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The Nutcracker

Presented by Virginia National Ballet  

  • November 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • November 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Don’t miss this magical production with beautiful scenery, costumes, dancing, and choreography – the first Nutcracker of the season! Artistic Director and Choreographer, Rafik Hegab, renowned throughout the region for his award-winning choreography, and the talented company dancers hail from multiple countries across the globe.  Virginia National Ballet is one of Northern Virginia’s most exciting professional dance companies, and its school (Gainesville Ballet) was voted Best Dance Studio 2017 in Northern Virginia Magazine! Artistic Director, Rafik Hegab, a rising star in the dance world and a frequent guest choreographer in the Metro D.C. area, has received rave reviews on Broadwayworld.com, Inside Nova, Bull Run Observer, and more. Part of an exclusive group of Virginia Dance Companies selected for the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Directory, Virginia National Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” sells out early every year, so be sure to get your tickets early!

Please note that the performances of The Nutcracker on November 24 and 25 are presented by different companies. Tickets may not be refunded or exchanged.

$35 adults, $30 seniors, $25 students (12-18 years), $15 children (11 years and younger)

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The Nutcracker

Presented by Northern Virginia Ballet  

  • November 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • November 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

The Northern Virginia Ballet presents its traditional and family-friendly version of the holiday classic.  Starring ballet world superstars Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, the production is full of lavish costuming, exquisite, imported sets, and features the award-winning dancers of the Academy of Russian Ballet. 

Please note that the performances of The Nutcracker on November 24 and 25 are presented by different companies. Tickets may not be refunded or exchanged.

$35 adults, $25 seniors, students, children (1-18 years)

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InTune Music Studios: Winter Recital  

  • November 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • November 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

InTune Music Studios hosts its annual Winter Recital.  All are welcome to attend. 

Individual tickets go on sale October 1.

$10 general admission
$5 for college students and seniors
Children 3 and under are free with a lap ticket available for pick-up at the box office

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Hylton Presents:

Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas

  • November 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Merchant Hall

“The world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker) kicks off the holiday season at the Hylton Center with a concert of a cappella voices that includes classical music and popular holiday favorites. Chanticleer is renowned for the seamless blend of 12 extraordinary male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, with their superior technique, sublime tone, and unparalleled musicality. Their original interpretations span period and genre—from Gregorian chant to jazz, popular, and contemporary music. The group, which has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” has a long list of impressive accomplishments: sales of more than a million albums, winning two Grammy® Awards, being named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, and induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. Come savor these glorious sounds of the season.

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Holiday Performance Series Sponsor: Insight Wealth Management 

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 26, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

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CANCELLED: Swing Machine Big Band

6th Annual Christmas Extravaganza!

  • November 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Merchant Hall

We regret to announce this event has been cancelled.  If you purchased tickets to this concert, the box office will be in touch shortly regarding your refund. For questions, please call us at 703-993-7759 during our business hours, which are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season with Swing Machine – D.C.’s premier big band! 

Past Events

Dominion Energy Veterans Guitar Workshop Series

2017 - 2018 Veterans and the Arts Initiative Programming

  • November 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • November 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

This class has reached a maximum number of students, and we are unable to accept new registrations.  Please consider attending our free monthly sample guitar workshops on Tuesday, September 5; Tuesday, October 3; and Wednesday, November 1 from 8 – 9 p.m. Please RSVP at hylton@gmu.edu.  We will be offering more guitar lessons in 2018 - please check back for registration information in early 2018.

Guitar lessons will take place from September 5 – November 8 from 7-8 p.m.

Have you always wanted to try the guitar, or are you looking for tips to improve your technique? Musicians of all skill levels are invited to bring their own guitar or try one of ours in this new ten-week series of guitar lessons with Glen McCarthy, guitar instructor at the Potomac Arts Academy and at George Mason University, who has shared his expertise with the community during Veterans Day events at the Hylton Center. 

