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April 26 - April 28

Opening Reception

Spotlight on the Arts
www.fairfaxspotlight.org
703-352-ARTS

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Friday, April 26 at 7:00pm
Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Join us as we kick of this year's festival, Woodstock style!  Email Megan DuBois for more information.

 

Fashion in Motion

Fairfax Academy
https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu
703-219-2226

Fashion in Motion

Friday, 26 April at 7:30 pm

Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
Tickets: $15 in advance fashioninmotion.ticketleap.com/2019
Parking: Free parking available on site.

Chesapeake Lace Guild – Lace Day

Chesapeake Lace Guild
www.crlg.org

Saturday, 27 April at 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
Tickets: Free Event
Parking: Free parking on site.

CRLG Lace Days 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!
"Try me" lace pillows and tatting shuttles are available for those who want to try their hand at lacemaking. The Guild has starter kits (includes a cookie pillow, bobbins, pins, and thread) that can be rented for six months for $50. If you decide to purchase the kit, your deposit will be applied to the cost. Who knows, you just might find that making lace isn't nearly as complicated as you thought!

 

Fairfax History Day

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Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Historic Blenheim & Civil War Interpretive Center
3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

Living history spanning the 19th century including, hayrides and pony rides, cow-milking and calf-petting, War of 1812 and Civil War soldier camp life; Historic Blenheim House and Gallery Civil War graffiti tours; demonstrations of traditional crafts and skills.

Tickets: $5 adults, $3 youth ages 3-12, free 2 and under
Parking: Free parking at Fairfax High School 3501 Rebel Run with free shuttle to site. 

 

Spotlight on the Arts Reception and Awards

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Fairfax Art League
www.fairfaxartleague.net

Saturday, April 27 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

 

MCT Fest

Fairfax Academy
https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu
703-219-2226 

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Saturday, 27 April at 6:30 pm
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030


Students from 15 schools in Fairfax County Public Schools will present the MCT Fest. It is coordinated, managed, and promoted by students from Fairfax Academy’s Music and Computer Technology classes and will include all original music written by students. Student acts will perform a wide variety of music including rock, jazz, rap, classical, pop, acoustic-folk, and other genres. All proceeds from the evening go directly back into the MCT classroom to purchase equipment used for student instruction.

Tickets: $15 General Admission
Parking: Free parking available on site.


Holst- The Planets

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
www.fairfaxsymphony.org
888-945-2468

Saturday, April 27, at 8:00 pm
GMU Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Tickets: $25-50, available for purchase at the Center for the Arts’ Box Office or on the Center for the Art’s website: cfa.gmu.edu

Parking: Free parking available in Lot K (across the Mason Pond). $8 paid parking available in Mason Pond Parking Deck next to the Concert Hall.

 

Young Playwright’s Festival

Acting for Young People
703-554-4931
www.afyp.org

Student Playwright Festival (5)

 

Sunday, 28 April at 11:00am

Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

 

Young playwrights will submit original short plays and have their development mentored by professional playwrights. Plays will be rehearsed and play readings performed in festival format, featuring professional actors, teaching artists and students from the AFYP program. 

Tickets: Free
Parking: Free parking available on site.


Spotlight on the Arts Faculty Student Recital

Mason Community Arts Academy
703-993-9889
masonacademy.gmu.edu

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Sunday, 28 April at 2:00 pm

Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Select Academy students, as well as several faculty members, will perform at the Spotlight on the Arts event this year in Old Town Hall. Student and faculty ensembles perform a program of diverse composers, including Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Scott Joplin, Ethel Smyth, and Madeleine Dring.  Join us for these outstanding performances!

Spotlight Concert – Main Street Band

City of Fairfax Band Association
571-336-CFBA (2322)
www.fairfaxband.org

 

Main Street Band Spolight Concert Poster


Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 pm
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

Join us as we celebrate the arrival of spring!  High-spirited youth, innocent love, heroic and inspiring music all mingle in this colorful and vibrant vision of spring!  Included on the program is James Swearingen’s wonderful tribute to the season, Into the Joy of Spring!  

Tickets: Free

Parking: Free parking available on site.

Bluegrass Festival

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Sunday, April 28 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Auld Sheeben
3971 Chain Bridge Rd
Fairfax, Virginia

Join us for an evening of great music!  Featuring Wicked Olde from 6:00- 7:30pm and Hickory Grove from 7:30 - 9:00pm

 

 

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Chopin in Paris

Great Performances at Mason
703-993-8888
cfa.gmu.edu

 

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Sunday, 28 April at 7:00 pm
GMU Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

 

 

In this concert of stunning piano music and illuminating commentary, Jeffrey Siegel presents the eminent Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and the gorgeous pieces he created while in Paris. Chopin reluctantly left his beloved Poland after the uprising, and settled in Paris where he achieved great celebrity. In this program, Siegel performs the Grand Polonaise in E-flat major, the magical Barcarolle, the lustrous G-flat Impromptu, as well as some of the composer’s Preludes and Mazurkas, while offering fascinating insight into Chopin and the creation of each work. “Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate” (Los Angeles Times). An always-popular Question & Answer session with the audience concludes the program.

