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George Mason University
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George Mason University


The Manhattan Transfer

Presented ByGreat Performances at Mason
When/WhereSaturday, Sep 29, 2018 8:30pmCenter for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus

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Featuring the American Festival Pops Orchestra

Multi-Grammy Award®-winning vocal sensation The Manhattan Transfer performs with Northern Virginia’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra in a swinging evening of jazz-pop fusion at its very best. The legendary quartet revolutionized vocal jazz with their impeccable harmonies and crisp interpretations of jazz classics. They gained popularity in New York cabarets in the early 1970s, and quickly earned national fame with the release of their hit album and the single “Operator,” which took radio stations by storm. They continued to perform and record, exploring a range of jazz vocal genres, always with great success, earning their first two Grammy Awards® for the remake of their signature “Birdland.” They have recorded with such greats as Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, and Smokey Robinson. Now they join the American Festival Pops Orchestra with Artistic Director and Founder Anthony Maiello, who has gathered some of the most extraordinary musical talent in the greater D.C. area, to present a dynamic evening of vocal and instrumental swing, doo-wop, jazz, and pop.

Making a special guest appearance on the performance will be the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dr. Darden Purcell, Director of Jazz Studies/Jazz Voice at George Mason University. This award-winning vocal jazz group of George Mason University students will perform “Dream,” as well as their tour de force, “No More Blues,” a piece custom-arranged for the group by American Festival Pops Orchestra Composer/ Arranger-in-Residence, Bryan Kidd.

This performance is part of the ARTS by George! benefit. Visit for details.

Tickets: $100, $75, $50

Individual tickets go on sale August 1.