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2017 Spotlight on the Arts Schedule of Events

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Fri, Apr 21         7pm
Spotlight on the Arts Opening Gala   $
“Spotlight Cabaret -100 and Counting”
Old Town Hall                                     

 

Opening Gala honoring the City of Fairfax for the 32nd annual
Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, performances by outstanding
young musicians and performers from George Mason University.


Sat, Apr 22         2pm - 4pm
Fairfax Art League,
Spotlight on the Arts 
Art Show & Reception
Old Town Hall                                     

The Fairfax Art League exhibit will feature the artwork of its
members. Many media will be represented - oil, watercolor, pastel,
acrylic, collage, photography, etc. The show will be judged, and
ribbons and monetary prizes will be awarded. The public is invited to
view the show, meet our artists, enjoy musical entertainment, and
sample our delicious buffet.

www.fairfaxartleague.net





 



Sun, Apr 23        6pm
10th Annual Spotlight Bluegrass & Country
Festival
The Auld Shebeen                              

Bluegrass at The Auld Shebeen with Wicked Olde







Thu, Apr 21        7:30pm 
Fairfax Saxophone Quartet
The Sherwood Center                          

 

Mark your calendars for an exciting evening with the Fairfax 
Quartet (FSQ).  Our program, titled Music Around the World, will
include premieres of two arrangements of mine of music by
Martin Yates ('Frisco Bay Music and Nashville - Tennessee),
Veracruz! by Jose Riojas, and Suite Hellenique by Pedro
Iterralde. The concert is free and parking is free at the
Sherwood Center.

Apr 21 - 23          8pm
Mason Dance Company Spring Dance
Concert $
Harris Theatre, GMU

Fri, Apr 22          8pm
Sat, Apr 23         2pm & 8pm
The Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival 
TheatreSpace, GMU

 The tradition continues as student writers, directors and
 actors present their newest work in an intense ten-day
 rehearsal process that culminates in a presentation that
 shines a light on the storytellers of the next generation.
 It is always full of wonderful surprises!

$15 General Admission
$10 Students, faculty, staff, seniors & groups      

www.cfa.gmu.edu

Apr 22/23/24     7:30pm
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?     $
City of Fairfax Theatre Company          
Old Town Hall

Come have a drink with George and Martha! 
George is a middle-aged professor of history at New Carthage
and Martha, his wife, is the daughter of the college president.
When Nick and Honey arrive for a nightcap after the faculty
soiree, they have no idea of the games, twists and turns
that the evening holds in store.  In this wickedly funny play,
comedy and tragedy intertwine to create an unforgettable
evening.
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf won the 1963
Tony Award for Best Play and is considered one of the
masterworks of American drama, with its dazzling language
and unforgettable characters.

www.fairfaxcitytheatre.org

Fri, Apr 22          8pm   
Bonita Lestina Performance Series
Washington Saxophone Quartet
The Sherwood Center                         
WSaxQ is the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the
United States. The instruments evoke that the refined sounds of
of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and
the excitement of a jazz sax section.

For nearly 35 years WSaxQ has performed recitals,
informal concerts, and master classes in the United States,
the Caribbean, and China, and they have performed on radio
and television worldwide.  The ensemble taps into a rich
repertoire, from early music to newly commissioned works, and
it draws on a wealth of experience to reach listeners of every
age and background.

www.fairfaxarts.org

Sat, Apr 23         9am - 4pm 
8th Annual Lace Day  
Chesapeake Region Lace Guild
The Sherwood Center                          
CRLG Lace Days are held each spring in Virginia and each
fall in Maryland. They are free and open to anyone interested
in learning about lacemaking, lace identification, or other
fiber-related arts. The day usually starts with short business
meeting, and this is followed by a guest speaker, mini-workshops
led by CRLG members, and shopping for supplies and those
hard-to-find books!
Sat, Apr 23          7pm - 10pm
“Artful Living”  Our Daily Bread   $
An Evening of Art, Wine and       
Strengthening Community
The Sherwood Center                         

