What an incredibly wonderful and intensely busy semester we are having in our School of Music! We hope you will join us at George Mason University for upcoming ensemble concerts as well as solo and chamber recitals. Please support our amazing students in opera, jazz, symphony orchestra, wind symphony, percussion ensemble, and various chamber ensembles and jazz combos. We are looking forward to our Wind Symphony’s performance at the Virginia Music Educator’s Conference this month in Hot Springs, VA and the Percussion Ensemble’s performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis. Both of these Mason ensembles have won highly coveted performance spots in prestigious conferences. In addition, we are proud of our alumni who continue to make music around the world. Kudos to Cristian Perez (MM in jazz studies 2012, guitar) and Yana Hristova (DMA candidate 2012-2014, flute) who performed this week at the Mason Korea campus in Songdo.
At this joyful season of Thanksgiving, please know that I feel truly grateful for each of you and for your support of our wonderful Mason students. I wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving filled with memorable music as you are surrounded by family and friends.
Dr. Linda Monson
Director, School of Music
Led by Prof. John Kilkenny
Monday, November 7 at 8:00 PM
Darkness, Franco Donatoni – performed as part of the FOCUS day **Burst, Michael Burritt *Triangle in the shape of a square, Matthew McBane Knocking on wood, Tyler Eshendal **Second Wind, Victor Provost +Forest who Speaks in Dreams, Ruben Ramirez Diaz **Prime, Kays Ishaq ^Aqua Vita, Stephen Gorbos Pulses, Cycles, Clouds; Nico Muhly* Excerpt performed, for a full recording click here ** World premiere, composed for Mason Percussion +US Premiere ^consortium premiere, commissioned by Mason Percussion
Jazz 4 Justice: Tribute to the Greatest Generation
The Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed byJim Carroll, joinsEd Weiner(Fairfax Law Foundation) and Cathy Croft (Prince William County Bar Association) to present Jazz 4 Justice™, an annual benefit concert with a very special Veterans Day“TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST GENERATION.”Jam session and reception immediately following both concerts.(Poster by Barbara Powderly)
The Voyage to host “Jazz 4 Justice” Jam Session!Mason Jazz is excited to announce that student quartetThe Voyagewill host the jam session held in the lobby after each Jazz 4 Justice performance! L-R: Benjamin Rikhoff (bass), Connor Holdridge (guitar), Patrick Foit (drums), and John Longbottom (alto sax). The Voyageis very active both on campus and in the Fairfax, VA area. Bring your instruments and sit in!
Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Concert
Led by Prof. Dave Porter
Sunday, November 13 at 6:00 PM
de Laski 3001
Mason Jazz Vocal Night Soloists from the Mason Jazz Voice Studio will perform along with the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble (director, Dr. Darden Purcell). Joining us will be very special guests, Herndon High School Vocal Jazz (directors, Dana Van Slyke and Jim Van Slyke)! Featuring Tomas Jackson (piano), Marcelo Carrion (guitar), Connor Holdridge (guitar), Zack Williams (bass) and Sam Carolla (drums). Sunday, November 13 7:00pm, Harris Theatre Free and open to the publicFor more upcoming jazz concerts, click here.