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Beginning October 18, 2021, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result is required for all audience members. Details here.

September 2021

School of Art, Mason Exhibitions and Mason Arts at Home

Visual Voices Lecture with Eddie Opara

Thursday, Sep 09, 2021 7:30pm
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Eddie Opara is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses strategy, design and technology. His projects have included the design of brand identity, publications, packaging, environments, exhibitions, interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, with many of his pr... Read more

Fall Comedy Headliner Craig Robinson

Friday, Sep 10, 2021 9:00pm

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George Mason University’s Student Involvement presents a hilarious night of stand-up featuring comedian Craig Robinson on the Mason Pond Lawn! Robinson is best known for his portrayal of Daryl Philban in NBC’s The Office but has also starred in such movies as Knocked Up, This is the End,... Read more

Shaolin Jazz: Can I Kick It? Black Panther

Friday, Sep 17, 2021 7:00pm

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Location: Mason Pond Lawn

Presented by the Visiting Filmmakers Series, Green MachineStudent Involvement and Center for the Arts.

The Visiting Filmmakers Series is co-hosting an outdoor movie screening with the fabulous Shaolin Jazz this September. SHAOLIN JAZZ - CAN I KICK IT? BLACK PANT... Read more

Dewberry School of Music

Grand Piano Celebration*

Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 3:00pm

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Honoring Mason's All-Steinway School and the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

Featuring International Steinway Artist Dr. Linda Apple Monson in collaboration with outstanding faculty artists Dr. Dennis Edelbrock (trumpet), Dr. Anna Balakerskaia (duo-piano), Dr. Eunae Ko Han a... Read more

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Visual Voices Lecture with Dario Robleto

Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 7:30pm
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Dario Robleto is an American transdisciplinary artist, researcher, writer, teacher and “citizen-scientist”. His research-driven practice results in intricately handcrafted objects that reflect his exploration of music, popular culture, science, war, and American history.  Robleto uses unexp... Read more

Arts Emerging: A Celebration of Renewal

Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 5:00pm

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Welcome back to campus for a one-night-only family-friendly extravaganza full of arts, food, and community to celebrate the return of the arts to campus and the 20th anniversary of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts!

The event features outdoor and indoor performances by curren... Read more

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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

Mason Arts at Home: Augmented Reality in Art

Monday, Oct 04, 2021 12:00pm
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Co-creator of CARTOGRAPHY and Mason Artist-in-Residence Kaneza Schaal’s interest in technology and the arts has been consistent in her work over the years. When the pandemic hit, she recognized that a new way to engage with live performance was on the horizon. Through a collaboration with t... Read more

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Visual Voices Lecture with Leslie Hewitt

Thursday, Oct 07, 2021 7:30pm
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Leslie Hewitt explores political, social, and personal narratives through photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations. Drawing on material from black popular culture of the 1970s and ’80s, Hewitt is interested in how we rely on images to provide memories of personal experience, ... Read more

Mason's Dewberry School of Music

Wind Symphony Concert*

Thursday, Oct 07, 2021 8:00pm

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The George 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 fo... Read more

Mason School of Theater

The Mason Players' Originals!

Friday, Oct 08, 2021 8:00pm
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Tune in for an evening of original new works featuring Mason School of Theater’s talented student playwrights and students. Recorded previously and edited for a digital Mason Arts at Home premiere, Originals! offers Mason’s creative artists the chance to share their work in a variety of forms. Wheth... Read more

Dewberry Artist Series*

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 3:00pm

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Come attend this annual showcase recital of performances by Mason's stellar School of Music faculty including vocal, instrumental, and piano artists.

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Family Series

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!

Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 7:00pm

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Witness the impossible with top illusionist Bill Blagg in his 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 disbelief as the “Houdini Ti... 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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Visual Voices Lecture with Amanda Ross-Ho

Thursday, Oct 21, 2021 7:30pm
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Amanda Ross-Ho is a Los Angeles based artist whose work takes the form of sculptural installations and material environments that propose dynamic and imagined ecologies of labor, time and the building of speculative archives. She builds formal syntax comprised of objects, images, and perfor... Read more

Mason School of Theater

A Concert Presentation of FOOTLOOSE

Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 8:00pm
Friday, Oct 29, 2021 8:00pm
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 2:00pm
Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 8:00pm
Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 2:00pm

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A Concert Presentation of FOOTLOOSE 

Stage Adaptation by DEAN PITCHFORD and WALTER BOBBIE
Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Music by TOM SNOW
Lyrics by DEAN PITCHFORD
Additional Music by ERIC CARMEN, SAMMY HAGAR, 
KENNY LOGGINS and JIM STEINMAN
Directed by Erin Gardiner
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Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert*

Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021 8:00pm

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Mason Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Soo Han

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

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Dewberry School of Music

Mason Choirs Fall Concert*

Saturday, Nov 06, 2021 4:00pm

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George Mason University choirs are under the direction of Dr. Lisa Billingham. The choral ensembles perform a wide variety of music each semester ranging from classical styles to multi-cultural works and popular music.

