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“First rate concerts in Fairfax” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Center for the Arts

Center for the Arts
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Fairfax, Virginia
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6 reviews
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“First rate concerts in Fairfax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Beautiful facility. I've attended many times. They offer quality concerts in a lovely setting. Sound is excellent. You can see the stage well from anywhere in the house.

Visited April 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Outstanding Performing Arts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Forget about going into DC to see great performances. If you are in the area, this is the place to go for a great variety of choices of music, dance, drama, and variety. The acoustics are great even from the "cheap" seats. Easy access outside parking is free, inside parking for a fee. Nearly all performances have an upstairs pre-performance discussion 45 minutes before the start.

Visited May 2013
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Vienna, Virginia
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“Good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is much simpler to get to than other venues such as the Kennedy Center. There is free parking in Lot K and a short walk to the theatre. It's a medium sized theatre. We sat in the balcony area, row FF on the side, and we could see very well with no obstructions. We saw a modern dance program here. The theatre was clean and comfortable. It was easy getting out of the parking lot afterwards. The ticket price range was $23, 38, 46. We paid $38 which seemed a little expensive for our program. There was a free discussion by the dance company owner/choreographer 45 minutes before the show which was interesting.

Visited March 2013
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“Navy band concert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Great Navy band concert in an impressive hall for a small campus like George Mason U. Park in lot J or K to avoid expensive parking garage

Visited January 2013
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Falls Church, Virginia, USA
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“Kennedy Center-quality programming without the crowds and traffic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

The facility itself is nice enough, but nobody will mistake it for the Kennedy Center (or even Strathmore). The seats are comfortable, the sight-lines are good, and the acoustics are at least acceptable. The lobby itself is very comfortable and the access to the seats is good.

But the arena facility is definltely "no frills" -- and showing its age.

It's the programming that makes this a near-great facility. Unlike Kennedy Center, where you might still be in the parking garage an hour after the show closes, it's easy to get in and out of this facility on the GMU campus. And you can see the Mariinsky ballet and orchestra (nee Kirov), the leading Russian ballet companies; leading modern dance troupes such as Mark Morris, Martha Graham, etc. There are some compromises -- at Kennedy Center, the ballet is going to be dancing to the orchestra while at Mason they'll be dancing to a recording. But if the performance is what matters, you can see some excellent performances here.

The CFA also hosts a resident orchestra and opera company and is the venue for student performances. These represent a high quality but affordable entertainment option.

Even during the recession, when major donations fell way off, the quality of their programming stayed surprising strong. This is an outstanding performing arts facility.

A good am

Visited February 2012
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