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Hylton Performing Arts Center Announces 2014-2015 Season of Performances

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FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Featuring

  • Hylton Presents season with performances by Doc Severinsen, Clint Black, Arlo Guthrie, The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, Phil Vassar and Lyndsey Highlander, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir and much, much more!
  • The fourth Hylton Family Series with exciting and modestly priced performances designed for families to enjoy and experience the arts together
  • Performances by the Hylton Center’s Resident Arts Partners: Manassas Ballet Theatre, Manassas Chorale, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Little Theatre and Youth Orchestras of Prince William

MANASSAS, Va., March 12, 2014 – Celebrating its fifth anniversary season, the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas announces a stellar collection of artists and ensembles coming to Northern Virginia in its 2014-2015 season. This outstanding community arts center on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus provides a permanent residence for local and regional ensembles and a world-class performance space where residents of the greater Washington, D.C. area can gather to enjoy and experience extraordinary performing artists and ensembles of national and international renown.

“As we look forward to our fifth season, it’s clearer than ever that the Hylton Center has become an indispensable community asset, in the spirit of the founding partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University and the City of Manassas, and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Rick Davis, the Hylton Center’s executive director. “By the end of our current year in June, around 100,000 people will have taken advantage of the Center’s amazing capabilities, whether as an audience member for a great concert, a performer in a play, a guest at an art gallery reception, a business person or civic leader at a meeting, or a happy bride and groom. We are thrilled to be able to play all of these multiple roles – and more – as we seek to make our vision of being this region’s ‘creative commons’ an ever-more-vibrant reality.”

The Hylton Center also announced that Novant Health was returning as the 2014-2015 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor. “In addition, the Hylton Center is grateful to Novant Health for its continuing season sponsorship of Hylton Presents,” Davis said. “This partnership symbolizes the good things that can happen when two community-focused institutions join forces.”

RESIDENT ARTS PARTNERS

“The Resident Arts Partners make the performing arts a joyful presence in the lives of their participants, as well as for their audiences,” Davis said about the five performing arts ensembles from Prince William County and the City of Manassas that have found extraordinary success as a result of making their home at the Hylton Center. “I am impressed every single time by the Resident Arts Partners’ programming choices and the high quality of their presentations. They continue to represent one of the greatest things about living in this region – namely, locally-produced performances of top quality at affordable, accessible prices, showcased in one of the country’s best venues, the Hylton Center.”

The 2014-2015 season of performances by the Resident Arts Partners include Manassas Ballet Theatre’s production of “COLIN: Son, Marine, Hero,” the critically acclaimed ballet about Colin J. Wolfe, the Marine son of Amy Grant Wolfe, Manassas Ballet Theatre’s artistic director. Manassas Ballet Theatre also presents “Nutcracker,” “Peter and the Wolf and More!” and “Giselle.” Manassas Chorale presents “It’s About Time!” and “Joyful and Triumphant,” as well as the annual Voices United Concert and Spring Concert. Manassas Symphony Orchestra brings a series of concerts that include “Mythus,” “Classicus,” “Circus! Circus!!” and “Sonus.” Prince William Little Theatrepresents “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as well as a comedy still to be announced. Youth Orchestras of Prince William present a series of concerts that include “Crazy Eights” and “Bang on These Drums.” Manassas Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestras of Prince William will both present commissioned works in the new season.

HYLTON FAMILY SERIES

“We are thrilled that the Hylton Family Series continues to be extremely popular, and we’ve received praise from many parents and grandparents who are eager to introduce their youngsters to the arts,” said Tom Reynolds, the Hylton Center’s director of artistic programming. The Hylton Family Series creates an opportunity for families to enjoy and experience the arts together, and tickets for both children and adults are very modestly priced.

