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Martha Graham Dance Company
04/13/2024 to 04/13/20244373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
The revolutionary Martha Graham Dance Company—the oldest modern dance ensemble in the country—returns to the Center for the Arts with a program that showcases the company’s legacy through iconic classics and new work. The evening opens with a special performance of one of Graham’s earliest works, Steps in the Street, danced entirely by students of the Mason Dance Company. Next members of the Martha Graham Dance Company perform Agnes de Mille’s tour de force, Rodeo. Set to music by famed American composer Aaron Copland, Rodeo broke ground in 1942 by including tap dance and indigenous folk dance alongside classical ballet. Next on the program is a new commission by acclaimed choreographer Jamar Roberts, featuring music by multi-instrument virtuoso and two-time GRAMMY winner Rhiannon Giddens. This special preview of the work is the week before the company’s official world premiere at New York City Center. The program concludes with the joyful Maple Leaf Rag, Graham’s 180th (and last) choreographic work, created at the age of 96. Experience the company The Washington Post called “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” in an evening that illuminates artistic impulses to connect to our past, present, and future.
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
04/20/2024 to 04/20/202410960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110
Saturday, April 20 at 5 and 8 p.m. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen is a torrent of mind-blowing Bluegrass. Known for their meaty pile-driving rhythms and Solivan’s dynamic and bold vocals, the band’s last two albums received GRAMMY nominations for Best Bluegrass Album. They have twice been named IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year and earned numerous other IBMA nominations including Male Vocalist of the Year, Mandolin Player of the Year, and in 2013, received Banjo Player of the Year. Their massive sound and show-stealing performances command the most prestigious stages in the country and abroad from The Grand Ole Opry to the biggest international festivals across Europe, South America, and Australia. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen’s respect and deep understanding of the Bluegrass tradition collides, live on stage, with rock-tinged fiery virtuosity that pushes the boundaries of the genre.
Small Island Big Song
04/20/2024 to 04/20/20244373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Right before Earth Day, join Small Island Big Song for a moving concert experience combining music, spoken word, and stunning projections to showcase unique oceanic grooves and soulful island ballads, while shining a light on the devastating effects of global warming on these islands. Framed against panoramic visuals, more than 100 indigenous artists are represented to highlight a shared seafaring ancestry with interconnected musical traditions. These unique lineages mixed with their diverse contemporary styles—roots-reggae, beats, grunge, R&B, folk and spoken-word—establish a contemporary musical dialogue between cultures as far afield as Madagascar, Aotearoa, Taiwan, Mauritius, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, and Rapa Nui. Billboard ASIA describes Small Island Big Song as “one coherent jaw-dropping piece that is likely the first time these traditional instruments have been mixed together... The result is breathtaking.”
The Okee Dokee Brothers
04/21/2024 to 04/21/20244373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Calling all bluegrass and American roots music fans to join around the “campfire” with the GRAMMY Award-winning duo The Okee Dokee Brothers. Long before the pair won five Parents’ Choice Awards, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up as childhood friends in Denver, Colorado, where they enjoyed adventures like rafting down their neighborhood creek and hiking through the Rocky Mountains. Now, they infuse bluegrass music and playful lyrics with childhood wonder for the great outdoors, hoping to spark a desire in children to explore their surroundings and imaginations. “The lyrics are playful, engaging and subtly filled with life lessons. These are songs that encourage kids to find happiness with fewer material possessions and embrace adventure even in trying situations” (Chicago Tribune). (Recommended for ages 3 to 8)
Bridging the Gap
04/24/2024 to 04/24/202410960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110
Hailed by The Washington Post for “superior arrangements and uncommon musicianship,” string duo Bridging the Gap features the talents of violinist and American Festival Pops Orchestra Artistic Director Peter Wilson and double bassist Aaron Clay. Celebrating 25 years of performances, this unlikely pair offers a unique voice to musical genres from classical to jazz, folk to film music, funk to popular song, and even Big Band. Wilson and Clay’s charisma, humor, and expansive repertoire— from Handel to Led Zeppelin— have made a lasting impression on audiences of all ages. Having met as members of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, Wilson and Clay have made frequent appearances at The White House, the Kennedy Center, and as guest artists and clinicians on campuses throughout the U.S. For more information, please visit: https://hylton.calendar.gmu.edu/bridging-the-gap
Bamberg Symphony featuring Hélène Grimaud, piano
04/27/2024 to 04/27/20244373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
The Bamberg Symphony—one of Germany’s premier orchestras—debuts at the Center for the Arts in a program inspired by New Yorker music critic and Pulitzer Prize finalist Alex Ross’s recent book Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music. It explores Richard Wagner’s complicated, many-sided legacy and his colossal influence on music, art, and culture as part of the ensemble’s concert series “The World After Wagner.” Maestro Jakub Hrůša—renowned for his partnership with Bamberg Symphony as well as for his guest-conducting with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra—leads a beautiful program featuring Wagner’s Prelude to Act I from Lohengrin and Overture to Tannhäuser. The program also features music by two of Wagner’s German contemporaries, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann; virtuoso pianist Hélène Grimaud, praised by The Washington Post for the “rapturous” and “astonishing show of her proficiency and poetic sensibilities,” joins the orchestra for Schumann’s dazzling piano concerto.