Vol. 47: March 2017 Newsletter
For Everything (Except Snow) There is a Season...
I lived in the upper Midwest from ages 0-23, so I am a little out of rhythm with this warm and almost snowless winter (keeping my head down in case there is a blizzard on the day this is released!). It’s not so much that I love shoveling snow or bundling up, but I do love (and need, in some subterranean way) the change that seasons bring. New perspectives, new feelings, new dress codes, new aches and pains, and new pleasures attend each change of season in the natural world.
Fortunately, in our line of work, change is a constant and seasons turn over without regard to external climate. Every day in the world of the arts is a fresh start, and every time I walk into the Hylton Center it’s as if the world has moved a little further around the sun. Here are a couple of examples.
I recently had the pleasure of directing “No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert and Sullivan Review” with students of Mason’s Schools of Theater and Music, which played in the Gregory Family Theater last weekend. One of our young artists was ill and unable to perform on Friday night, so at 7:15 (prior to an 8:00 curtain) we had to devise a group understudy plan involving multiple substitutions from within the cast, and your humble director stepping in to a couple of otherwise uncovered spots (and joining the chorus with the single objective of not running into anyone). The energy and concentration were at a peak—real life example of the oft-cited phrase, “the joys of live performance” where it truly is different every night. Fortunately, our young man made a full recovery for Saturday and the show went on as planned.
We have a lot more G&S on the menu for the spring—gallery exhibition, several talks with distinguished guests, and of course the full production with orchestra of HMS Pinafore by the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, widely recognized as the foremost professional G&S company in the world today.
And then on a whole different front, we have great news to report on our Veterans and the Arts Initiative. Our new spring workshop series is off to a great start—in fact the first guitar workshop was such a success that we are adding additional sessions this spring and planning for a regular cycle going forward. Upcoming events around quilting and choral singing are equally exciting and are sure to be popular.
This is the kind of change that we love—responding to real needs and building on real successes with innovation and creativity. That is always in season at the Hylton Center. I look forward to seeing you often this spring—if we can get out of our driveways.
– Executive Director and Dean
It’s that time of year when the Hylton Center unveils another exciting season of acclaimed arts and entertainment happening right in your own backyard! On March 22nd, the Hylton will reveal a brand new season of Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, and Matinee Idylls. Did you know that subscribers get free ticket exchanges, savings on extra tickets all season long, and exclusive access to pre-sales for special added performances? Subscriptions go on sale to the general public April 5th. Friends of the Hylton Center can subscribe during the Friends Priority Period (March 22 – April 4). Be sure to visit HyltonCenter.org starting on March 23rd to view the new 2017/18 season.
Classical music is in full flower at the Hylton Center this spring, with five concerts celebrating some of the world's greatest composers and showcasing artistry ranging from virtuoso piano soloists to symphony orchestra, chorus, and smaller ensembles.
There are very few pieces of music that make as powerful an impact as Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It takes us on a journey through the whole range of human emotions and experiences, culminating in the famous choral Ode to Joy. A luscious symphonic score, virtuoso writing for four vocal soloists, and the most inspiring choral music this side of Handel's Messiah (and much less often performed!) make "the 9th" a must-hear event whenever it comes around.
We at the Hylton Center are delighted to be hosting what promises to be a truly stellar rendition of this beloved masterpiece on March 26th at 3:00 pm as the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Glenn Quader, celebrates its 20th anniversary, joining forces with four distinguished soloists, Maryland Lyric Opera, the Reston Chorale, and the American University Chorus.
On a personal note, as a resident of Warrenton, where the PSO is based, I have watched (and listened to) the orchestra grow in size and quality over these last two decades in their lovely, intimate home venue at Highland School, regularly engaging outstanding professional artists in ever-more-challenging programs. We are delighted that for their 20th anniversary they have chosen to fill the Hylton Center's Merchant Hall with one of the all-time great works in the classical canon. - Rick Davis
What do you get when you combine the science of sound, Latin ballet, and a trio of rock and roll cellos? A highly anticipated line up of 2017 Summer Performances for Young Audiences designed for families and kids of all ages! We thought you might enjoy a quick preview of this popular summer series that kicks off in June with Caryn Lin’s “The Science of Sound,” where technology transforms sound into an exciting multisensory experience before your very eyes and ears (6/27)! In July, discover the origins of popular Latin American dance with Latin Ballet of Virginia’s lively and visually stunning “Alma Latina” dance celebration (7/12). August brings the cello rock powerhouse Cello Fury (complete with a rock and roll drummer!) to Merchant Hall in a dazzling program of movie themes brought to life through the fusion of driving rock beats and symphonic sounds. Bring the entire family to this exciting live concert experience (8/2). Learn more.
Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II personally bestowed an OBE (Order of the British Empire) upon rock legend and Hylton Center EXTRA! Richard Thompson? Come out to the Hylton Center on April 23 and experience for yourself why this rock legend has garnered numerous accolades including being named one of the “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Thompson’s legendary career as a prolific songwriter and performer spans nearly five decades and includes compositions that have been performed and recorded by stars such as Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Bonnie Raitt, and Los Lobos, among others. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in this solo acoustic performance by an artist who reigns among the giants in Folk Rock history. Learn more.
Catch a rising star in Mason Arts at the Hylton Center‘s spring productions The Fantasticks (School of Theater) and the 2017 Dance Gala Concert (School of Dance). Come out to one or both of these March and April showcases and see why the talented students of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts captivate Hylton audiences.
- School of Theater: The Fantasticks
March 9–11 at 8 p.m.
March 11 at 2 p.m.
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. Learn more
- 2017 Dance Gala Concert
Sunday, April 2 at 4 p.m.
Mason Dance Company’s crowning season event features a program of works by contemporary professional choreographers, including the works Second to Last by Alejandro Cerrudo, Mass by Robert Battle, Balance/Imbalance by Soon Ho Park, and a new work by Susan Shields. Learn more.
Join us 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 throughout the night. 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).
Photo: Anna Wu Photography
If you haven’t had a chance to participate in a Hylton Center Veterans and the Arts workshop, mark your calendars for more exciting opportunities coming this Spring! Workshops are FREE to Veterans, Servicemembers, and to the community.
GUITAR WORKSHOPS WITH GLEN MCCARTHY OF POTOMAC ARTS ACADEMY
March 29, April 26, and May 24, 2017 at 7 p.m.
THE "PENTAGON QUILTS" PRESENTATION BY JUNE FORTE
April 13, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
SING-ALONG WITH THE MANASSAS CHORALE
April 30, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.
Our Friends of the Hylton Center are special—that’s why we make sure they are the first to know what’s going on at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Each spring, the Friends of the Hylton Center get a preview of the upcoming Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, and Matinee Idylls seasons before anyone else. Become a Friend now and receive an exclusive invitation to the March 22nd Season Preview event where the 2017/18 Hylton Center season will be unveiled. As a Friend, you will also have the opportunity to purchase your season subscription during the Friends Priority Period (March 22-April 4) ensuring that you get first pick of the best seats in the house!
Joining the Friends of the Hylton Center is easy! For just $75 a year (or only $6.25 a month):
- Receive an invitation to the Season Announcement Preview event
- Gain access to the Friends Priority Period where subscriptions can be purchased prior to going on sale to the general public
- Enjoy a listing in all Hylton Presents playbills, and more
Don't miss out!