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REMIX: Mason School of Art Alumni Exhibition

  • October 3, 2016 - November 6, 2016

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

The School of Art REMIX: Alumni Exhibition spans multiple George Mason University galleries at our Arlington, Prince William County, and Fairfax Campuses. The exhibition reception on October 13th provides an enjoyable evening where, students, alumni, and faculty are able to come together and share their experiences, discuss current events, and reconnect with other alumni. The School of Art is founded on the premise that art both reflects and inspires a creative society, improving the human condition while describing the world, both as it is and could be. The School of Art focuses on the role of artists in that conversation; encourages students to see art both as individual expression and public interaction; and celebrates historical reference, current relevance, experimentation –emphasizing innovative ways of thinking that enhance the impact of art on the future of society. Learn more.

Gallery Reception: Thursday, October 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with live music by singer-songwriter, Caroline Cotter, and featuring beer by Atlas Brew Works.

Gallery Receptions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to jconnor8@gmu.edu.

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Matinee Idylls:

Matinee Idylls: Marcolivia: Symphonic Conversations

  • November 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Gregory Family Theater

For this captivating program, the violin-viola duo of Marcolivia – Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez – is joined by cellist Vasily Popov and pianist Ralitza Patcheva to explore works by Brahms and Robert Fuchs. The program includes Brahms’ C minor Piano Quartet and Fuchs’ charming duos. The artists will also speak about the music they perform in this concert.

Lunch Provided and Sponsored by Grafton Street:
Autumn Salad: Organic Greens, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomato, Cranberry Vinaigrette
Baked Zucchini Bread
Slow Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Jus & Cranberry Sauce
Brown Sugar Glazed Virginia Ham
Pan Roasted Atlantic Salmon with Citrus Butter Sauce
Candied Yams - French Beans Almondine - Whipped Chive Potato
Pecan Pie with Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce

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

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Supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

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Imagination Stage: Aquarium

  • November 3, 2016 - November 5, 2016 at 10:30 am
  • November 5, 2016 at 11:45 am

Gregory Family Theater

Tickets are not available for the 11:45 a.m. performances on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4.

With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and fun props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a "let's pretend" sky! For children ages 1-5.

$10

Mason's School of Theater and School of Music: The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
Directed by Ken Elston
With Jessica Dubish and Stephanie Risch
Musical Direction by Stanley Engebretson
Translated by Michael Feingold

  • November 3, 2016 - November 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • November 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Who can get ahead? Those with money do in Brecht and Weill’s landmark twentieth century musical, The ThreePenny Opera. Echoing with the spirits of the German Music Hall style, this perennial Broadway favorite offers so much more than the popular “Mack the Knife”. Set in gritty 1920’s New York City, where prohibition is in effect but speakeasies are open and corruption abounds, the story follows the charismatic anti-hero Macheath and his exploits for power and wealth. The Fall Mason Musical presented by the George Mason University School of Theater and School of Music is a social and political satire that will feature a dynamic ensemble performing multiple roles including inanimate objects.

Tickets:
$30: Adults
$15: Students, Seniors and Youth up to grade 12

This performance will also be presented at the Center for the Arts on October 27, 28 and 29 at 8:00 pm, October 29 at 2:00 pm, and October 30 at 4:00 pm. Click here for details.

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1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Lecture: Go West, Young Woman: How the Harvey Girls Tamed the West (F1624)

  • November 4, 2016 at 10:00 am

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Instructor: Dennis Van Derlaske

This is the story of Fred Harvey, an entrepreneur and epicure from England, who, in the late 1800s, encouraged young single women to leave home and serve as hostesses in his rail stop restaurants along the developing Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway route. Their presence helped to civilize some of the “rough and tumble” towns along this storied railroad line.

Dennis Van Derlaske is a member of the county historical society, Historic Prince William, and serves on the Prince William County Historical Commission. He regularly lectures on topics of vernacular history at University of Mary Washington ElderStudy in Fredericksburg. He has taught several classes for LLI-Manassas.

