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Lecture: Youth Orchestras of Prince William: Meet the Future Stars  

Instructor: Melvin Goodwyn  

  • May 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

In this presentation, we will learn the history of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William (YOPW) and how it provides a stepping stone to a life of classical music for many of the youth of our community. The speaker will also introduce us to the program that YOPW will perform on May 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. YOPW’s season closes on a fragrant note with a performance featuring all of its performing ensembles, from youngest to oldest. This celebration of the legacy and impact that YOPW has had on the region will thrill us with selections from the romantic era. Enjoy an afternoon of youthful exuberance and exquisite music.

Melvin Goodwyn served as high school choral director and fine arts administrator in Prince William County for 21 years until his retirement in 2009. His choirs received superior ratings at the local, state, and national levels and were invited to perform at state music conferences on three occasions. Mr. Goodwyn served as guest clinician and accompanist at numerous district, state, and national choral events. He holds a bachelor’s of music degree from Westminster Choir College and a master’s of music in conducting from Catholic University.

Performance: Let it Bloom!
Sunday, 3:00 p.m., May 7
Hylton Performing Arts Center

Galileo's Science Café

Nanotechnology: A New Approach to Conquering Lyme Disease by Dr. Alessandra Luchini

  • May 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dr. Alessandra Luchini presents “Nanotechnology: A New Approach to Conquering Lyme Disease.” Hear about the latest findings surrounding hot topics in science and medicine that affect our everyday lives and the decisions that we make! Bring your family and friends for a free, casual, interactive science discussion. Learn from the experts and speak with them personally.

“Nanotechnology: A New Approach to Conquering Lyme Disease” by Dr. Alessandra Luchini

Lyme disease, transmitted by a tick bite, is an accelerating epidemic in Virginia. Unfortunately the fight against Lyme disease is severely hindered by the poor quality of existing diagnostic tests for Lyme. More than 3,000 conventional Lyme serology tests are performed per day in the USA. Fifty percent of patients who test negative may actually have the disease and are not treated if the physician follows standard guidelines. Patients with a missed diagnosis harbor Lyme bacteria, which can invade the brain, heart, joints, and other tissues causing tremendous suffering. Our laboratory developed a highly specific and sensitive urine test for Lyme disease that can be used for diagnosis and determining whether a prescribed therapy has eliminated the infection. We created a special nanotechnology called the Nanotrap®, which is licensed to Ceres Nanosciences. The Nanotrap® technology enables us to achieve 1,000 times higher sensitivity than previous testing methods. We are testing for regions of the Lyme surface proteins that are absolutely specific for the Lyme bacteria and detect all species and strains. Our Lyme disease test is currently being used in a nationwide clinical study. We are also developing a tick panel test for other tick borne bacteria and viruses that infect patients.

Free. Please RSVP.

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Hylton Presents:

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: H.M.S. Pinafore

  • May 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Sail the shining waters as the H.M.S. Pinafore embarks on a journey of humor and mischief in Gilbert & Sullivan's famous comic operetta about finding love on the high seas. The levity of musical theater meets the extravagance of opera in a satirical musical production that lovingly pokes fun at rigid Victorian class distinctions. Romantic sailors, sisters, cousins, and aunts sing and dance across this fanciful British naval vessel. Love finds its way aboard as the captain's daughter falls for an ordinary sailor, despite her father's plan for a more refined suitor. First performed in London in 1878, this classic has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for more than 130 years. The playful score includes many popular tunes such as "I'm called Little Buttercup," "I am the Monarch of the Sea," "We Sail the Ocean Blue," and the rousing full ensemble anthem "For He Is an Englishman." Hailed by New York magazine as "the leading custodian of the [Gilbert & Sullivan] classics," the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players brings energetic singing, live orchestration, dynamic choreography, and an elaborate set based on Gilbert's own drawings. Join us for hijinks on the high seas in the grand style of Gilbert & Sullivan!

For more information, visit https://cvpa.gmu.edu/gands.

Image right: a vintage and modern photo of the captain from Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (May 4, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$56, $48, $34. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

2016-2017 HP Sponsor - NOVANT/UVA

Virginia National Ballet: Snow White

  • May 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Virginia National Ballet presents Snow White! This enchanting production of the famous fairy tale features beautiful dancers, scenery and costumes, and is the perfect ballet for children and families. One performance only! 

$35 adult, $17 children 12 and under

Hylton Presents:

Mariachi Los Camperos

  • May 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Hylton Center with genuine Mexican folk music performed by the world's leading mariachi band, Mariachi Los Camperos. This Grammy Award-winning ensemble showcases its upbeat and joyful folk art style with brilliant brass and distinctive rhythms to commemorate their national holiday. The band has serenaded adoring audiences around the world since its founding in 1960 by the legendary Natividad "Nati" Cano, who brought mariachi out of the cantinas and into the concert hall. This group of the best mariachi musicians from the U.S. and Mexico continues his legacy, leading in the performance and preservation of this traditional music, while also working to expand the repertoire. Travel south of the border for this perfect Cinco de Mayo concert!

Check out a video of Mariachi Los Camperos here.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (May 6, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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

2016-2017 HP Sponsor - NOVANT/UVA

InTune Music Studios: Spring Recital

  • May 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • May 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Family Friendly Event

InTune Music Studios is hosting their annual Spring Recital.  All are welcome to attend.


