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Premiere Series (2017-18 Season)

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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

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Hylton Presents:

American Festival Pops Orchestra

Holiday Pops: Sounds of the Season

  • December 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Celebrate the Christmas season with Northern Virginia’s very own pops orchestra in its annual family concert of cheerful carols and cherished holiday tunes. This jovial evening includes a program of sentimental favorites including selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride,” and culminates in a rousing sing-a-long, in which the audience members get a chance to share in the experience. Under the baton of founder and artistic director Anthony Maiello, these talented musicians from the greater D.C. area perform favorites that are guaranteed to fill you and your family with holiday warmth and merriment.

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Holiday Performance Series Sponsor: Insight Wealth Management 

Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd, Arranger in Residence (Dec 8, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

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Hylton Presents:

Dailey & Vincent: Spirit of Christmas

  • December 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Come enjoy a country Christmas as this award-winning band returns to our stage for a holiday concert of country and bluegrass favorites. Dubbed the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” by Country Music Television, Dailey & Vincent are extolled throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting Bluegrass bands in America. They chose to record their live DVD and PBS TV special for sold-out audiences in the Hylton Center’s Merchant Hall because of its excellent acoustics, and now they’re coming back to share their talents and wit for a special holiday treat. Their contagious and spirited music has earned them numerous awards, including three Grammy® Award nominations, four Dove awards, one Emmy Award nomination, and 14 International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Get in the spirit with this exceptional holiday experience.

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Holiday Performance Series Sponsor: Insight Wealth Management 

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Dec 10, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on November 28, 2017

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Dublin Irish Dance

Stepping Out

  • January 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in Stepping Out, a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds presented by Dublin Irish Dance. These accomplished Irish step-dancers and musicians take the audience on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance. This entertaining production reveals the influences that have shaped Irish music and dance throughout recent history: from the farms of rural Ireland in the 1800s to the Great Famine and the resulting mass migration to New York, where Irish and American cultures blended and influenced each other. Many of the artists in this ensemble have performed with popular acts like Riverdance, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Woman. With the lightening-fast footwork of the step-dancers, the spirited melodies of an eight-member traditional Irish band, and the lovely sounds of their Irish vocalist, this performance is sure to amaze.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Jan 28, 2018) Pre-Performance Discussion

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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

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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

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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

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Hylton Presents:

Danú

  • March 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

A leading traditional Irish ensemble comes to the Hylton Center for this big pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration of festive Celtic music. Praised by The Washington Post for their “vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy,” Danú performs both ancient Irish music and new repertoire for a lively, flawless performance. Mason’s University Singers, a talented student ensemble from George Mason University’s School of Music, join them onstage for a one-of-a-kind experience. Hailing from Ireland’s old counties, this award-winning ensemble has thrilled audiences throughout Europe and North America with stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Symphony Space in New York. The virtuoso players are renowned for their mastery of authentic Irish instruments—flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki—which is matched by gorgeous vocals in English and Gaelic. Bring the whole family to enjoy this entertaining evening of Celtic music!

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Hylton Presents:

Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella

  • March 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Fifty graceful dancers from this world-renowned ensemble perform a ballet for the whole family. Cinderella is based on the well-known fairy tale about the kind but mistreated step-daughter and step-sister who is forbidden to attend the royal ball. When her fairy godmother magically appears, Cinderella’s fate is wondrously transformed. With enchanted melodies, opulent costumes, lavish scenery, and hilarious physical comedy, this performance is a family friendly treat for all to enjoy.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Mar 16, 2018) Pre-Performance Discussion

$56, $48, $34

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Hylton Presents:

Mummenschanz

you & me

  • April 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

For more than 45 years, these Swiss entertainers have dazzled and delighted audiences of all ages with their unique form of silent visual and whimsical theater. A playful yet compelling experience, Mummenschanz offers timeless and lighthearted insights into the human condition with the creative use of shadow and light and the ingenious manipulation of common objects. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. In this brand new creation, you & me, the Mummenschanz troupe brings to life their famous large-scale masks and revives a tradition of acrobatics. The show will also include some of the classic sketches that have stood the test of time. “Mummenschanz succeeds brilliantly because of its originality, exceptional ingenuity, sense of surprise, and deft satirical touches.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 7, 2018) Pre-Performance Discussion