 
An Evening of Art, Wine and Strengthening our Community....
Enjoy the fabulous sound of Batida Diferente, while perusing
amazing works of art, sampling fine wine, winners of the
Washington Post's March Madness of Beer Contest, and sumptuous
hors d'oeuvres. All art work will be for sale, with ODB receiving
50% of the sale price. Enjoy a live auction and fund-a-need
appeal. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the programs of
Our Daily Bread and the Spotlight on the Arts Scholarship Program.

www.odbfairfax.org/Art

Sat, Apr 23          8pm
Sun, Apr 24         2pm
Great Performance at Mason   $      
Virginia Opera: The Flying Duchman
Concert Hall, GMU                              

                                                                                                  
Seafaring stories of sailors and his own disastrous sea journey
inspired Wagner to compose his masterful opera The Flying
Dutchman in a very dramatic style. The irrevocable, redemptive
power of love - set to a mesmerizing score - uses the supernatural
and haunting, rocky coast of Norway to set the stage for an epic,
spellbinding voyage. Will the lovers make the ultimate sacrifice?
Come aboard and find out!

www.vaopera.org

 

Sun, Apr 24         1pm – 4pm
Potomac Arts Academy Spring Recitals
Old Town Hall                                    

Potomac Arts Academy is the community arts division
of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. We offer
university-quality instruction in music, acting, art,
computer game design, film & video, and dance.
Our classes and lessons are open to kids, teens & adults of all
ages and abilities - follow your art to Mason!

potomacacademy.gmu.edu

Sun, Apr 24         2:30pm
Dedication - "The Dancer"
Fairfax Commission on the Arts
The Sherwood Center

Sun, Apr 24        4pm
Main Street Community Band
The Sherwood Center                         

The MSCB is an open membership, multi-generational
"come and play" volunteer community ensemble of the
City of Fairfax Band Association, Inc. with a friendly,
welcoming spirit promoting the personal rewards of
making music with friends while encouraging excitement
for music education and continued learning.

www.fairfaxband.org


Mon, Apr 25       7pm
Virginia Opera: An Evening
of Arias & Duets
The Sherwood Center                         

Join Virginia Opera for a delightful musical event featuring
arias and duet from your favorite operas, operettas,
and Broadway musicals, including selections from the 41st
Season. Virginia Opera Mainstage and Emerging artists perform
a unique array of popular song selections guaranteed to
have everyone shouting Encore! 

www.vaoprea.org


Tue, Apr 26        7:30pm
Vienna-Falls Chorus,
Sweet Adelines 
The Sherwood Center                         

Vienna-Falls is a performing chorus for women of all ages.
If you like to sing, enjoy musical harmony, choreographed
dance, applause, stage performance, and the excitement
of competition, you are invited to audition for membership.


 

 Tue, Apr 26       8pm
Mason Wind Symphony &
Symphonic Band   $
Concert Hall, GMU

 

 



Wed, Apr 27       6pm - 7pm
Earth Day Show & Reception
The Sustainability Committee
City Hall Atrium

 

 

Thu, Apr 28          7pm
John Mason Arts
Achievement Award 
Old Town Hall                                    

The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts recognizes
Jody Stein for her achievements and dedication to the arts.


Apr 29/30/5/1   7:30pm
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? $
City of Fairfax Theatre Company
Old Town Hall                                    

Come have a drink with George and Martha! 
George is a middle-aged professor of history at New Carthage
and Martha, his wife, is the daughter of the college president.
When Nick and Honey arrive for a nightcap after the faculty
soiree, they have no idea of the games, twists and turns
that the evening holds in store.  In this wickedly funny play,
comedy and tragedy intertwine to create an unforgettable
evening.
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf won the 1963
Tony Award for Best Play and is considered one of the
masterworks of American drama, with its dazzling language
and unforgettable characters.

