Center for the Arts Announces 2003-04 Season

Posted: April 8, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

With the intentions of bringing performances which “entertain, enlighten, and enliven,” William Reeder, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Rick Davis, associate dean and artistic director, have announced the 2003-04 season of “Great Performances at Mason.” More than 30 diverse performances and world-renowned artists will maintain the Center for the Arts (CFA) commitment to reach out to both students and the community.

During the 2003-04 season, the center continues its tradition of presenting some of the most sought-after dance companies performing today. These include Mark Morris, who chose the Center for the Arts as the site for his newest world premiere, “Serenade,” this past March, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and David Dorfman Dance. The center’s own professional theater company, Theater of the First Amendment, will work with the creative team of Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox for the family-suitable show, the Odyssey of Telemaca, in spring 2004. The Virginia Opera will continue to offer four productions during the season, bringing Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Rigoletto, and Fidelio to audiences in 2003-04.

Other highlights include the smoky vocals of cabaret star Ute Lemper, who will sing a program of Kander and Ebb, Edith Piaf, Michael Nyman and more. Cirque Eloize, the youthful compatriot of Cirque de Soleil, will combine dramatic music with bold movement and aerial acrobatics in May 2004. As part of the “American Echoes” series, the center will be one of the area venues taking part in the Library of Congress’s groundbreaking Motown festival. The culmination of that event will be an appearance by one of the world’s premiere singing groups, The Four Tops.

Back by popular demand, Grammy-winning Chanticleer will present its flawless technique, featuring a pure, radiant sound that fills the hall this December. Also returning is master pianist Jeffrey Siegel with his Keyboard Conversations. The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra will perform in February 2004.

The center maintains its central goal of combining the attraction of world-class professional performances with its educational program. The center’s professional programs and the college’s academic offerings combine to give students the opportunities to interact with–and learn from–real working artists. In addition, they continue to provide up to 500 free tickets for Mason students for all “Great Performances at Mason” events.

For more information, including dates and times for all performances, visit the CFA web site.

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