Press Releases

  1. Thursday, April 7, 2011

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE “SLEEPING BEAUTY” Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 8 p.m.

    “Real Russian energy and passion,” says San Diego.com about this remarkable company that was created to preserve the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet, as well as invigorate it by embracing new dance developments from around the world. Making its Hylton Performing Arts Center debut, Russian National Ballet Theatre presents “Sleeping Beauty,”the magical tale of the beautiful princess who waits in slumber to be awakened by the kiss of her prince. The company’s talented Russian dancers perform Petipa’s brilliant choreography, considered by many to be the crowning jewel of his career, to a magnificent score by Tchaikovsky, and the production is further enhanced by dazzling sets and stunning costumes. The ballet will be presented in the Hylton Center’s Merchant Hall on Tuesday, April 19 at 8 p.m. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the Grand Opening Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Minnieland Private Day School, Inc. is the Performance Sponsor of the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s performance of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

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  2. Thursday, March 24, 2011

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES 2011-12 SEASON OF PERFORMANCES

    Weeks before the conclusion of a stellar grand opening season, the Hylton Performing Arts Center announced its 2011-12 season at a press conference at its elegant, state-of-the-art performing arts venue on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus on Thursday, March 24. A partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the private sector, the Hylton Center opened to the public in May 2010, providing both a permanent home for local and regional performers and ensembles and a world-class venue where the Northern Virginia community can gather to experience outstanding performing artists of national and international renown. Novant Health also announced the renewal of its Hylton Presents season sponsorship for 2011-12.

  3. Monday, March 7, 2011

    THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT PRESENTS “LIVE WIRE” AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

    Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason University's professional theater company in residence, recreates the distinctive look, exciting sound and nostalgic feel of the classic radio days of the 1930s with “Live Wire,” featuring a selection of authentic shows drawn from Mason’s extensive Federal Theatre Project archives. Spanning a range of styles from “Living Newspaper” to mystery and musicale, Theater of the First Amendment’s original staging of “Live Wire” in 1992 was broadcast by National Public Radio. Directed by Rick Davis, “Live Wire” will be performed in the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Merchant Hall in Manassas on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m.

  4. Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    THE CASTLETON FESTIVAL AND HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENT CASTLETON FESTIVAL AT THE HYLTON

    The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Castleton Festival this summer for the Castleton Festival at the Hylton. For the first time, the Castleton Festival musicians and singers will present three concerts at the Hylton Center in Manassas, in addition to the annual festival at the Castleton Farms estate in Rappahannock County, Va., held June 25 through July 24. These three performances will be exclusive to the Hylton Center, and Maestro Lorin Maazel, founder and artistic director of the Castleton Festival, will conduct each of these Castleton Festival at the Hylton concerts in the Hylton Center's Merchant Hall. On Thursday, July 7 at 8 p.m., the Castleton Festival brings a concert version of Gershwin's beloved opera, "Porgy and Bess" to the Hylton Center. In this concert version, the Castleton Festival artists perform some of the most memorable music of all time from this cherished opera, including “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Bess, You is my Woman Now,” “I Loves You, Porgy,” “A Woman is a Sometime Thing,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” and “Summertime.” Patrick Blackwell and Reyna Carguill perform the roles of lovers Porgy and Bess, while John Fulton sings Crown and Chauncey Packer portrays Sportin’ Life. On Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m., Castleton Festival at the Hylton continues with two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini - "Il tabarro" and "Gianni Schicchi." "Gianni Schicchi" will feature baritone Corey Crider in the title role, and Joyce El-Khoury as Gianni Schicchi's beloved daughter, Lauretta. El-Khoury is currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. On Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m., Castleton Festival at the Hylton culminates with a concert of American music commemorating the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) featuring opera star and mezzo-soprano (and Washington, D.C. native) Denyce Graves. The concert will feature an evening of great American music by Ferde Grofe, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Foster. Joshua Weilerstein, winner of the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors, will conduct Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story."