Dan Leahy, LLI Coordinator

dfleahy47@aol.com, 703-309-0914

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

Pro Bolivia Committee
XVIII Saya Caporal Dance Competition

  • November 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Merchant Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Pro Bolivia Committee is proud to present the XVIII Saya Caporal Dance Competition. It is a competition where two traditional Bolivian dances are fused together to create vivid choreographies. Saya is an Afro-Bolivian dance that originated from the jungles of the Yungas, a tropical region in the State of La Paz. Its a dance that blends ancient rhythms brought by former slaves from their African homeland with traditional Andean flutes and dance steps. Caporales was created in 1969 by the Estrada brothers, who were inspired by the Afro-Bolivian Saya and their character of the 'Caporal' - the overseer of the black slaves. The dance is physically demanding, as it consists of jumping, and hand coordination. Caporales has very quickly become one of the most popular Bolivian dances practiced all around the world. Besides the lively music and dance that this competition brings, it is also an opportunity to view authentic costumes hand made from Bolivia. You will see the male dancers depict an old Spanish military guard wearing heeled boots bearing large bells known as "cascabeles" and carrying a hat. The female dancer will have a folkloric mini skirt, fancy high-heeled shoes, and a round top hat. This competition is the largest of its kind in the United States and brings competitors from all around the nation! 

$20 adult, $15 senior/child 12 and under

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The Arts and the Military: Moving through Memories of Service and Conflict

  • November 7, 2016 - December 11, 2016

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Military service and wartime experiences elicit extraordinary memories. Recollections of mission, and accomplishment – a pride of service, often mingle with musings of history and legacy – an understanding of the universality and consequences of war. This exhibition showcases artwork that demonstrates how today's veterans and civilians are using papermaking and print making to reminisce about military life and the tribulations of war. Drawn from The Arts & The Military's ART-ifacts Collection, the artwork in this exhibit represents art making as community engagement. Assembled from artwork made in response to military service, war experiences, and violence – both down range and on the home front – the collection offers a catalyst for conversation and the exploration of patriotism, nationalism, perceptions of duty, suffering, heroism, and loyalty, as well as the history of war, responses to war policies, combat conditions, traumatic experiences, and transitions from military to civilian life.

Learn more.

Gallery Reception: Thursday, November 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gallery Receptions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to jconnor8@gmu.edu.

Photo, right: Honor the Fallen by Patrick Sargent

Art Exhibition Booklet for The Arts and the Military: MOVING Through MEMORIES Of Service and Conflict"

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Lecture: The Victorian Internet: How the Telegraph Changed 19th Century Society 

  • November 9, 2016 at 10:30 am

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Instructors: Michael & Elaine Ahern

The world wide web has clearly changed our 21st century world. In fact, people in the 19th century experienced a similar revolution with the invention of the telegraph. With striking parallels to our modern Internet, this invention shrank the world, spurred economies, and upset the fabric and mores of Victorian society. Based on the book, The Victorian Internet, by Tom Standage, this presentation will explore how inventors, visionaries, eccentrics and con artists used the telegraph to create a 19th century world wide web.

Mike and Elaine Ahern have been a team for 45 years. Mike, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry, served 26 years in the U.S. Army and later taught in Prince William County Schools and for George Mason University. In the role of Army wife, Elaine became thoroughly adept at moving the family from place to place in the U.S. and overseas and then worked for 15 years as an administrative and logistics specialist at Interstate Van Lines in Fairfax, Va. Mike is vice president of LLI-Manassas. This is the Ahern Team’s third class for LLI-Manassas.

Kathy Pechauer, LLI Coordinator

kapechauer@gmail.com, 703-361-8162

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

The U.S. Army Band "Pershings Own"

Colonel Timothy J. Holtan, Leader and Commander

  • November 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The premier musical organization of the U.S. Army presents a tribute to
our nation's Veterans, who through their service and sacrifice have made
our country great. This concert will feature The U.S. Army Concert Band,
The U.S. Army Chorus, and The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets and will honor
Veterans from every war and conflict in anticipation of Veterans Day.
Also, in grateful appreciation for over 50 years of dedicated and valued
service to The U.S. Army Band and the field of music education, the title
of Conductor Emeritus will be conferred upon Major Allen Crowell (US Army
Retired) at this concert. He will be a featured guest conductor on this
program.

Free Tickets are available for online request via Eventbrite beginning October 24.  Request tickets.

Free and open to the public

The Arts and the Military: Moving through Memories of Service and Conflict

Gallery Reception for the exhibition

  • November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Join us for a special gallery reception celebrating this exhibition.

Military service and wartime experiences elicit extraordinary memories. Recollections of mission, and accomplishment – a pride of service, often mingle with musings of history and legacy – an understanding of the universality and consequences of war. This exhibition showcases artwork that demonstrates how today's veterans and civilians are using papermaking and print making to reminisce about military life and the tribulations of war. Drawn from The Arts & The Military's ART-ifacts Collection, the artwork in this exhibit represents art making as community engagement. Assembled from artwork made in response to military service, war experiences, and violence – both down range and on the home front – the collection offers a catalyst for conversation and the exploration of patriotism, nationalism, perceptions of duty, suffering, heroism, and loyalty, as well as the history of war, responses to war policies, combat conditions, traumatic experiences, and transitions from military to civilian life.

