Center for the Arts Announces 2005-06 Season

Posted: April 4, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The 2005-06 season of “Great Performances at Mason” will present some returning favorites as well as new artists in a mix of genres that continues the Center for the Arts (CFA) tradition of showcasing something for just about every arts lover.

“We build each season with one eye on nurturing our most fruitful long-term artistic relationships, and the other on exploring new territory and expanding horizons by introducing new artists and companies, and sometimes even a new art form,” said Rick Davis, artistic director, at a press conference last week announcing the new season.

One of the new artists includes rising star Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who will bring his spoken-word piece Scourge to CFA in April 2006. Joseph fuses hip-hop, spoken word, and live music to offer a powerful political and revolutionary look at Haiti. In a similar vein, legendary composer/performer Meredith Monk will present a thought-provoking multimedia piece next February titled “The Impermanence Project.” Combining music, video, movement, and text, the work creates a celebratory meditation on the delicacy and power of the human spirit, based on a workshop Monk’s company presented in a London hospice.

Returning favorites include Theater of the First Amendment, which will premiere the musical Lift: Icarus and Me next January; Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel, who will offer interpretations of Mozart throughout the season; the Virginia Opera, presenting several classics—La Traviata, Romeo and Juliet, the Marriage of Figaro, and Norma; the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in March 2006; and the Mark Morris Dance Group in February.

Jazz orchestra in rehearsal
Photo by Evan Cantwell

The season includes several world-renowned orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra next January, the Munich Symphony Orchestra this October, and the Russian National Orchestra in March 2006.

Ushering in the holiday season next December, banjoist Alison Brown will make her first appearance at CFA with a special program titled Winter’s Eve, while the Canadian Brass will return to present the group’s annual holiday party on stage.

Other highlights include the Flying Karamazov Brothers, who are neither Russian, nor brothers, nor flying, but are a wacky juggling comedy group; John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers; the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, which brings its members from the extraordinary dance village in southern India; a debut performance by Ballet Hispanico; and much more.

CFA has created a niche for itself in the surrounding community, with ticket sales growing by the thousands each year. 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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