(FAIRFAX, VA)—The Center for the Arts at George Mason University announced today it has rescheduled upcoming performances for two artists previously scheduled in January and February 2022. The Bessie Award-winning dance company and Mason Artist-in-Residence Camille A. Brown & Dancers, who were scheduled to perform Saturday, January 22 will now debut at the Center Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. Acclaimed television and Broadway veteran Kristin Chenoweth will now headline the annual ARTS by George! fundraiser for the College of Visual and Performing Arts on Saturday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m.
“Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we have decided to reschedule Camille A. Brown & Dancers to April,” shared Director of Programming Adrienne Bryant Godwin. “Similarly, and given the opportunity to do so, we have rescheduled Kristin Chenoweth to become the headliner of our opening event of the 2022/2023 season at the 2022 ARTS by George! benefit.”
Godwin continued, “We are in close communication with all of artists for the remainder of the Center for the Arts season and should further updates occur we will communicate to our audience members as soon as possible.”
Current ticket holders for these two performances will be contacted about their options by the Center for the Arts Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (voice) 703-993-2787; (text) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets and program details for the Camille A. Brown & Dancers performance in April are available on the performance website.
New tickets for Kristin Chenoweth’s September 24, 2022 performance will be available mid-February.
ARTS by George! is an annual benefit held each September, which raises funds for student scholarships and community arts programs, including the seven academic disciplines in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), the Mason Community Arts Academy, and the Green Machine Ensembles. This event—unlike any in the D.C.-area—brings hundreds of CVPA students and faculty together to collaborate in a series of behind-the-scenes showcase performances and exhibits in open studios and rehearsal halls on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The event includes sumptuous food and beverage stations from top restaurants in the D.C. region, culminating in the gala performance in the Center for the Arts. The annual event has collectively raised more than $1.8 million since it began in 2006.
Updated Calendar Event Information:
Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m.
(Previously scheduled for January 22 at 8 p.m.)
$46, $39, $28, half-price for youth through Grade 12
Called “one of the most sought-after choreographers of her generation” by The New York Times, Camille A. Brown is reclaiming the cultural narratives of African-American identity through dance. Now, her Bessie Award-winning company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, takes the stage at the Center for the Arts for the first time. In this performance, the company showcases her choreography and artistic vision through a unique blend of modern, hip hop, African, ballet, and tap. The company’s program features selections from its acclaimed Trilogy on race, culture, and identity including Mr. TOL E. RAncE; “Turf” and “Milkshake” from ink; and the rousing tribute to New Orleans, New Second Line. Brown has created choreography for Broadway’s Once on This Island (2013) and Choir Boy (2019) for which she received a Tony nomination, as well as The Metropolitan Opera’s Porgy & Bess. She made her feature film debut choreographing Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom directed by George C. Wolfe on Netflix, and recently received the prestigious International Society for the Performing Arts’ 2021 Distinguished Artist Award and a 2020 Dance Magazine Award. This fall, Brown made history as the first Black director of Met Opera mainstage production, choreographing and co-directing (with James Robinson), Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which opened the Met season in September 2021. She will also be the first Black woman to both direct and choreograph on Broadway in more than 65 years when for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf opens in spring 2022. Her bold work taps into both ancestral stories and contemporary culture, capturing a range of deeply personal experiences. As an Artist-in-Residence, the company will hold masterclasses and engage with the community leading up to their debut performance.
A pre-performance discussion will take place in Monson Grand Tier, which is located on the third level of the Center for the Arts Lobby, 45 minutes prior to curtain.
Kristin Chenoweth in Concert
For the Girls
Saturday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m.
(Previously scheduled for February 12 at 8 p.m.)
$125, $85, $65
Is there anything Kristin Chenoweth can’t do? The Emmy® and Tony Award-winning performer dazzles audiences in every role she tackles on stage and screen. Join her as she takes centerstage as headliner of the 2022 ARTS by George! Gala. In this much-anticipated concert of Broadway favorites, pop classics, and American standards, Chenoweth’s cheerful personality and versatile range shine even brighter than her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has left an indelible mark on Broadway with her performance as Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked and as Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Her turns on The West Wing, Glee, and Pushing Daisies are absolutely binge-worthy. Her latest album, For the Girls, is a compilation of hit songs made famous by women who inspire her, including Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt. Don’t miss this endearingly down-to-earth and comedic performer that The New York Times calls a “perky performer with the powerhouse pipes,” and help support Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts through its annual fundraiser benefitting the arts at Mason.
Additional information about the 2022 ARTS by George! will be announced at a later date and updated on the event website.
All performances and artists are subject to change.
For the most up-to-date information visit cfa.gmu.edu.
The Center for the Arts is the premier destination for the arts in Northern Virginia. Each year, the Center welcomes hundreds of thousands of community members into its 2000-seat Concert Hall. The centerpiece of artistic programming within the Center, Great Performances at Mason, is an annual season of national and international artists, featuring the best of classical music, opera, jazz, global music, dance, theater, and more. As a part of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Center hosts many student and faculty performances presented by the Schools of Music, Theater, and Dance as well as events for School of Art and the Film and Video Studies, Computer Game Design, and Arts Management programs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts serves arts enthusiasts of all ages in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls nearly 39,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility.
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