The Hylton Family Series begins on Oct. 26 with two performances of “ImaginOcean,” a one-of-a-kind, glow-in-the-dark, under-the-sea musical about three fishy friends who discover a treasure map, thus beginning a remarkable journey of underwater discovery. This exciting performance is brought to the Hylton Center by Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia, whose credits include “Sesame Street” and Disney’s “Johnny and the Sprites,” as well as Broadway’s “Avenue Q,” “Shrek the Musical” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Fresh from its sold-out off-Broadway run, Berenstain Bears LIVE! in “Family Matters: The Musical” appears at the Hylton Center in two performances on Nov. 22. Based on three of the most popular books in Stan and Jan Berenstain’s beloved children’s series, this humorous and heartwarming musical featuring everyone’s favorite bear family is filled with original songs, fun dancing and important life lessons for the entire family.

The Emmy-nominated Pushcart Players, who have enchanted young audiences at the Hylton Center for the past several seasons, return on Feb. 28 with two performances of Lewis Carroll’s zany and fantastical tale, “Alice in Wonderland.” Featuring memorable characters such as the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts, this delightful adaptation is complemented by whimsical music, vibrant costumes and spectacular scenic elements.

American folk music legend and children’s author Peter Yarrow returns to the Hylton Center on April 12 with a family-oriented concert featuring “Don’t Laugh at Me” and other songs that encourage children to treat each other with compassion, kindness and respect. Yarrow also performs iconic folk songs from throughout his career, including “If I Had a Hammer,” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

HYLTON PRESENTS 

                “I’m very pleased that in this special fifth anniversary season we are bringing back audience favorites such as the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, Arlo Guthrie, Chanticleer, American Festival Pops Orchestra and Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra as part of the Hylton Presents season,” Reynolds said. “This year, we are also welcoming a diversity of new artists to the Hylton Center, including Doc Severinsen, Clint Black and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. We’ve got everything from comedy to country music, and classical music to Celtic. We have jazz, folk, popular music, global music and dance, ballet, theater and much more coming to the Hylton Center this season.”

The 2014-2015 season kicks off on Sept. 20 with “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical,” a hysterically funny musical comedy with a twist that comes straight from New York to Northern Virginia! A group of quick-witted improvisers, along with an entertaining emcee and gifted pianist, make up a whole new musical right on stage, complemented by original show songs, memorable characters, witty dialogue and spontaneous plot twists.

The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir will lift hearts and spirits when this inspiring West African ensemble performs on Oct. 3, bringing unique interpretations of gospel spirituals, traditional African songs and magnificent masses sung in the country’s four national languages.

Acclaimed British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” on Oct. 11. This magical tale is filled with shipwrecks and storms, revenge and reconciliation, and fatherly love, as Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, must decide between using sorcery to exact revenge on his conspirators, or the happiness of his daughter Miranda, who has fallen in love with the son of one of the men who usurped him.

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China come to the Hylton Center on Oct. 19 to thrill young and old alike with outstanding athletic skill, daring feats and dazzling artistry. This exciting new performance, “Cirque Peking,” features tumbling, juggling, contortion and balancing acts that have entertained audiences for thousands of years.

An unforgettable night featuring the music of two legendary American crooners comes to the Merchant Hall stage on Nov. 2 as entertainer Deana Martin brings “A Tribute to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.” In this incredible concert, Martin pays homage to the two men she knew as “Dad” and “Uncle Frank” by performing their most popular hits, such as “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Volare,” “Strangers in the Night” and “That’s Amore,” while sharing some little known stories about these celebrated members of the Rat Pack.

A cherished annual tradition at the Hylton Center, Chanticleer kicks off the Christmas season with its Thanksgiving weekend concert, “A Chanticleer Christmas,” on Nov. 30. This Grammy Award-winning male a cappella group displays its mastery of more than a thousand years of vocal literature by performing ancient hymns, venerated sacred songs and contemporary works, as well as a selection of festive American and European carols and spirituals.

The joy and magic of the holiday season come alive when the American Festival Pops Orchestra takes the Merchant Hall stage under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello on Dec. 12 to present a festive concert titled “Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season,” featuring cherished Christmas carols, holiday favorites, guest soloists and the popular audience sing-along.

Country music legend Clint Black brings a heartwarming concert of original Christmas music and beloved hits from throughout his 25 years in country music to the Hylton Center with “A Clint Black Christmas” on Dec. 14. Black has won over countless country music fans with his authentic and traditional sound, as well as his numerous Triple Platinum-selling albums and Billboard chart-topping songs, including his breakout hit, “A Better Man.”

Legendary folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie returns to the Hylton Center on Feb. 6 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his iconic song, “Alice’s Restaurant,” which helped spark an entire generation to embrace social activism. This counterculture icon charmed audiences with his witty stories, amusing anecdotes and folk favorites during his last appearance at the Hylton Center, and “Alice’s Restaurant: 50th Anniversary Tour” promises even more.

American Festival Pops Orchestra returns once again for a concert of popular love songs to enjoy with your sweetheart on Feb. 14. Under the baton of Anthony Maiello, this acclaimed ensemble that includes some of the finest musicians from the greater D.C. area performs “Valentine’s Day Pops,” featuring timeless love songs and romantic standards from the Great American Songbook.

Trumpet legend Doc Severinsen joins the extraordinary Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra for a concert of high-flying jazz music on Feb. 20. “An Evening with Doc Severinsen” features the former leader of “The Tonight Show” band performing a collection of memorable jazz classics with this remarkable jazz orchestra from the greater D.C. area, led by alto sax virtuoso and Artistic Director Jim Carroll.

Canadian fiddling couple Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy – who have each graced the Merchant Hall stage separately – team up for an exciting performance on March 1. “Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond” sees these two ferocious fiddlers and step dancers joined onstage by their children, demonstrating that this next generation has undoubtedly inherited many great talents.

Tango Buenos Aires shares the story of one of Argentina’s most compelling historical figures with “Song of Eva Perón” on March 8. This masterful ensemble of dancers, singers and musicians use the art of the tango to tell the larger-than-life story of Evita: her dizzying ascent from an impoverished childhood in the slums to a successful career in radio and film, which culminated in her becoming the celebrated First Lady of Argentina.

Russian National Ballet Theatre brings one of the most exquisite fairy tale ballets of all time to the Hylton Center on March 27. Featuring an exuberant score by Prokofiev, “Cinderella” is the iconic tale of the virtuous servant girl, who with the help of her fairy godmother, is magically transformed so she can attend the royal ball, where she captures the heart of the prince.

Two of Virginia’s finest homegrown country artists bring their rich sound to the Hylton Center on April 18. Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, Phil Vassarhas touched country and popular music fans alike with his soulful lyrics, infectious melodies and charismatic voice, which he has showcased on hits like “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Carlene” and “American Child,” as well as “Bye Bye” and “My Next Thirty Years,” which were hits for fellow artists Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw. Lyndsey Highlander, who has enchanted music fans across the country with her vocal prowess and intimate storytelling, opens for Vassar in this fantastic evening of country music.

Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Hylton Center on April 19 to perform a collection of the best-known and most beloved melodies in classical music with his popular “concerts with commentary” series, Keyboard Conversations®. Siegel provides illuminating insight into the lives and works of the world’s most famous composers. In this program, titled “Popular Piano Classics,” he performs Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March,” Beethoven’s “Sonata Pathétique,” a Polonaise by Chopin and Grieg’s “Wedding Day.”

The 2014-2015 Hylton Presents season concludes with one of the world’s most illustrious ensembles, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, performing a delightful concert of classical music by Brahms, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn on May 3. Created in 1967 to perform a range of the larger chamber works from quintets to octets, this ensemble comprises principal musicians from the world-renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra.

CASTLETON FESTIVAL AT THE HYLTONMATINEE IDYLLS AND MUCH MORE

The Hylton Center will also continue to present the popular Castleton Festival at the Hylton and Matinee Idylls series in the 2014-2015 season. More details about these events will be found on HyltonCenter.org in the coming weeks.

Subscriptions to Hylton Presents and the Hylton Family Series are available on Thursday, March 13, and single tickets go on sale on Monday, Sept. 1. Please visit HyltonCenter.org for a complete list of events or to request a season brochure.

Novant Health is the 2014-2015 Season Sponsor of the Hylton Presents Season 

Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C. is the 2014-2015 Series Sponsor of

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts. 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.

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