Center for the Arts - George Mason University

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State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico

Led by conductor Enrique Batiz, the Mexico City ensemble performs works by Manuel de Falla, Enrique Grandos, Isaac Albeniz and others with pianist Irina Chistiakova and guitarist Alfonso Moreno. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/6

A Life in the Theatre

A veteran actor and an up-and-comer face off in this backstage comedy. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/6

A Sense of Wonder

Actress Kaiulani Lee portrays the environmentalist Rachel Carson. At the Harris Theater.
2/7

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

The FSO presents "An Evening in Prague," a program featuring Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 and the U.S. premiere of Sylvie Bodorova's Symphony No. 1. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/8

The Romance of Broadway

Todd Ellison headlines a program of Broadway love songs. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/14

Salome

The Virginia Opera presents Richard Strauss's seminal opera based on Oscar Wilde's play, in a production directed by Stephen Lawless and conducted by Ari Pelto, starring Kelly Cae Hogan in the title role. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/21

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

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

Christopher Riley and Pablo Ziegler

At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/28 - 3/1

Mark Morris Dance Group

A program featuring works set to music by composers Lou Harrison ("Pacific" and "Grand Duo") and Felix Mendelssohn ("Songs Without Words"). At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
3/8

Jeffrey Siegel

The pianist presents "Torment and Triumph -- The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt," a Keyboard Conversations program featuring Liszt's "Ave maria," "Mephisto Waltz" and Piano Sonata. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
3/14

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Led by conductor Christopher Zimmerman, the FSO performs a program featuring works by Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Dvorak and Bach's Violin Concerto with violinist Paul Huang. At the Harris Theater.
3/21 - 3/22

La traviata

Led by conductor Andrew Bisantz and directed by Lilian Groag, this traditional staging of Verdi's opera stars soprano Cecilia Violetta Lopez as Violetta and tenor Rolando Sanz as Alfredo. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
3/27 - 3/28

2015 Dance Gala Concert & Dinner

Considered the crowning event of George Mason Dance Company's season, the gala features a program of works by contemporary choreographers, including Andrea Miller's "Pupil Suite", Alejandro Cerrudo's "Lickety-Split" and Ulysses Dove's "Vespers". At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
3/25 - 4/4

An Experiment with an Air Pump

Set in 1799 and 1999 in the same house, this play explores the ethics of medical research. At the Harris Theater.
4/11

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Led by conductor Luke Frazier, the FSO performs in "A Civil War Portrait," a program of Civil War-era music featuring National Broadway Chorus. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
4/12

Classic Broadway

Pianist Todd Ellison and his friends perform music from popular Broadway shows. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
4/18

Russian National Ballet Theatre presents Cinderella

The classic storybook ballet features Russia's finest dancers, Prokofiev's exuberant music, sumptuous costumes, lush scenery and comical stepsisters. A treat for audiences of all ages. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
4/19

Russian National Ballet Theatre presents The Sleeping Beauty

Considered the crown jewel of choreographer Marius Petipa's career, "The Sleeping Beauty" is the magical fairy tale of the beautiful, sleeping princess who awaits the kiss of her prince. Features luminous costumes, elaborate sets and, of course, the graceful movements of the gifted Russian ensemble. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
4/24

BBC Concert Orchestra

Led by conductor Keith Lockhart, the orchestra presents a program featuring works by Britten, Vaughn Williams and Walton as well as Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" and Piano Concerto with pianist Charlie Albright. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
4/24 - 4/26

George Mason University Opera

The GMU Opera performs Gilbert and Sullivan's comedic opera "The Pirates of Penzance.". At the Harris Theater.
5/1 - 5/2

MOMIX presents Alchemia

This new work about the art of alchemy was born of the brilliant and untamed mind of MOMIX's founder and choreographer Moses Pendleton. It manipulates the four classic elements: earth, air, fire and water, to create a visually arresting theatrical experience full of whimsy, sensuality, beauty and intrigue. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
5/3

Mason Symphony Orchestra

Concerto winner soloists perform with the orchestra. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
5/10

Jeffrey Siegel

The pianist presents "Rachmaninoff and Friends," a Keyboard Conversations concerts featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Scriabin. 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