Adults $10
Children and Seniors $5
Students with a college ID are free
Free lap tickets for those 3 and under

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Youth Orchestras of Prince William: Let it Bloom!

  • May 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall

YOPW's season closes on a fragrant note with a performance featuring all of its performing ensembles, from youngest to oldest. This celebration of the legacy and impact that YOPW has had on the region will thrill with selections from the romantic era. Enjoy an afternoon of youthful exuberance and exquisite musicianship by these dynamic young musicians.

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

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Lecture: Transportation in Prince William County  

Speaker Rick Canizales

  • May 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

Rick Canizales will discuss the Prince William County Department of Transportation and its mission “to consistently improve the transportation network and meet the needs of our growing community.” His responsibilities as its new director involve coordination of the funding, planning, engineering, and construction of transportation projects. Some aspects of his job include review of development plans, oversight of traffic/safety engineering, and representation of Prince William County on numerous local, regional, and state transportation committees.

Rick Canizales received his bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning and his master’s degree in transportation planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined the county in 2002 and held various positions before becoming director of transportation in August 2016. Previously, he worked as an engineer with the Planning Division of VDOT and planning assistant for the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission.

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

Northern Virginia Ballet: Cinderella

  • May 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center

NVB presents its version of this enchanting ballet. Supported by Prokofiev’s gorgeous score, exquisite costuming, spectacular Russian sets, and the award winning performers of the Northern Virginia Ballet and the Academy of Russian Ballet, this performance is a pleasure for all ages.

$28 adults, $18 seniors 55+ and children 1-17

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Manassas Symphony Orchestra: Symphonic Exuberance

  • May 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Merchant Hall

The MSO is joined by a combined chorus of students from multiple Prince William County high schools, under the direction of Dominick Izzo, for Dan Forrest's joyful masterpiece, "Requiem for the Living."

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1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Hylton Family Series:

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

  • May 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • May 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Journey back to prehistoric times as dinosaurs invade the Hylton Center, bringing audiences face-to-face with these prehistoric creatures! This one-of-a-kind theatrical experience is so realistic that you’ll want to take cover — but fear not. These friendly dinosaurs are actually intricately detailed, life-like puppets skillfully handled by expert puppeteers. Based in Sydney, Erth worked with professional paleontologists to create an educational and eye-popping experience that will fascinate audiences of all ages. This thrilling and enlightening event —only 65 million years in the making — is the perfect play date!

Adults: $15
Children: $5

George Mason University’s School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism Degree Celebration

  • May 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

All tickets have been given to Brandon Quiles, CEHD Student Engagement Coordinator.

Tickets are available for pick-up from May 1-12, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at one of the following campuses based upon what the student indicated through registration:

2300 Thompson Hall, Fairfax Campus


220 Bull Run Hall, Sci-Tech (Prince William) Campus

All students have received an email about when and where they should pick up their individual tickets.  Please contact Brandon at 703-993-5685 or bquiles@gmu.edu for more information regarding ticket pick-up.

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Resident Arts Partner:

Manassas Ballet Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

  • May 19, 2017 - May 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • May 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The world's most famous love story is brought to life by an international company cast, with the MBT Orchestra performing Prokofiev's stunning score.

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2017 Veterans and the Arts Initiative Workshop Series

Guitar Workshops with Glen McCarthy of Potomac Arts Academy

  • May 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Bring your guitar or try one of ours! Have you always wanted to try the guitar, or are you looking for tips to improve your technique? Musicians of all skill levels are welcome to join these workshops 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.

Attendees are welcome to participate in one or both of the following time slots per workshop:

Beginner Level: 7 – 7:45 p.m.

Advanced Level: 8 – 8:45 p.m.

This workshop is FREE and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. RSVP to hylton@gmu.edu and please specify the workshop dates you plan to attend.

Veterans Day Sponsorship 2016

First Baptist Church Warrenton

Faith, Family, and Song

  • May 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

-  A Black Tie Event –

The historic African-American church, First Baptist Church Warrenton, is celebrating sacred music and family during Memorial Day weekend.  The event proceeds support the recent renovation of the 150-year-old edifice.

Dine and celebrate faith and family in an evening of elegance and sacred song with the White Family of Washington, D.C. featuring sisters Dr. Diane White-Clayton (Dr. Dee), Dr. Kathy White Bullock, Lydia White Thomas, and Earlene White Morgan.  The concert will also include performances by the sensational baritone and international opera singer Phillip Bullock.  

For more information contact Robyn Thompson: phone (540) 347-5467 or email birdiesstuff@gmail.com.


Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra

Rhapsody in Blue: Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra presents American Symphonic Masterpieces

  • May 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Merchant Hall

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra’s tribute to American music! From Aaron Copland’s famous “Hoe-down”from Rodeo to the stirring chords of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, young and old alike will delight in Prince William County’s premier chamber ensemble.  Copland’s reflective Quiet City and iconic Lincoln Portrait round out the program, which will be concluded with George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring virtuoso pianist Viscount Thurston.

Tickets: $20 adults; free to youth 17 and under

Northern Virginia Ballet: Academy of Russian Ballet Recital

  • May 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

The award winning Academy of Russian Ballet presents its tenth annual End of the Year Recital. Students of all ages and training levels take to the Merchant Hall stage and perform classical ballet, jazz, lyrical, character, contemporary pieces as well as excerpts from the ballet, Cinderella.  

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