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Hylton Presents Series (2012-13 Season)

Series Prices: $766.50, $634.50, $502.50, for 22 events | ORDER
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The Capitol Steps

  • September 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Here’s a good healthy dose of comic relief when it’s needed most — right at the height of the campaign season! This hysterical musical comedy troupe returns to the Hylton Center for an evening of bipartisan spoofery. Based in Washington, D.C., The Capitol Steps have entertained audiences for more than 30 years with clever political musical parodies that lampoon those on both sides of the aisle. This talented ensemble is a treasured institution both inside and outside the beltway, even by the targets of their irreverent satirical humor. “When it comes to satire, you haven’t seen the real thing until you have been to the Capitol Steps.” (The Washington Post) Enjoy an evening of side splitting political humor in preparation for Election Day!

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$44, $36, $28

Ballet Folklórico de México

  • September 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Watch centuries of rich Mexican culture come to life as the folk dancers fill the stage, and take audiences on a journey that traces the evolution of Mexican dance from original indigenous peoples up through the present. This award-winning ensemble has garnered international acclaim because of its stunning technique, vibrant costumes, and awe-inspiring choreography. Amalia Hernández, celebrated dancer and choreographer, founded Ballet Folklórico de México 60 years ago to research, preserve and honor the richly diverse folkloric dance traditions of her country — a period spanning from the pre-Columbian era, through Spanish colonization, and into the Mexican Revolution. “Passionate…impeccable…and point of entry to the riches of a fabulous culture!” (Los Angeles Times)

Make it an evening AND get great parking by coming in a little early for our Wine with Friends Event.

Web Site

$44, $36, $28

Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi

  • October 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Merchant Hall

From a tiny country in Central Africa comes one of the most gifted and celebrated percussion ensembles in the world — Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi. Their dance and drumming performances are based on ancient sacred traditions that have been passed down through the centuries from father to son.  Yet these distinctive early rhythms sound as modern as any contemporary beat. The thunderous drum sound — the “Burundi beat” as it has become known — has influenced popular Western contemporary artists like Joni Mitchell, Adam and the Ants, and Bow Wow Wow, and has gained the rapt attention of audiences worldwide. Originally used exclusively for ceremonial occasions, the distinctive drums are made from hollowed tree trunks and animal skins.  Come witness ancient Burundi culture through this remarkable ensemble and its thunderous percussive rhythms and mesmerizing movements!

$46, $38, $30

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz!

  • October 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Anthony Maiello, conductor

Enjoy favorites from the Beatles to Charlie Daniels, and Duke Ellington to Elvis Presley! Featuring guest artists Chris Vadala, saxophone; Darden Purcell, jazz vocals, and AFPO’s own Concertmaster, Peter Wilson, violin, the American Festival Pops Orchestra presents an entertaining program including "Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Yankee Doodle," "Take the A Train," "In a Sentimental Mood..." and more. Founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello has gathered 60 of the finest musicians in the D.C. area to create this extraordinary orchestra, which has delighted audiences at the Hylton Center with its interpretations of classic pops music. "Classic, upbeat, popular Americana performed with professionalism, affection, and more than a bit of pizzazz." (Washington Times) There’s something for everyone in this celebration of pop, rock, country, and jazz!

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$46, $38, $30

Cirque Chinois

  • October 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China

One of China’s most acclaimed and influential circus troupes introduces a spectacular new production for its inaugural North American tour — Cirque Chinois. Audiences of all ages will gasp and cheer at the jaw-dropping feats of these highly skilled artists. Renowned the world over for their signature acts, such as the Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, and Group Contortion, these performers have received numerous international awards and worldwide acclaim. For nearly six decades, Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China has been performing its unique brand of circus, a style that has had a profound influence on the world circus society, including Cirque du Soleil. Come enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience filled with juggling, flying trapeze, contortions, and more that will mesmerize and astound audiences of all ages!

$48, $40, $32

Shaolin Warriors: Voices of the Masters

  • November 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

In this spectacular new production, the magnificent technique, astounding imagery, and stunning movement of Kung Fu comes to the Hylton Center. Performed by disciples of the Shaolin schools in China, these gifted warriors are admired across the globe for their remarkable discipline and ferocious martial arts prowess. These Kung Fu masters have trained from a very young age in mental and physical disciplines, allowing them to perform extraordinary feats that will amaze audiences of all ages. “A dazzling spectacle,” raves the Toronto Star. This marvelous production showcases the diverse forms of Shaolin Kung Fu that will entertain and leave all ages awestruck. “They combine the agility and grace of gymnasts with the showmanship of Cirque du Soleil performers.” (The Washington Post)

