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Grammy Nominated Guitarist and Songwriter Richard Thompson to Perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on April 23 at 7 p.m.   

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

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(MANASSAS)—The Hylton Performing Arts Center announced today a newly added Hylton Center EXTRA! performance by acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Merchant Hall. Tickets start at $30 and go on sale to subscribers and Friends of the Hylton Center on Monday, December 5, 2016 and to the general public on Friday, December 9, 2016.

Richard Thompson’s legendary career as a songwriter and performer has spanned nearly five decades. He made his recording debut in the 1960s as a co-founder of the groundbreaking British folk-rock band Fairport Convention. Thompson went on to release more than 40 albums that highlight his unique songwriting style and virtuosity as a guitarist. Some of his best-known records include Henry the Human Fly (1972), Across a Crowded Room (1985), Rumor and Sigh (1991), Mirror Blue (1994), and Electric (2013). His most recent release is titled Still (2015), an album of new music produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. As a prolific songwriter, Thompson’s compositions have been performed and recorded by stars such as Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Tom Jones, David Byrne, and Robert Earl Keen, among others. 

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Thompson has garnered numerous accolades including BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II in 2011. The Americana Music Association also honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2012.   

This performance will take place in Merchant Hall at the Hylton Performing Arts Center located at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Virginia. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Ticket Office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), by calling 888-945-2468, or through the Hylton Performing Arts Center website HyltonCenter.org.

Hylton Center EXTRA! Series Sponsors:
Buck and Julie Waters, The Waters Foundation
Anna and Randall Edwards 

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.

Press ContactS

Camille Cintrón Devlin
Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
703-993-8794 | cdevlin6@gmu.edu 

Hyla S. Helsel London
Interim Director of Marketing
703-993-9808 | hhelsel@gmu.edu