Wednesday, April 4 thru Thursday, April 26

Spring 2012 NOVA Student Art Exhibition

NVCC’s CM Building, 3rd Floor

This exhibit will feature artwork from students representing two of NOVA’s excellent arts programs. From the Communication Design program, examples of graphic design, visual imagery, multimedia design, animation and web design are included. And from the Fine Arts program, look for examples of ceramics, design, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. There’s something for everyone!

 

April 5- Thursday, May 3

Fairfax Art League Exhibition

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

Peruse this fine exhibit featuring artwork in various media and produced by members of the Fairfax Art League. This show will be judged by professional artist and teacher Lisa Semerad, an expert in diverse drawing and painting techniques in both academic and contemporary expressive styles. And on Saturday, April 21, from 2 until 4 p.m., the Art League invites the public to attend the exhibit’s reception—also at Old Town Hall—during which harpist Kate Rogers will play her enchanting music.  www.fairfaxartleague.net

 

2012 Spring Festival

Friday, April 20, from 7:00 p.m. until midnight

City of Fairfax Mayor’s Ball and Spotlight on the Arts Opening Event

The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

Reservations required  $

Enjoy a champagne reception and peruse silent auction items before sitting down to an elegant dinner accompanied by short musical vignettes by students from the Fairfax Academy for Communications and Arts,  Mason Opera and George Mason Department of Music

Then dance until midnight to the jazzy sounds of the exhilarating Fairfax Swing Band

The proceeds from the evening go towards assisting local students to study arts related programs at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College    www.fairfaxspotlight.org

 

Saturday, April 14 thru Monday, April 30

“Forever Young” Art Exhibition

Gallery Reception: Sunday, April 22, from 2 until 4 p.m.

Adam Lister Gallery, Old Town Village, University Drive, Fairfax

This exhibit features work from the gallery’s Teen Studio Group. A reception will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 2 until 4 p.m. in the gallery named for owner, artist and Fairfax native Adam Lister. www.adamlistergallery.com

 

Friday, April 20 – 8:00 p.m.

“Spring Awakening” Concert by NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra

NVCC’s Ernst Community Theater  $

Under the direction of Christopher Johnston, NOVA’s Symphony Orchestra–comprising both NOVA students and community members–will pay homage to the season with an annual spring concert. Included in the program are Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 1 by Bizet, Waltz from Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, and In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Grieg.  www.reunionmusic.org

 

“Hello, Dolly!” by the PVI Players of Paul VI High School

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.

Paul VI’s Heet Auditorium, Paul VI High School, Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax  $

Under the guidance of drama teacher Katherine Miller, the PVI Players present this classic musical, first produced on Broadway in 1964 and performed now in our own Fairfax! Watch these young thespians shine in their annual spring production.   www.paulvi.net

 

“Sweeney Todd”

The FX Players of Fairfax High School

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.

Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax  $

The Demon barber of Fleet Street ! A blood-soaked saga filled with threat and thrill of murder and revenge in Victorian London.  The FX Players, Fairfax High School’s drama club, present this dark musical thriller, a story. You’ll love watching these talented youth perform one of Stephen Sondheim’s most vocally challenging scores!   www.fxplayers.org

 

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 – 8:00 p.m.

Spring Concert performed by Mason Dance Company

GMU’s Harris Theater  $

GMU’s own School of Dance presents its annual spring concert, showcasing the Mason Dance Company, a group of promising dancers performing stunning modern selections.  http://dance.gmu.edu

 

Friday, April 20 – Monday, April 30

The 2012 Earth Day Exhibition of Student Artwork: “Wild Side Art Show”

City Hall Atrium, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax

Hosted by the City of Fairfax and sponsored by the City of Fairfax Environmental Sustainability Committee and Twins ACE Hardware, this exhibit of student artwork in various recycled materials is designed to reflect upon or celebrate our local environment. An exhibit reception will be held on the evening of Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in The Atrium at City Hall. Come and see what the young talent of Fairfax has produced!  www.fairfaxva.gov/environment/environmentsustainabilityctte.asp

Reception Apr 24 at 6:00 p.m.

The Atrium at City Hall

 

Saturday, April 21, from 2 until 4:00 p.m.

