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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.

September 2021

Great Performances at Mason

CARTOGRAPHY

Saturday, Oct 02, 2021 7:00pm

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

Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann

Five young refugees set out searching for a new place to call home in this “stunning” (The New York Times) and timely theatrical work. Inspired by the artists’ creative wo... Read more

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Sphinx Virtuosi

Sunday, Oct 17, 2021 3:00pm

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Mason Artist-in-Residence
Tracing Visions

Welcome Mason Artist-in-Residence Sphinx Virtuosi, the chamber orchestra dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Prepare to stretch beyond the usual notions of the classical music canon with a dynamic program of mu... Read more

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Jerusalem Quartet

Sunday, Nov 07, 2021 4:00pm

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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 Award-winning conductor, violinist, and violist Pinchas Zukerman, and ... Read more

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Virginia Opera: La Bohème

Saturday, Nov 13, 2021 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 2:00pm

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La Bohème: Rodolfo Remembers

Concept and Adaptation by Keturah Stickann and Bruce Stasyna for San Diego Opera

Virginia Opera, the official opera company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, returns to the Center for the Arts stage with a condensed version of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème: Rodol... Read more

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Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: The Glorious Music of Chopin

Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 7:00pm

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From stirring polonaises and dreamy nocturnes to virtuoso études and soulful mazurkas, savor The Glorious Music of Chopin! Acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel, in his signature Keyboard Conversations® series, combines dynamic performances of Chopin’s greatest works with the fascinating stor... Read more

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Canadian Brass

Saturday, Nov 27, 2021 8:00pm

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Making Spirits Bright

Back by popular demand! The internationally acclaimed 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 running shoes, this quintet... Read more

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Dianne Reeves

Saturday, Dec 04, 2021 8:00pm

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Christmas Time is Here

Dianne Reeves, “the most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday” (The New York Times), shares her timeless voice and improvisational prowess in an exceptional holiday program of seasonal sounds. Adored by audiences ... Read more

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CANCELED: Vienna Boys Choir

Friday, Dec 10, 2021 8:00pm

The Vienna Boys Choir has canceled its 2021 tour, including this performance at the Center for the Arts.

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American Festival Pops Orchestra

Saturday, Dec 11, 2021 8:00pm

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Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

Ding-dong, ding-dong, Christmas bells are ringing. Gather with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and special guests for its annual Holiday Pops concert, which is sure to make spirits bright! A beloved tradition with our audiences, this heartwarming ev... Read more

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Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 8:00pm

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Called “one of the most sought-after choreographers of her generation” by The New York Times, Camille A. Brown is reclaiming the cultural narratives of African-American identity through dance. Now, her Bessie Award-winning company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers take the stage at the ... Read more

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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 jaunty music of Bach, the improvisatory, unbound music of Mozart, Mendelssohn’s “Last Rose of Summer”, and Swedish compos... 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 one ... 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 unpublished pl... Read more

Kristin Chenoweth in Concert

Saturday, Feb 12, 2022 8:00pm

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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. She has left an indelible mark on Broadway with her performance as Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, and as Sally ... Read more

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Pilobolus

Sunday, Feb 20, 2022 7:00pm

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BIG FIVE-OH!

In their 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobolus turns their traditions sideways and brings its past into the future in a thoroughly engaging new way. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus puts the “Oh!” in BIG FIVE-OH!, as they continue to morph into audiences’ hear... 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 Sport, called “cute, engaging…charming, bright... 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 collabo... 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

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 Caleb Teicher with Lindy Hop cham... Read more

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Edgar Meyer and the 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 Willia... Read more

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Cirque Éloize

Friday, Apr 01, 2022 8:00pm
Saturday, Apr 02, 2022 2:00pm
Saturday, Apr 02, 2022 8:00pm

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HOTEL

Cirque Éloize’s 25th anniversary creation is an immersive, high-flying Art Deco universe—HOTEL. The stage is transformed into a multi-storied grand hotel of a bygone era where acrobatics and dance are performed to live music. The hotel’s lobby doors swing open and a kaleidos... 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 Girl... 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 entrusted a... 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 leads Northern Virginia’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in a night of cool, expressive jazz. The evening’s repertory includes ins... Read more

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, Apr 23, 2022 8:00pm

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

The Center for the Arts is proud to co-present a thrilling classical music program by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) featuring piano virtuoso Simone Dinnerstein, who The Washington Post ha... 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 storytelling.... Read more

September 2021