$48, $40, $32

Aquila Theatre: Cyrano de Bergerac

  • November 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

This award-winning British-American acting troupe brings one of the most romantic adventures in the literary canon to the stage. In Edmond Rostand’s hilarious and heartwarming tale, Cyrano de Bergerac is a courageous swordsman, a masterful wordsmith and an incredible romantic who seems to have everything — including an enormous nose that hinders him from pursuing the beautiful Roxanne. Cyrano lives vicariously through the attractive, but dull, Christian, who courts this stunning beauty with the help of Cyrano’s poetry. A classic 19th century French play comes to life in a delightful new production by this extraordinary theater company.  “The classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging.” (New Yorker)

$40, $32, $24

Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas

  • November 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Merchant Hall

A Chanticleer Christmas

A time-honored hallmark of the holiday season at concert halls across the country, this Grammy Award-winning ensemble’s magnificent Christmas concert is quickly becoming a tradition at the Hylton Center. Chanticleer kicks off the holidays this year with a brilliant program showcasing Gregorian chant, motets, revered sacred works, traditional English and European carols, American folk hymns, contemporary music, and more. For more than 30 years, these twelve male a cappella voices have delighted audiences and amazed critics across the globe with their impeccable technique, glorious melodies, original interpretations, and an expansive repertoire that covers ten centuries of music. “The singing of Chanticleer is breathtaking in its accuracy of intonation, purity of blend, variety of colors, and swagger of style.” (The Boston Globe)

The Hylton Center Holiday Series is generously funded by Prince William County.

Read the latest on Chanticleer's blog

$48, $40, $32

PW County Holiday Series Sponsor 2012-2013

Dailey & Vincent: A Bluegrass Christmas

  • December 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

A Bluegrass Christmas

“Lovely, inventive harmonies and masterful bluegrass arrangements,” said Bluegrass Unlimited about this remarkable duo who were a hit when they last appeared at the Hylton Center. Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent now return with a heartwarming Christmas concert that truly captures the reason for the season. After joining forces in 2007, the twosome quickly caught the attention of audiences and critics alike with their stunning harmonies, immaculate vocal arrangements, and riveting performances, amassing an impressive collection of prestigious bluegrass awards and earning a Grammy nomination.  They are frequently compared to such legendary duos as Bill and Charlie Monroe and Ralph and Carter Stanley, and such harmonizing powerhouses as the Statler Brothers. “High lonesome magic with flawless picking and seamless harmonies on a thoughtful collection of secular and sacred songs.” (News & Observer)

The Hylton Center Holiday Series is generously funded by Prince William County.

Web Site

$48, $40, $32

PW County Holiday Series Sponsor 2012-2013

Chucho Valdés with the Chucho Valdés Quintet

  • December 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Savor an evening of sizzling Latin jazz as one of today’s living jazz legends takes the stage at the Hylton Center. Revered as one of Cuba’s greatest jazz pianists, Chucho Valdés is incredibly versatile, creating an exquisite blend of Cuban music with African roots and North American jazz. Valdés was praised by The Washington Post for his “galvanizing virtuosity” and hailed as “the Dean of Latin jazz” by The New York Times. Valdés and his Quintet join forces to play the best Latin jazz has to offer, dripping with passion and influences ranging from Afro-Cuban to Flamenco to Indian. This concert will preview some of the new music from the multi-Grammy Award-winning artist’s upcoming album to be released in spring 2013. Throughout his career, Valdés has recorded more than 80 albums and performed with such jazz masters as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chick Corea. “His love of the music always shines through.” (All About Jazz)

$46, $38, $30

Natalie MacMaster: Christmas in Cape Breton

  • December 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Grammy-nominated fiddler Natalie MacMaster takes a musical sleigh ride through Nova Scotia in this spirited holiday performance. Her delightful Christmas show features Christmas carols, traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies, as well as her own signature hits, which she performs with her now legendary fiddling and explosive step-dancing. “To call MacMaster the most dynamic performer in Celtic music today is high praise, but it doesn’t get at just how remarkable this Cape Breton Island fiddler has become.” (Boston Herald) This virtuoso artist first picked up a fiddle at age 9 and has since become a musical tour-de-force, captivating audiences across the globe with her unique blend of genres from Celtic, bluegrass, and folk to jazz, rock, and classical music. Her many collaborators include such notable artists as Alison Krauss, Paul Simon, Pavarotti, and the Chieftains. “MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion.” (Los Angeles Times)

The Hylton Center Holiday Series is generously funded by Prince William County.

Read the latest on Natalie's blog

$50, $42, $34

PW County Holiday Series Sponsor 2012-2013

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

  • December 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Anthony Maiello, conductor

The American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for the holidays with a joyful performance of beloved Christmas carols, holiday tunes, and seasonal melodies that will warm the hearts and lift the spirits of young and old alike! This festive concert features the AFPO Holiday Brass Quintet, a special guest narration of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and festive favorites including “The Holly and the Ivy,” Jingle Bell Rock,” and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Under the baton and leadership of Anthony Maiello, this orchestra features the finest musicians in the greater D.C. area in an this evening of traditional holiday music complete with an audience sing-along!

