College of Visual and Performing Arts Announces Arts, By George!

Posted: August 17, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and Center for the Arts have announced an inaugural benefit – Arts, By George! – designed to raise funds for arts scholarships.

A premier showcase of young artists at work, the benefit’s centerpiece is a concert by top Broadway vocalist and arranger Michael Feinstein on Saturday, Sept. 30. Co-chaired by Sen. and Mrs. John Warner and generously supported by many local area donors and businesses, Arts, By George! will be held on Mason’s Fairfax Campus, beginning in the Performing Arts Building and culminating in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

Arts, By George! is a unique night of music, dance, theater, visual art and creative cuisine that celebrates the arts at Mason.

Audiences will embark on their journey from Mason’s Performing Arts Plaza after receiving an easy-to-follow guide. As the route unfolds – winding through the university’s studio environments – patrons will sample delicacies from around the world and enjoy brief artistic presentations by Mason students. These young artists will perform some of their works in progress in all disciplines.

At 8 p.m., guests will arrive in the Concert Hall for a performance by four-time GRAMMY nominee Michael Feinstein. Accompanied by a six-piece live combo, Feinstein will present a program of great American music. After the performance, the audience will join Feinstein onstage for a champagne and dessert reception.

Michael Feinstein is “America’s Ambassador of Song,” a pop vocalist, composer and arranger who began his career as Ira Gershwin’s assistant. For six years he held this position, allowing him complete immersion into the life of one of the legends of American music and access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, which he has since recorded and performed.

Arts, By George! Schedule

5:30 p.m. – Showcases of the arts, buffets and beverages

8 p.m. – Concert by Michael Feinstein

10 p.m. – Champagne and dessert reception onstage with

Michael Feinstein

Tickets for Arts, By George! are $200 per person and include student performance showcases, food, beverages, the Michael Feinstein concert and dessert reception onstage with the artist.

E-mail, call 703-993-4188, or visit the web site to order tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

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