Fairfax Art League Reception and Awards

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

Join the Fairfax Art League as they award five cash prizes, including “best of show,” to artist participants in this exhibit that runs from April 5 until May 3. The judge for the show is Lisa Semerad, an expert in diverse drawing and painting techniques in both academic and contemporary expressive styles, and the accompaniment for the reception will be provided by harpist Kate Rogers. You’re invited to join the festivities, as well as view the art entries, which include pieces in various media produced by members of the Fairfax Art League.   www.fairfaxartleague.net

 

Saturday, April 21 thru Thursday, May 3

Fairfax High School Art Show

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

This exhibit, held in the lower level of Old Town Hall, will feature art produced by talented Fairfax High School students. The art will be judged by a committee of Fairfax Art League members, and awards will be presented at the Fairfax High School Arts Awards Ceremony held on April 25 at 7 p.m.—also in Old Town Hall. Feel free to drop in and see for yourself the artwork our young Fairfax artists have created.   www.fairfaxartleague.net

 

Apr 21 7:30pm U.S. Air Force Band

The Sherwood Center

TBA

Saturday, April 21 –  8:00 p.m.

American Festival Pops Orchestra with Conductor Anthony Maiello $

GMU’s Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall

The American Festival Pops Orchestra returns with Broadway Lights, a delightful program of favorites from Broadway, cinema, and television, as well as patriotic music honoring our nation. This evening of inspiring music celebrates the immense talent of Broadway, jazz and film composers such as John Williams, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Founder and artistic director, Anthony Maiello—who is also Associate Director of Mason’s School of Music—has brought together this fantastic orchestra of 60 talented musicians from the D.C. area. The orchestra will be joined by Lisa Vroman, hailed as “a musical and theatrical marvel” by The San Francisco Chronicle to perform some of the most memorable and cherished music of the 20th century.   http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/744

 

Sunday, April 22  –  3:00 p.m.

MusicLink Recital

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

This year MusicLink celebrates 20 years of providing music instruction to children in financial need; in all, over 5,000 youth with musical potential have benefitted from the foundation’s network of coordinators, teachers and business partners. Continuing its mission, MusicLink presents a student recital featuring some of these promising young performers. A reception will follow.   www.musiclinkfoundation.org

 

Sunday, April 22  –  4:00 p.m.

Mason Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Concert $

GMU’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Join the GMU Wind Symphony, directed by Mark Camphouse, and the GMU Symphonic Band, directed by Brian Wuttke, in a joint performance at Mason’s own beautiful Concert Hall.  http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/822

 

Sunday, April 22  –  6:00 p.m.

The 6th Annual Bluegrass Festival at The Auld Shebeen $

The Auld Shebeen,  Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax

Join us at Old Town Fairfax’s Irish pub, The Auld Shebeen, for our annual festival celebrating an authentic American musical genre—Bluegrass. Two local bands, Andrew Acosta and The New Old Time String Band, along with Rockledge,  will take the stage.

Influenced by the sounds of pioneers such as Flatt and Scruggs, as well as by country church harmonies, Rockledge will perform their music, which they compare to “hand churned butter” with its “real ingredients, smooth and blended.” And the New Old-Time String Band, featuring Northern Virginia fiddling legend “Speedy” Tolliver, will perform from their rich repertoire of traditional American roots music.  Reservations are encouraged

www.theauldshebeenva.com

 

Tuesday, April 24 – 8:00 p.m.

Mason Brass Ensemble Concert

GMU’s Harris Theater  http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/1031

 

Wednesday, April 25 – 7 :00 p.m.

Fairfax High School Arts Awards Ceremony

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive Fairfax

Come join the Fairfax Art League as they bestow awards on some of our young Fairfax artists. The ceremony takes place as part of the April 21-May 4 Fairfax High School Art Show—exhibited in the lower level of Old Town Hall and featuring work from some of the school’s talented student body. Feel free to drop in for the ceremony and peruse the artwork these talented Fairfax artists have created.  www.fairfaxartleague.net

 

Apr 25 8pm Ensemble da Camera

of Washington Concert

Harris Theater, GMU

 

Wednesday, April 25 – 8:00 p.m.

SWING! SWING! SWING!

