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October 2020

Dance Masterclass with Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano

Thursday, Oct 01, 2020 6:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are thrilled to share a FREE masterclass with the talented company Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano. Lara C. Garcia and Israel A. Rivas will demonstrate choreography, including movement from “El Jarabe Tapatio.” Due to COVID, the com...Read More


Alumni Artist Support Initiative: In Conversation with Kwanza Nicole Gooden

Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

In spring 2020, Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts launched the Alumni Artist Support Initiative, a concerted effort to assist alumni during a time of uncertainty and financial constraints. Film and Video Studies alum Kwanza Nicole Gooden (‘13) received one of the Initiative’s seven award...Read More


Visual Voices: Agustina Woodgate - "Critical Circulation"

Thursday, Oct 08, 2020 7:30pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Art

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The George Mason University School of Art Visual Voices Colloquium is a professional lecture series that invites nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design to students and the community at large. Presented in a digital for...Read More


Hookman

Friday, Oct 09, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Theater

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Written by Lauren Yee
Staged reading, directed by Julia Rudgers

The Mason Players present a staged reading of Hookman—an existential slasher comedy! Freshman year at college is hard, especially when there is a hook-handed serial killer on the loose. But if Lexi can discover what really happen...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


The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices with Bree Newsome

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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Join filmmaker, musician, speaker, and activist Bree Newsome for a conversation as part of The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices—a speaker series that provides an opportunity for Mason students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater community, to engage in dialogue around creativ...Read More


Visual Voices: Adriana Ospina - "Working at the Art Museum of the Americas - Latin America and Diplomacy"

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 7:30pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Art

The George Mason University School of Art Visual Voices Colloquium is a professional lecture series that invites nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design to students and the community at large. Presented in a digital format this F...Read More


Gaining Ground: A Celebration of Diverse Voices in Musical Theater

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Theater

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A Musical Revue
Conceived and directed by James Gardiner, Erin Gardiner, and musical director Joe Walsh

In the spirit of The Season of Jubilee, a yearlong celebration of uniting in joyful responsibility and change, The Mason Players have gathered songs by BIPOC and/or women composers and lyr...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


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: with Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Sunday, Oct 25, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

Front Row: National
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Mozart: Concerto in D minor for Piano, Flute, and Strings, K. 466
Smetana: Trio in G minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 15

The Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center are pleased to present Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Cente...Read More


Visiting Filmmakers Series Online: Black Lives Matter: Melissa Haizlip with Mr. SOUL!

Monday, Oct 26, 2020 1:30pm
Location: Virtual Event

Visiting Filmmakers Series Online: Black Lives Matter: Melissa Haizlip with Mr. SOUL! Discussion with filmmaker, online screener of film available before the session.

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Contact: Abbesi Akhamie, Film at Mason, aakhamie@gmu.edu, (703) 993-3287

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Alumni Artist Support Initative: In Conversation with Paul Chinen

Friday, Nov 06, 2020 12:30pm
Location: Virtual Event, Virtual Event Zoom
Presented By: Mason Arts at Home

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The College of Visual and Performing Arts launched the Alumni Artist Support Initiative in Spring 2020 to assist Mason alumni during a time of uncertainty and financial constraints. Seven alumni received awards towards future projects including Dr. Paul Alan Chinen, School of Music ’14. Mas...Read More


Beyond the Stage

Friday, Nov 06, 2020 6:00pm
Saturday, Nov 07, 2020 6:00pm

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Student choreographers from Mason’s School of Dance have created original dance-video works to be projected onto the outdoor walls of the Center for the Arts. Join Mason’s dancers and choreographers and enjoy their innovation as we gather (physically distanced) to celebrate creativity in th...Read More


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: featuring Michael Brown, piano

Sunday, Nov 08, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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Front Row: National
Michael Brown, piano

Barber: Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 28
Brown: Prelude and Dance for Cello and Piano
Mendelssohn: Sextet in D major for Piano, Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Bass, Op. 110

The Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center are pleased t...Read More


Mason Artist-in-Residence Third Coast Percussion: A Discussion on Entrepreneurship in the Arts

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020 7:30pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason Arts at Home

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Join the Grammy ® Award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion for a livestreamed conversation exploring how the artist-run ensemble is managed and the unique ways they are innovating during the era of COVID-19. The ensemble, known for using traditional instruments like xylophones, marimba...Read More


Jazz 4 Justice™

Friday, Nov 20, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

Jazz4Justice™ and Justice for Jazz. 

