer... Read more

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MOMIX

Saturday, Oct 01, 2022 8:00pm

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VIVA MOMIX

Wish MOMIX a “Happy Birthday!” with VIVA MOMIX, a compilation of the company’s most dazzling vignettes from the past 40 years of inventive dance and acrobatics. The program is a mix-and-match variety of sections from Botanica, Alchemia, Remix, Opus Cactus, and Lunar Sea. Expect ... Read more

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Havana Cuba All-Stars

Sunday, Oct 02, 2022 7:00pm

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Featuring Asere with special guest Brenda Navarrete

The Havana Cuba All-Stars will instantly transport you to its Caribbean homeland known for its hazy jazz clubs, soothing white sand beaches, rich culture, and lively beats. Afro-Cuban percussionist and vocalist Brenda Navarrete joins the ... Read more

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Virginia Opera: The Valkyrie

Saturday, Oct 08, 2022 8:00pm
Sunday, Oct 09, 2022 2:00pm

Composed by Richard Wagner
Adaptation by Jonathan Dove and Graham Vick
Orchestrated by Jonathan Dove

Mortals are caught up amidst struggles between capricious gods in Richard Wagner’s iconic dramatic opera The Valkyrie, from his legendary “Ring” cycle. Virginia Opera boldly opens its 2022-2023 season ... Read more

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Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

Saturday, Nov 05, 2022 8:00pm

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Mason Artist-in-Residence
In collaboration with Chitrasena Dance Company
Ahuti

Set to the sounds of live flute, violin, harmonium, manjira, and drums onstage, Ahuti is a mesmerizing performance and collaboration between Mason Artist-in-Residence Nrityagram Dance Ensemble and the Chitrasena D... Read more

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Virginia Opera: The Pirates of Penzance

Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov 13, 2022 2:00pm

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Composed by Gilbert & Sullivan

Set sail with this classic comic operetta fit for all ages. Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance has everything—whimsical melodies, hilariously memorable characters, and one of the most terrific earworms of all time, “I Am the Very Model of a Modern... Read more

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Immortal Impromptus

Sunday, Nov 20, 2022 7:00pm

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel is for both music aficionados and those that aspire to be so. He will draw you into the composers’ lives by sharing fascinating details about their creative processes. As a result, you will leave the concert with a deeper appreciation of the musi... Read more

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The 5 Browns

Saturday, Nov 26, 2022 8:00pm

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Celebrate the holidays with a concert that fills the Center with all of the spirit and power of five grand pianos played together on one stage. The 5 Browns, a quintet of incredibly talented pianists and siblings—Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae—all simultaneously attended The J... Read more

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Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

Saturday, Dec 03, 2022 8:00pm

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A Celtic Family Christmas

Center for the Arts audience favorites, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, return for the holidays with their musical family for a jubilant evening of lightning-fast fiddling, lively step dancing, and loads of Irish music. This husband-and-wife duo brings the sp... Read more

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Vienna Boys Choir

Friday, Dec 09, 2022 8:00pm

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Christmas in Vienna

The holiday season isn’t complete without the return of the Vienna Boys Choir melting hearts with their heavenly voices. Admired across the globe for their pure sound and technical mastery, the cherubic ensemble features boy sopranos and altos from eight to 14, represen... Read more

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American Festival Pops Orchestra

Saturday, Dec 10, 2022 8:00pm

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Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season 

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling too. Come out to the Center for the Arts for timeless holiday favorites with the American Festival Pops Orchestra. This beloved tradition starts the season off on a festive “note” with treasured cl... Read more

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The Acting Company: The Three Musketeers

Saturday, Jan 28, 2023 8:00pm

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Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas

“All for one and one for all. United we stand, divided we fall!” Escape into Alexandre Dumas’s swashbuckling epic The Three Musketeers, performed by The Acting Company. Full of charm, wit, and swordplay, this world-premiere adaptation by Linda Alpe... Read more

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Silkroad Ensemble

Sunday, Jan 29, 2023 4:00pm

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Mason Artist-in-Residence
Uplifted Voices

The GRAMMY Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, debuts their newest program Uplifted Voices at the Center, as part of their multi-year participation as a Mason Artist-in-Residence. Championing women and non-binary members of... Read more

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Virginia Opera: Fellow Travelers

Saturday, Feb 04, 2023 8:00pm
Sunday, Feb 05, 2023 2:00pm

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Composed by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce

In a commitment to share contemporary opera experiences with its audiences, Virginia Opera presents Fellow Travelers by New York-based composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce. Set at the dawn of the Cold War, Fellow Travelers fol... Read more

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Munich Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, Feb 12, 2023 2:00pm