The Fall Choral Festival will feature clinics in the morning and perfo... 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

Dewberry School of Music

Mason Vocal Jazz Night*

Monday, Nov 15, 2021 8:00pm

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Join Dr. Darden Purcell, the Mason Jazz Voice studio and Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble for an evening of swinging standards and classic hits from the Great American Songbook!

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Free Tickets for Mason Students

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Arcadia Variety Show

Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 7:30pm
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Arcadia Variety Show is a pre-recorded performance that invites viewers to consider the interconnectedness of humanity and nature. It features work by students and recent alumni who use biological materials, processes, and imagery as departure points to explore themes of transformation and ... Read more

Jazz Combos Concert*

Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 8:00pm

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Performance by the Mason Jazz Combos, under the direction of jazz pianist, Wade Beach. Visit Mason Jazz online.

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Dewberry School of Music

Jazz 4 Justice™*

Saturday, Nov 20, 2021 8:00pm

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Join us in celebrating twenty years of the incredible impact of Jazz4Justice™!

Established in 2001 by Fairfax, VA attorney Edward L. Weiner, Esq. and Founder of Mason Jazz Studies, Jim Carroll, Jazz4Justice™ is an award-winning annual concert presented by Legal Services of Northern Virgi... 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

Dewberry School of Music

Symphonic Band Concert*

Monday, Nov 22, 2021 8:00pm

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The Mason Symphonic Band under the vibrant musical leadership of Profs. John Kilkenny and Denny Stokes, provides music majors and increasingly growing numbers of non-music majors an opportunity to study and perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary wind band literature.

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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

Family Series

Lightwire Theater

Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 1:00pm
Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 4:00pm

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A Very Electric Holiday

Make your season bright with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Holiday. Gather the whole family for this imaginative story cleverly told with cutting edge electroluminescent puppetry, live dancers, and a lively mix of classical, jazz, and pop music. Follow a you... Read more

Dewberry School of Music

Jazz Workshop Concert*

Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 8:00pm

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Jazz faculty member Prof. John Kocur directs the Mason Jazz Workshop big band in their concert! The Jazz Workshop performs music by Thad Jones, Mike Tomaro, Alan Baylock, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Neal Hefti and many others.

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Dewberry School of Music

Jazz Combos & Steel Pan Ensemble Concert*

Wednesday, Dec 01, 2021 8:00pm

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Performance by the Mason Jazz Combos, under the direction of jazz pianist, Wade Beach; and the Steel Pan Ensemble, under the direction of Victor Provost.

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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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Mason Symphony and Choirs Holiday Concert*

Sunday, Dec 05, 2021 7:00pm

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Join us for a joyous concert celebration by the Dewberry School of Music as we ring in the holiday season! Showcasing Mason’s Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, this evening will feature holiday favorites and festive new works performed by extraordinary student artists.

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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

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

Saturday, Dec 18, 2021 4:00pm
Sunday, Dec 19, 2021 4:00pm

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Christopher Zimmerman, FSO Music Director & Conductor
Andrea Cook, Fairfax Ballet Artistic Director

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker with The Fairfax Ballet Company

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra joins The Fairfax Ballet in their sixth collaboration to present the timeless class holiday favori... 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

Family Series

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Saturday, Feb 19, 2022 11:00am
Saturday, Feb 19, 2022 2:00pm

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Direct from the Vegas Strip, it’s Popovich Comedy Pet Theater! The whole family will be awe-struck by the juggling feats of Gregory Popovich along with the circus tricks of his adorable and spotlight-stealing furry and feathered friends. A fifth-generation circus performer, Popovi... Read more

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Jason Vieaux & Aaron Clay

Saturday, Feb 19, 2022 8:00pm
Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus, Harris Theatre, Lobby, Fairfax Campus

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“Bruromano” U.S. Premiere

Adolphus Hailstork: Essay for Strings  
Dvorák: Serenade for Wind Instruments
Christopher Rouse: “Ku-Ka-Ilimoku”
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Sylvie Bodorová: “Bruromano” for Solo Guitar, Double-bass and Strings (U.S. PREMIERE)

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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

Family Series

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Sunday, Mar 06, 2022 1:00pm
Sunday, Mar 06, 2022 4:00pm

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Enchantment Theatre Company

“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” So begins Harold and the Purple Crayon, which follows the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world h... Read more

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: An evening of Brahms & Tchaikovsky

Saturday, Mar 12, 2022 8:00pm

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Sofya Gulyak, piano

Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

Russian classical pianist, Sofya Gulyak has been praised for her "tremendous precision and colouration ... exquisite soft playing ... with delicacy." Performing around the globe to great acclaim, she joins the F... 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 Caleb Te... 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

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Saturday, May 14, 2022 8:00pm

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Christopher Zimmerman, conductor with The Fairfax Choral Society, Thomas Colohan, artistic director and Choralis, Gretchen Kuhrmann, artistic director

Leshnoff: Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos” (Regional Premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Distinguished as “a leader of contemporary American lyr... Read more

September 2021