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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

Tuesday Guitar Lessons with Glen McCarthy

2017 - 2018 Veterans and the Arts Initiative Programming

  • November 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Guitar lessons will take place on Tuesday evenings from September 5 – November 7 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).

The minimum age to participate in guitar lessons or workshops with a parent is 9; the minimum age to participate without a parent in the room is 14; and the minimum age to be left at George Mason University without a parent on the premises during class time-only is 16.


Special offer:Drop in for an hour of music or bring a friend on the first Tuesday of each month! On September 5, October 3, and November 7 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!

Sponsors: Music for Life; Potomac Arts Academy

Supervision of Minors on Mason Campus/ Property
Please be advised that due to University policies, NO minors under the age of 16 are allowed to stay on campus unaccompanied by an adult before or after regular program hours

Absences – Fall/Spring Group Classes
Please contact your instructor if you need to miss a class/lesson. Make-ups will only be scheduled when the class/lesson has been cancelled by the Public School weather announcements or by the instructor with prior notice. Hylton Performing Arts Center  is not required to make up classes/lessons due to participant’s illness or non-attendance.

Withdrawal/Refunds for Fall/Spring Group Classes
Notice of withdrawal from instruction and all requests for refunds before classes begin must be made in writing to Hylton Performing Arts Center. Verbal notice or requests from students or parents cannot be accepted. A cancellation fee of $50 will be assessed for paying participants for all withdrawals from the class.  Requests for withdrawal/refund made at least one week prior to the first class are 100% refundable, less the cancellation fee. Requests for withdrawal/refund made less than 7 days prior to the first class but BEFORE the THIRD class will result in a 50% refund of the tuition. There is no refund after the third class.  

Refund Payments
Refund checks will be issued through the Office of Accounts Payable at George Mason University, or through our online registration system (for credit card transactions only). Refunds are processed within 30 days of notification.

The Hylton Performing Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet sufficient enrollment. A full refund will be given in this event.


Hylton Performing Arts Center will follow the George Mason University (www.gmu.edu) closure decisions for inclement weather.  Please be aware that there may be times when Mason remains open and we decide to close due to weather concerns.  In any closure event we will make announcements on the website as well as through social media.

Please continually monitor the website homepage and our social media channels for ALERTS!

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

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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

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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 their 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. 

Tickets: $20 adults; $15 seniors/students

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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.

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, 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 adults; 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, City of Manassas, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts

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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

One of the best acrobatic troupes from China shows off its superior skill with thrilling acrobatics, circus acts, illusions, and mesmerizing demonstrations of martial arts. Accompanied by traditional Chinese music, more than one hundred acrobatic and martial arts performers take the stage in a vibrant spectacle of aerial stunts, juggling acts, contortion tricks, and feats of balance that are guaranteed to dazzle and delight. The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin is a favorite of audiences throughout the world, and has won numerous awards including the Silver Clown Award. Several of its acts also perform with some of the most renowned circuses in the western world. There’s plenty of excitement for the whole family!

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

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on October 31, 2017

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Matinee Idylls:

Matinee Idylls: The Washington Saxophone Quartet (WSaxQ)

  • November 14, 2017 at 12:30 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 12:30 p.m. / Concert 1:30 p.m.

Dessert Reception (following Concert)


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.

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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

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

$46, $39, $28. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on November 7, 2017

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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)

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!

Individual tickets will be on sale Sept. 15

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

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. 

Individual tickets will be on sale Oct. 1

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

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 adults, $5 seniors and students

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 on November 14, 2017

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Swing Machine Big Band

6th Annual Christmas Extravaganza!

  • November 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Merchant Hall

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

Individual tickets go on sale October 15.

$10 adults, free children under 2 years 

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