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The Hylton Center for the performing Arts Celebrates Veterans and the Arts with Interactive Activities and Arts Experiences from November 9 to November 11

October 6, 2016
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-9808)

For general information about tickets, seating, parking, etc., for performances and events happening at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, please contact the ticket office directly at 703-993-7759.

MANASSAS, VA, Thursday, October 6, 2016—Celebrate Veterans and the Arts at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas with a variety of arts activities and experiences for Veterans, Service members and their families from Wednesday, November 9 to Friday, November 11th.

Our celebration kicks off on Wednesday, November 9th at 8pm in Merchant Hall with a free concert by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” This premier musical organization conducted by Col. Timothy J. Holtan will present a Salute to Veterans, honoring Veterans from every war and conflict.

Return on Thursday, November 10th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a Gallery Reception for The Arts and the Military: Moving through Memories of Service and Conflict (on view 11/7–12/11). This free event takes place in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery and is open to the public, but RSVP is required.

Our celebration of Veterans and the Arts culminates on Friday, November 11 from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. with free interactive activities and arts experiences that explore stories of military life, offer Veteran resource information, and build camaraderie through performance and visual art. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

This second annual Veterans Day at the Hylton Center: Celebrating Veterans and the Arts event commences with a performance by Exit12 Dance Company, a pioneer in the genre of military Veteran art that was founded by a U.S. Marine Iraq war Veteran and two ballerinas. The afternoon will feature a wide range of tributes to military service through the arts. Experience a movement workshop with Exit12 Dance Company, try yoga for Veterans and friends, attend an interactive Veterans’ poetry session, and enjoy musical tributes to Veterans, including a musical performance by C*A*M*M*O (Center for American Military Music Opportunity). Participants can also browse our art gallery exhibition, The Arts and the Military: Moving through Memories of Service and Conflict (on view 11/7 –12/11) and attend a special jazz preview discussion led by Mason School of Music faculty and Veterans, Jim Carroll and Darden Purcell. This informative lecture will offer insights into the Jazz 4 Justice™ performance that evening by the Mason Jazz Ensemble, Tribute to the Greatest Generation, and 200 lucky guests will receive complimentary tickets (first-come, first-served) to attend the jazz spectacular.

Proceeds from this concert will support vital community efforts by the Bar Foundation and the George Mason University Jazz Studies Department. This celebration of Veterans and the Arts is made possible by presenting sponsor, Azalea Charities, Inc., Frank E. Lasch, senior Chairman and Founder; as well asthe following sponsors:the City of Manassas; Youth for Tomorrow; Giorgio’s Family Restaurant, and Wegmans.

Ticket Information
November 9: The U.S. Army Band“Pershing’s Own” Salute to Veterans concert at 8pm is free and open to the public.

November 10: The Gallery Reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for The Arts and the Military: Moving through Memories of Service and Conflict (on view 11/7 –12/11) is free but R.S.V.P. is required.

November 11: The day-long events between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to Celebrate Veterans and the Arts are free and open to the public. Tickets for the 8pm performance of Jazz 4 Justice™: Tribute to the Greatest Generation are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and youth.

The Hylton Performing Arts Center Ticket Office
The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Tickets available at the Hylton Performing Arts Center ticket office, by phone at 888-945-2468, or online at HyltonCenter.org. Ticket office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center.

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.

About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.