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Dominion Energy Veterans Guitar Workshop Series

2017 - 2018 Veterans and the Arts Initiative Programming

  • September 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • September 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • September 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • September 26, 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

Gallery Exhibit: Iconographic Visions

Works by Julia Dzikiewicz and Michael Fischerkeller

  • September 12, 2017

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Exhibit runs through October 21, 2017

Utilizing personal and appropriated iconic imagery, Iconographic Visions instigates social and political change and evokes compassion as the artists’ works compel the viewer to confront the tumultuous political climate and social issues facing us today. Through colorful encaustic works, Julia Dzikiewicz challenges art lovers to explore a political landscape while being mesmerized by her mix of bold bright imagery and multi-layered three dimensional crystal and metallic elements.  Michael Fischerkeller conveys his vision through meticulously wrought spray painted stencil work inspired by the tools and techniques of street artists and the imagery of pre-Raphaelite masterpieces.

More information about the artists can be found on their individual websites:

Julia Dzikiewicz

Michael Fischerkeller

Evening receptions for Friends of the Hylton Center are held for the opening of each Gallery exhibition. Receptions feature hors d’oeuvres, wine or craft beer from a local winery or brewery, and a chance to meet each artist and hear about their work.  Fall Gallery receptions will be held from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on September 28, November 9, and December 6, 2017.

Consider becoming a Friend of the Hylton Center today for exclusive access to these receptions and more! Contact Jacque Connor at 703-993-7150 or jconnor8@gmu.edu for more information.

Receptions will feature wine or beer from 868 Estate Vineyards, Bald Top Brewing, Crushed Cellars, and Otium Cellars.

Gallery Sponsors: Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Galileo’s Science Café

Science for the Community

  • September 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

“The Art and Science of Making Beer and Wine.” Learn about the latest scientific and medical discoveries presented by University faculty. 

This event is Free.

Hylton Presents:

Under the Streetlamp

Low Ticket Alert!

  • September 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The Hylton Presents season opens with a lively celebration of classic hits from the 1950s to the 1970s. In an evening of unforgettable entertainment, Under the Streetlamp transports audiences back to an era of sharkskin suits and flashy cars with their tight harmonies and slick dance moves. Former stars of the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys, Eric Gutman, Christopher Kale Jones, Brandon Wardell, and Shonn Wiley exude the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack as they perform doo-wop, motown, and old time rock ‘n’ roll favorites. Enjoy popular hits from The Drifters, Roy Orbison, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, and The Beatles, plus a show-stopping salute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that is guaranteed to bring down the house. A favorite of PBS audiences, this dynamic quartet comes to the Merchant Hall stage in an electrifying performance. Retro never sounded so good.

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$54, $46, $32. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Arts Alive!

Presented by Prince William County Arts Council and Hylton Performing Arts Center

  • September 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

The 6th annual family-friendly arts festival features Arts Council members and other community performers and fine artists. Enjoy activities for all ages, multiple stages of performances indoors and out, plus food and craft vendors with items for sale. Come out and celebrate your local arts community! Free, no tickets required. 

View the schedule below or visit pwcartscouncil.org for a full schedule and list of participants.


Merchant Hall (inside)
1:00 -1:25 Virginia Dance Center
1:30-1:55 Dance Etc. School of the Arts
2:00-2:25 Manassas Youth Ballet
2:30-2:55 Asaph Dance Ensemble
3:00-3:25 Virginia National Ballet
3:25-4:00 CHANGEOVER
4:00-4:25 Prince William String Academy
4:35-5:00 Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra

Tent Stage (outside)
1:00-1:25 Manassas Symphony Orchestra
1:35-2:00 New Dominion Choraliers
2:10-2:35 Suburban Gypsies
2:45-3:10 Castaways Repertory Theater
3:20-3:45 Real Life Productions
3:50-4:15 Bull Run Troubadours
4:25-5:00 Woodbridge Dance Company

Hands on Activities and Demonstrations:
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery – Participation Station (inside)
1:00 – 5:00 Instrument Petting Zoo by Youth Orchestras of Prince William and
Potomac Arts Academy
1:15 – 1:45 Belly Dance – Interactive Demonstration by Suburban Gypsies
1:50 – 2:15 Youth Orchestras of Prince William - Performance
2:30-3:10 Harp - Hands On! David Crookston
3:15 – 4:00 Dance/Improvisation – Interactive Workshop with Cynthia Kiehnau
4:10 – 5:00 Karaoke – Hands On! Real Life Productions

Craft Tent – Hands on! (outside)
Edgemoor Art Studio
Jay the Potter
Center for the Arts of Greater
Manassas/Prince William