  • 10-week guitar lessons are FREE to Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families.
  • 10-week guitar lessons are also open to the general public for a $250 fee (Lesson fee proceeds support the Veterans and the Arts Initiative).

Special offerDrop in for an hour of music or bring a friend on the first lesson day of each month! On Tuesday, September 5; Tuesday, October 3; and Wednesday, November 1 a free sample guitar workshop will be offered from 8 to 9 p.m. to anyone who wishes to participate.  Please RSVP to hylton@gmu.edu, especially if you would like to borrow a guitar for the workshop!

Guitar Workshop Series Sponsor: Dominion Energy Veterans Guitar Workshop Series

A special thank you to Music for Life and to Potomac Arts Academy.

Click here for more information for participants of the guitar lesson series and guitar workshops, including information about minimum ages of participation, absences, and inclement weather policy.

Guitar Workshop Series Sponsor: 

Dominion Energy

Galileo’s Science Café

Science for the Community

  • November 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

“Using Komodo Dragons to Defeat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria,” presented by Dr. Monique van Hoek.  Learn about the latest scientific and medical discoveries explained by university faculty. 

This event is free.

Nature Visions 2017 

Northern Virginia Photography Expo

  • November 3, 2017 - November 5, 2017

November 3-5 in multiple venues

The annual Nature Visions Photo Expo (NVPE) features an all-day Landscape Photography seminar on Friday, Nov. 3 with Matt Kloskowski.  Saturday and Sunday offer over 30 presentations by locally and nationally known photographers with expertise in a variety of fields.  Vendors will sell and demonstrate the latest in equipment and supplies while the 16th annual Nature Visions Photo Exhibit and the finalists in NVPE’s high school student photography contest are on display.  Reservations and information at NatureVisions.org

Lecture: An Overview of Virginia Department of Veterans Services 

Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture

  • November 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

Gregory Family Theater

Speaker: Bradley Heath

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

In this class the instructor will present a general overview of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS), including its six sections: Benefits; Veteran & Family Support; Veterans Education, Training & Employment; Veterans Care Centers; State Veterans Cemeteries; and the Virginia War Memorial.

Bradley Heath is a Veterans Service Representative with VDVS. He is a Veteran and a retired First Sergeant from the Army National Guard, having served 22 years. He is also a retired federal law enforcement officer from the U.S. Treasury, having served 26 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Nebraska.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

Salute to Veterans

The U.S. Army Concert Band

  • November 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Under the baton of COL Andrew J. Esch, 11th Leader and Commander of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" the ensemble presents a musical tribute to Veterans and families featuring The U.S. Army Concert Band.

Tickets are required; general-admission tickets are FREE and available online ONLY at usarmyband.com on Monday, October 23 starting at 10:00 a.m.

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War and Recovery
Gallery Reception

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

  • November 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Works by Martin J. Cervantez, Master Sergeant, USA, (Ret.)

War and Recovery is an intimate look at life after military service, art therapy, and the never-ending challenge of keeping depression at bay. Inspired by the artist's urgency to create art as a therapeutic tool for mental awareness and health, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, this exhibition comprises a variety of mediums. The artist's visionary, color-filled and disciplined mark making, meditative focus, and elaborately detailed works speak to his individual experience as a veteran, artist, and storyteller.

Featuring appetizers and wine tasting by a local Virginia winery.

Gallery Receptions are open to all Friends of the Hylton Center. 

Reservations are required.

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 10 am - 6 pm and two hours before each performance

RSVP by November 6, 2017

This reception is also open to Veterans, Service members, their families, military caregivers, and members of the community. Reservations are required by November 6.

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

This performance is part of the American Roots Series. 

  • November 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

This Northwest roots and blues music duo shares an undeniable musical kinship and sense of joy in their interpretation of American roots music.  The duo’s self-proclaimed mission to “spread the glory and whimsy of traditional song,” shines through in a concert of field hollers, fiddle and banjo breakdowns, and early jazz by two American songsters.  Food and beverage available for purchase. 

