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Galileo's Science Café: Cybersecurity: Sifting through Digital Trash for Fun, Profit, and to Catch the Bad Guys by Dr. Jim Jones

  • February 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dr. Jim Jones presents “Cybersecurity: Sifting through Digital Trash for Fun, Profit, and to Catch the Bad Guys.”  Hear about the latest findings surrounding hot topics in science and medicine that affect our everyday lives and the decisions that we make! Bring your family and friends for a free, casual, interactive science discussion. Learn from the experts and speak with them personally.

“Cybersecurity: Sifting through Digital Trash for Fun, Profit, and to Catch the Bad Guys” by Dr. Jim Jones

We are digital litterbugs. In both the cyber and physical worlds, we leave digital traces of our presence and actions everywhere, and not only on our own computers, thumb drives, and smart phones. We also leave these digital artifacts on other devices, sometimes with our knowledge, but frequently without. Computers you use, surveillance cameras, point-of-sale systems, automobiles, the Internet-of-Things, network devices, and more - all record digital information that tells a personal story about you. Some digital artifacts are intact, but the most interesting are not - just fragments of files and programs that someone or something tried to erase. I have spent the last 20 years collecting these digital artifacts and teasing out the stories that they tell - sometimes to catch a criminal, and sometimes just to recover family photos accidentally deleted. I will present some of our digital archeology stories and describe, how we are extracting, analyzing, and manipulating digital data and fragments from the world around us.

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Virginia National Ballet

La Boheme & Bohemian Rhapsody

  • February 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • February 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Virginia National Ballet presents two premieres: La Boheme, a ballet based on the famous opera by Puccini accompanied live by the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, and Bohemian Rhapsody, a hard rock ballet to the music of Queen.  La Boheme’s gorgeous music and beautiful story of star-crossed lovers inspired the musical “Rent.”  Artistic Director/Choreographer Rafik Hegab has thrilled audiences each season with his world premieres (recently Carmina Burana, Carmen and Collection.)  A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Tickets:
$37 adult, $17 ages 12 and under

Future Kings: Fundraising Dinner

  • February 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Future Kings and the Mason Game and Technology Academy present their annual fundraiser benefitting their workforce development program targeting boys from underserved communities. Proceeds from the event provide scholarships and apprenticeship opportunities for program participants. The evening features a keynote address by Dr. Tsaka Cunningham, Scientific Program Manager for HBCU Research Scientist Training at the Veterans Administration.

Information and reservations available at future-kings.org.

Hylton Presents:

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Valentine Pops

  • February 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Love is in the air as the official holiday of romance approaches, and our favorite pops orchestra sets the perfect mood with an afternoon of romantic standards. The American Festival Pops Orchestra has become a treasured tradition here at the Hylton thanks to the orchestra's virtuosity, masterful interpretations, and entertaining programs. This performance is its love letter to the Great American Songbook, featuring some of the 20th century's most popular and beloved melodies and movie love themes. Under the inspired leadership of conductor Anthony Maiello, the most accomplished musicians in the region come together for this special evening to present a romantic program of cherished music.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd, Composer/Arranger-in-Residence, American Festival Pops Orchestra (Feb 12, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

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Lecture: My Year in Dubai with a Side Trip to Egypt  

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Hayes

  • February 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

Dr. Rebecca Hayes returns to the NVCC-Manassas campus after a year of teaching at American University in Dubai. She will share with us her adventure of living in a Middle Eastern country and teaching history to students from several foreign countries. She also will talk about her trip into the desert of Egypt to visit the pyramids.

Dr. Rebecca Hayes is honors chair and professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas Campus. Her Ph.D. from Florida State University focused on early modern British history with minors in Medieval Europe, Classical Greece and Rome, as well as the Middle East. Dr. Hayes began her teaching career at Mississippi College in 2003 and moved to Northern Virginia in 2008. She is currently the honors chair for the Manassas campus and oversees that program. Dr. Hayes loves to travel and takes students abroad during spring break, believing that everyone should experience other cultures and get the chance to see history come alive. She has taught several classes for LLI.

2017 Veterans and the Arts Initiative Workshop Series

Guitar Workshop with Glen McCarthy of Potomac Arts Academy

  • February 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Hylton Performing Arts Center

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 this workshop 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.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Chris Smith/Scott Doherty: Rockin' Road to Dublin

  • February 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Rockin’ Road to Dublin is the new sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show and the power of a Rock-N-Roll concert, all with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production. Come see the show that Irish Dancing Magazine calls “WORLD CLASS… a one-two punch of style and mastery…they made some magic here.” Starring World Champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty and Ashley Smith with a cast of 14 dancers, 8 musicians and 2 vocalists. 

“Unique, upbeat, and I love the combination of traditional Gaelic music with rock music and the dancing was extraordinary” – Ann B. Green Bay. 

“An incredible dance troupe, a phenomenal music ensemble, killer staging and lighting.  BRAVO!” – Ellis K., Davenport. 

“It was magnificent! Thanks for bringing the show to South Bend”  –  Jean H. South Bend.