Woodson High School Jazz Band with Tom and Debra of Gottaswing

The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

The much-acclaimed Woodson High School Jazz Band teams up with Tom and Debra of Gottaswing.com  and their fabulous swing dancers for a night of big band sounds and swing dancing.  The dancers will have everyone wanting to join them in Fairfax’s wonderful “Cabaret Sherwood.”

http://dc.gottaswing.com/


Thursday, April 26  –  7:30 p.m.

City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts,  John Mason Achievement Award Reception & Recital

The  Sherwood Center, 3740 University Drive, Fairfax

www.fairfaxarts.org


Thursday, April 26 – 7:30 p.m.

“Gego Weaving the Space in Between”

A Visual Voices Lecture at GMU

GMU’s Harris Theater – Free event

Maryland Institute College of Art’s Monica Amor will speak about her work and Gego, the modern Venezuelan artist and sculptor.

Visual Voices, a lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, runs through the academic year with a full schedule of eight nationally recognized visiting artists and designers who will speak about their work and the world of art and design. In addition to providing a look inside the studios of these top professionals, the series will offer the opportunity for Mason students to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits.

The lectures are open to the public and take place in Harris Theater on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, please call (703) 993-8898.     http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/807

 

“Alice in Wonderland”

Woodson Players of W.T. Woodson High School

Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.  $

Woodson High School’s Joan C. Bedinger Auditorium

Settle in at the newly refurbished Joan C. Bedinger Auditorium as the young and talented members of the Woodson Players perform this popular and fun play based on the classic Lewis Carroll novel.   www.wtwdrama.org


Friday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

“Ten-Minute Play Festival” $

Mason Players

GMU’s TheaterSpace in the Performing Arts Building

At the artistic direction of Heather McDonald, this creative festival features original works written and directed by talented Mason students.

www.gmu.edu/org/gmuplayers

 

Friday, April 27  –  8:00 p.m.

“The Nickel Trio”

The  Bonita Lestina Performance Series at Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

Come and enjoy the classical and contemporary sounds of this enchanting ensemble, comprising the flute, horn and piano.

www.fairfaxarts.org


Saturday, April 28, all day

Truro Church Spring Arts Festival

Truro Church, 10520 Main Street Fairfax, VA

In conjunction with the City of Fairfax’s Spotlight on the Arts, Truro Church of Fairfax will be hosting its Third Annual Spring Arts Festival April 27-28, 2012. Events will kick off Friday evening, April 27, with an awards reception for the children and adult Juried Art Shows.

A variety of hour-long seminars and classes will be offered for children and adults on Saturday in theatre, music, dance, and visual arts including painting, leatherworking and many more! The day will also include a food court and a craft corner.    www.trurochurch.org/pages


Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

5th Annual Spring Lace Day

Presented by Chesapeake Region Lace Guild

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

Spring Lace Day provides festival-goers with an opportunity to learn and study about the interesting history and characteristics of lace from the experts–the Chesapeake Region Lace Guild, one of the chartered chapters of International Old Lacers, Inc.  This year, Mary Doering, former instructor in costume history at the Smithsonian History of Decorative Arts Masters Program, will present a talk titled “Not for Men Only: Decorative Men’s Waistcoats 1700-1865.” She will also have on-hand some examples of these waistcoats.

The festival will offer mini-workshops in Teneriffe lace and Drop Spindle spinning; supplies will be provided by the instructors. And vendors will be onsite to allow veteran lacers and wanna-be lacers alike the opportunity to purchase hard-to-find supplies and books.   www.crlg.org


Saturday, April 28, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m

“A Country Hoe Down Dance” with The Country Steppers

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

Dance with the Country Steppers, the official show team for the Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association, as they lead and teach a country and western line dance and mixer. Most of the evening will be devoted to open dance—with music provided by DJ Kathy Fanneli—but the Country Steppers will also entertain with several show numbers.   www.nvcwda.org


Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m.