$25, $30 day of performance

Buy all four performances in this series for $80. View the full series.

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Presented by F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical

Additional sponsors: Anna and Randall Edwards, Miller Toyota of Manassas, United Bank, NOVEC

American Roots (F.H. Furr Plumbing, Anna and Randall Edwards, Miller Toyota of Manassas, United)

Jazz 4 Justice™

Presented by Mason School of Music

  • November 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Carroll, joins The Prince William County Bar Foundation to present its annual benefit concert, Jazz 4 Justice™. Proceeds from this performance support vital community efforts by the Bar Foundation and the George Mason University Jazz Studies Department.

The theme for this year’s concert is "Woody, Bird and Diz." The music comes out of the Swing era and moves us into the Bebop era, the "common practice" period in Jazz. America has produced some of the greatest musicians the world has ever heard, including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie... "Bird and Diz." Woody was a bridge between the Big Band period and Bebop. He featured Charlie Parker on "Bird with the Herd" and Dizzy wrote "Woody N' You" for Herman. This performance includes favorites from these three legends including "Four Brothers," "Manteca," "Anthropology," "Woodchoppers Ball," "Fanfare for the Common Man," "Woody N' You," and more.

$20 adult
$15 senior/youth through grade 12

For more information about Jazz 4 Justice, visit: http://www.jazz4justice.com

Visit Mason Jazz Studies online at https://music.gmu.edu/jazz-studies/

Celebrating Veterans and the Arts

Veterans Day 2017 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center FREE

  • November 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Family Friendly Event

Join us for an interactive day of celebration and arts experiences for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, military caregivers, and the community.  This lively event kicks off its third year at the Hylton Center and features community-based resources, interactive music and visual art workshops, an exhibition of Veteran artwork, complimentary refreshments, and more. Free of charge to all.

Schedule of Events:

Outdoors (Weather Contingency – Scene Shop)

“The Power of Dots” – A Hands-On Art Project led by Martin J. Cervantez and Friends - Explore your creative side with a Veterans Day art project!

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

“War and Recovery” – Art Exhibition by Martin J. Cervantez, Master Sergeant, USA (Ret.)

1:00 Chamber Music by the Youth Orchestras of Prince William and String Quartet from the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra - Start out the afternoon by browsing artwork and community information tables, while enjoying beautiful chamber music.

2:00 “War and Recovery” Lecture Presentation by Martin J. Cervantez, Master Sergeant, USA (Ret.) - Learn more about the artist and his artwork, especially how his work speaks to his experience as a Veteran, artist, and storyteller.

3:00 “Instrument Petting Zoo” presented by the Potomac Arts Academy - Learn about different instruments through a hands-on, interactive experience! 

Gregory Family Theater

2:00 Dominion Energy Veterans Guitar Workshop Presentation - Watch our guitar class perform some favorites - or, better yet, join us!  All levels of guitar playing experience welcome.  Bring your own guitar or borrow one of ours.

3:00 “Salute to Veterans” Pre-Performance Discussion by Bryan Kidd, USN, MUCF (Ret.) & Arranger-in-Residence, American Festival Pops Orchestra - An audience favorite!  Gain knowledge and insight about the concert you're about to enjoy and ask questions. 

Didlake Grand Foyer

Community Organizations share information about resources, services, and support for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers.

Daisy Troop 90042 leads “thank you” card-making project for distribution to local Veterans.

Merchant Hall

4:00 “Salute to Veterans” Concert by the American Festival Pops All-Stars, featuring Veteran musicians and guest artists Darden Purcell and Mason Jazz Voices, vocalist Jim Van Slyke, and 14 year-old tap-dancing talent Luke Spring. 

This celebration is followed by a patriotic concert at 4 p.m. by the American Festival Pops All-Stars, a family-friendly performance that is free to Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers. $15 general public.  

