Center for the Arts - George Mason University

11/24

Junie B. Jones

TheatreWorks presents a play based on the children's book character. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
11/29

Seraphic Fire Christmas

The Grammy Award-nominated a cappella group sings carols, contemporary holiday favorites and Gregorian chant directed by founder and artistic director Patrick Dupre Quigley. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
12/6

George Mason University Dance Company

The company performs "Winter: Dance Innovations.". At the Harris Theater.
12/5 - 12/6

Virginia Opera

The Virginia Opera presents "H.M.S. Pinafore," Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera about a naval captain's daughter who falls in love with a poor sailor despite her father's wishes. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
12/7

Mason Symphony Orchestra

An evening of holiday music from musicians from George Mason University's School of Music. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
12/10

Frosty the Snowman

TheatreWorks stages a play about the jolly happy soul. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
12/12

The 5 Browns

The five siblings present an evening of holiday music played on five grand pianos. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
12/13

American Festival Pops Orchestra

Conducted by founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, the 60-member pops orchestra celebrates the holidays with an evening of Christmas carols, holiday songs and a sing-a-long. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
12/20 - 12/21

Vienna Boys Choir

The Austrian youth choir sings hymns, holiday favorites, Christmas carols and more. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
1/23/15

The Tempest

At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
1/24/15

Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey

At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/6/15

A Life in the Theatre

At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/8/15

The Romance of Broadway

At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/21/15

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/22/15

Christopher Riley and Pablo Ziegler

At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
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Editorial Review

Built in 1990, the Center for the Arts on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax hosts a wide range of performances in its concert hall, two theaters, a dance studio and three visual arts galleries.

The Concert Hall seats 1,935 on the main floor and balcony. Because there are no aisles, the rows have been widely spaced to allow room for people to reach their seats from the sides -- also making it possible to cross your legs during a performance. With a huge orchestra pit, wide rows and the balcony set back considerably from the stage, the space is in no way intimate but the acoustics are sharp and clean. It is home to the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfax Chorale and serves as the Northern Virginia venue for the Virginia Opera, which brings many of its productions north from Richmond and Norfolk.

TheaterSpace, the 140-seat black-box home of the Theater of the First Amendment, is in the adjoining building; the Harris Theatre, a 500-seat proscenium house, is just across one of the campus squares. The Harris is used mostly as recital space, although as the university's Division of Art and Visual Technology becomes more and more active, this is the hall that lends itself to multimedia theatrical efforts. The center also has three visual arts galleries and a tiny dance performance studio that accommodates 50 for recitals.

The center sponsors a number of performance series that bring in visiting orchestras, dance troupes, jazz musicians, chamber groups and soloists.

-- Brad Hathaway