About the Performances

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Did you know? Children and youth through grade 12 get half-price tickets for Great Performances at Mason events.

The Center for the Arts is Northern Virginia's home for the best of the performing arts. From Broadway's brightest stars to the stars of tomorrow studying at Mason, the Center always has an arts experience to inspire you.

Great Performances at Mason

Each Great Performances at Mason season is filled with performances by some of the world's finest artists in music, dance, theater, and more.

  • Opera: Fully-produced opera productions featuring Virginia Opera
  • Classical Music: Extraordinary, virtuosic concerts featuring the best artists and ensembles in the classical music world
  • Ballet and Modern Dance: Today’s foremost talents explore the art of movement in this series that spans the many genres of dance, from classical to cutting edge.
  • World Music and Dance: International artists perform works of their homeland and explore the relationship between art and culture
  • American Music: Masters of jazz, pops, Broadway, spirituals and more bring alive the rich tapestry of American music.
  • Theater: Theatrical experiences ranging from the classics to contemporary works.
  • Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Concerts with insightful commentary that explore the music of great piano composers

Student and Faculty Performances

Mason's College of Visual and Performing Arts presents outstanding performances featuring the extraordinary promise of our talented students and the accomplishments of our prestigious faculty. Experience the work of these artists from the Schools of Music, Dance, and Theater.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra calls the Center for the Arts its home and presents a full season of classical programming each year.

Arts Experiences for All Ages

From theater for the very youngest to sophisticated classical music performances and beautiful displays of dance from around the world, the Center for the Arts is bustling all season with arts experiences for you and your family.