Student Performances Highlight ARTS, By George! Annual Gala

Posted: September 25, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: September 26, 2013 at 7:08 am

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Student performances highlight the annual fundraiser. Creative Services photo

Student performances highlight the annual fundraiser. Creative Services photo

Taking visitors on an artistic journey, George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) will host the eighth annual ARTS, by George! gala on Saturday, September 28, beginning at 5 p.m.

The de Laski Performing Arts Building and Harris Theater on the Fairfax Campus are the venues for the event, which is dedicated to providing support for student scholarships in all of the CVPA areas: visual arts, dance, music, theater, computer game design, film and video studies, arts management and the Great Performances at Mason series.

Guests will embark on a winding journey through CVPA’s classrooms, studios and performance spaces, enjoying a variety of performances and exhibitions by student and faculty artists while sampling delicious food and wine provided by local restaurants and caterers such as Boxwoods, Casa Italia and Zoë’s Kitchen.

“ARTS, by George! presents a unique opportunity for both our students and members of the community to come together in a night filled with an array of artistic talents,” says Brian Marcus, associate dean of development in CVPA. “This event is a very important part of the year because, along with the Great Performances series, it provides students with much-needed scholarships that help them advance their studies and ultimately pursue fulfilling careers.”

The evening also includes a silent auction of arts-related items and experiences. Items up for bid include artwork by CVPA students and faculty, private lessons with CVPA faculty, private tours of New York City and Washington, D.C., art museums with School of Art faculty, tickets to sporting events, spa packages, culinary experiences, performance ticket packages and vacations to destinations throughout Virginia and the United States.

All the arts are represented at the gala. Creative Services photo

All the arts are represented at the gala. Creative Services photo

ARTS, by George! culminates with a performance by Tony Award winner Laura Benanti in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Benanti will perform a variety of popular ballads and showstoppers that skyrocketed her to fame at the age of 18. Benanti, a Broadway and television star, has won critical acclaim and numerous accolades for her portrayals of Maria von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” and Gypsy Rose Lee in “Gypsy,” to name a few. She recently starred opposite actor Matthew Perry on the NBC sitcom “Go On.”

Following the performance, guests are invited to join Benanti on stage for a champagne and dessert reception.

ARTS, by George! is supported by many businesses and individuals in the Washington, D.C., region. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit the ARTS, by George!  website.

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