www.fairfaxcitytheatre.org

Apr 29 & 30        8pm
Chorale Broadway Showcase   $ 
Harris Theatre, GMU                           
                        

It's that time again to bring "New York" back to Fairfax with
the wildly popular annual Broadway Showcase (it), featuring
the talents of George Mason's School of Music University
Chorale. After sharing this family friendly event with Prince
William County, we are happy to be back home in Fairfax!
This year the Show under the direction of Dr. Lisa Billingham
you'll be swaying to the music of "New York, New York" as
we celebrate Broadway. Relive the music that made you fall
in love with show-tunes with the soulful songs from
"Dream Girls," the Classics form "On the Town," the Jass from
"West Side Story," and the lively beats from "The Lion King."
This "not to miss" event is a event for the entire family and it
will delight all!

www.cfa.gmu.edu

Fri, Apr 29          7:30pm
Irish Ceili Spring Dance
The Sherwood Center                         

 

Strap on your dancing shoes, grab the family and come to an
Irish ceili.  Beginners are highly encouraged and will be led by
the fabulous Marilyn Moore.  Dance to the energetic, live
music of Shepherds Pie Ceili band.  Bring a snack to share.


Fri, Apr 29         8pm
Mason Improv Show
TheatreSpace, GMU

 

Sat, Apr 30        8pm
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra   $
Beethoven's Eroica
Awadagin Pratt, piano
Concert Hall, GMU                             

Peabody Conservatory graduate and winner of the Naumburg
International Piano Competition, Awadagin Pratt was named one
of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow in Ebony Magazine's
50th Anniversary issue.  He is frequently featured on NPR,
the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Sesame Street
He was a featured soloist on PBS' Live from the Kennedy Center
and has performed several times at the White House.

www.fairfaxsymphony.org

Sat, Apr 30        10am - 5pm
16th Annual Fairfax Civil War Day   $
Historic Blenheim                              

This 16th annual event will bring together living history
presenters, talks, tours, cricket games, music, exhibits, hayrides,
gun and cannon firings, soldier drills and more. 

$5 for ages 12 and older
$3 for ages 3-12
Free under 3 
Free parking at Fairfax High School and free shuttle to site.

Sat, Apr 30         1pm
International Jazz Day Festival
Concert   $
Concert Hall, GMU                             

Join the Mason Jazz Studies department in their
CD RELEASE CONCERT/International Jazz Day Celebration!

Performances by the Mason Jazz Ensemble (Jim Carroll),
Jazz Combo I (Wade Beach), Afro-Cuban Ensemble (Joe
McCarthy), Steel Pan Ensemble (Victor Provost) and Mason
Jazz Vocal Ensemble (Dr. Darden Purcell).

Mason Jazz: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Swing
exemplifies the musical diversity within the Mason Jazz
Studies program; showcasing 6 performing ensembles and
86 talented students. Proceeds from CD sales benefit the
GMU Jazz Foundation to fund school trips, scholarships,
internships, and future recordings.

CDs for purchase at our post-concert reception!
 

www.cfa.gmu.edu

Sat, Apr 30         1:30pm - 4:15pm
Mason Film Festival   $
Johnson Center Cinema, GMU

Sat, Apr 30          7pm      
MCTFest            $
Fairfax Academy for
Communications & Arts
The Sherwood Center                        
Students enrolled in Fairfax Academy’s Music Computer
Technology (MCT) class impressed parents and teachers
by hosting and performing original compositions 

Sun. May 1          1pm - 3pm
MusicLink Recital
Old Town Hall                                   

 

Mission: Any child who has musical potential deserves the
opportunity to nurture this talent to its full extent. Many
children lack the chance to receive music lessons due to
financial need. The MusicLink Foundation reaches out to
low income families by linking these students with
professional music teachers willing to reduce their fee
to make the lessons more affordable for the child. The
MusicLink Foundation does not reimburse teachers for
this scholarship donation, but supports them in a variety of way. 

www.musiclinkfoundation.org

Sun, May 1          2pm - 5pm
An Enchanted Afternoon
Acting for Young People          
           
The Sherwood Center  

Get a sneak preview of AFYP's upcoming production of
Beauty & the Beast, Jr.! Join our directors and cast members
for performances, games, crafts, and learn a short dance from
the show!

www.afyp.org


Sun, May 1         7pm
School of Music   $
Scholarship Benefit Concert: Concerto
Soloist with Mason Symphony Orchestra 
Concert Hall, GMU                        








                                                                      