“Jazz Time”  – The Fairfax Saxophone Quartet

The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

The Fairfax Saxophone Quartet will present a “Jazz Time” concert at the Stacey C. Sherwood Community Center. It will feature music by Hoagie Carmichael, Jimmy Dorsey, Rick Hirsch, Bill Holcombe, Al Jolsen, Glenn Miller, Martin Yates, and more. Guest saxophone solist Rick Parrell will play an new arrangement of “Oodles of Noodles”, guest pianist Amy LaCivita will solo on “Avalon”, and guest bassist Ed Skidmore will be featured on several pieces. You will also hear a premiere of “New York Night Music. Admission is free to the public.   www.fairfaxband.org


Sunday, April 29 at 1:00  p.m.

American Youth Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

Enjoy the music produced by these young string ensemble musicians as they perform from their repertoire of classic composers.   www.aypo.org


Apr 29 2pm  “Sweeney Todd” $

FX Players, Fairfax High School

[ see above]

 

Sunday, April 29  –  3:00  p.m.

“Tea with Celtic Baroque”

Historic Blenheim and Civil War Interpretive Center, 3610, Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

Reservations required  $

Sip on afternoon tea while enjoying Síor-Óg as they perform the elegant and lively music of Ireland and other Celtic lands.  The Baroque-style selections include those composed by Turlough O’Carolan and William Connellan.

 

Sunday, April 29  – 7:00 p.m.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel

“The Power and Passion of Brahms” $

GMU’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Brilliant pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents the music of Johannes Brahms in his enlightening, trademark conversational style. Audiences leave not only entertained, but also enlightened.  http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/746/


Monday, April 30 –  7:30 p.m.

Virginia Opera, Recital and Reception

The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

www.vaopera.org


Wednesday, May 2 –  7:00 p.m

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Recital.

The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra previews its 2012-13 concert season with a Spotlight performance: “Mischief in Music: Wit, Insolence and Insurrection.” WETA’s David Ginder will host the evening, and conductor Christopher Zimmerman will lead the Symphony in performing intriguing classical music selections.  Three winners of the annual string competition for young students will also perform a recital. A reception will follow.
www.fairfaxsymphony.org


Fairfax Art League May Show

“Celebrating Beauty – Art Beautique Images Inspired By Beauty with Women, Romance, Glamour, Flowers, Animals, and Cities”

Opening on Thursday, May 4 and running thru Wednesday, June 6.

Old Town Hall and Fairfax Art League Village Gallery

Reception held on Thursday, May 10, from 7 until 9 p.m. at Fairfax Art League Village Gallery

Come and view the inspiring work of featured artist Larry Oskin, who specializes in fine art photography, as well as both objective and non-objective abstract expressionism. Besides Larry’s pieces, the exhibit will include artwork of various media produced by members of the Fairfax Art League and representing the diverse heritages of the group’s members.  www.fairfaxartleague.net


Friday, May 4  –  7 :00 p.m.

2012 Video Fairfax Awards Ceremony

The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

Supported in part by Fairfax County, Cox Communications, Fairfax Public Access and Fairfax, Spotlight on the Arts, this program encourages student interest in film and technology by providing our youth with an opportunity to compete in this annual event. With several submission categories in the mix, there are many mediums and much creativity for audiences to enjoy. Cash awards and certificates in four age groups will be awarded.

www.artsfairfax.org/2012-competition


Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at 7:30

Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts –  Dance Show

“I’m Happy Just to Dance with You – A Beatles Tribute” $

Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax

Housed within Fairfax High School, Fairfax Academy for Communications & the Arts offers outstanding opportunities for Fairfax County public school students with career interests in performing arts, design, and media communications. Join the Academy for a dance performance featuring the classic British Rock tunes of the Beatles.    www.fcps.edu/FairfaxAcademy


May 4-5 7:30pm  “Alice in Wonderland” $

Woodson Players, Woodson High School

[See above]

 

Friday, May 4 – 8:00 p.m.

Mason Vocal Jazz Concert

GMU’s de Laski Performing Arts Building, Room 3001   http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/816/


Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 – 8:00 p.m.

May Concert by the Mason Dance Company $

GMU’s Harris Theater

GMU’s own School of Dance presents its May concert, showcasing the Mason Dance Company, a group of promising dancers performing stunning modern selections.   http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/933/


Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Civil War Day $

Historic Blenheim Estate, 3610, Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

Come and observe the Blenheim Civil War encampment, complete with blacksmithing demonstrations, period music and military muster. Activities for children will also be available.