Prices: $50, $40, $30 Adult, $40, $30, $25 seniors and students, $25, $20, $15 child ages 2-12

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Youth Orchestras of Prince William: To My Friends

  • February 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Hylton Performing Arts Center (HPAC) Merchant Hall

Celebrate the joy of music with a performance dedicated to the circle of friends created through music. To My Friends introduces YOPW’s Preparatory Orchestra, which comprises its youngest musicians and is led by conductor Lisa Kline.  Also featured in the Didlake Foyer of the Hylton Center will be a youth art exhibition including works by YOPW students, as well as art from Edgemoor Art Studio, Woodbridge, Virginia. A free reception will be open to all concert patrons from 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery featuring the YOPW Chamber Quintet.

Prices:

$20 adults; $12 seniors, students, and active and retired military; free to youth (18 years and younger)

Lecture: My Year in Dubai with a Side Trip to Egypt  

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Hayes

  • February 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

Dr. Rebecca Hayes returns to the NVCC-Manassas campus after a year of teaching at American University in Dubai. She will share with us her adventure of living in a Middle Eastern country and teaching history to students from several foreign countries. She also will talk about her trip into the desert of Egypt to visit the pyramids.

Dr. Rebecca Hayes is honors chair and professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas Campus. Her Ph.D. from Florida State University focused on early modern British history with minors in Medieval Europe, Classical Greece and Rome, as well as the Middle East. Dr. Hayes began her teaching career at Mississippi College in 2003 and moved to Northern Virginia in 2008. She is currently the honors chair for the Manassas campus and oversees that program. Dr. Hayes loves to travel and takes students abroad during spring break, believing that everyone should experience other cultures and get the chance to see history come alive. She has taught several classes for LLI.

Matinee Idylls:

Matinee Idylls: A Belated Valentine

Featuring Virginia Opera
Ute Gfrerer, soprano
Adam Turner, piano

  • February 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Please note that this program has been changed.  It was originally “A Taste of Opera”.

Celebrate a belated Valentine’s Day with the dynamic musical duo Ute Gfrerer and Adam Turner in an afternoon of cabaret fare reminiscent of the smoky, sultry performance style of Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf. From "La Vie En Rose" to "Falling in Love Again"  Virginia Opera star Ute Gfrerer's vocals enthrall with Virginia Opera Maestro Adam Turner at the piano.

Lunch Sponsor: À La Carte

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

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No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert & Sullivan Review  

Presented by Mason's School of Theater
Directed by Rick Davis
Musical Director: Joseph Walsh

  • February 24, 2017 - February 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Enjoy a variety sampler of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Savoy Operas," masterpieces of musical theater that embodied—and helped create—the manners, mores, and style of late Victorian London.  Get a glimpse inside the artistic process at this partially staged performance "in workshop” that includes insightful commentary on comedy and satire and excerpts from well-known operettas such as Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado along with lesser-known works like Ruddigore and Patience.  This event launches Mason's Year of Gilbert and Sullivan Celebration. For more information, visit https://cvpa.gmu.edu/gands.

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


This performance will also take place at the Center for the Art's Harris Theatre (located on the Fairfax Campus) on Feb. 17 & 18 at 8 pm. Learn more here.

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Gallery Reception: The 6th Annual Prince William County Public Schools Student Exhibition  

  • February 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

The 6th Annual Prince William County Public Schools Student Exhibition showcases the creative talents of students grades K-12 from Prince William County Public Schools. The works on display are selected by the art teachers and then adjudicated by a team of retired art educators. Every day, thousands of artworks are created in the classrooms of our 97 schools by over 88,000 students. The artworks featured in this exhibition represent just a small percentage of the pieces made by the gifted and culturally diverse young artists in our area.

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  

Hylton Presents:

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Alexei Grynyuk, piano

  • February 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 From the New World
Stankovych: Suite from the ballet The Night Before Christmas
R. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Founded in 1918, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of Eastern Europe's most esteemed orchestras, earning international acclaim for its virtuosity and precision. Deeply rooted in the rich musical traditions of Eastern Europe and Russia, the orchestra is celebrated for its adventurous high-energy repertoire and vibrant performances. Under the baton of Conductor Laureate, Theodore Kuchar, the orchestra performs Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and ballet music by Ukraine composer Stankovych. Alexei Grynyuk — who is "among the finest" according to Grammophone Magazine — joins the orchestra to perform Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor. Throughout its history, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has premiered the works of many classical giants including those of Prokofiev, Lyatoshynsky, and Shostakovich, and has produced more than 100 acclaimed recordings, garnering the ensemble several Grammy nominations.

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The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will also perform at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus on February 26 at 4:00 pm. Learn more.

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

$60, $51, $36. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

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Decades Entertainment: Decades Rewind

  • February 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Take a trip down “melody lane” with Decades Rewind, featuring over 60 songs effortlessly blended into unique medleys from the most prominent decades in music history.  This live concert experience features an 8-piece rock band and 6 brilliant rock vocalists surrounded by rock and roll stage lighting, poignant videos of American culture, and over 100 costume changes. 

From Abba to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing along and dancing in your seats on a magical rock musical extravaganza you won’t forget.

$45, $40, $35

Prince William Chamber of Commerce: Business Awards

  • February 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater, Hylton Performing Arts Center

See pwchamber.org for more information.

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