Mon, May 2        10:30am
Children's Performance Series 
Mr. Skip with St. Leo the Great School
Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Old Town Hall                                 


Start the week off with Mr. Skip, our favorite
music man; Mr. Skip, who is all about music and
movement, sings original and classic kids songs like
Old MacDonald to the five and under crowd. He gets
the kids off their seats and moving. Even the parents
and grandparents have fun as Mr. Skip plays his own
brand of music. Come along and join in the first Monday
in the month, you'll be glad you did!

www.mrskip.com

Tue, May 3         7:30pm
Encore Chorale
Potomac Arts Academy
The Sherwood Center                       

Potomac Arts Academy is the community arts division
of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. We offer
university-quality instruction in music, acting, art,
computer game design, film & video, and dance. 
Our classes and lessons are open to kids, teens & adults of all 
ages and abilities - follow your art to Mason!

potomacacademy.gmu.edu


May 6 - 7           7pm
May 8                2pm
FX Players presents
the Wedding Singer   $
 
Fairfax High School                          

Get ready to party like it's 1985! Based on
the Drew Barrymore & Adam Sandler hit romantic comedy,
this high-energy, rock musical takes us to New Jersey where
a wannabe rock star - and professional wedding singer - is
left at the alter and forced to chane his tune.

fxplayers.org

May 6/7/8        7:30pm
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?   $
City of Fairfax Theatre Company
Old Town Hall                                  

Come have a drink with George and Martha! 
George is a middle-aged professor of history at New Carthage
and Martha, his wife, is the daughter of the college president.
When Nick and Honey arrive for a nightcap after the faculty
soiree, they have no idea of the games, twists and turns
that the evening holds in store.  In this wickedly funny play,
comedy and tragedy intertwine to create an unforgettable
evening.
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf won the 1963
Tony Award for Best Play and is considered one of the
masterworks of American drama, with its dazzling language
and unforgettable characters.

www.fairfaxcitytheatre.org

Fri, May 6         7pm
Eastern Magic - A Celebration
Fairfax Academy for Communications & Arts
Korean, Indian, & Vietnamese programs    
The Sherwood Center 

 

Fri, May 6         8pm
Mason Improv Show
Harris Theatre, GMU

                                                          
Sat, May 7        2 – 7pm
Derby-Q: BBQ, Blues,
Bourbon & Brews $         
City of Fairfax 
Old Town Square                             
This community festival will feature specialty beer and bourbon
tastings along with a variety of BBQ vendors. Live blues bands
will perform on stage while the crowds anxiously await the
Greatest Two Minutes in Sports - the Kentucky Derby to be
shown on the big screen

www.derby-q.com


Sat, May 7       7:30pm
Around the World in 80 Minutes
City of Fairfax Band
Ernst Theatre, NOVA, Annandale       


Join us on a magical journey via pieces from across the
world.  Through this rich and varied program imagine old
Europe, stroll the English countryside, and pass through the
vibrant Southwest on the way to exotic Mexico.  With no jet lag!

www.fairfaxband.org

Sat, May 7       8pm
"The Golden Age of Celtic Music"
Quadriga Celtica   $ 

The Sherwood Center                       

Hear the music of Celtic lands from the golden age in the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; from O'Carolan's music
of the "big houses" to the dance tunes at the crossroads.
Quadriga Celtica brings this Celtic bouquet to you with a violin,
cello, classical guitar and flageolet ensemble.

 

Sun, May 8       3pm
Hansel & Gretel
Children’s Opera Group
The Sherwood Center                       

The Children's Opera ensemble will present the classic opera
Hansel and Gretel. A chorus of students from Little Run
Elementary School will appear onstage, performing right
alongside professional artists.

Does that little house look good enough to eat?
Beware! Young audiences will learn about courage, love,
and the triumph of good over evil as a brave sister and brother
outwit a mean witch. This Opera for the Young adaptation of
Englebert Humperdinck’s masterpiece is fully staged, sung in
English and adapted especially for children ages 5-11.

