Center for the Arts - George Mason University

9/19

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Pianist Alon Goldstein joins the group for a program that includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 5. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/3 - 10/4

Orpheus in the Underworld

Virginia Opera presents Offenbach's operetta, a lampooning of Greek tragedies. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/9

Rioult

The modern dance ensemble reinterprets compositions by Bach. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/11

Romeo and Juliet

Aquila Theatre presents Shakespeare's romantic tragedy. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/16 - 10/17

Peking Dreams

The National Circus and Acrobats of the People's Republic of China perform. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/24

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Pianist Sean Chen joins the orchestra for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2. The program also includes Sibelius's Symphony No. 2. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
10/25

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel

Siegel presents "Chopin and Grieg -- A Musical Friendship" in which he discusses the Romantic era composers. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
11/7

Munich Symphony Orchestra with The Romeros

The German orchestra is joined by classical guitarist Pepe Romero and his ensemble from Spain. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
11/14 - 11/15

La Boheme

Puccini's story about a struggling young couple is presented by Virginia Opera. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
12/11

American Festival Pops Orchestra

The band's Christmas concert includes a carol singalong, pop songs and holiday standards. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
12/12

American Festival Pops Orchestra

The band's Christmas concert includes a carol singalong, pop songs and holiday standards. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
12/18

Vienna Boys Choir

The choir presents "Christmas in Vienna," which includes hymns, carols and pop holiday sounds. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
12/19

Savion Glover: DANCE HOLIDAY SPeCTacULaR

The Tony Award-winning tap dancer returns with a program full of holiday cheer. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
1/22/16

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The sleuth takes on new cases in the the play presented by Aquila Theatre. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
1/23/16
1/30/16

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra

Boguslaw Dawidow conducts the band and pianist Marcin Koziak in a program that includes works by Wagner, Rimsky-Korsakov and Chopin. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/5/16

Mummenschanz

The Swiss troupe performs their nonverbal show. At the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
2/28/16

A Moon for the Misbegotten

In this drama, two struggling people share a night of unlikely love on 1923 Connecticut farm only to reconsider their choices in the morning. Presented by Walnut Street Theatre. 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