Center for the Arts Announces 2009-10 Season

Posted: April 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s Center for the Arts (CFA) announced the new season of Great Performances at Mason at a press conference on April 2.

According to Tom Reynolds, director of artistic programming, marketing and audience services who introduced the lineup, an effort was made to “keep things affordable” and ticket prices will not increase.

The season will officially kick off on Sept. 26, when the fourth annual Arts by George! Gala is held. The event will feature the work of College of Visual and Performing Arts students and faculty and will culminate with a performance by Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, who will be accompanied by the American Festival Pops Orchestra directed by Mason professor Anthony Maiello.

Center for the Arts lobby
The Center for the Arts lobby was the setting for a press conference announcing the 2009-10 season.
Photo by Nicolas Tan

A few of the many highlights of the season include:

  • Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with violinist Julian Rachlin.

  • Dance performances by the Mark Morris Dance Group, Momix, Garth Fagan Dance, the Moscow Festival Ballet and Black Grace.

  • Theater presentations by Olympia Dukakis in “Rose,” L.A. Theatre Works, Aquila Theatre Company and the Acting Company.

  • The Virginia Opera performing “La Boheme,” “The Daughter of the Regiment,” “Don Giovanni” and “Porgy and Bess.”

  • Returning favorites such as pianist Jeffrey Siegel with Keyboard Conversations; fiddlers Natalie McMaster and Eileen Ivers; the Flying Karamazov Brothers; Doc Watson; Cherryholmes; and the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, which will team up with Steve Lippia to present a tribute to Frank Sinatra.

  • Presentations during the winter holiday season include Chanticleer, Canadian Brass, George Winston and Rockapella.

Subscriptions are now available; single tickets go on sale Sept. 1. For more information, see the CFA web site.

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