The Young Artists Musicale, featuring school-aged piano students and sponsored by the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, begins at 6 p.m. in the main lobby.

Tickets: $26-44, available for purchase at the Center for the Arts’ Box Office or on the Center for the Art’s website: cfa.gmu.edu

Parking: Free parking available in Lot K (across the Mason Pond). Paid parking available in Mason Pond Parking Deck next to the Concert Hall.

 

 

April 29 - May 2

Funday Monday- Tie Dye Party!

 Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts and Paint Your Own Pottery
www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts
703-352-ARTS

Monday, April 29 at 10:30am
Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive
Fairfax, VA

Family programming every Monday for children of all ages, especially those who haven’t yet started school.  There will be music, movement, storytelling, performances, crafts, and more!  All programs begin at 10:30 am.  Free and open to the public, but donations are gratefully appreciated.

Mason Jazz Vocal Night – Spring

Mason School of Music
music@gmu.edu
https://music.gmu.edu/

Monday, April 29 at 8:00 pm
GMU’s Center for the Arts, Concert hall

Join us for an evening dedicated to Jazz Vocals! Performances by solo vocalists from the Mason Jazz Voice Studio, the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Darden Purcell and special guests, Potomac Falls High School Vocal Jazz, directed by Fawn Phillips!

Tickets: $12 adults, $8 seniors, $5 youth through grade 12, available for purchase at the Center for the Arts’ Box Office or on the Center for the Art’s website: cfa.gmu.edu

Parking: Free parking available in Lot K (across the Mason Pond). Paid parking available in Mason Pond Parking Deck next to the Concert Hall.

International Jazz Day Concert with the Mason Jazz Ensemble

Mason School of Music 

music@gmu.edu
https://music.gmu.edu/

Tuesday, April 30 at 8:00 pm
GMU’s Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Celebrate International Jazz Day with the Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Carroll, and the award-winning Latin American Ensemble, directed by Juan Megna!

International Jazz Day (April 30th) is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. International Jazz Day is an International Day declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011 "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe."

Tickets: $12 adults, $8 seniors, $5 youth through grade 12, available for purchase at the Center for the Arts’ Box Office or on the Center for the Art’s website: cfa.gmu.edu

Parking: Free parking available in Lot K (across the Mason Pond). Paid parking available in Mason Pond Parking Deck next to the Concert Hall.

Paint for Your Pet Night

Paint Your Pet- Final Poster 2019

Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts and Paint Your Own Pottery
www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts
http://www.createlikecrazy.com/
703-352-ARTS

Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00pm
Paint Your Own Pottery
10417 Main St
Fairfax, VA, 22030

Paint Your Own Pet and help the Commission on the Arts bring art to the new City of Fairfax Dog Park.
Bring a picture of your pet any time on May 1st to receive step by step instructions to capture your four legged , feathered, finned, scaled or web building friend on any piece of pottery you choose. We give 20% to the Commission of the Arts.
 Reservations requested. Last seating of the day will be at 7 pm for this event.
 

New Sound Collective Concert, featuring Luqman Fulmer, Joi Harper, and Paul Rodriguez

Mason School of Music

music@gmu.edu
https://music.gmu.edu/

Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00 pm
GMU’s deLaski Performing Arts Building
3001, deLaski Rehearsal Room, Fairfax Campus

Join us for a selection of modern and contemporary chamber works presented by the students of the New Sound Collective. The program will showcase the diversity of musical styles in the 20th century as well as unique instrument combinations.

Tickets: Free Event

Parking: Free parking available in Lot K (across the Mason Pond). Paid parking available in Mason Pond Parking Deck next to the Concert Hall. 

Dancing Stars and Friends

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Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00pm

Historic Blenheim & Civil War Interpretive Center
3610 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

The Dancing Stars is a group of adults with Down syndrome who, each week, come together to experience the joys of ballroom dancing. The Dancing Stars program focuses on what people are able to do and what they enjoy doing.

Hometown Thursdays - Cinema Hearts and Abby Rasheed and the Sundry Collective

Hometown Thursday - Cinema Hearts, Sundry Collective

Thursday, May 2 6:30 - 8:30pm
Old Town Square
10415 North Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

May 3 - May 5

School of Rock Vienna House Band 

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Friday May 3, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Old Town Square
10415 North Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

The School of Rock Vienna House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Vienna's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at VA rock venues throughout the year.

Dance Innovations – Spring

Mason School of Dance

dance@gmu.edu
https://dance.gmu.edu

Performances:
Friday, 3 May at 8:00 pm
Saturday, 4 May at 8:00 pm
GMU’s Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus

New work by various emerging choreographer from the Mason Dance program.

Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors; available for purchase at the Center for the Arts’ Box Office or on the Center for the Arts’ website: cfa.gmu.edu

Parking: Free parking available in Lot K (across the Mason Pond). Paid parking available in Mason Pond Parking Deck next to the Concert Hall.