  5. Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS “SIMPLY SINATRA” WITH THE METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA Jim Carroll, Artistic Director Stev

    The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra pays homage to the great Frank Sinatra at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m., when it performs "Simply Sinatra" with guest vocalist Steve Lippia, one of the country's most prominent interpreters of classic pop music, whose voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Sinatra's. This great orchestra featuring talented musicians from the greater Washington, D.C. area will perform a program reminiscent to Sinatra's classic concerts and will include memorable tunes from such artists as Count Basie and Buddy Rich.

  6. Thursday, February 17, 2011

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8 p.m.

    This remarkable orchestra of D.C. area musicians made its debut last season and it was an immediate hit. The American Festival Pops Orchestra comes to the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8 p.m. to present a delightful selection of popular American music. Performing favorites by such renowned composers as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Leroy Anderson and John Williams, this big powerful orchestra will fill Merchant Hall with the timeless music that everyone knows and loves. Founder and artistic director,Anthony Maiello has brought together this fantastic orchestra of 60 talented musicians, and under his direction, they perform some of the most memorable and treasured music of the 20th century. This performance is family friendly and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion by Dan DeVany of Classical WETA will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the Grand Opening Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

  7. Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    George Mason University’s Professional Theater Company, Theater of the First Amendment, is pleased to announce Helen Hayes Award

    Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason University's professional theater in residence, brings Jennifer L. Nelson's "24, 7, 365" to the Hylton Performing Arts Center's Gregory Family Theater for four performances from March 3 through 5. The play, which is both funny and thought-provoking, recently had its world premiere at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., where it runs from Feb. 10-27, before appearing at the Hylton Performing Arts Center and George Mason University's Harris Theater in March. In “24, 7, 365,” playwright Nelson asks “What would the world look like if people were happy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year?” Educated African Americans’ attitudes about race, class and social activism are put under a humorous microscope as two Washington couples endure a civilized weekend camping trip for a birthday celebration and much needed rest and recuperation. One night together, complete with a misunderstood hip-hop poet, a very old tree and a large bottle of vodka, complicates and ultimately illuminates their inner and outer lives. The play is directed by Juanita Rockwell and features a cast that includes Deidra LaWan Starnes, Michael Kramer, Craig Wallace, Fatima Quander and Baye Harrell.

  8. Monday, February 14, 2011

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS FIRST ANNIVERSARY GALA HONORING THE PUBLIC SERVICE OF SEN. CHARLES J. COLGAN

    The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas is pleased to announce its First Anniversary Gala, which honors the extraordinary public service of Virginia state Sen. Charles J. Colgan and his constituents, as well as his dedication to the vision and mission of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, which opened on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus in May 2010. The funds raised from the gala will establish the Senator Charles J. Colgan Community Arts Benefit Fund, which will assist in making the Hylton Center and its resources available to local and regional performing arts groups throughout Prince William County and the greater Washington, D.C. area. Tickets to the gala are $150 (which includes the "Simply Sinatra" performance by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Steve Lippia and a reception immediately following the performance) and $300 (which includes the performance, reception and dinner). Table Sponsorships are also available. For more information, please contact Una Murphy at (703) 993-8621 or umurphy@gmu.edu.

  9. Thursday, February 3, 2011

    TANGO BUENOS AIRES PERFORMS AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS

    Tango Buenos Aires, Argentina’s greatest cultural export and the most authentic representative of the tango, brings together a collection of dazzling dancers, talented vocalists and gifted instrumentalists to trace the history of the Argentine Tango, an integral part of their culture that was born in the dance halls and brothels in the late 19th century and swept across Europe as high society embraced this unique dance sensation. Tango Buenos Aires appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center's Merchant Hall in Manassas on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 8 p.m.

  10. Thursday, January 27, 2011

    POTOMAC ARTS ACADEMY PRESENTS “A CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH: A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF HOPE AND FREEDOM” Hylton Performing A

    George Mason University's Potomac Arts Academy presents "A Celebration of Black History Month: A Musical Journey of Hope and Freedom" at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, February 19, 2011. The event will begin with an art exhibition in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery, featuring works by students from Prince William County Public Schools, with an interactive arts experience for all attendees. The concert, which takes place at 11 a.m. in Merchant Hall, features the George Mason University Wind Symphony and Opera Ensemble, joined by the Duke Ellington Show Choir and members of area church “Voices of Zion” and “Voices of Tomorrow Today” youth choirs. The program will include African drumming, spirituals, jazz and “A Movement for Rosa,” a special musical tribute to civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, written by music professor, composer and conductor Mark Camphouse in 1992. Camphouse, a Professor of Music in George Mason University’s School of Music, is the conductor of the Wind Symphony.

