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The Arts and the Military: Moving through Memories of Service and Conflict

  • November 7, 2016 - December 11, 2016

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Military service and wartime experiences elicit extraordinary memories. Recollections of mission, and accomplishment – a pride of service, often mingle with musings of history and legacy – an understanding of the universality and consequences of war. This exhibition showcases artwork that demonstrates how today's veterans and civilians are using papermaking and print making to reminisce about military life and the tribulations of war. Drawn from The Arts & The Military's ART-ifacts Collection, the artwork in this exhibit represents art making as community engagement. Assembled from artwork made in response to military service, war experiences, and violence – both down range and on the home front – the collection offers a catalyst for conversation and the exploration of patriotism, nationalism, perceptions of duty, suffering, heroism, and loyalty, as well as the history of war, responses to war policies, combat conditions, traumatic experiences, and transitions from military to civilian life.

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Gallery Reception: Thursday, November 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gallery Receptions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to jconnor8@gmu.edu.

Photo, right: Honor the Fallen by Patrick Sargent

Art Exhibition Booklet for The Arts and the Military: MOVING Through MEMORIES Of Service and Conflict"

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Winter Accessory Drive

SERVE up some Good Will

  • November 25, 2016 - December 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

Didlake Grand Foyer, Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Hylton Center is holding a winter accessory drive to benefit SERVE in Manassas. Members of our community (infants, children, and adults) are in need of the following winter items:





Please make sure donated items are clean and in good condition or brand new.

Donations will be accepted November 25 through December 23 in the Didlake Grand Foyer of the Hylton Center; open Tue-Sat 10 am-6 pm and 2 hours before performances.

Mason Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors

  • December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • December 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Mason’s School of Music showcases its talented opera singers in this celebrated operetta by Gian Carlo Menotti that tells the classic story of the Magi’s journey to Bethlehem.

$12 adults
$8 seniors
$5 youth (through grade 12)

Hylton Presents:

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices

  • December 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Jazz up your holidays with the swinging beats and big band sounds of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the dynamic vocal jazz quartet, New York Voices. It promises to be an unforgettable evening of lively jazz music that is perfect for the holidays. Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this ensemble comprised of the best jazz musicians from the metro area. They team up with this powerhouse quartet, whose soulful scats, close-knit voicings, and unparalleled vocal blend have earned them critical acclaim for more than 25 years. Together, they create some of the best jazzy and swinging sounds of the big band era that you will hear anywhere. This concert is guaranteed to jump start your holiday spirit. New York Voices is "the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz." (Boston Herald)

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The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices will also perform at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus on March 11 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd (Dec 2, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

United Bank Performance NOVEC/UnitedHealth Season Combo

Angela Knight Ministries: Christmas Through Time

  • December 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Join Angela Knight and her friends as they use a wonderful time machine invented by the old Professor to travel back through time. Enjoy fun Christmas music, exciting dances and historical traditions as we end up at the first Christmas in Bethlehem.

$25 Adult
$20 seniors over 60, students under 13 and military with ID

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Manassas Chorale: Rejoice and Be Merry!

  • December 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Carols and popular songs of the season performed by 100 singers and the Chorale orchestra will jump-start your holiday season. Don't miss one of the Chorale's most popular concerts!

$20, $18 adults
Free to GMU students and children (18 years and younger)

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Asaph Dance: Clara's Christmas and Handel's Messiah

  • December 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm
  • December 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Merchant Hall

Two of the most beloved Christmas traditions are presented on the same program. Based on the well known "The Nutcracker," Clara's Christmas is about a young girl who discovers the joy, hope and true meaning of Christmas. The performance also includes excerpts from Handel's "The Messiah."

$30 Adults
$20 Seniors 65+ and students 12 and under

Chamber Theatre Productions: Encore!!

  • December 5, 2016 at 10:30 am

Merchant Hall

This ENCORE!! presentation begins with an excerpt from The Raven and features all 5 short stories: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Monkey's Paw, The Necklace, and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

Recommended for grades 6-12.

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature-Based.

To make a reservation please visit our website at chambertheatre.com or call 1-800-225-7988. School performance – tickets available through the presenter only.

