Since October 1990, when the doors to the Concert Hall opened, the arts in Northern Virginia have not been the same. The Center for the Arts plays a key role in the cultural vitality of the Washington Metropolitan region, attracting more than 100,000 patrons each year to performances by local artists and ensembles; community events; student and faculty productions; the award-winning offerings of Theater of the First Amendment; and our own multi-disciplinary series — Great Performances at Mason.
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts creates an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that enhance and strengthen each other. The College is committed to the belief that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, as well as meeting and working with the artists themselves in activities including residencies, lecture/demonstrations, and master classes. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater, as well as the Master of Arts Management program and the Center for the Arts, an umbrella for the productions, presentations, and exhibitions of the College's departments and the Great Performances at Mason series.
The mission of the College of Visual and Performing Arts is to make the arts an intrinsic part of the lives of every George Mason student and area resident. The Great Performances at Mason Series is integral to the College’s mission, providing a diverse program of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the entire University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College’s professional presenting division plays an important role in many campus and community outreach activities throughout each season. The "Free Tickets for Mason Students" program provides many opportunities for Mason students to become part of the spirited professional and University-sponsored performances at its venues.
The venue is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123.