The Hylton Center Holiday Series is generously funded by Prince William County.

Web Site

$48, $40, $32

PW County Holiday Series Sponsor 2012-2013

Live at Birdland!

  • January 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Featuring The Birdland Big Band
Directed by Tommy Igoe

For this one night only, Merchant Hall transforms into Birdland Jazz Club, New York’s great mecca for jazz, as this dynamic new ensemble creates an unforgettable musical event. Virtuoso drummer Tommy Igoe leads The Birdland Big Band in an exciting and surprising performance that showcases the very best of American jazz along with world music from every corner of the globe. “Tommy Igoe’s drumming defies the laws of physics and his band sets the new standard for what a big band can be in the 21st-century.” (The International Jazz Herald) This fantastic show recreates the amazing ambience of a night at Birdland — a truly unforgettable experience — as this stellar big band performs inventive arrangements and original interpretations of works by Charlie “Bird” Parker, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and others. “A completely unique NYC experience. There isn’t another band like this anywhere.” (Time Out New York)

$44, $36, $28

The Black Watch & the Band of the Scots Guards

& The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of 3rd Battalion

  • January 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Merchant Hall

There are only a few tickets left for this Hylton Center performance, but if you don't have your Black Watch tickets yet, you can still see them perform at the Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday at 2:00 or 8:00 pm. Click here for more information.

The magnificent pageantry of British military tradition and history comes to life when these two esteemed military bands take the stage in ceremonial uniforms to fill the hall with rousing marches, stirring anthems, the distinctive sounds of bagpipes and brass, high-spirited Scottish highland sword dances and the precision of regimental marching. With a grand history spanning nearly three centuries, The Black Watch has served in historic conflicts going back to Ticonderoga and Waterloo, and its pipes and drummers have proudly escorted the troops into battle. The Band of the Scots Guards, formed in 1642 by King Charles, boosted morale for British troops throughout both World Wars, and today, this celebrated 40-member orchestra performs at the daily Guard Mounting at Buckingham Palace and at various state functions, while also touring the globe. Don’t miss this exciting performance featuring all of the pomp and circumstance of British life.

This performance is generously sponsored by Wallace S. Covington, Attorney at Law

$50, $42, $34

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

  • February 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The Greatness of Chopin

Gain a greater appreciation for one of the great masters of the Romantic period as this virtuoso pianist delves into the work of Frédéric Chopin. Praised by The New York Times for performances that are “expressive” and “full of passion,” Jeffrey Siegel has spent the last four decades providing illuminating and witty insight into the lives and works of some of the world’s most brilliant composers. His unique and popular “concerts with commentary” format has delighted piano enthusiasts and turned classical music newcomers into devotees. Enjoy the heroic Polonaises, the dreamy Nocturnes, and dynamic Scherzos, and learn of the mystery behind one of the most beloved compositions of all time, the Fantasy Impromptu. “A pianist with a bravura technique and a big, gorgeous sound…and when the artist himself offers the inside scoop, the musical experience becomes vastly more personal.” (Denver Post)

$38, $30, $22

China National Symphony Orchestra

  • February 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Li Xincao, conductor
Peng Peng, piano

Guan Xia: Requiem for the Earth, Mvt. I
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

One of the outstanding professional orchestras in China, this revered ensemble is renowned for its splendid artistry, tremendous dedication, and consummate professionalism. Founded in 1956, the China National Symphony Orchestra has spent the last half century promoting Chinese symphonic works to audiences across the globe while introducing Chinese audiences to an expansive repertoire of orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers. “A mature group with a vital sound,” says the London Times. Its award-winning ensemble of musicians have performed with such world renowned conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, and Leonard Slatkin, and such instrumentalist luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, and Isaac Stern. The orchestra will perform the opening movement from Guan Xia’s Requiem for the Earth, written in remembrance of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and Beethoven’s joyful Symphony No. 7.   Prodigy pianist, Peng Peng, proclaimed by San Diego Arts to be “the real thing – an artist of both physical skill and intellectual insight.” joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

*Programming subject to change

This performance is generously sponsored by Evelyn and Tom Kiley.