American Vistas

City of Fairfax Band Association
571-336-CFBA (2322)
www.fairfaxband.org
City of Fairfax Band American Vistas May Concert Poster

Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm
Ernst Community Theater

Our season of journeys concludes with a concert celebrating American musical landscapes. Travel across our land and through time as we celebrate the traditions, places and events that are America! Ron Nelson’s Sonoran Desert Holiday and Alfred Reed’s Northern Legend are only two of the attractions. The central feature of this program is the presentation of our annual City of Fairfax Band Young Artist Competition winner in concert with CFB!

A Music Feast Concert

Mason School of Music
music@gmu.edu
https://music.gmu.edu/

Saturday, 4 May at 8:00 pm
GMU’s Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

A Musical Feast featuring Mason's stellar large ensembles: Symphony Orchestra, Jazz, Wind Symphony, Choirs, and Green Machine Ensembles!

Tickets: $30 adults, $15 seniors, $15 youth through grade 12; available for purchase at the Center for the Arts’ Box Office or on the Center for the Arts’ website: cfa.gmu.edu

Parking: Free parking available in Lot K (across the Mason Pond). Paid parking available in Mason Pond Parking Deck next to the Concert Hall.

George Mason University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble

Mason School of Music
music@gmu.edu
https://music.gmu.edu/

Sunday, May 5 at 4:30pm
Old Town Square
10415 North Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

 

May 6 - May 12

Funday Monday- Mr. Skip!

Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts and Paint Your Own Pottery
www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts
703-352-ARTS

Mr.Skip

Monday, May 6 at 10:30am
Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive

Family programming every Monday for children of all ages, especially those who haven’t yet started school.  There will be music, movement, storytelling, performances, crafts, and more!  All programs begin at 10:30 am.  Free and open to the public, but donations are gratefully appreciated.

Healing Arts Ensemble Program

Mason School of Music
music@gmu.edu
https://music.gmu.edu/

Monday, 6 May at 6:00 pm
GMU’s deLaski Performing Arts Building, A323, Music Studio
Fairfax Campus

The Healing Arts Ensemble is the signature performing group for the University programs in Music and Well-Being.

It is the performance medium in which students apply the sound-healing principles learned in the Music as a Healing Art class. The group features a wide variety of musical instruments, exotic percussion and pure quartz crystal singing bowls all played with a focused healing intent. The music played creates an atmosphere to promote a mindful contemplative experience, stress relief, and Peace, love, and light.

Tickets: Free Event

Parking: Free parking available in Lot K (across the Mason Pond). Paid parking available in Mason Pond Parking Deck next to the Concert Hall.

 Rookie’s First Feast

MVLE and BodyWise Dance

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Tuesday, May 7 at 11:00am
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

Join the MVLE Moves cast for our 2019 production, “Rookies’ First Feast”!

In this food fantasy romp, two newbie firefighters face their highest hurdle yet: cooking for the squad. Plus, Capt. Salvo is dairy-free. So, what’s it going to be? As the young firefighters struggle to fit in and learn to cook healthy food, their Veggie Godmother swoops in to save the day – showing them what teamwork and imagination can do.

Each show runs approximately 45 minutes and is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets: Free, however reservation is strongly encouraged. Contact Sarah Caldwell at scaldwell@mvle.org or 703-569-3900
Parking: Free

“The Greatness of Gershwin” - Fairfax Saxophone Quartet

City of Fairfax Band Association
571-336-CFBA (2322)
www.fairfaxband.org

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Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 pm

Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive

As part of the City of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet will present a concert of the music of George Gershwin at the Old Town Hall. We call the program, “The Greatness of Gershwin”. Some of the pieces you will hear are: “A Gershwin Portrait”, “An American In Paris (Theme)”, “Lullaby”, and his famous “Rhapsody In Blue”. Please join us for an evening of music by one of America’s greatest song writer and composer. We will feature Angela Galper on piano. The concert is free to the public

Vienna-Falls Chorus of Sweet Adeline’s International

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Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30pm 
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

Vienna-Falls Chorus is a chapter of  Sweet Adelines International. We sing 4-part harmony, in the barbershop style. Our repertoire includes show tunes and modern music as well as many of your favorites from the past. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM at Providence Presbyterian Church. Vienna-Falls chorus performs at several venues in the greater DC metropolitan area throughout the year as a chorus, in small ensembles and in a variety of quartets. Vienna-Falls is a performing and competing chorus for women of all ages. If you like to sing, enjoy musical harmony, choreographed dance, applause, stage performance, and the excitement of competition, we invite you to visit us in person, and audition for membership.

Tickets: Free
Parking: Free

Woodstock and the Protest Music of the 1960’s

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University

Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00pm
Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive

Woodstock was a lot more than sex, drugs and rock and roll.  A number of artists also reflected the various protest movements of the 1960’s, particularly Country Joe McDonald and the Fish in I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag and Joan Baez in The Ballad of Joe Hill.  We will look at these two iconic performances from Woodstock, and place them in the larger milieu of protest music in the 1960’s, particularly when it came to the Vietnam War and Civil Rights. 

Friday Night Chamber Music

Fairfax High School

Friday, May 10 from 6:30 - 7:30pm
Old Town Square