Center for the Arts Announces 2010-11 Season

Posted: April 12, 2010 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: April 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

Song-and-dance-man Joel Grey will headline ARTS! by George this fall. Getty Images

Song-and-dance-man Joel Grey will headline ARTS, by George! this fall. Getty Images

In addition to sharing the welcome news that the Center for the Arts will continue offering its winning formula of music, dance and theater acts in the upcoming 2010-11 Great Performances at Mason season, Tom Reynolds, director of artistic programming, announced at a news conference on April 8 that ticket prices will be kept about the same as they are currently.

“Rather than price high and have to discount heavily when tickets don’t sell, we just make them reasonable to begin with,” Reynolds explained.

Among the exciting offerings announced for the center’s 20th anniversary season is the return of Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) to the lineup. TFA, Mason’s resident professional theater, has been on a break from full-scale productions, but will be back in May 2011 with “Live Wire,” a show that recreates the look, sound and feel of the classic radio days of the 1930s. “Live Wire” presents a selection of radio programs drawn from Mason’s own Federal Theatre Project archives and was originally staged by TFA in 1992.

Another Mason signature event, ARTS, by George! returns in September, but this time with song-and-dance-man Joel Grey as the headliner. ARTS, by George! showcases student artists and raises money to benefit student scholarships. Plus, this event — celebrating its fifth anniversary — will be the first held in the new de Laski Performing Arts Building addition, due to open in the fall.

Acts making their debut at the Center for the Arts in the upcoming season include

  • Brooklyn Rider, an eclectic string quartet
  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with violinist Arabella Steinbacher, performing a program of Strauss, Schubert and Haydn
  • Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
  • The Merchants of Bollywood, a fusion of Western and Indian dance
  • Buika, a singer who blends jazz, blues and soul with gypsy rumba and Afro-Cuban music
  • The Waverly Consort, singers and musicians who recreate the Biblical Christmas story in medieval style
  • New Orleans Nights, a tribute to the epicenter of jazz, featuring Allen Toussaint, Nicholas Payton and the Joe Krown Trio

The intriguing MOMIX will bring a new work, "Botanica," to the Center for the Arts this season.

Returning favorites include

  • Virginia Opera, with four productions this season: “Cosi fan tutte,” “Madama Butterfly,” “Rigoletto” and “The Valkyrie”
  • Mark Morris Dance Group
  • MOMIX, presenting a new dance, “Botanica”
  • Parsons Dance
  • Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
  • Aquila Theatre, presenting “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Six Characters in Search of an Author”
  • The Acting Company, presenting “The Comedy of Errors”
  • Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel
  • Chanticleer, presenting holiday music, a capella style
  • Leahy, presenting “Leahy Family Christmas”
  • Vienna Boys Choir

For more information on the Great Performances at Mason 2010-11 season, see the Center for the Arts web site.

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