  11. Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS WALNUT STREET THEATRE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ “THE GLASS MENAGERIE” Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 a

    The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas is pleased to present Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, performing "The Glass Menagerie" in honor of the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Williams' birth. The production will take place in the Hylton Center's Merchant Hall on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at 8 p.m. Founded in 1809, Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre is America’s oldest continuously operating theater and its stages have been graced by some of America’s most legendary performers, including Ethel Barrymore, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Helen Hayes and Katharine Hepburn.

  12. Friday, January 7, 2011

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS THE CAPITOL STEPS Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at 8 p.m.

    The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas is pleased to present The Capitol Steps on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. in Merchant Hall. Their claim to fame is that they "put the mock in democracy," and for the past 30 years, this hilarious bipartisan musical comedy troupe has been lampooning the affairs of state on the other side of the Potomac - and both sides of the aisle. The Capitol Steps began in December 1981, when Congressional staffers Elaina Newport, Jim Aidala and the late Bill Strauss were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their performance was a huge hit at the party, and they began writing and performing bipartisan song parodies and skits pulled directly from the political headlines of the day. Since then, the Capitol Steps have recorded more than 30 albums poking fun at each and every administration, with titles that include “A Whole Newt World,” “It’s Not Over ‘Til the First Lady Sings,” “Between Iraq and a Hard Place,” “Four More Years in the Bush Leagues,” “Obama Mia!” and most recently, “Liberal Shop of Horrors” and “Barackin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” You'll find them side-splittingly funny - regardless of your political leanings.

  13. Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS OPOLE, PHILHARMONIC OF POLAND BOGUSLAW DAWIDOW, CONDUCTOR EVGENI MIKHAILOV, PIANO

    The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to present Opole, Philharmonic of Poland on its first tour of the United States on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 at 8 p.m. in Merchant Hall. This esteemed ensemble, which performed at Pope John Paul II's 80th birthday in 2000 as well as many other prominent events in its homeland, performs under the direction of Boguslaw Dawidow. The program includes Liszt's Symphonic Poem No. 6, "Mazeppa," and Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 98. Virtuoso pianist Evgeni Mikhailov also performs Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major.

  14. Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ENCORE EVENTS PRESENTS OPERA LAFAYETTE “LE MAGNIFIQUE” BY ANDRE GRÉTRY

    Opera Layafette, the Washington, D.C.-based period instrument ensemble dedicated to 17th and 18th-century performances announces a special premiere preview performance of "Le Magnifique" at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 at 8 p.m. in Merchant Hall. Written by Andre Gretry, Mozart's most heralded French contemporary, this 18th-century opera-comique takes place in Lorenzo (Il Magnifico) de' Medici's Florence and blends tender Gallic charm with lively Italian buffo. The centerpiece of this enchanting tale is its celebrated "rose" scene, and the work opens with a programmatic, parading overture. This production features young Swiss tenor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro in his American debut, sopranos Elizabeth Calleo and Marguerite Krull, tenors Jeffrey Thompson and Karim Sulayman, baritone Doug Williams and narration by bass-baritone Randall Scarlata. The semi-staged performance is directed by Catherine Turocy with the Opera Lafayette Orchestra conducted by Ryan Brown.

  15. Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ENCORE EVENTS PRESENTS ANNA & FRIENDS

    The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas is pleased to present an afternoon of world-class chamber music led by acclaimed Russian pianist Anna Balakerskaia in the Gregory Family Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011 at 3 p.m. The program, titled Anna & Friends, will feature works by such famous Russian composers as Glinka, Rachmaninoff and Khatchaturian. In addition to Balakerskaia, this outstanding ensemble includes Ricardo Cyncynates and Zino Bogachek on violin, Claire Eichhorn on clarinet and Amy Frost Baumgarten on cello. This performance is part of the Encore Events.

