arts in brief

arts in brief

Thursday, November 30, 2006

An American Opera Comes to George Mason

The Virginia Opera will perform Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah" this weekend at the George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Sunday. Pre-performance discussions, free to ticket holders, are 45 minutes before each curtain on the Grand Tier.

A wine and cheese tasting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the lobby.

The homespun American opera, set in New Hope Valley, Tenn., addresses societal issues, including rights to privacy, purity and property, according to the opera's artistic director, Peter Mark.

Tickets are $44, $72 and $86 tomorrow, and $48, $76 and $90 Sunday; they can be obtained by phone at 888-945-2468 or online at

The Center for the Arts is on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is available in the deck next to the Concert Hall; free parking is in university lot K. For information, visit

Three Shows, One Judged, at McLean Center

A juried exhibition featuring artists whose work springs from photographic images, ideas or techniques is the highlight of this season's gallery shows by the McLean Project for the Arts at the McLean Community Center. A juror's talk from 7 to 9 p.m. today kicks off the PhotoGenesis exhibit, which runs until Jan. 13 at the center's Emerson Gallery. It covers a broad spectrum of styles, media and approaches.

In the project's Atrium Gallery, three-dimensional drawings by Hsin-Hsi Chen are on exhibit and, at the Ramp Gallery, paintings by Lucy and Dirk Herrman of McLean that explore landscapes and elements thereof.

The galleries are in the McLean Community Center at 1234 Ingleside Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The galleries are closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

For information, call 703-790-1953 or visit

Master Singers of Modern Music

Master Singers of Virginia, a mixed choral ensemble of 30 musicians concentrating in 20th- and 21st-century music, performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Admission is $26; $22 for McLean district residents; and $11 for students.

-- Compiled by BOB SAMSOT

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