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Provost Stearns to Entertain at Faculty Arts Board Event

February 21, 2012

By Erin Cushing

When the members of the Virginia Opera close their season with a performance of “The Mikado” on March 23 in Mason’s Center for the Arts, they had better be prepared for some serious competition across the plaza.

Provost Peter Stearns, who brought down the house at the Annual Scholarship Concert a few years ago with his Gilbert and Sullivan stylings, will take the microphone at the Faculty Arts Board’s dinner and lecture, which will precede the comic opera that evening.

The event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Mason Hall’s Meese Conference Room, will also feature economics professor Jim Bennett, who will offer his own introduction of “The Mikado.” Bennett will introduce Stearns, who plans on singing his version of  “I’ve Got a Little List” from the operetta.

Attendees of the 2008 performance may well remember that Stearns, after performing “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General,” gave his own Mason-themed rendition of the song cheekily titled “I Am the Very Model of a Bureaucrat in Academe.” The Provost’s Office is keeping mum on what the provost’s new lampoon will be.

The event invitation is open to all faculty members; as a special opportunity for this event, all faculty dinner reservations can be made at the member’s rate. Attendees are encouraged, however, to join the Faculty Arts Board to reap full benefits, such as discounted member dinner prices and 20 percent off single tickets to selected “Great Performances at Mason.” Contact Nyla Louh at 703-993-8641 for more information about the event and the Faculty Arts Board.

Read more about Stearns’ previous operatic spoof here.