Center for the Arts Announces 2004-05 Season

Posted: April 6, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

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The 2004-05 season of “Great Performances at Mason” is the “most ambitious so far,” with more than 60 Center for the Arts performances scheduled, according to William Reeder, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Rick Davis, associate dean and artistic director. Reeder and Davis announced the performance schedule at a press conference last week.

The 2004-05 season will bring a world premiere of a Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) musical, Open the Door, Virginia! choreographed by award-winning Dianne McIntyre. The musical, which will run for three weeks in January 2005, includes music by bluesman Olu Dara and portrays real-life stories of Virginia students who played a key role in challenging school segregation. TFA will also bring the play Nathan the Wise to the Center for the Arts in September.

The season includes several world-renowned orchestras, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, and the Kirov Orchestra. The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra returns by popular demand with two performances, bringing a double dose of traditional jazz in October and February. An intimate Jazz Club will follow the orchestra’s performances on the Grand Tier for those who cannot get enough.

Other highlights include the return of the Mark Morris Dance Group, which premiered All Fours at George Mason last year. The acrobatic and comedic MOMIX dance group will perform the all-American inspired Baseball in January. The Virginia Opera will also return with four productions: Turandot, The Merry Widow, Tristan und Isolde, and Faust.

The sounds of Grammy-winning Chanticleer will fill the hall this December. Also returning is master pianist Jeffrey Siegel with his Keyboard Conversations. The Boys Choir of Harlem will also perform in December.

The Center for the Arts has created a niche for itself in the surrounding community, with ticket sales growing more than 54 percent in the past few years. The center continues to appeal to both the community and university students, giving students opportunities to interact with–and learn from–real working artists. In addition, the center continues 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 for the season’s preview.

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