Osbourn Park High School: Handel's Messiah

  • December 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Join the Osbourn Park High School's Choral Department, under the direction of Dominick Izzo, along with orchestra members and singers from OP, Patriot and Brentsville District High Schools as they present a community sing-along of Handel's Messiah. Professional solo voices from the DC Metro area will also be featured. Bring your music and join in or just sit back and enjoy!

$15 adults
$5 students 13-17
Free, children 0-12, students and teachers with PWCS ID

Click, Clack, Moo

Presented by Theatreworks

  • December 7, 2016 at 10:30 am
  • December 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Merchant Hall

"Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" Farmer Brown cries. Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving" musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

Recommended for grades K-4.

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Social Studies.

School performance. Call 1-800-497-5007 or go to theatreworksusa.org for tickets. Tickets available through the presenter only.

Hylton Presents:

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

  • December 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too. It's time for the holidays at the Hylton Center! The American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for Christmas with its annual decking of Merchant Hall where the ensemble fills the venue with musical merriment, spreading holiday cheer to audiences of all ages. Join us for this popular family tradition, complete with holiday musical favorites and a lively carol sing-along, always an audience favorite. Conducted by Founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this full pops orchestra, comprising the most accomplished musicians from the metro area, comes together to perform the best of the season including Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," "Christmas Festival," and other treasured classics.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Dec 9, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

2016-2017 HP Sponsor - NOVANT/UVA

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CAPAC: Langston Hughes' Black Nativity

  • December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm
  • December 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm
  • December 17, 2016 - December 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm
  • December 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

The Creative and Performing Arts Center (CAPAC, Inc.) is proud to present 6 performances of the classic Christmas story, Black Nativity. This soul stirring musical production is the signature theatrical piece of acclaimed poet Langston Hughes. Hughes chronicles the original story of the Nativity through scripture, verse, music and dance.  A jubilant company of astonishing actors, dancers, vocalists and musicians deliver a powerful message of joy, faith, victory and deliverance.  Black Nativity is an inspirational performance that touches a special place in the hearts and minds of all who attend. The show is directed by Tyrell Lashley with Catrina Stroman, choreographer and Bobby Lacy, music director.(Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, IL.)

$20 in advance
$25 at the door

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Manassas Symphony Orchestra: Family Concert: Winter Carnival

  • December 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Merchant Hall

This annual family concert features violinist Thomas Kim, a Reagan Middle School seventh grader, and the debut of a playful new work about winter fun by one of the orchestra's favorite composers, J. Scott McKenzie. The concert closes with its exclusive indoor holiday synchronized music and light show!

$20 adults
$16 seniors and educators
Free for students (through college)

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Hylton Presents:

Restless Heart: A Restless Heart Christmas

  • December 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The Restless Heart band puts its own unique country spin on Christmas classics such as "Tennessee Christmas," "Jingle Bell Rock," and "O Holy Night" in this celebration of holiday memories. The group's authentic country twang paired with pop-infused melodies and holiday favorites is an unbeatable combination that strikes a sentimental and romantic chord. Thirty years and still going strong, this record-breaking band continues to delight audiences with numerous country hits, including "I'll Still Be Loving You," "Fast Movin' Train," and "When She Cries." Their music inspires with tales of adoration, home, and patriotism. Lead vocalist and guitarist Larry Stewart — known for his solo hits "Alright Already" and "I'll Cry Tomorrow" — is joined by the group's original members for this special holiday performance.

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This event will not have a Pre-Performance Discussion.

$60, $51, $36. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

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Manassas Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

  • December 15, 2016 - December 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm
  • December 17, 2016 - December 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm
  • December 20, 2016 - December 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm
  • December 22, 2016 - December 23, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall

A holiday must-see tradition from the stunning opening scene to the Waltz of the Snowflakes, there’s something for all ages! This performance with live orchestra also features a special opening night Salute to the Military.

$65, $55, $45, $35, $25

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Axial Dance - Holiday Spectacular

  • December 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Join us for our annual Holiday recital in our new location at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Enjoy the performance of the many things we have been learning this fall! 

Tickets: $10

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