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2017 Veterans and the Arts Initiative Workshop Series

Guitar Workshops with Glen McCarthy of Potomac Arts Academy

  • March 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Bring your guitar or try one of ours! Have you always wanted to try the guitar, or are you looking for tips to improve your technique? Musicians of all skill levels are welcome to join these workshops with Glen McCarthy, guitar instructor at the Potomac Arts Academy and at George Mason University, who has shared his expertise with the community during Veterans Day events at the Hylton Center.

Attendees are welcome to participate in one or both of the following time slots per workshop:

Beginner Level: 7 – 7:45 p.m.

Advanced Level: 8 – 8:45 p.m.

This workshop is FREE and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. RSVP to hylton@gmu.edu and please specify the workshop dates you plan to attend.

Veterans Day Sponsorship 2016

Past Events

Lecture: Using DNA and Genealogy to Solve Family History Mysteries  

Instructor: William Woodard  

  • March 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

In this class William Woodard will show how he used DNA testing combined with traditional genealogical techniques to find his biological father and, along the way, made interesting discoveries about his heritage and his ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. He will cover the basics of how DNA testing works to help you find the missing branches of your family tree and how it can lead to surprising revelations.

William Woodard is an associate professor at Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas campus. He holds master’s degrees in Spanish, linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and has taught Spanish, English and linguistics for over 25 years at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. In his spare time, he plays guitar and banjo, writes songs, and pursues his interests in history and genealogy. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in American history.

Galileo's Science Café

The New Horizons Mission to the Pluto-Charon Double Planet, and Beyond by Dr. Michael Summers

  • March 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

The New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to the Pluto/Charon system on July 14, 2015. The entire world watched on TV, radio, and social media, as the flyby occurred. There has not been such public interest in space exploration since perhaps the Apollo missions to the Moon in the 1960s. The Pluto encounter was the capstone of an ambitious vision, begun by NASA 50 year ago, to explore the solar system with robotic spacecraft.

The observations and especially the images of Pluto and Charon returned by New Horizons were astonishing, and gave us some extraordinary surprises.  Those surprises included a gigantic glacier, presumably made of nitrogen, methane, and possibly other ices, at Pluto's equator.  Another was the apparently "fresh" nature of the surfaces of both Pluto and Charon implying geological "young" ages for these objects.  And yet another surprise was the global haze layer seen after the spacecraft's closest approach and when it was looking back at Pluto. The atmosphere, backlit by the sun, gave Pluto a "halo" appearance.

Most importantly, the information from the encounter has opened up completely new questions about how planets form and evolve. In this talk I will review the latest results from the New Horizons mission and discuss what we can expect as the New Horizons spacecraft travels onward to its next flyby of another Dwarf Ice Planet.

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Lecture: Understanding the United States Constitution  

Instructor: Ann Cain and Dan Leahy

  • March 3, 2017 at 10:30 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

The Constitution has been described as a living document, which affects our everyday life in very real ways. Join us for a study of the history, structure, and future of this "bundle of compromises" that is the foundation of our government. We will examine the who, what, when, where, and why of the writing of the oldest national constitution in the world. We will consider how the principles of checks and balances, federalism, and rule of law were built into our founding document. Finally, our class will discuss how amendments have allowed the U.S. Constitution to change with the times.

Ann Cain spent 39 years teaching American history and government to high school and community college students in several states including Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Duke University and her master’s degree in history from the University of Tulsa. She is a James Madison Foundation Fellow with a special interest in the creation of the United States and the U.S. Constitution. Ann is a member of the LLI program committee.

Dan Leahy is a retired federal government employee with over 30 years of public service in international trade. Dan is a longtime member of LLI and taught the Current Events Discussions and Great Decisions classes for several years. He is a past president of LLI and currently is a member of the program committee.

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Manassas Symphony Orchestra: Musical Morsels

  • March 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Merchant Hall

MSO horn player Avery Pettigrew performs a smorgasbord of small works to delight your musical palate including James Beckel's concerto for horn and orchestra titled The Glass Bead Game. The concert includes additional delights from Edvard Grieg, Jacques Offenbach, Carl Nielsen, and others!

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Hylton Family Series:

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Music for the Young and the Young at Heart

  • March 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Merchant Hall

This entertaining piano performance is a delight for anyone, musical novice or maestro, from age 6 to 86. Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel has introduced audiences across the country to the beloved works of classical music with his Keyboard Conversations® series and its unique "concert with commentary" format. In this special presentation, learn the story behind the score of many favorite melodies, including "Flight of the Bumblebee," Bartok's "Diary of a Fly," Copland's "Cat and Mouse," Gershwin's "Walking the Dog," and "I got Rhythm." Bring the whole family for a delightful afternoon of music!



