January 2022

Upcoming Performances at Mason

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko, music director
Kian Soltani, cello
Saturday, January 29, at 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts
Celebrate the diamond jubilee anniversary of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with a program featuring one of the world’s most sought-after cellists, Kian Soltani. Under the direction of its new Music Director, Vasily Petrenko, RPO is recognized as one of the world’s most forward-thinking and boundary-pushing symphony orchestras. This stunning concert of cherished works is the perfect performance to reconnect with live, classical music. A pre-performance discussion will take place in Monson Grand Tier, which is located on the third level of the Center for the Arts Lobby, 45 minutes prior to curtain.

Virginia Opera: Three Decembers

Saturday, February 5, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 6, at 2 p.m.
Center for the Arts
By Jake Heggie with libretto by Gene Scheer, Virginia Opera’s production of Three Decembers is a two-act chamber opera about family— the ones we are born into, and those we create. Based on Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s unpublished play, Some Christmas Letters, this new addition to the repertoire grapples with contemporary issues wrapped in timeless music. Sung in English with English surtitles.

The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, February 5, at 8 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Traveling far from the cultural hotspot in Gdansk on the Baltic Sea, the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra will rouse spirits with an evening of innovative works that explore themes of resiliency and freedom. Formed in 1944 out of the ashes left from World War II, the orchestra has grown to become the largest music institution in eastern Poland and often features the most prominent Polish musicians and many world-famous artists.