  16. Friday, December 10, 2010

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ENCORE EVENTS PRESENTS WORD-BEAT FAMILY CONCERT COMMEMORATING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

    “Their collaboration transcends form and culture, radiating a universal power and hope,” says The Washington Post of Word-Beat, a duo that combines the artistry of singer-actor Charles Williams and global-jazz percussionist Tom Teasley. The pair appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Gregory Family Theater as part of the Encore Events on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at 3 p.m., bringing a family concert in commemoration of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. This stirring program features Williams delivering spirited readings of inspirational texts by such authors and leaders such as Langston Hughes and Nelson Mandela, as well Teasley’s masterful blend of ethnic percussion and cutting edge electronics, showcasing the music of Africa, the West and beyond.

  17. Friday, October 29, 2010

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS DANÚ “CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND: AN NOLLAIG IN ÉIRINN”

    Danú brings its stirring and heartwarming Celtic holiday music celebration, titled “Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn,” to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the Grand Opening Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

  18. Monday, October 25, 2010

    Hylton Performing Arts Center Presents Rockapella “A Rockapella Holiday”

    “Some say the best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella, you know that’s the truth,” USA Today said of this five-man a cappella powerhouse best known for its “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” theme song. The awesome talent and infectious energy of Rockapella, along with its jazzy “vocal percussion” and catchy blend of soul, rock, R&B and jazz have made the group a favorite among young and old alike. Rockapella makes its first appearance at the Hylton Performing Arts Center with “A Rockapella Holiday” on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at 8 p.m. This spirited program features classics such as “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” as well as popular new pieces like “Little Mary Snowflake,” a funky new version of “The Dreidel Song” and “Matunda Ya Kwanzaa,” an original composition honoring the celebration of African culture.

  19. Friday, September 24, 2010

    BAYANIHAN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY PERFORMS AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS ON Wednesday, Nov. 10,

    Filled with radiant visual beauty, intense passion and authentic traditional dance, a performance by the Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company is a magical experience for the whole family. Praised by The Washington Post for its “flawless deportment” and for looking “as pretty and gracious as ever,” this esteemed dance ensemble is the official company of the Philippines and has spent more than 50 years bringing the beauty, culture, dance and musical traditions of its homeland to audiences around the world. In costumes that are both intricate and brilliantly colorful, the ensemble performs spectacular folk dances that embody the country’s diverse indigenous Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern cultures, promoting togetherness and international understanding. The Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company makes its Hylton Performing Arts Center debut on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.

  20. Monday, September 28, 2009

    SHOOTING FOR THE STARS FUNDRAISING EVENT HUGE SUCCESS!!

    The 2009 “Shooting for the Stars” Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays Fundraiser was a huge success. Thanks to the support of our sponsors & participants we raised over $14,000 towards the operations of the Hylton Performing Arts Center! The event was sponsored by Whiting-Turner.

  21. Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TOPS OUT

    •LAST STEEL BEAM SIGNED BY PARTNERS AND HOISTED IN PLACE •COUNTY, CITY, STATE, GEORGE MASON PARTNERSHIP AND PRIVATE SUPPORT BRINGING IN $45 MILLION PROJECT ON TIME AND ON BUDGET

  22. Wednesday, September 10, 2008

    WHITING-TURNER SPONSORING SHOOTING FOR THE STARS SKEET AND TRAP SHOOT TO BENEFIT HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

    Whiting Turner is leading the charge for Shooting for the Stars as the event sponsor, on Monday, September 22nd at the Bull Run Shooting Center on 7700 Bull Run Drive in Centreville, VA. This skeet and trap shoot event will benefit the Campaign for the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

  23. Wednesday, May 7, 2008

    PERFORMING ARTS CENTER CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

    Prince William, VA, May 1, 2008 – The Campaign for the Community Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University has announced that construction has begun on the 86,000 sq. ft. complex.

  24. Wednesday, August 1, 2007

    SHOOTING FOR THE STARS SKEET AND TRAP SHOOT TO BENEFIT NEW COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

    Shooting for the Stars is a skeet & trap shoot event that will benefit the Community Performing Arts Center, is looking for sponsors! It will be held on Monday, September 24th at the Bull Run Shooting Center in Centreville, VA.