Adults: $15
Children: $5

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Gallery Exhibit: Betty Ganley

Petals and Reflections
Exhibit runs through April 15, 2017

  • March 7, 2017

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Betty Ganley examines the timeless beauty discovered in seemingly familiar landscapes in this gallery showcase. This exhibition features work highlighting two of her favorite subjects, nautical scenes and florals, as seen through the artist’s eye. Petals and Reflections captures and preserves perfect moments in time, presenting the viewer with “a cornucopia of visual delights” uncovered from the world around us.

Gallery Reception: Thursday, March 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring wines by Hiddencroft Vineyards.

Gallery Receptions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to spavia@gmu.edu

Gallery Sponsors: Buchanan Partners Art Gallery; Wegmans  

Gallery Reception: Betty Ganley  

Petals and Reflections

  • March 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Betty Ganley examines the timeless beauty discovered in seemingly familiar landscapes in this gallery showcase. This exhibition features work highlighting two of her favorite subjects, nautical scenes and florals, as seen through the artist’s eye. Petals and Reflections, captures and preserves perfect moments in time, presenting the viewer with “a cornucopia of visual delights” uncovered from the world around us.

Featuring wines by Hiddencroft Vineyards.

Gallery Receptions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to spavia@gmu.edu

Gallery Sponsors: Buchanan Partners Art Gallery; Wegmans  

Mason's School of Theater presents The Fantasticks

Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt; Directed by Hayley Dandreaux A Studio Series Production

  • March 9, 2017 - March 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • March 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Inspired by The Romancers by Edmond Rostand, The Fantasticks tells the charming musical tale of a boy, a girl, their parents, and the wall that keeps the lovers apart. The narrator, El Gallo, takes the audience on a magical journey as the boy and girl fall in love, grow apart, and discover the truth that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."

Tickets:
$20 General Admission
$10 Students, Staff, Seniors, and Groups

This performance will also take place at the Center for the Arts Harris Theatre (Fairfax) on March 2-4 at 8 pm and March 4 & 5 at 2 pm. Learn more.

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Lecture: Understanding the United States Constitution  

Instructor: Ann Cain and Dan Leahy

  • March 10, 2017 at 10:30 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

The Constitution has been described as a living document, which affects our everyday life in very real ways. Join us for a study of the history, structure, and future of this "bundle of compromises" that is the foundation of our government. We will examine the who, what, when, where, and why of the writing of the oldest national constitution in the world. We will consider how the principles of checks and balances, federalism, and rule of law were built into our founding document. Finally, our class will discuss how amendments have allowed the U.S. Constitution to change with the times.

Ann Cain spent 39 years teaching American history and government to high school and community college students in several states including Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Duke University and her master’s degree in history from the University of Tulsa. She is a James Madison Foundation Fellow with a special interest in the creation of the United States and the U.S. Constitution. Ann is a member of the LLI program committee.

Dan Leahy is a retired federal government employee with over 30 years of public service in international trade. Dan is a longtime member of LLI and taught the Current Events Discussions and Great Decisions classes for several years. He is a past president of LLI and currently is a member of the program committee.

Resident Arts Partner:

Manassas Ballet Theatre: Carmina Burana and More!

  • March 10, 2017 - March 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • March 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Usher spring in with a classic ballet and fresh premiere pieces including the famous score by Carl Orff with orchestra and accompaniment by a full chorale and solo vocalists. Company choreographers premier original contemporary pieces as part of the program.

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Prince William Little Theatre: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

  • March 17, 2017 - March 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • March 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • March 24, 2017 - March 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Written by award-winning playwright Christopher Durang, and winner of six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Play, this delightful comedy explores the relationships between three middle-aged siblings as they grapple with life now that their parents are gone. Throw in a colorful cast of characters and an entertaining evening is sure to ensue.

PG13 with some adult language

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Hylton Presents:

Russian National Ballet Theatre: Giselle

  • March 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

From the joy of young love to the sorrow of a lover scorned, this romantic ballet is a poignant tale of love and loss. When a peasant girl named Giselle learns of a cruel trick from her beloved, she dies of a broken heart and is doomed to an existence of vengeance. Russian National Ballet Theatre brings this ballet to our stage with stunning costumes, elaborate sets, and all the grandeur of the Russian ballet tradition. Fifty graceful dancers from this world-renowned ensemble perform a ballet of heartbreak and passion conveyed through the unrivaled choreography of Marius Petipa. Experience the ethereal beauty from one of Russia's most respected ballet companies performing this haunting ballet.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre will also perform Chopiniana and Carmen at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus on March 18 at 8:00 pm, and The Sleeping Beauty on March 19 at 4:00 pm. Learn more about Chopiniana/Carmen or The Sleeping Beauty.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Mar 17, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$56, $48, $34. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

2016-2017 HP Sponsor - NOVANT/UVA

Resident Arts Partner:

Manassas Chorale: Voices United: Honor and Majesty

  • March 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Merchant Hall

The Manassas Chorale, the Voices United Choir with its guest conductor, and 20 of the area's finest instrumentalists join forces to present a variety of sacred music. Some of America's best composers and arrangers will be represented in this 19th Voices United Concert.

