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Great Performances at Mason

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June 2020

30th Anniversary Season Announcement

Thursday, Aug 27, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Center for the Arts

We’re unveiling the 30th Anniversary Season! Join Director of Programming Adrienne Bryant Godwin and Dean of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Rick Davis for this live, virtual event announcing exciting in-person performances on the Fairfax campus, as well as new programming for Mason Ar...Read More


CANCELLED: Cirque FLIP Fabrique Six°

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 1:00pm
Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 4:00pm
Presented By: Center for the Arts Outdoor Concerts

Cirque FLIP Fabrique Six°, scheduled for October 17, has been cancelled. This performance will not be rescheduled or replaced. Ticket holders will be contacted regarding options for their tickets.

Bring the entire family for a thrilling live outdoor performance in front of the Center for the Arts on...Read More


CANCELLED: Cameron Carpenter: All You Need is Bach

Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 5:00pm
This performance by Cameron Carpenter, scheduled for October 24, has been cancelled. This performance will not be rescheduled or replaced. Ticket holders will be contacted regarding options for their tickets.

Cameron Carpenter is a game changer in classical music, and during these unprecedented time...Read More


CARTOGRAPHY

Saturday, Jan 23, 2021 7:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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Mason Artist-in-Residence
Co-created by Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers

Five young refugees set out in search of a new place to call home in this “stunning” (The New York Times) and timely theatrical work. Inspired by the artists’ creative work with refugees from around the wor...Read More


CANCELED: Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Celebrating Beethoven

Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 7:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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Welcome back to the stage virtuoso pianist and exceptional storyteller Jeffrey Siegel. In his first concert of the season, he celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with some of the composer’s best-loved works. This concert features the beloved “Moonlight” Sonata, O...Read More


CANCELED: Sankofa Danzafro

Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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The City of Others

Through the lens of Afro-Colombian dance, The City of Others explores racism and social disparity in Colombia, a country home to Latin America’s second largest population of people of African descent. This dance style draws from capoeira, contemporary dance, hip...Read More


CANCELED: Les Violons du Roy

Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 2:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

Les Violons du Roy’s tour has been canceled, including this performance at the Center for the Arts.

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Virginia Opera: La Voix Humaine and Gianni Schicchi

Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 8:00pm
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 2:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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Virginia Opera returns to the Center for a double-bill of Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice) and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. An up-close-and-personal exploration of the whims of the human heart, La Voix Humaine is an intimate operatic adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s 1...Read More


Dervish

Friday, Feb 26, 2021 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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Welcome Irish music icon, Dervish, to the Center for a rousing celebration of Irish heritage just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. For more than 30 years, the sextet hailing from Ireland’s rugged and wild coast has become one of the biggest names in traditional Irish music. The inte...Read More


Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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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 1987 when they collabo...Read More


The Chieftains

Monday, Mar 08, 2021 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 contemporary on "The Irish Goodbye" tour. The six-time Grammy® Award winners are celebrated for reinventing traditional Irish music...Read More


CANCELLED: KODO

Friday, Mar 12, 2021 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

KODO’s One Earth Tour: Legacy has been canceled, including this performance at the Center for the Arts.

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Virginia Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 8:00pm
Sunday, Mar 21, 2021 2:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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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, all driven by the music of Mozart at his most spirited, and conceived in collaboration with his most entrusted and su...Read More


CANCELED: Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra with Maria Schneider

Saturday, Apr 03, 2021 8:00pm

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Mason Artist-in-Residence
Featuring Maria Schneider, conductor

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 excerpts from Wi...Read More


CANCELED: Cirque Éloize

Friday, Apr 09, 2021 8:00pm
Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 2:00pm
Saturday, Apr 10, 2021 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

Cirque Eloize’s tour has been canceled, including these performances at the Center for the Arts.

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CANCELLED: Lila Downs

Sunday, Apr 18, 2021 7:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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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 six-time Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter draws audiences in with her unmistakable charisma and inspiring sto...Read More


Jerusalem Quartet

Friday, Apr 23, 2021 8:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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Featuring Pinchas Zukerman, violin/viola and Amanda Forsyth, cello

Bruckner: Adagio from String Quintet in F major
Dvorák: Sextet for Strings in A major, Op. 48
Brahms: Sextet for Strings in B-flat major, Op. 18 

Grammy® ward-winning conductor, violinist, and violist Pinchas Zukerma...Read More


Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Evocative Visions

Sunday, Apr 25, 2021 7:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Great Performances at Mason

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Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel is popular with classical music lovers and newcomers alike. In his final concert of the season, Siegel plays the visually inspired masterpieces of Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Grieg.  This “concert with commentary” makes connection...Read More


June 2020