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Sponsors: Azalea Charities, Inc., Frank E. Lasch, Sr., Chairman and Founder, Dominion Energy, City of Manassas, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts

American Festival Pops All-Stars

Salute to Veterans:  A Concert for All Ages 

  • November 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

From pop to jazz to patriotic marches, this concert has it all! Enjoy a patriotic program of multigenerational favorites from across the decades performed by this band of all-star musicians from the original American Festival Pops orchestra. Anthony Maiello leads this ensemble of Veterans comprising the wind, brass, and rhythm sections of the Pops. Featuring guest artists, Darden Purcell and Mason Jazz Voices, vocalist Jim Van Slyke, and 14 year-old tap-dancing talent Luke Spring, this performance follows the day’s earlier Veterans and the Arts celebration.

Free tickets for Veterans, Service members, their families, and military caregivers can be obtained (while supplies last) by contacting the Hylton Center Ticket Office (703-993-7759) or Center for the Arts Ticket Office (703-993-2787) or by visiting either Ticket Office in person.

$15 general admission; free to Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers

Ticket proceeds support the Veterans and the Arts Initiative.

This concert follows a free interactive day of celebration and arts experiences for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, military caregivers, and the community that takes place earlier in the day. Learn More 

Sponsors: Azalea Charities, Inc., Frank E. Lasch, Sr., Chairman and Founder, Dominion Energy, City of Manassas, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts

Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd, Arranger in Residence (Nov 11, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Hylton Presents:

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin

Direct from the People’s Republic of China

  • November 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Two of China’s finest troupes, these talented artists show off their superior skills in acrobatics, circus acts, illusions, and martial arts! Accompanied by traditional Chinese music, more than one-hundred performers take the stage in a spectacle of acrobatic stunts, feats of balance, juggling acts, contortion tricks, and martial arts that are guaranteed to dazzle and delight audiences. The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin are a favorite of audiences throughout the world, have won numerous awards including the Silver Clown Award, and several of their acts also perform with some of the most renowned circuses in the western world. Perfect for the whole family!

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 12, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Matinee Idylls:

Matinee Idylls: The Washington Saxophone Quartet (WSaxQ)

  • November 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Celebrating more than 40 years together, WSaxQ is the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the country and is heard daily through recorded arrangements of the theme for National Public Radio’s program “All Things Considered.” Featuring music from Bach to Gershwin, this dynamic ensemble enlightens and entertains audiences with its musical mastery.

Enjoy lunch by an outstanding local restaurant followed by a one-hour concert and a coffee and dessert reception with the artists.

Lunch 12:15 p.m.* / Concert 1:15 p.m.*
Dessert Reception (following concert)
* Owing to a scheduling conflict that has arisen with the artists, we are changing the time of this performance as follows: lunch will start at 12:15 p.m. with the concert to follow at 1:15 p.m.


Concert only tickets are available for this performance. Tickets including lunch are no longer available for sale.

Lunch/Concert/Dessert Reception Package: $47

Concert/Dessert Reception Package: $27

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Matinee Idylls Shawn's Smokehouse

Hylton Presents:


  • November 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The internationally acclaimed female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe performs a stirring mix of traditional Zimbabwean music, afro jazz, gospel, and crossover in their first American tour. Their pure voices are augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments, such as the mbira (thumb piano), and organic, authentic dance movements. Named after the African concept of humbleness, love, unity, purpose, and family from a woman’s perspective, this ensemble represents a new generation of African women who celebrate and preserve the beauty of their culture and heritage through song. The ensemble was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in 2015, and has performed at festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and Africa. Nobuntu gives “a vibrant and stunning performance full of sparkling energy” (Sunday Times–Passau, Germany). Don’t miss this beautiful and empowering concert.

On the evening of the performance, LaBella Bridal Boutique will display mannequins wearing traditional Afrikan attire and have clothing items for sale on site before, during and after the performance.