The performance is free, thanks to the generous support of the
Fairfax Commission on the Arts and the Fairfax Spotlight on
the Arts Festival.

www.childrensopera.org

Thu, May 12    10:30am - 2:30pm
Art & Lunch, Fairfax Art League
Old Town Hall                                  

 

Bring lunch and enjoy the company of other artists and learn
something new. New members welcome. 

 


May 12 - 14       7pm
FX Players presents
the Wedding Singer   $
 
Fairfax High School                          

 

Get ready to party like it's 1985! Based on
the Drew Barrymore & Adam Sandler hit romantic comedy,
this high-energy, rock musical takes us to New Jersey where
a wannabe rock star - and professional wedding singer - is
left at the alter and forced to chane his tune.

fxplayers.org


Fri, May 13        7:30pm
Fashion in Motion   $
Fairfax Academy for
Communications & Arts
The Sherwood Center                      

Fairfax Academy’s Fashion Design program will present
Fashion in Motion, a runway showcase of original
student designs.  The show will feature the collections of second
year Fashion Design students who, designed and illustrated their
collections, created their patterns from scratch, and constructed all of 
the garments presented on the runway. Student designers also served
as head designers for teams of first year students who assisted with 
producing both the collections and the event. Following the runway
show, a reception will be held so members of the community can
meet the student designers and get a closer look at their creations.

 

Sat, May 14
The Woman’s Club of Fairfax
Fashion Show   $
In assoc. with Fairfax Academy for
Communications & Arts     
The Sherwood Center

 

                                                                   

Sun, May 15     3pm
Spring Concert
Northern Virginia Youth Winds
W.T. Woodson High School               

Free Concert. Tickets Available at the Door.
Northern Virginia Youth Winds
Conductor: Denny Stokes
Northern Virginia Junior Winds
Conductor: Linda Gammon 


Mon, May 16    10:30am
Children's Performance Series
with "Oh Susannah"
Fairfax Commission on the Arts

Old Town Hall                                  

Kids love her music, a tasty blend of familiar favorites
and lively originals perfect for singing and dancing along.
Parents love her music for the unusual arrangements, clever
lyrics and beautiful vocals.

www.susannahmusic.com

                                                                   

May 20 - 21      7:30pm
Dance Showcase
Fairfax Academy for
Communications & Arts
Fairfax High School

 


Sat, May 21       10am - 3pm
Antique Car Show
City Hall, Armstrong Street               

The City of Fairfax Antique Car Show was founded in 1997.
The show draws a wide variety of vehicles 25 years and older
and is held at City Hall. The event is a joint effort of the City of
Fairfax, The Northern Virginia Regional Group of the Early Ford
V8 Club of America, and Sundog Productions.  Local business
sponsor twenty trophies and the show features bluegrass
music and food by the Knights of the Columbus.  High School
auto tech programs have displays and the Fairfax City Fire
Department operates its smoke trailer which teaches the
public how to escape from a burning building.

                                                                   

May 21 - 22       10am - 3:30pm
Potomac Arts Academy
Spring Recital
de Laski - Room 3001                      

George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy invites you
to join us for another exciting weekend of Potomac Recital
at the de Laski Performing Arts Building on the Mason Fairfax
campus. Our Private Lesson students will be presenting a series
of Music Recitals on both Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd.
Come and hear a diverse array of musicians and instruments! The
recitals are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

                                                    

May 21-22  12:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm
Beauty & the Beast, Jr.   $
Acting for Young People 
TheatreSpace, GMU                           

Be our Guest! The Academy Award-winning film comes to
life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.
Step into the enchanted world of Disney's Beauty and the
Beast Jr.  Featuring songs from the Academy Award-winning 
animated feature, this stage version tells the story of Belle, 
a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is
really a young prince trapped under the spell of an
enchantress.  With colorful characters, including Cogsworth
the clock, Lumiere the candelabra, and a host of others, this 
"tale as old as time" will delight actors and audiences alike! 

www.afyp.org

                                                              

Sat, May 21       2pm
American History Film Project
Exhibition
Historic Blenheim                                     

Enjoy viewing student short films on hometown history
from across the United States, including Fairfax County!   
This ongoing project is open to students K-12. Free popcorn!