Please follow this link for information on this exhibition.

Gallery Receptions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to jconnor8@gmu.edu.

Photo, right: Honor the Fallen by Patrick Sargent

Art Exhibition Booklet for The Arts and the Military: MOVING Through MEMORIES Of Service and Conflict"

Free and open to the public

Galileo's Science Café: The Mystery of Zika Virus by Dr. Charles Bailey

  • November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

The Zika virus is instilling fear in those who consider traveling to endemic areas such as South America, the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, and Mexico. This is especially concerning to women who are pregnant or could be pregnant in the near future. While the virus causes only mild symptoms in most patients, it can lead to microcephaly and other debilitating brain and nervous system birth defects in fetuses. There is still a lot of information we do not know about the virus. I will discuss the history of Zika virus and will compare and contrast this virus with better characterized viruses such as dengue, yellow fever, West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses. The presentation will document the movement of this virus from Africa to Southeast Asia and eventually to the South American coast and into Central and North America.

I will discuss our plans to initiate a research program in collaboration with the University of Costa Rica and bring the audience up-to-date on the current epidemic situation in Costa Rica. I will also address the likelihood that mosquito transmission of Zika virus will take place in the continental United States.

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Veterans Day 2016 at the Hylton Center: Celebrating Veterans and the Arts

  • November 11, 2016 at 10:00 am

Merchant Hall

Join us for an interactive day of celebration and arts experiences for Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families. Exit 12 Dance Company, a pioneer in the genre of military veteran art, kicks off the festivities with a performance in Merchant Hall followed by venue-wide workshops and activities. Enjoy free refreshments and snacks, experience artwork by veterans and civilians that explores the stories of military life, access Veteran resource information, and enjoy a memorable day of camaraderie, performance and visual art. This event is free and open to everyone, including Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and civilians.

This event is scheduled to end at 3:00 pm.

Please visit the following link for a full schedule of activities.

Presenting Sponsor: Azalea Charities, Inc., Frank E. Lasch, Sr., Chairman and Founder

Sponsor: Miller Toyota of Manassas, City of Manassas, Youth for Tomorrow, Giorgio's Family Restaurant, and Wegmans.

Free and open to the public

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Jazz 4 Justice™: Tribute to the Greatest Generation

  • November 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Carroll, joins The Prince William County Bar Foundation to present Jazz 4 Justice™, an annual benefit concert with a special veterans day "Tribute to the Greatest Generation."

Proceeds support vital community efforts by the Bar Foundation and the George Mason University Jazz Studies Department.

www.music.gmu.edu/jazz-studies

View the event poster.

Tickets:
$20 adults
$15 seniors and youth

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The Same Sky Project: A Will to Survive

  • November 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

The goal of A Will To Survive is to talk about depression, suicide prevention and accepting others and yourself no matter what life challenges you might face. This 40 minute music driven production reminds us we are not alone. Suitable for 9th grade and older.

$12.00

Hylton Presents:

Direct from Shanghai, The P.R. of China
Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China
Shanghai Nights

  • November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Share the thrills with the whole family as trampoline artists and aerial acrobats fly through the air with the greatest of ease, while jugglers, contortionists, and martial artists demonstrate the exacting precision of their skills. Through jaw-dropping feats of acrobatics, impeccably timed stunts, and beautiful costumes, Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China merges the hustle and bustle of contemporary Shanghai with China's rich cultural heritage to produce this celebration of their country. They cleverly use acrobatics and circus acts to convey stories of the people and the land of China. This acclaimed company, with more than one hundred performers, has won many top awards in international competitions for their outstanding acts, several of which are included in this production. Experience the amazing beauty and thrilling feats of skill direct from Shanghai!

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The Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China will also perform at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus on November 4 at 8:00 pm and November 5 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ms. Zhao Shuangwu, Director of the company. Translator: Cindy Yu Shi (Nov 12, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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Youth Orchestras of Prince William: Festive Fall

  • November 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall

This performance of festive music begins with the youngest instrumentalists and voices and culminates with the prestigious Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by award-winning Music Director, Anne Rupert. Join YOPW for a musical celebration featuring some of the most talented youth in the region.

