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Hylton Family Series:

The Hollywood Special FX Show

  • February 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm
  • February 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Ever wonder how they did that? Now the whole family can get the inside scoop and discover the science and secrets to making movie magic in this interactive and explosive show. Live on stage, join special effects professionals who’ve worked on action-packed blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises, Guardians of the Galaxy, Phantom of the Opera, and Game of Thrones for thrilling and revealing insights that bring the audience closer to the action than ever before. Feel the heat from an onstage inferno, marvel at gruesome sci-fi monsters, be blown away by apocalyptic weather, and hold on tight through huge explosions! “Be prepared to be stunned. This really is a show unlike what you’ve seen before.” (Essex Chronicle)

Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Disclaimer: This explosive family show will feature special effect sequences that include pyrotechnics, loud sounds, and more. For your safety and comfort, the audience will be protected by an impact-resistant glass during a portion of the show. 

$15 Adults / $5 Children

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Lecture: Science for the Community

Galileo’s Science Café

  • February 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm

“Wearable Devices for Managing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders in the Community,” presented by Dr. Holly Matto and Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Bring your family and friends for a free, casual, interactive science discussion about the latest findings surrounding hot topics in science and medicine. Free

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Hylton Presents:

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

All Beethoven Program!

  • February 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Stefan Solyom, conductor
Catherine Manoukian, violin 

All Beethoven Program!

Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 “Eroica”

One of Sweden’s oldest orchestras presents a dynamic concert that combines the traditional with the iconoclastic. Under the direction of Stefan Solyom, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) with its 61 musicians and violin virtuoso Catherine Manoukian perform a thrilling all-Beethoven program, including one of his most celebrated works, the Eroica Symphony. The HSO has performed at many prominent European venues, including three recent sold-out performances at the Great Festival Hall in Salzburg and in Vienna. Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter applauded the HSO’s performance of Beethoven’s Eroica as “…a brutally life-affirming spring river. A grand performance!”

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Feb 8, 2018) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36

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Hylton Presents:

American Festival Pops Orchestra

Valentine Pops

  • February 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

The talented musicians of the American Festival Pops Orchestra set an amorous mood for you and your loved one in a performance of romantic standards just in time for Valentine’s Day. This concert features some of the 20th century’s most popular love songs and film scores including the love theme from Titanic, "My Heart Will Go On," and music from The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Under the esteemed leadership of conductor Anthony Maiello, the most accomplished musicians in the region come together for this special evening to present an exciting and nostalgic program of romantic and memorable music.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd, Arranger in Residence (Feb 10, 2018) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30

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Hylton Presents:

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Walnut Street Theatre

  • February 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Madcap mastermind Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo) reinvents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, into a hilarious romp about everyone’s favorite detective and his most famous case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the mystery of the curse before it dooms the newest heir. With only five energetic actors playing the roles of more than 40 quirky characters, this production from America’s oldest theater company takes the audience on a sidesplitting caper through the Devonshire moors, crowded railway stations, foggy London streets, and gloomy baronial mansions, where the duo searches for clues, runs into dead ends, and puzzles out the truth for the shockingly funny conclusion.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Feb 11, 2018) Pre-Performance Discussion

$44, $37, $26

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Virginia National Ballet

  • February 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm
  • February 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Merchant Hall

Don’t miss the World Premiere Ballet AIDA set to Verdi’s stunning music.  The first full-length ballet of AIDA, this heart-wrenching story of two lovers from warring countries who must choose between love or country is choreographed by Rafik Hegab, who brings a unique, authentic Pharonic flavor to the production and its beautiful sets and costumes.  This stellar troupe of dancers hailing from the US, Brazil, and Japan also bring their own unique backgrounds to the work.  $35 adults, $30 seniors (65+), $25 students (12-18), $15 children (11 and under)

Ten Strings And A Goatskin

This performance is part of the American Roots Series. 

  • February 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Enjoy an evening of folk fusion in an intimate cabaret setting with this young acoustic power trio from Prince Edward Island. The musicians, who perform on violin, guitar, and percussion, transform tradition with vigor, curiosity, and sparks of goofy humor. This mesmerizing performance of traditional and original music is inspired by the musicians’ Atlantic Canadian histories and roots and infused with pop and world rhythms.  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

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

Resident Arts Partner:

Youth Orchestras of Prince William: Flow

  • February 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

This performance presents all YOPW ensembles and features collaborative work with local youth dancers. Let the flow embrace you and join us for an afternoon of musical synchronicity. 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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10-Week Dominion Energy Veterans Guitar Workshop Series

Beginner Guitar Workshop from 7 - 7:45 p.m. Advanced Guitar Workshop from 8 - 8:45 p.m.

  • February 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  • February 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Musicians of all skill levels are invited to bring their own guitar or try one of ours in this ten-week series of lessons with Glen McCarthy, guitar instructor at George Mason University, who has shared his expertise with the community during Veterans Day events at the Hylton Center. Information and registration at HyltonCenter.org/veterans.

Free for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers; $250 for the general public


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.

Dominion Energy

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

By Ryan Scott Oliver; Directed by Angelica Miguel & Maxwell Snyder  

  • February 23, 2018 - February 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

A Concert-Style Musical Theater Performance

In this student collaboration between the Mason Players and Mason’s Green Machine, a picture is worth 1,000 words. The songs may be worth more. Inspired by the photographs of Matthew Murphy, 35mm is an intricately woven collection of stories told through song that re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.

$20 General Admission
$10 students, staff, seniors and groups

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Matinee Idylls:

Matinee Idylls: Soprano Soirée

  • February 27, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Enjoy a captivating afternoon of arias, duets, and trios sung by three acclaimed sopranos: Jennifer Decker, Kelly Glyptis, and Angela Knight. This talented trio with piano accompaniment charms in a program of musical treasures inspired by the artists’ favorite repertoire.

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 17/18 Blusage Catering

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