"War of the Worlds," an eerie Halloween mood setter, is one of the highlights of the 2003-04 season at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, officials announced.

The re-creation of Orson Welles's famous 1938 radio broadcast, in which he dramatized H.G. Wells's science fiction classic in a news report that panicked a stunned national audience, will be presented Oct. 29 by director Anne Bogart's SITI Company.

Rick Davis, artistic director for the Center for the Arts, announced the lineup to a luncheon crowd of center supporters, staff and media at the Fairfax County school. Davis said 33 performances were designed to "entertain, enlighten and enliven."

Theater performances at the center include another creep show, "Murder by Poe," on Jan. 30. John Houseman and Margot Harley's Acting Company will perform an original play based on a synthesis of four tales by Edgar Allan Poe.

A new family musical, "The Odyssey of Telemaca," by the center's resident professional troupe, Theater of the First Amendment, will close the season June 6-8.

Music and dance programs dominate the 2003-04 offerings.

On Oct. 4, the Ahn Trio will perform chamber music based on its hit modern classical album, "Groove Box." The Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia will showcase its colorful folk dances Nov. 9, and on April 18, 2004, vocalist Ute Lemper will present an evening of cabaret music with her concert "All That Jazz."

The Mark Morris Dance Group, a favorite for seven seasons, returns in October.

Holiday offerings include vocal ensemble Chanticleer, returning Dec. 5, and violinist Eileen Ivers, with her Celtic Christmas concert Dec. 13.

Virginia Opera performances include "Madame Butterfly," Oct. 24 and 26; "The Magic Flute," Nov. 21 and 23; "Rigoletto," Feb. 20 and 22; and "Fidelio" April 2 and 4.

A performance by the Four Tops on May 9 will cap the center's participation in the Library of Congress's Motown festival.

The "Great Performances" series is a program of George Mason's College of Visual and Performing Arts.

A full schedule is available at www.gmu.edu/cfa/calendar/.

The Ahn Trio will perform chamber music based on its hit modern classical album, "Groove Box," on Oct. 4.In April 2004, vocalist Ute Lemper will present cabaret music in her concert "All That Jazz" at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.Theater performances at the center include "Murder by Poe" in January.