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Robert McDuffie, violin

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Known for exuberant performances, the acclaimed Munich Symphony Orchestra (MSO) returns to the Center with an uplifting program of masterworks! The MSO embraces the sheer joy and ... Read more

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Doug Varone and Dancers

Saturday, Feb 18, 2023 8:00pm

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Featuring the Mason Dance Company

Doug Varone and Dancers returns to the Center, bringing a program brimming with the vitality of highly charged choreography which also touches the human heart. The program will feature Somewhere (2019), Short Story (2001), Nocturne (2017), and Double Octet... Read more

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Voctave

Sunday, Feb 19, 2023 4:00pm

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The Corner of Broadway and Main Street

Calling all Disney and Broadway fans! A cappella superstars, Voctave, will transform the Center for the Arts into The Corner of Broadway and Main Street in an “aca-awesome” treat for all ages. Featuring swoon-worthy arrangements from some of your favo... Read more

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Chloé Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies LIVE!

Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 8:00pm

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Viral tap dance phenomenon Syncopated Ladies LIVE!  is the brainchild of D.C.-native and Emmy® Award-nominated tap dancer and choreographer Chloé Arnold, protégé of Debbie Allen. This fierce all-female troupe of hoofers has amassed more than 100 million video views online for their hypnoti... Read more

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Musical Valentines

Sunday, Feb 26, 2023 7:00pm

Go beyond chocolates and flowers when you take your sweetheart to experience an evening of Musical Valentines. In this stirring Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel, be swept away with music of infinite passion, poetry, and longing by Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, and Chopin, and learn how the com... Read more

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Virginia Opera: La Traviata

Saturday, Mar 11, 2023 8:00pm
Sunday, Mar 12, 2023 2:00pm

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Composed by Giuseppe Verdi

Featuring one of the most demanding, sumptuous, and recognizable scores of all time, Virginia Opera concludes its season with Giuseppe Verdi’s tours de force La Traviata. Set amidst the pleasure-loving and decadent French aristocracy of the 19th century, Verdi’s ... Read more

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KODO

Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 8:00pm

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One Earth Tour 2023: Tsuzumi

Experience the power, grace, and joy that KODO’s athletic percussionists bring to the stage in their much-anticipated 40th anniversary performance: Tsuzumi. As masters of the ancient art of Japanese taiko drumming, KODO bewitches audiences with visually-stunnin... Read more

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Cirque FLIP Fabrique

Friday, Mar 31, 2023 8:00pm
Saturday, Apr 01, 2023 2:00pm

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Muse

In this all-new, high-energy production, the seven acrobats of FLIP Fabrique don high heels, then football shoulder pads to dazzle audiences of all ages. Muse playfully pirouettes around and tackles the perennially complicated questions of gender archetypes—circus-style. Set to an ori... Read more

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Daniel Hope and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, Apr 02, 2023 2:00pm

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America

Violin luminary Daniel Hope returns with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra to reveal the charisma of American music in a program named after his new album, America. This concert celebrates our country’s most recognizable tunes from across the 20th Century, including Copland’s iconic “Ho... Read more

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra with Bobby Floyd

Saturday, Apr 08, 2023 8:00pm

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Bobby Floyd, organ

Calling all cool cats to head to the Center for the Arts for a swinging evening of jazz with Northern Virginia’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, featuring keyboardist/organist Bobby Floyd on the Hammond organ and led by Founder, Artistic Director, and virtuoso saxophoni... Read more

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State Ballet of Georgia

Saturday, Apr 15, 2023 8:00pm

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Mostly B

Experience the sleek grace and physicality of neoclassical ballet with the State Ballet of Georgia in a program of works by George Balanchine and Ukrainian choreographer Yuri Possokhov. Led by the renowned Nina Ananiashvili, a native of Georgia and a former Bolshoi prima ballerina... Read more

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Mozart and Friends

Sunday, Apr 16, 2023 7:00pm

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Jeffrey Siegel closes out the Keyboard Conversations® season with a program that celebrates the power and inspiration of friendship. Join him for Mozart and Friends, and hear masterpieces of Mozart, magnificent music by composers who influenced him such as Joseph Haydn, and by those he inf... Read more

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra with George Li

Saturday, Apr 22, 2023 8:00pm

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George Li, piano
Christopher Zimmerman, music director and conductor

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 1
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Elgar: Symphony No. 1

The Center for the Arts is proud to co-present a soaring classical music program by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, featuring... Read more

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Indigenous Enterprise

Saturday, Apr 29, 2023 8:00pm

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Mason Artist-in-Residence
Indigenous Liberation

Indigenous Enterprise is on a mission to proudly share their heritage and culture through explosively joyous authentic dance and song. Comprised of champion dancers from Native American and Canadian tribes and Nations, this group first stunned... Read more

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