$60, $52, $44

Arlo Guthrie

  • February 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Here Comes the Kid
In Celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday

Arlo Guthrie brings his exceptional blend of music and storytelling to the Hylton Center in a performance commemorating the centennial of the birth of his father, Woody Guthrie. The eldest son of the beloved American singer/writer/activist, Arlo was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other and was instilled with a passion for promoting social change at an early age. He became a counterculture icon with the release of his satirical anti-war anthem “Alice’s Restaurant” in 1967, and inspired the generation that came of age in the 1960s to a higher social consciousness and activism. This celebrated troubadour has spent more than four decades entertaining audiences around the globe with folk favorites, comical tales, and witty anecdotes. This performance honors his father’s creative legacy and profound impact on American music with Arlo’s signature “… magical cornucopia of well-crafted songs, homespun humor, and stories of the past,” (Modern Guitars Magazine).

Web Site

$48, $40, $32

Danú

  • March 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Merchant Hall

This is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day! Come celebrate with this award-winning Celtic band as they return to the Hylton Center to perform a marvelous combination of traditional Irish jigs and reels, contemporary Celtic tunes, and their own signature hits. Danú is one of the hottest traditional Irish music bands in Ireland, distinguished by its use of traditional Celtic instruments complemented by exquisite vocals. Called “a spirit-raising concoction” by the Irish Times, this Celtic powerhouse hails from historic County Waterford, and for the last decade this lively ensemble has enchanted audiences around the world with its authentic, passionate, and energizing performances. “Danú stirs the blood and lifts the heart.” (Irish Music Magazine)

Web Site

$44, $36, $28

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: The Gospel Truth

  • March 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Jim Carroll, artistic director
Bobby Floyd, piano and organ

Northern Virginia’s very own jazz orchestra presents an evening of down-home sophistication in The Gospel Truth, an evening of blues-drenched hand-clapping American music with a gospel twist.  Bobby Floyd, an accomplished jazz pianist and organist whose natural ability was first discovered at the age of two, has shared the stage with legends such as Dionne Warwick, Doc Severinson, and Arturo Sandoval and now he joins this ensemble of gifted musicians from the D.C. area. Artistic director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll’s long and illustrious career has included performances with the likes of Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Most recently, he led the Mason Jazz Ensemble on a whirlwind tour of China, where they played to sold-out houses. Join us for what is fast becoming a Hylton Center favorite!  

$44, $36, $28

Romeo and Juliet & Chopiniana

  • April 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre

In the grand tradition of Russian ballet, this delightful ensemble performs two of the most romantic classical ballets in one spectacular evening. With brilliant music by Chopin and gorgeous choreography by Mikhail Fokine, Chopiniana, or Les Sylphides as it is often known, has been described as a “romantic reverie” and depicts ballerinas bathed in moonlight dancing around a young poet. In the same evening, this gifted company of dancers presents Romeo and Juliet. Petipa’s dazzling choreography and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score illuminate Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of young star-crossed lovers falling victim to family hatred. Founded in Moscow in the late 1980s, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is committed to both preserving the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet, and rejuvenating it by embracing dance developments from across the globe. “A cut above many of its rivals.” (The Washington Post)

$54, $46, $38

As You Like It

  • April 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

performed by The Acting Company

“All the world’s a stage” according to this charming tale, which is one of Shakespeare’s most famous and beloved comedies. This exciting new production offers an unforgettable theater experience of one of Shakespeare’s most romantic and adventurous plays. At once a hilarious story and a profound journey of discovery, As You Like It follows lovers Rosalind and Orlando, who have been banished to the Forest of Arden by power-hungry relatives, and quickly find themselves entangled in a comical web of unrequited love, passionate lust, elaborate disguises, and mistaken identity. With a distinguished and award-winning four-decade history, The Acting Company is celebrated as “The major touring classical theatre in the United States.” (The New York Times)

This tour engagement of The Acting Company is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Web Site

$40, $32, $24

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Lila Downs

  • May 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The Hylton Center celebrates Cinco de Mayo by welcoming this spectacular artist and her band for a festive concert. “Stunning voice…a confident multicultural vision,” raves the Los Angeles Times about this dazzling Mexican-American singer who fuses unique interpretations of indigenous Mexican music and her own songs with blues, soul, jazz, and African sounds. Her marvelous vocal prowess and adventurous blending of genres have earned her numerous accolades in the last decade: a Latin Grammy Award®; appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Latino Inaugural Ball for President Obama; and a role in Julie Taymor’s Frida. She also composed an Academy Award-nominated song for the movie, which she performed at the ceremony, becoming the first Mexican artist to perform at the Oscars. The daughter of a Mexican singer and a Scottish-American art professor and filmmaker, Lila Downs combined her passion for music with her love of ancient culture to create an edgy and powerful sound bursting with international flair. “She has earned her supreme confidence and reinvigorated the place in Mexican music where popular and traditional sound collide.” (The Washington Post)

This festive concert is made complete with complimentary chips and salsa tasting.  Enjoy corn tortilla chips by Abuelita and Gunther's Gourmet salsa made possible by Opera House Gourmet.

See more live video on the artist's website.

$44, $36, $28