Meet historic characters – Gen Robert E. Lee, Col. John S. Mosby, Brig. Gen. Maxcy Gregg, Gen. Richard Ewell, Gen. A.P. Hill, Gen. Lewis Armistead, Gen. John B. Gordon, Gen/Gov. William “Extra Billy” Smith, Gen. Samuel Cooper, Laura Ratcliffe

www.fairfaxva.gov/SpecialEvents/CWW/CWW.asp

 

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The PREMIERE  of  “Winnie the Pooh”

performed by Acting for Young People $

The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

“Silly old bear.” Plan to attend the Fairfax premiere of this stage production of Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh”–a musical based on A.A. Milne’s classic book and the 2011 animated feature film. The performance is presented by the talented artists from Acting for Young People, Fairfax’s own program designed to provide professional-level training to aspiring young actors.   www.afyp.org

 

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6

St. Leo’s School Art Show

The Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

Showcasing a range of artists from kindergarteners to middle-schoolers, this art exhibit–presented by the students of St. Leo the Great School–will accompany the Acting for Young People’s production of “Winnie the Pooh.” Though you need not take in the show to enjoy the art, doing both would surely be fun for the family!    www.afyp.org


Saturday, May 5, from 6 until 10:00 p.m.

The Fairfax Art League Heritage Festival

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

Come celebrate our area’s ethnic diversity by viewing unique artwork, watching exciting cultural dance groups and listening to live music—all while visiting a wine bar set up in our own Old Town Hall.  The local Irish band Sior Og will perform Celtic favorites; the Washington Balalaika Society’s own Russkie Musikanti will offer touching romantic tunes and exciting Russian folk dances;  and  Hui O Ka Pua ‘llima  will present a rich repertoire of performance arts from the Hawaiian islands and their Polynesian neighbors.   www.fairfaxartleague.net


Saturday, May 5 – 8:00 p.m.

Mason Guitar Ensemble Concert

GMU’s de Laski Performing Arts Building, Room 3001   http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/814/


Sunday, May 6 – 4:00  p.m.

Main Street Community Band “Spring Fling” Concert $

Oakton High School Auditorium, 2900 Sutton Road   Vienna, VA

The Main Street Community Band celebrates the arrival of spring! High-spirited youth, innocent love, heroic music and stately dance mingle in this colorful and vibrant vision of spring! Presented as part of Fairfax’s “Spotlight on the Arts Festival.”    www.fairfaxband.org


Sunday, May 6 at 8:00  p.m

Young Masters Concert: The Annual School of Music Scholarship Event $

GMU’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall    http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/813/


Monday, May 7 –  10:30 a.m.

Mr. Skip & the St. Leo’s School Guitar Band

Old Town Hall Children’s Performance Series

Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax

Catch a performance by the inimitable Mr. Skip, our own local and energetic favorite, as he welcomes the St. Leo’s School Guitar Band to our friendly Fairfax stage.    www.mrskip.com


Saturday, May 12 –  8:00 p.m.

City of Fairfax Band “Dancing Down Broadway” $

WT Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street  Fairfax, VA 22031

Shall We Dance? America’s original art form, the Broadway musical, has given us a treasure trove of dance music and dance segments. The program features dances from two Bernstein classics, West Side Story and On the Town, along with symphonic dance sequences from Fiddler on the Roof and other Broadway box office hits.

Join conductor Robert Pouliot and the City of Fairfax Band for an entertaining performance showcasing dance music from these iconic Broadway musicals. The program, hosted by Rich Kleinfeldt,  also features the winner of the City of Fairfax Band’s annual Young Artist Competition.

www.fairfaxband.org


Saturday, May 12 – 8:00 p.m.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concert $

GMU’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Maestro Christopher Zimmerman and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra celebrate the splendid and diverse music of England and France with a performance featuring pieces from some of the two countries’ greatest composers, including Purcell, Debussy, Elgar and Ravel. Pianist Adam Golka, a young and remarkable talent, will perform Ravel’s Concerto for Left Hand to highlight the evening.

Though often fierce foes over centuries, thank goodness neither the English nor French managed to subsume the other’s culture and art! In our final program we celebrate the richness and diversity of their music with works from some of their finest composers.    www.fairfaxsymphony.org


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