College of Visual and Performing Arts Offers Arts, by George!

Posted: September 14, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) and Center for the Arts announce the second annual Arts, by George! benefit that supports student scholarships in CVPA.

The beginning of the evening showcases the remarkable artistic talents of Mason students and faculty and culminates in the Concert Hall with a performance by legendary Broadway artist Barbara Cook.

Co-chaired by Cong. Tom Davis and state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis and generously supported by many local metro area donors and businesses, Arts, by George! will be held on Mason’s Fairfax Campus on Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 5 p.m.

Arts, by George! is a unique night of music, dance, theater, visual art and creative cuisine, celebrating the excellence of all of the arts at Mason. Participants will embark on a journey from Mason’s Performing Arts Plaza after receiving an easy-to-follow guide. As the route unfolds – winding through CVPA’s studios – patrons will sample delicacies and enjoy artistic presentations by Mason students. These young artists are performing some of their ‘works in progress’ in all disciplines. At 8 p.m., guests will arrive in the Concert Hall for a performance by Broadway chanteuse Barbara Cook.

“The blending of students, faculty, professional artists and community is a one-evening microcosm of our approach to education and to the best possible use of the college’s artistic resources on behalf of Mason and the region we serve,” says Bill Reeder, CVPA dean.

Barbara Cook made her Broadway debut more than 50 years ago as the ingénue lead in the musical “Flahooley.” She has performed in many Broadway musicals, including “Oklahoma!”, “Carousel,” “Plain and Fancy,” “Candide,” “The Music Man” (for which she won a Tony Award) and “She Loves Me.” Today, she has a successful second career as a concert and recording artist performing in major concert halls across the nation and abroad.

A champagne and dessert reception on stage with Barbara Cook will be held at 10 p.m.

Tickets for Arts, by George! (includes student performance showcases, food, beverages, Barbara Cook concert and dessert reception onstage with the artist) are $200 per person. E-mail kbeyker2@gmu.edu or call 703-993-4188, or go online to order tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

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