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Established in 2001 by Fairfax, Virginia attorney Edward L. Weiner, Esq. and Founder of Mason Jazz Studies, Jim Carroll, Jazz 4 Justice is an award-winning annual concert presented by Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) and Mason Jazz Studies. Th...Read More


Mason Players' Originals! Part 1 and Part 2

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 7:00pm
Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Mason School of Theater

Part One: 7 p.m. / Part Two: 8 p.m

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A series of plays and presentations, each 10 minutes in length, that showcases The Mason Players’ student writers and creative artists. The performances are pre-recorded and will premiere in two parts. Featuring:

Part One:

Reincarnate by Jacob Horowitz
Tom,...Read More


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: David Shifrin, clarinet

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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CMS Front Row: National
David Shifrin, clarinet

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
Luigi Bassi: Concert Fantasia on Themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto
Duke Ellington: Clarinet Lament

The Center for the Arts and Hylton Performing Arts Center are pleased to present CMS Front Row, a new di...Read More


A Chanticleer Christmas

Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

Join us in our tradition of ushering in the holiday season with peace, joy, and a cappella, with a specially recorded digital performance by Chanticleer! With their signature harmonic blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass, this festive holiday program features American hymns, Christma...Read More


The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices with Theresa Ruth Howard and Nicole Brewer

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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“The only way to make the world a better place, is to be better people in it,” shared prolific dance choreographer, industry expert, and author Theresa Ruth Howard. The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices is pleased to host Howard along with anti-racist theater advocate Nicole Brewer fo...Read More


Alabaster

Friday, Dec 04, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

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Written by Audrey Cefaly

Staged reading, directed by Rachel Sharp

A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist on a small farm in North Alabama. This intimate portrait explores the meaning an...Read More


Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music Holiday Concert

Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 8:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Presented By: Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

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Join us for a joyous virtual concert by the Dewberry School of Music as we ring in the holiday season! Showcasing Mason's outstanding ensembles, this evening will feature traditional holiday favorites and festive new works performed by extraordinary student artists.

This event will be strea...Read More


At Home with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas

Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 7:00pm
Location: Virtual Event

A Celtic Family Christmas

Champion fiddlers Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, and their seven children welcome us directly into their home to experience Christmas with them like never before through a virtual performance. Join their family as they invite you into their home for Celtic music and stor...Read More


Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 7:30pm
Location: Virtual Event

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Mason Artist-in-Residence 

As the world’s first holiday show highlighting the African American tradition of stepping, Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is a feast for the eyes and ears! Step Afrika!’s fabulous and furry friends from the Arctic Kingdom—Popper the Penguin along...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


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


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 Magic of Bill Blagg Live!

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 2:00pm

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Witness the impossible with top illusionist Bill Blagg in his new 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 ...Read More


CANCELLED Grace for President

Sunday, Mar 07, 2021 1:00pm
Sunday, Mar 07, 2021 4:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Family Series

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Backyard Productions

Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Adapted from the book Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio; Illustrations by LeUyen Pham

When Grace, a spunky elementary school student, learns that there have been no female presidents of the United States, she decides to...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


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


Collision of Rhythm

Sunday, Apr 25, 2021 1:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus
Presented By: Family Series

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Collision of Rhythm is the ultimate dynamic duo made up of a tap-dancing percussion virtuoso and a beatboxing, juggling comedian. Imagine a STOMP, Blue Man Group, and Ringling Bros. mash-up and the result is this extraordinary performance perfect for kids and kids-at-heart. Aaron ...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


October 2020