George Mason University’s Center for the Arts is bringing Tony winner Sutton Foster to headline its annual September gala, and give its performance season a rousing start.

Sutton Foster arrives for the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

The 2012-2013 season, announced Thursday, also features the Mark Morris Dance Group, Dr. John & The Lower 911 Band, The Virginia Opera with four operas, tap dancer Savion Glover, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the Shaolin Warriors of China and guitarist Paco Pena.

Guitarist Paco Pena is on the lineup for next season at the George Mason Center for the Arts (Photo by Steve J. Sherman)

In addition to Morris’s return, the dance program features RIOULT, a group founded by former Martha Graham dancer Pascal Rioult.

The classical music programs will be anchored by the Virginia Opera, which will perform “The Pearl Fishers,” “Die Fledermaus,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Global music and dance are represented by the Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards and Celtic singer Natalie MacMaster,

Closer to home, the variations of American music are exemplified by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Turtle Island Quartet with fiddler Michael Doucet.

The season also features several theater productions, including the Tony-winning The Acting Company with John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.”

The programs also include the 20th anniversary season of Jeffrey Siegel and his Keyboard Conversations.