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1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Dance USA Dance

IntenseDMV Radio

  • March 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The biggest Bollywood Inter-School Dance Competition in the DMV area! Judged by the legendary Saroj Khan.  More information at Intensedmv.com.

$25

Lecture: Is There a Song in Your Heart?  

Instructor: Jeanne Kelly  

  • March 24, 2017 at 10:30 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

If you have sung as a younger person or have never sung in your life but would like to reap the benefits of singing as you age, you will want to hear Jeanne Kelly, the founder and artistic director of Encore Creativity Chorales. In 2001, landmark research known as The Creativity and Aging Study examined the impact of art programs conducted by professional artists on the physical and mental health and social functioning of older persons. Dr. Gene D. Cohen, director of Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University and Ms. Kelly began a study in the D.C. Metro area specifically focusing on singing groups. You will learn how groups have formed and where they exist in our area. Currently there is not such a group in Manassas, but perhaps this class could be a springboard for one after you listen to Ms. Kelly.

Jeanne Kelly’s career of over forty years has produced a unique blend of performer, teacher, conductor and music administrator that has prepared her to be the artistic director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults. She made her professional operatic debut with the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center. She has performed major roles in other large cities across the United States. Ms. Kelly has also maintained a private voice studio in Maryland and Virginia as well as serving on the faculties of the Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C.; Hood College, Frederick, Md.; and the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Hylton Presents:

The Jason Bishop Show

  • March 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

From disappearing goldfish to a woman floating into the air, this evening of dynamic illusions and clever magic is sure to knock you off your feet! Illustrious illusionist Jason Bishop brings his modern twist to astonishing acts of wonder through his witty personality, pop and rock soundtrack, and impossible acts like no other. Jason Bishop is a master of all types of magic, from intimate card tricks and sleight of hand to larger-than-life levitation and disappearing acts. Cutting edge tricks such as the unbelievable Double Levitation and Plasma Illusion quickly made The Jason Bishop Show one of the most acclaimed acts of its kind, leading to a Broadway run in November 2016. Get ready to believe the unbelievable in this evening of jaw-dropping feats!

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Mar 25, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

2016-2017 HP Sponsor - NOVANT/UVA

Piedmont Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

  • March 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Piedmont Symphony Orchestra presents the most universally recognized composition of all time, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The PSO combines the soloists from the Maryland Lyric Opera, and the glorious sounds of the Reston Chorale, as well as members from numerous area choruses. Treat yourself to the scope and beauty of over 150 musicians and singers in this stunning work.

Prices: $50, $40, $30

Matinee Idylls:

Matinee Idylls: Linda Apple Monson and Friends

The Art of the Piano

  • March 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Join International Steinway Artist Linda Apple Monson and her esteemed colleagues for an afternoon of thrilling piano music. This exciting program includes works for solo piano, voice and piano, and duo-piano that are sure to rouse the spirit. Award-winning pianist Linda Apple Monson also serves as Director of Keyboard Studies at George Mason University's School of Music, an All-Steinway school. Don't miss this afternoon of inspiring repertoire, including Spanish masters Albeniz and Turina, German masters Bach and Beethoven, and Russian masters Prokofiev and Rubinstein.  In addition, Mason composer Glenn Smith's solo piano work "Dhirling Wervish Phantasy" (composed for Monson in 2009) will be performed. Monson will be joined by coloratura soprano Lisa Berger; lyric tenor, Seong Nam; and pianist Anna Balakerskaia.

Lunch Buffet Menu:

Honey Orange Rosemary Chicken (served warm over greens)
Bone-in chicken breast marinated with fresh rosemary, orange & honey, roasted and deglazed with pan juices, served over homegrown greens & arugula with grilled red onion and orange segments

Andean Quinoa Salad
Quinoa and red rice salad with poblano, black beans, diced peppers, fresh lime juice and green onions

A Taste of the South Bread Basket
Sweet potato biscuits, cheddar chive corn muffins and Gluten Free Brazilian cheese bread with honey butter on the side

Lunch Sponsor: À La Carte

Tickets:
$45 (12:30 lunch and concert)
$25 (concert only)

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