Tickets:
$20 adults
$12 seniors, students, and active and retired military
Free to youth (18 years and younger)

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Hylton Center Extra! Sierra Hull

  • November 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Master of the mandolin and soulful songstress, Sierra Hull brings her wistful program of bluegrass and folk-pop tunes to the intimate Gregory Family Theater, set with café tables for an up close and personal experience. A recent recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) “Mandolin Player of the Year” award, Sierra was recognized at age 11 as a mandolin prodigy and has skillfully honed her talent ever since. Her musical artistry continues to astonish audiences and critics alike, as this ten-time IBMA award-nominee regularly performs to sold-out venues across the country and collaborates with leading bluegrass and country musicians including Béla Fleck and Alison Krauss. A tone-true vocalist and performer of the highest order, she "plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved" (Béla Fleck). Don't miss Hull's optimistic and powerful meditation on the mandolin!

$25.00

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Lecture: Sing, Sing, Sing: The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices 

  • November 16, 2016 at 10:30 am

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Instructor: Jim Carroll 

William James once said, “I don't sing because I'm happy, I'm happy because I sing.” In an interactive discussion on the value of song, Professor Jim Carroll will introduce you to the big band sounds of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble of the best jazz musicians from the metro area. In the upcoming concert, they will be joined by the dynamic vocal jazz quartet, New York Voices, whose soulful scats, close-knit voicings, and unparalleled vocal blend have earned them critical acclaim for over 25 years. This concert is guaranteed to jump-start your holiday spirit.

Professor Jim Carroll has a versatile background ranging from tours with Michael Jackson to Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd. He is the founder and artistic director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Connection. He is passionate about spreading the word of the power of the arts to bring people together, change lives and do good in the world. Jim resides in Manassas with his wife Janette.

Performance: Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices

Friday, 8:00 p.m., Dec. 2

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Bob Marsh, LLI Coordinator

bandkmarsh@verizon.net, 703-368-7276

LLI is partnering with the Hylton Performing Arts Center for three performances this season. Three lecture topics presented at the Hylton Center will be specifically tied to three Hylton performances (prior to the performance dates). These lectures are open to the public, however, you must purchase your own Hylton Center ticket to the performance associated with the lecture.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

Winter Accessory Drive

SERVE up some Good Will

  • November 25, 2016 - December 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

Didlake Grand Foyer, Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Hylton Center is holding a winter accessory drive to benefit SERVE in Manassas. Members of our community (infants, children, and adults) are in need of the following winter items:

HATS

GLOVES

SCARVES

MITTENS

Please make sure donated items are clean and in good condition or brand new.

Donations will be accepted November 25 through December 23 in the Didlake Grand Foyer of the Hylton Center; open Tue-Sat 10 am-6 pm and 2 hours before performances.

Gainesville Ballet: The Nutcracker

  • November 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm
  • November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Gainesville Ballet's Nutcracker is the first and one of the finest Nutcrackers of the holiday season! With gorgeous new sets and beautiful handmade costumes, traditional choreography and a cast of award winning international professional dancers along with students of the school, this production will thrill ballet aficionados as well as families with young children. $35 adult, $17 children 12 and under.

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Northern Virginia Ballet: The Nutcracker

  • November 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm
  • November 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Merchant Hall

NVB's production of the timeless classic is the perfect way to start the holiday season. Starring world famous ballet superstars Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky (former ABT principals) and supported by award winning students of the Academy of Russian Ballet.

Tickets:
$35 Adults
$25 seniors 55+
$20 children 0-17

In Tune Music: Holiday Recital

  • November 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • November 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

In Tune Music Studios hosts their annual recital. All are welcome to enjoy up and coming area musicians.

$10 adult, $5 child/senior

Hylton Presents:

Windham Hill: A Winter Solstice Concert

  • November 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Come rejoice in the joy and tranquility of the approaching winter season with masterful performances by these three leading musicians from Windham Hill. This premier recording label has introduced many of today's most accomplished acoustic, classical, and folk artists, and this ensemble represents some of its finest. Multiple Grammy Award nominee Liz Story is one of the foremost pioneers of contemporary solo piano whose work crosses many musical genres. Grammy-nominated singer and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie is a folk, jazz, pop, and fusion singer-songwriter, especially noted for her highly melodic piano performances. They are joined by guitarist Sean Harkness who "sounds at times like a one-man orchestra" (Jersey Jazz). From "Carol of the Bells" to "Greensleeves," they perform beloved carols and winter songs from diverse traditions that celebrate the holiday season, filling your season with warmth and love.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 27, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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Swing Machine Big Band: 5th Annual Christmas Extravaganza!

  • November 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Merchant Hall

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Swing Machine – DC's Premier Big Band! Back for their 5th Annual Christmas Extravaganza, the band will add a new twist to some holiday songs – some traditional and some not so! The Band will be joined by the Combined Prince William Chorus with students from area schools. Proceeds will go to the music programs of the participating schools.

Tickets:
$10, children under 2 years free

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