September 2019

Upcoming Performances at Mason

The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines
Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall
Tickets: $48, $41, $29
Box Office: 703-993-7759 

The 2019–20 Hylton Presents season opens with an evening of sensational entertainment by this hot New York-based jazz ensemble group known for their brassy horn arrangements, rip-roaring piano tunes, and smoky vocals. “The charismatic front-runners of vintage jazz” (The Guardian), the Hot Sardines whisk you back to the days of Parisian cabarets, French Quarter jazz clubs, and Harlem speakeasies as they channel the music and the style of the Jazz Age while adding their own distinct contemporary verve. Bandleader and pianist Evan Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol met in 2007 at a jazz jam session and bonded over their love for Fats Waller and other greats like Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday. 

An Evening with Audra McDonald: Songs from the American Music Theater
Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Tickets: $100, $75, $50
Box Office: 703-993-2787 

Audra McDonald

Tony, Grammy®, and Emmy® Award winner Audra McDonald makes her Center for the Arts debut. In this concert, McDonald performs her trademark mix of hits from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. In addition to a record-breaking six Tony Awards—distinguishing her as the most decorated performer in American theater—she is the recipient of two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a 2015 National Medal of Arts bestowed on her by President Barack Obama. Tony-winning performances include Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Blessed with a luminous soprano voice and an incomparable gift fordramatic truth-telling, she is as much at home on Broadway and concert stages as she is on film and television.