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Nobuntu is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

Photo © Werner Puntigam | pntgm EAR X EYE 

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 17, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $39, $28. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Hylton Family Series:

My Father’s Dragon

Presented by Enchantment Theatre Company 

  • November 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • November 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

How does nine-year-old Elmer Elevator rescue a baby dragon held captive on Wild Island? With pluck, chewing gum, lollipop sticks, and rubber bands, of course! In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s charming adventure book, My Father’s Dragon, Enchantment Theatre Company brings to life the story of a compassionate and courageous boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue-striped dragon. For nearly twenty years, Philadelphia-based Enchantment Theatre Company has produced original works based on classic children’s literature, using its distinctive blend of puppets, masks, creative scenic effects, and original music. “Everything about this world-class production is inventive and endearing; it fully captures the spirit of the beloved stories, the essence of childhood, and the imagination of the audience, both young and old. (Phindie.com, Philadelphia, PA)

Recommended for ages 5–10; Grades K–5


$15 Adults / $5 Children

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Resident Arts Partner:

Youth Orchestras of Prince William: Blue  

  • November 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

This performance begins with the youngest voices and instrumentalists and culminates with the prestigious Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by award-winning Music Director Anne Rupert. Join YOPW for a musical celebration featuring some of the most talented youth in the region. Complementary light reception at 2 p.m. in the upstairs Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.

$20 adults; $12 seniors, students, and active and retired military; free to youth (18 years and younger)

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Nutcracker Tea with Clara

Presented by Northern Virginia Ballet

  • November 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Lovey Hammel Lounge Family Friendly Event

This elegant afternoon includes a light afternoon tea of beverages and snacks.  Each child will have the opportunity to visit with Clara and other stars from the “Nutcracker,” as well as have a professional photo taken with Clara and receive a small memento of the visit.  Tea package includes one ticket per attendee to the performance time of his/her choice on November 25th

Individual tickets go on sale October 1.

$40 adults, $50 children (1-18 years)

Lecture: A Cappella Brings Young Students Together 

Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture

  • November 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

Gregory Family Theater

Speaker: Thomas (Tommy) Tutwiler

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

Tommy Tutwiler, the choral director at C.D. Hylton High School, will share with us the beauty and intricacy of a cappella music. To help demonstrate this unique choral technique, he will bring members of the C.D. Hylton choral group, the “Troubadours,” to perform for us. They will provide an excellent introduction to Chanticleer, a professional a cappella group, performing “A Chanticleer Christmas.”

Tommy Tutwiler holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree in music education and psychology from James Madison University. He taught at Broadway and Harrisonburg High Schools and is now in his fifteenth year as choral director at C.D. Hylton High School. Mr. Tutwiler is in his twentieth year of singing professionally with the Choir of Men, Boys, and Girls at Washington National Cathedral. This spring, he will be the guest conductor of the first ever Connecticut All-State SSAA Chorus. He has been an adjunct instructor for graduate level choral literature courses at James Madison University and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2015, Mr. Tutwiler was named High School Teacher of the Year by Dale City in Prince William County, as well as Alumni Music Educator of the Year by James Madison University.

The C. D. Hylton High School Troubadours are a select 22-voice chamber choir chosen by audition. Formed in 1991, the ensemble studies and performs a diverse repertoire of innovative and traditional choral music emphasizing masterworks and miniatures from the 16th through the 21st centuries. As the school’s top choral ensemble, these talented young people serve as musical ambassadors both locally and throughout the state, with many members achieving membership in county, district, and state level honor choirs. The Troubadours’ rigorous annual performance itinerary includes the presentation of a Renaissance Madrigal Feaste in full period costume, as well as singing Choral Evensong at Washington National Cathedral.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

Affiliated Performance:  Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas
Sunday, 2:00 p.m., Nov. 26 Hylton Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $55, $47, $33. Purchase tickets online at HyltonCenter.org, or by phone 888-945-2468, or at the ticket office, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va.

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