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Hylton Presents:

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

Beethoven and Friends

  • April 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall Family Friendly Event

Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel closes our season at the Hylton Performing Arts Center with three 18th century musical masters who were contemporaries of each other. In Beethoven and Friends, Jeffrey Siegel performs Haydn's delightful Sonata in D, Mozart's brooding, contemplative Fantasy in D minor, and Beethoven's passionate, stormy Sonata Pathétique, while offering witty and insightful commentary about the music and composers before playing each piece. Piano music enthusiasts and newcomers alike cherish Jeffrey Siegel’s beloved “concerts with commentary” series that makes everyone feel like a classical music insider. An interactive Q&A will conclude this program.

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Past Events

Hylton Presents:

Under the Streetlamp

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  • 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

Hylton Presents:

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Bria Skonberg, trumpet/singer

  • October 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Named as a Millennial “Shaking Up the Jazz World” by Vanity Fair, Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg joins Mason’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in a swinging evening of fresh beats and brassy standards. Musical Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this distinguished ensemble comprising some of the metro area’s finest jazz musicians in a concert featuring the versatile Skonberg. Her soulful, sultry voice and extensive trumpet dexterity fuses modern pop with jazz, creating unique allure. In 2016, she released a debut LP of original compositions titled BRIA showcasing her broad range from the bluesy instrumental “Down the Deep” to the Brazilian-flavored “How Can It Be.” The Wall Street Journal called Skonberg one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation,” and she was recognized in 2016 as one of DownBeat magazine’s “25 for the Future.”

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 7, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $39, $28. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Hylton Presents:

Tango Buenos Aires

The Spirit of Argentina

  • October 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

One of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires is considered the most authentic tango ensemble performing today. Take a journey to this South American country as dancers dazzle audiences with sensual moves and playful dramatics, while the musicians entice with melodies of romance and nostalgia. This program traces the evolution of tango through the musical compositions of Carlos Gardel, a central figure in the history of tango, and his collaborations with composer Astor Piazzolla. The Spirit of Argentina showcases the breadth of styles and range of emotions that have made tango the cultural phenomenon that it is. “Crafted swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings.” (The Washington Post)

Free Beginners’ Tango Class

Arrive early and join us for a FREE beginners’ tango class led by instructors from Tango Mercurio starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13! Space is limited and advance RSVPs are required. Please complete this form to RSVP. The class is only open to ticket holders for the Tango Buenos Aires performance, and signing up in couples is highly encouragedThis class has reached capacity.

After the class, we invite you to stop by our concessions stand in the lobby and enjoy a glass of fine Argentine wine. Bars are cash only.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 13, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Hylton Presents:

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

The Longevity of the Short Piece!

  • October 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Experience the joys of classical music as Jeffrey Siegel returns to Merchant Hall with his signature Keyboard Conversations® program. This unique “concert with commentary” format is an opportunity to hear the finest piano literature performed by an extraordinary artist who also shares fascinating insights and background information about each work. In this concert, enjoy familiar, well-loved short compositions of Mozart, Chopin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin. Praised by the Toronto Star as a “musical bridge-builder in action…Siegel showed just how illuminating the combination of words and abstract music can be.” An interactive Q&A will conclude this program.

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$42, $36, $25. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

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

Two of China’s finest troupes, these talented artists show off their superior skills in acrobatics, circus acts, illusions, and martial arts! Accompanied by traditional Chinese music, more than one-hundred performers take the stage in a spectacle of acrobatic stunts, feats of balance, juggling acts, contortion tricks, and martial arts that are guaranteed to dazzle and delight audiences. The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin are a favorite of audiences throughout the world, have won numerous awards including the Silver Clown Award, and several of their acts also perform with some of the most renowned circuses in the western world. Perfect for the whole family!

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

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

Hylton Presents:

Nobuntu

  • 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.

On the evening of the performance, LaBella Bridal Boutique will display mannequins wearing traditional Afrikan attire and have clothing items for sale on site before, during and after the performance.

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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

Photo © Werner Puntigam | pntgm EAR X EYE 

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

$46, $39, $28. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation