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Hylton Performing Arts Center 7th Anniversary Gala

  • April 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Merchant Hall, Hylton Center for the Performing Arts

The 7th Anniversary Gala provides critical funding to support the Hylton Center’s many artistic performances, arts education programs, and outreach initiatives available throughout the year. Your gift will bring the magic of the arts to life for our region’s artists, audiences, students, and lifelong learners. 10% of net proceeds from the 7th Anniversary Gala will support the Hylton Center’s Endowment, ensuring artistic excellence in the performances and programs we offer.

6 p.m. - Reception in the Didlake Grand Foyer
7 p.m. - Dinner on the Merchant Hall Stage, with a tribute to our honoree

Please visit the following link for more information about the 7th Anniversary Gala.

Please visit the following link to purchase your tickets or table sponsorship.

Party for a Cause: 7th Anniversary Gala After Party

  • April 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Come out for a festive night at the Hylton and support the arts, too. On April 1, the Hylton Center is holding its first-ever After Party in conjunction with its 7th Anniversary Gala. Starting at 8:30 p.m. enjoy a dance band, live DJ, photo booth, craft cocktails by KO Distilling, savory and sweet bites, and a chance to win prizes every 30 minutes. After Party tickets are just $75 and all Gala and After Party activities support performances and programs at the Hylton Center, as well as the Hylton Center's Endowment, ensuring excellence in the years to come.

Learn more about the 7th Anniversary Gala celebration or how to purchase tickets to the full Gala (includes After Party access).

$75

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2017 Dance Gala Concert

presented by the Mason School of Dance

  • April 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The Gala Concert is Mason Dance Company's crowning season event featuring dance by Mason’s beautifully trained dance majors. This program features Mass, a vigorous piece by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Robert Battle, emphasizes both powerful group movement and standout solo performance. Also on this program is Second to Last, a work featuring a series of duets choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo, Resident Choreographer at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Susan Shields, choreographer and Director of Mason’s School of Dance premieres a new work entitled An Exaltation of Larks. Finally, Balance/Imbalance, a work by Korean choreographer Soon-ho Park broaches the topic of adjusting to dynamic, and sometimes uncomfortable relationships.

This Gala Concert performance will also be presented at the Center for the Arts on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets:
$25, $15, $10

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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Galileo's Science Café

A Geographic Analysis: Individual Decisions to Vaccinate Impact the Entire Community by Dr. Paul Delamater

  • April 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Dr. Paul Delamater presents “A Geographic Analysis: Individual Decisions to Vaccinate Impact the Entire Community.” 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.

"A Geographic Analysis: Individual Decisions to Vaccinate Impact the Entire Community" by Dr. Paul Delamater.

Despite the demonstrated success of vaccination programs in eradicating diseases and improving public health, parental concerns over vaccine safety have led to increases in the refusal and/or delay of childhood vaccination throughout the United States. In some regions, the use of non-medical exemptions (NMEs) from school entry vaccination requirements has yielded extremely low levels of vaccination coverage.  In these geographic clusters, the indirect protection afforded by the herd immunity effect is threatened, placing unvaccinated members of that population at risk of disease transmission and increasing the risk of a large-scale outbreak in the population. The increased use of NMEs has garnered a large amount of attention in the popular press and academic literature, as well as public policy forums across the US, due to the relationship between NMEs and disease outbreaks. Our research illustrates how Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are being used to analyze and understand how individual decisions regarding vaccination impact community-level vaccination coverage, the herd immunity effect, and disease outbreak risk.

Free. Please RSVP.

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Hylton Family Series:

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

  • April 8, 2017 at 11:00 am
  • April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The whole family will be amused and amazed by the juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the antics of his furry and feathered friends. This award-winning Moscow Circus veteran has given his loveable troupe of rescue animals — cats, dogs, geese, parrots, a Shetland pony, and others — a new leash on life through this popular show. Clowns, acrobats and jugglers accompany a menagerie of adorable animals that eagerly perform remarkable circus tricks. Voted "Best Family Attraction in Las Vegas," this production has entertained audiences in more than 20 countries, and has been seen on numerous TV shows like America's Got Talent, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Don't miss the world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater!

Adults: $15
Children: $5

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Asaph Dance Ensemble: Spring Celebration

  • April 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Merchant Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center

A spring celebration of dance including ballet, both classic and contemporary!  There is something for everyone – fun, drama, beauty, technique, and poignancy – all will touch your heart and inspire the spirit!

Prices: $30 adult, $15 senior 65+, child 12 & under

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2017 Veterans and the Arts Initiative Workshop Series

The "Pentagon Quilts" Presentation by June Forte

  • April 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas and the Hylton Performing Arts Center Inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, the “Pentagon Quilts” collection is as diverse as the people who created them. These quilts sprang spontaneously from freedom-loving people in small towns and big cities across the country and the world. They will remain symbols of comfort and encouragement to the Pentagon community and to the nation for generations to come. Forte is the former Curator of  The “Pentagon Quilts.”

This event is FREE and open to the public

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The Pentagon Quilts 

Instructor: June Forte  

  • April 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas and the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, both seasoned and first-time quilters – young and old alike – fashioned quilts to honor the people who died and were injured in the attack and in appreciation for the heroic efforts of rescue workers. The Pentagon Quilts collection is as diverse as the people who created them. These quilts sprang spontaneously from freedom-loving people in small towns and big cities across the country and the world. Some shout in unity, others whisper in grief. They will remain symbols of comfort and encouragement to the Pentagon community and the nation for generations to come. More than 150 commemorative quilts are in the collection.

June Forte is the former curator of the Pentagon Quilts, a collection of commemorative quilts received from the public in response to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, September 11, 2001. Over the course of her career, she served as an enlisted photojournalist with the Army’s 4th Infantry Division and in a variety of public affairs positions with the Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Coalition Provisional Authority. She retired in 2005 and currently teaches communication courses at Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, Va.

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

Gallery Exhibit: Gilbert and Sullivan Memorabilia

Exhibit runs through May 27, 2017  

  • April 18, 2017

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Historical posters from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert and Sullivan Collection that promoted the iconic duo’s original performances. For more information, visit https://cvpa.gmu.edu/gands.

Gallery Reception: Thursday, April 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring scholar Dr. Ralph MacPhail, Jr. Wines by Tarara Winery.

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  

Lecture: Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival  

Speaker: Marina Kirsch  

  • April 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

Marina Kirsch will discuss Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival, a book she has written about her parents and their experiences during WWII. The story is about her father, Rolf, a Latvian aeronautical engineering student forced to repatriate to Nazi Germany before the first Soviet takeover, and her mother, Lilo, the young German woman he met in 1940 in Berlin. Flight of Remembrance is a love story that spans 74 years and two continents. It is also the story of Rolf’s lifelong passion for aeronautical engineering and the expansion of this dream into the postwar U.S. space program. The author will discuss the book’s subject matter, protagonists, sources of inspiration, and special research that accompanied WWII era photographs. Books will be available for purchase.

Marina Dutzmann Kirsch spent over four years researching and writing the story of her family in Latvia, occupied Poland, and Germany during WWII. Her book, Flight of Remembrance, was a finalist in the narrative non-fiction category of the 2012 USA Best Book Awards. Marina lives in Kensington, NH, and is also a graphic designer and editor, a New Hampshire Humanities-to-Go speaker, and an Area Director in Toastmasters International, a world-wide organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Her presentations provide an opportunity to gain a new perspective on WWII.

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

FREE

Imagination Stage: Paper Dreams

  • April 20, 2017 - April 22, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • April 20, 2017 - April 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

Hylton Performing Arts Center - Gregory Family Theater Manassas, VA

In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, Imagination Stage brings to life its first dance performance-based show that explores the many facets of creativity. Young children will love this fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea?

For children ages 1-5.  $10 general admission

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Hylton Presents:

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel

A Few of Your Favorite Things

  • April 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Hylton with another of his very popular performances. This concert will include pieces that audience members at his March 2016 performance requested as their favorites. From these requests, he has created a program in his unique "concert with commentary" format that will appeal to the avid music lover as well as one looking for an inviting classical music experience. His unique Keyboard Conversations performances provide the story behind the score, as he shares fascinating information before playing each piece in its entirety. Become a classical music insider as Jeffrey Siegel provides illuminating insights into the lives of the world's greatest composers. Full of wit, knowledge, and a deep admiration for the music, this performance will make you fall in love with classical piano. "Expressive and full of passion... This is an artist who means every note he plays." (The New York Times)


Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 22, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$42, $36, $25. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on April 11, 2017

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An Evening with Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic)

  • April 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson’s legendary career as a songwriter and performer spans nearly five decades. He made his recording debut in the 1960s as a co-founder of the groundbreaking British folk-rock band Fairport Convention. Thompson went on to release more than 40 albums that highlight his unique songwriting style and virtuosity as a guitarist with his most recent release titled Still (2015), an album of new music produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. As a prolific songwriter, Thompson’s compositions have been performed and recorded by stars such as Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Bonnie Raitt, and Los Lobos, among others. He has garnered numerous accolades including BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II in 2011. The Americana Music Association also honored Thompson with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2012.  

This event will not have a Pre-Performance Discussion.

As a subscriber to, or a Friend of, the Hylton Center, you may buy tickets for this special concert before they go on sale to the public. For access to this presale, contact the Hylton Center Ticket Office at 703-993-7759.

$50, $40, $30

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2017 Veterans and the Arts Initiative Workshop Series

Guitar Workshops with Glen McCarthy of Potomac Arts Academy

  • April 26, 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 date you plan to attend.

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Lecture: New York Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore

  Instructor: Rick Davis

  • April 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

Sail the shining waters as the H.M.S. Pinafore embarks on a journey of humor and mischief in Gilbert & Sullivan's famous comic operetta about finding love on the high seas. The levity of musical theater meets the extravagance of opera in a satirical musical production that lovingly pokes fun at rigid Victorian class distinctions. Romantic sailors, sisters, cousins, and aunts sing and dance across this fanciful British naval vessel. Love finds its way aboard as the captain's daughter falls for an ordinary sailor, despite her father's plan for a more refined suitor. First performed in London in 1878, this classic has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for more than 130 years.

Rick Davis has been executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center since August 2011. From 2000-2007 he served as associate dean of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and artistic director of the Center for the Arts. He joined George Mason in 1991 as artistic director of Theater of the First Amendment and a member of the theater faculty. Rick has written four books about the theater and playwrights. A winner of the George Mason Teaching Excellence Award (1997) and an Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year (2006), he was educated at Lawrence University (BA) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA, DFA).  This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org. 

Performance: Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore
Thursday, 8:00 p.m., May 4
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $56, $48, $34.

For more information, visit https://cvpa.gmu.edu/gands.

Gallery Reception: Gilbert and Sullivan Memorabilia

  • April 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Historical posters from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert and Sullivan Collection, featuring scholar Dr. Ralph MacPhail, Jr. For more information, visit https://cvpa.gmu.edu/gands.

Featuring wines by Tarara Winery.

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  

Resident Arts Group:

Center for the Arts Pied Piper Theatre

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

  • April 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • April 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • April 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall, Hylton Center for the Performing Arts

Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton. Originally directed by Robert Jess Roth & originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Disney’s classic romantic tale of Beauty and the Beast comes to life on the stage this spring when Pied Piper Theatre presents this captivating musical production. As the beautiful Belle tries to save her father from the Beast, she brings compassion and hope to the bewitched Beast and his household.  Fighting off wolves and the angry villagers, she undertakes to transform him from Beast to Prince. 

Tickets on sale soon.

Prices: Early bird special: $15 for adults/$12 for children 12 and under. After April 24, 2017: $20 for adults/$15 for children 12 and under.

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Resident Arts Partner:

2017 Veterans and the Arts Initiative Workshop Series

Sing-Along with the Manassas Chorale

  • April 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Would you like to sing along with the Manassas Chorale? Here’s your chance – and bring your friends and family, too! A Resident Arts Partner of the Hylton Performing Arts Center and a crowd favorite at Hylton Center Veterans Day events, the Manassas Chorale looks forward to sharing a special musical experience with the community.

This event is FREE and open to the public

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