Center for the Arts - George Mason University

9/12

Grimly Handsome

Julia Jarcho performs a staged reading of her play as part of Fall for the Book. At the Harris Theater.
9/20

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

The FSO plays Brahms' Symphony No. 2, Glinka's Overture from "Ruslan and Ludmilla" and is joined by pianist Alexander Schimpf for a performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
9/21

Grand Piano Celebration

Students and faculty members from George Mason University's School of Music perform works for piano. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
9/21

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel - Classics Go Pop!

Siegel kicks off a new season of his concert and commentary series with a program of well-known works by Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Mozart, Schubert, and others. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
9/27

Patti Lupone: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda... Played That Part

The Tony and Grammy award-winning actress performs songs from throughout her career. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/3

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

The choreographer and his contemporary ballet company perform "Rasa" set to a score by Grammy-nominated classical Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/5

Wuthering Heights

The story of ill-fated love is staged by Aquila Theatre. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/11 - 10/12

Virginia Opera's Sweeney Todd

The Virginia Opera opens up its 40th season with Sondheim's musical about the demon barber of Fleet Street. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/17

Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/25 - 10/26

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Led by conductor Christopher Zimmerman, the orchestra plays Copland's "Quiet City" and "Appalachian Spring," and Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" concerto and Orchestra Suites 1 and 2. At the Harris Theater.
10/24 - 10/26

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The audience votes to pick the ending of this musical comedy play-within-a-play. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/31 - 11/1

Cirque Peking

The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China perform. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
11/7

Martha Graham Dance Company

The ensemble dedicated to preserving Martha Graham's legacy performs "Appalachian Spring Suite," "Cave of the Heart," "Maple Leaf Rag" and "Echo," a new work choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
11/8

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents I'll Be Seeing You

In this pops program, the FSO plays works by Gershwin, Carmichael, Kern, Ellington and more, followed by conductor Luke Frazier's "I'll Be Seeing You," a love story based on letters his grandparents wrote each other during World War II. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
11/9

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel - Three Great B's - Bach, Beethoven and Bartok!

Siegel examines Bach's "Chorale Prelude," Bartok's "Romanian Folk Dances" and Beethoven's Sonata No. 24 in the second Keyboard Conversations concert of the current season. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
11/14

Czech Philharmonic

Led by conductor Jiri Belohlavek, the Czech Philharmonic performs Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 and "From the New World." Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
11/15

American Festival Pops Orchestra - Lights, Camera, Action!

Conducted by founder and director Anthony Maiello, the orchestra celebrates American pop culture with an evening of showtunes and songs from film and TV. Guest artist pianist Norma Douglas Zimdahl will perform her composition, "Norma's Jazz Classic.". At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
11/13 - 11/15

George Mason University Dance Company

The company performs new dances for fall. At the Harris Theater.
11/16

In the Heat of the Night

In the radio theater company L.A. Theatre Works's production a black homicide detective and white police chief must work together to solve the murder of a white man despite the prevalent prejudices of the South in the '60s. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
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 - Carols by Candlelight

The Grammy Award-nominated, Miami 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's H.M.S. Pinafore

The Virginia Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera about a naval captain's daughter 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

Holiday Celebration with 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 - Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

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 - Christmas in Vienna

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