Hylton Performing Arts Center Announces Grand Opening Season

Posted: May 17, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: May 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm

By Robin Herron

The Hylton Performing Arts Center. Photo by Evan Cantwell

As if the dedication ceremony on May 1 and grand opening events planned for the weekend of May 21-23 weren’t enough, the new Hylton Performing Arts Center at Mason’s Prince William Campus has announced a full season of “Hylton Presents” as well as the concurrent “Encore Events,” a non-subscription series.

At a press conference on May 12, William Reeder, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts; Tom Reynolds, director of artistic programming, marketing and audience services; and Jean Kellogg, Hylton Center executive director, unveiled the exciting arts events scheduled for the center beginning in the fall and continuing through next spring.

Melissa Robson, CEO of the Prince William Health System, was also on hand as a representative of Novant Health to accept the center’s thanks for Novant’s sponsorship of the 2010-11 season.

Following are the scheduled events for 2010-11.

Hylton Presents

No matter what their political leanings, audiences find the Capitol Steps side-splittingly funny.

  • Friday, Oct. 15: American Voices with Crystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin and Andy Cooney
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10: Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company
  • Friday, Dec. 3: Rockapella: A Rockapella Holiday
  • Sunday, Dec. 5: Danú: Christmas in Ireland
  • Saturday, Jan. 29, 2010: Dailey & Vincent (bluegrass)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9: Opole, Philharmonic of Poland
  • Saturday, Feb. 12: Capitol Steps
  • Saturday, Feb. 26: “The Glass Menagerie” by the Walnut Street Theatre
  • Thursday, March 3: Tango Buenos Aires
  • Saturday, March 26: American Festival Pops Orchestra
  • Saturday, April 2: “Simply Sinatra” with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and Steve Lippia, guest vocalist
  • Friday, April 15: Theater of the First Amendment performing “Live Wire”
  • Tuesday, April 19: “Sleeping Beauty” performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre

All Hylton Presents events will be presented in the 1,140-seat Merchant Hall. Subscriptions are now available; single tickets go on sale Sept. 1. Many performances are family-friendly and offer half-price tickets for youth though grade 12.

Encore Events

This selection of performances draws on artists from across the Washington, D.C., area, and shows are exceptionally affordable at ticket prices ranging from $15 to $30. Most performances are presented in the intimate Gregory Family Theatre. Single tickets go on sale June 1.

Songstress Julia Nixon mixes jazz standards in with her own R&B compositions.

  • Sunday, Oct. 17: Ella Jenkins
  • Saturday, Jan. 15: Word-Beat family concert commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 18: Julia Nixon, presented by Signature Theatre Cabaret
  • Sunday, Jan. 23: Anna & Friends, chamber music by Russian pianist Anna Balakerskaia and ensemble
  • Friday, Feb. 4: Opera Lafayette premiere preview performance of “Le Magnifique”
  • Sunday, Feb. 20: Dancing Heart, three D.C.-based musicians

Vision Series

The Hylton Center will also host the Prince William edition of the Vision Series, where five Mason faculty members will give presentations and share their expertise in a variety of disciplines.

Community Group Performances

Because the Hylton Performing Arts Center is a community collaboration, arts groups from throughout Prince William County, including Mason students, will perform in the center at various times during the year. Some of these groups include

  • NOVA Manassas Symphony Orchestra
  • Prince William Little Theatre
  • Youth Orchestras of Prince William
  • Creative and Performing Arts Center
  • Manassas Ballet Theatre
  • Manassas Chorale
  • VPStart Crow Productions
  • Woodbridge Flute Choir
  • Prince William Symphony Orchestra
  • Boyle School of Irish Dance

For more information, see HyltonCenter.com.

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