Gregory Family Theater (inside)
1:05-1:30 Bull Run Cloggers
1:35-2:00 Crookston Music Studio
2:05-2:30 Prince William County Parks & Recreation Elite Dance Company
2:35-3:00 New Dominion Choraliers
3:05-3:30 Manassas Chorale
3:35-4:00 Woodbridge Flute Choir
4:05-4:30 Prince William Little Theater
4:35-5:00 Woodbridge Music Club Patio Stage (outside)
1:10-1:35 Shenandoah Sound Drum and Bugle Corps
1:45-2:10 Jirani Coffee House Artists
2:20-2:45 Bull Run Cloggers Demonstration
2:55-3:20 OBCO String Quartet
3:30-3:55 Suburban Gypsies Demonstration
4:05-4:30 InTune Music Studios
4:35-5:00 Bull Run Troubadours

Lobby Displays (inside)
Cabin Branch Quilters
Stone House Quilters
Dan Verner, writer
The Poet Laureate Circle, live readings
The Prince William Art Society
Performing Arts for Kids
Hylton Performing Arts Center
United Bank (lead sponsor)
Jirani Coffeehouse, vending

Arts Alive Sponsor Block

One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom

  • September 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm
  • September 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Presented by Mike Wiley Productions, “One Noble Journey” tells two tales of slaves reaching freedom:  Henry “Box” Brown who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden box and Ellen and William Craft who used disguise to travel openly on public transportation.   The story of Henry “Box” Brown, an African American born into slavery in 1816 in Louisa County, Virginia, demonstrates the cruelty of slavery and its devastation to the heart and body.  After his family is torn apart and parceled out to various beneficiaries of the estate, Henry devises an ingenious escape plan – sealing himself in a wooden box for shipment to friends and freedom in Philadelphia.  This story also recounts the daring and miraculous quest for freedom of Elizabeth Craft and her husband William, who were born into slavery in Georgia and bravely traveled on public trains and steamers in disguise as they made their way up the Eastern Seaboard to Philadelphia. Presented by Mike Wiley Productions. 

$22 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students. 

Day of show: $25 adults, $22 seniors, $17 students 

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Matinee Idylls:

Matinee Idylls: Mannheim Rocket Orchestra

  • September 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Spend the afternoon indulging in the sublime with Mannheim Rocket Orchestra as they perform works including Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings. Under the direction of founder and clarinetist Richard Spece, Mannheim Rocket Orchestra is the premier period-instrument ensemble of Northern Virginia.

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

September 26th Lunch Menu:

Mixed green salad with nuts and berries
Champagne chicken
Wild rice pilaf
Fresh green beans with toasted almonds
Rolls and butter
Assorted fresh baked cookies.

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Land Use 101 in Prince William County 

Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture

  • September 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Moderator: Charlie Grymes

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

“OMG, are they replacing those trees with houses now? And why can’t anyone ever fix our awful traffic?” Local governments control long- range planning and zoning, but the state determines which transportation projects are funded. Based on your experience in a car, just how well is that working in Northern Virginia? Between the jargon, bureaucracies, and long delays between decisions and development, getting answers to basic questions requires a special decoder ring. This program de-mystifies the process for development in Prince William County using specific examples to reveal the mix of planning, politics, and profits.

This program is presented by the Prince William Conservation Alliance, a non-profit and non-partisan conservation group organized in 2002. It works to raise awareness of opportunities to protect our local natural areas, to increase opportunities for people to observe plants and wildlife, and occasionally to mobilize people to pressure government officials to “act green.” The organization’s successes range from the creation of Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area a decade ago to the designation of rural roads as scenic byways this year. However, a look around reveals that threats to, and opportunities for, conservation are still present.

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

Lecture: The Church of England or Is It the Church of Henry? 

Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture

  • September 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Hayes 

Dr. Hayes returns to talk to us about the interesting history of the Church of England. She will explain the nature of religious faith and practice leading up to King Henry’s English Reformation and to what extent he intended to form a new church. If you have heard Dr. Hayes lecture in earlier classes, you know this presentation will be filled with many lively insights into the personalities and events surrounding King Henry, his wives, and his church.

Dr. Rebecca Hayes is a full professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas Campus. Her Ph.D. from Florida State University focused on early modern British history with minors in Medieval Europe, Classical Greece and Rome, as well as the Middle East. Dr. Hayes began her teaching career at Mississippi College in 2003 and moved to Northern Virginia in 2008. She is currently the honors chair for the Manassas campus and oversees that program. Dr. Hayes loves to travel and takes students abroad during spring break, believing that everyone should experience other cultures and get the chance to see history come alive. She has taught several classes for LLI.

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

Life for Relief and Development: Ameer Dandan Concert

  • September 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Hylton Performing Arts Center - Merchant Hall

Life for Relief and Development is hosting this charity concert featuring Arab Idol Superstar Ameer Dandan, along with Ahmed Fahmi and the professional Arab Debkah Troupe Turab Beladi. The charitable funds Life collects from the event will be used to provide MRI and X-Ray equipment for hospitals in the West Bank and Syria.

Presenter website: www.lifeusa.org


Center Orchestra: $120
Side Orchestra: $100
Rear Side Orchestra: $75
Parterre: $65
Center First Balcony: $50
Side First Balcony: $45
Center Second Balcony: $35
Side Second Balcony: $30

Free lap tickets for 24 months and under.

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