Gilbert & Sullivan Exhibition Opening

The University Libraries is excited to announce the opening of a major Gilbert & Sullivan exhibition, “Oh, Joy Unbounded…”: A Celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring items from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert & Sullivan Collection.

The Mason community is invited to join us for an exhibition opening celebration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center on the second floor of Fenwick Library (Room 2400). The program will open with remarks by Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and will include a tour of the exhibition by David Stone, who we have to thank for amassing this stunning collection of Gilbert & Sullivan memorabilia.

Three galleries in Fenwick Library are dedicated to displaying items from the Stones’ remarkable collection, which will be on view through May. The exhibition is part of a larger celebration of the famous duo, which the Libraries and the College of Visual and Performing Arts are coordinating at Mason. In addition to the exhibition, there will be performances and a scholarly forum. Additional information about the exhibition may be found here, and tickets for performances and the forum may be purchased here.

Music Library Grand Opening

During Winter Break, all music collections (including books, scores, LPs, and CDs) were moved from their long-time home in Gateway Library to 2600 Fenwick Library. Please join the University Libraries on Tuesday, March 21, for a host of events to celebrate the Music Library’s new location on the second floor of Fenwick.

#MarchIntoMusic with a musical parade from DeLaski to Fenwick at 1:30 p.m.; performances by the Mason Traditional Jazz Ensemble from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the south lobby of Fenwick; a gallery talk at our new Gilbert and Sullivan exhibition from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and digital demos by Alexander Street Press and Oxford Music Online throughout the afternoon (from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

To get yourself in the mood, check out the Libraries’ host of music-related resources, available online 24/7 for Mason students, faculty, and staff. Use these resources to expand your study of music or for your own relaxation and enjoyment. Resources include:

  • Music & Performing Arts Video Collection, by Alexander Street Press: Presents an extensive array of content in video, audio, and text, covering different time periods, artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Subjects include dance, film, music, and theater.
  • Oxford Music Online: Features over 60,000 articles on all aspects of music, and includes Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  • Met Opera on Demand: Offers full-length performances from the Metropolitan Opera, including Live in HD productions, classic telecasts, and archival radio broadcast recordings for high-quality viewing and listening.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz: Offers a large selection of works by over 32,000 jazz legends and contemporary artists from over 200 labels, including Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy, and others.

For more information, contact Steve Gerber, Music and Theater Librarian, at or 703-993-9051.

Celebrating “Nobelity”: A Buchanan Retrospective

On Tuesday, October 25, the Libraries will host a discussion and reception, Celebrating “Nobelity”: A Buchanan Retrospective, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Dr. James M. Buchanan’s Nobel Prize in Economics. The event, open to the Mason community, will take place from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room (2001).

Peter J. Boettke, University Professor of Economics and Philosophy; Solomon Stein, Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, and Elizabeth Beckman, Interim Manuscripts and Archives Librarian will provide remarks on Buchanan’s life, work, influence, and the Buchanan Collection.

In honor of this anniversary, the University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center’s current exhibition, Celebrating “Nobelity”: Thirty Years Later, features materials from the George Mason University Archives as well as selections from the newly-acquired James M. Buchanan Papers. The exhibit, tracing the life and work of one of George Mason University’s most renowned scholars, will be on display through the remainder of the fall semester. The October 25 program will include time to visit the exhibition, for those who are interested.

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For more information, please contact Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw @, 703-993-2251.