Center for the Arts Announces Single Tickets Sales for 2003-04 Season

Posted: August 19, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ellen Acconcia

After the announcement of the 2003-04 season of Great Performances at Mason, The Washington Post called it a “program that will span high and pop art with impressive elan, including the ballet, the circus, and a trio of Korean sisters covering the Doors.” Tickets for the entire season go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The 2003-2004 Season of Great Performances at Mason does include ballet (Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet and the Moscow Festival Ballet), a circus (the daring aerials and youthful pizzazz of Cirque Eloize), and the risk-taking Ahn Trio, with a repertoire spanning the centuries, including an intriguing version of “Riders on the Storm” from their CD “Ahn Plugged.” The season also includes classical music performed in the traditional style, with the grandeur of a large symphony (Orchestra Verdi Europa and the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus), and soloists getting intimate with the audience (Joan Kwuon, Byron Janis, and Alessandra Marc).

Modern dance companies appear (Mark Morris Dance Company, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, David Dorfman), as do companies whose mission is to keep the culture and traditions of their homelands alive (DouDou N’Diaye Rose and the Drummers of West Africa and Krasnoyarsk Siberian Dance Company). For those who love the thrill of live theater, Great Performances expands its theater series to include Ann Bogart’s SITI Company with a backstage look at the Welles classic War of the Worlds, as well as the Tony Award-winning Acting Company and an original mystery, Murder by Poe.

Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) is George Mason’s professional company in residence at the Center for the Arts. Continuing its fruitful relationship with the creative team of Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox, TFA presents their new imaginative family musical: The Odyssey of Telemaca in the spring. Set in pre-Revolutionary Mexico, The Odyssey of Telemaca is a spin on the Homer classic with a female heroine, lots of local color, and a live mariachi band TFA also brings the Kennedy Center production of the Hall and Surface musical/dance fable, The Nightingale, to Fairfax for two performances in December. A literary twist on drama is presented in November with the original Stories at Night, featuring the dramatized work of novelists Richard Bausch, Alan Cheuse, Susan Shreve, and Steve Goodwin.

Ticket purchases can be made online at www.tickets.com, by calling (703) 218-6500, or in person at the Center for the Arts box office in the lobby of the Concert Hall. Ticket prices vary according to performance, and many of the performances on the center’s schedule are classified as “Family Friendly,” entitling children under 12–with an accompanying parent ticket–to attend for half price. For event descriptions and a listing of the “Family Friendly” performances, visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

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