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February Performances at the Hylton Performing Arts Center with: American Festival Pops Orchestra; Virginia Opera; The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine; and more

December 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)—The Hylton Performing Arts Center announced today its schedule of performances for February 2017 as part of Hylton Presents and Matinee Idylls, beginning on February 12 with the American Festival Pops Orchestra in a romantic Valentine Pops concert that will feature beloved melodies and love themes from films. On February 21, Matinee Idylls presents Virginia Opera’s A Taste of Opera, a program of opera favorites performed by the young professionals of the Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program. February 25 brings to the Merchant Hall stage a concert of Eastern European and Russian masterpieces by The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.

A full schedule of February 2017 performances is below. Unless otherwise noted, performances 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.-6 p.m.), by calling 888-945-2468, or through the Hylton Performing Arts Center website HyltonCenter.org.

February Hylton Presents and Matinee Idylls Performances

Hylton Presents
American Festival Pops Orchestra: Valentine Pops

February 12 at 3 p.m.

Images: American Festival Pops Orchestra: Valentine Pops

Love is in the air as the official holiday of romance approaches, and our favorite pops orchestra sets the perfect mood with an evening of romantic standards. The American Festival Pops Orchestra has become a treasured tradition here at the Hylton Center thanks to the orchestra’s virtuosity, masterful interpretations, and entertaining programs. This performance is its love letter to the Great American Songbook, featuring some of the 20th century’s most popular and beloved melodies and movie love themes. Under the inspired leadership of conductor Anthony Maiello, the most accomplished musicians in the region come together for this special evening to present a romantic program of cherished music. 

Pre-Performance Discussion with Member of the Orchestra begins 45 minutes before the performance.

Tickets:$50, $43, $30

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on January 31, 2017

Matinee Idylls
Virginia Opera: A Taste of Opera

February 21 at 1:30 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Images: Matinee Idylls: Virginia Opera: A Taste of Opera

Honored by the General Assembly as the “Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Virginia Opera presents a program of opera favorites performed by the talented young professionals of the Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program. This select cadre of rising stars represents the future of opera. The program will feature highlights from Virginia Opera’s 2016-2017 Season.

Lunch Sponsor: À La Carte

Tickets: $45 (12:30 lunch and concert), $25 (concert only)

Hylton Presents
The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Alexei Grynyuk, piano

February 25 at 8 p.m. 

Images: The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Founded in 1918, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of Eastern Europe’s most esteemed orchestras, earning international acclaim for its virtuosity and precision. Deeply rooted in the rich musical traditions of Eastern Europe and Russia, the orchestra is celebrated for its adventurous high-energy repertoire and vibrant performances. Under the baton of Conductor Laureate, Theodore Kuchar, the orchestra performs Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and ballet music by Ukraine composer Stankovych. Alexei Grynyuk—who is “among the finest” according to Grammophone Magazine—joins the orchestra to perform Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor. Throughout its history, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has premiered the works of many classical giants including those of Prokofiev, Lyatoshynsky, and Shostakovich, and has produced more than 100 acclaimed recordings, garnering the ensemble several Grammy nominations.

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will also perform at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus on February 26 at 4 p.m.

Pre-Performance Discussion with Member of the Company begins 45 minutes before the performance.

Tickets: $60, $51, $36

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on February 14, 2017

Other February Performances at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Virginia National Ballet: La Bohème & Bohemian Rhapsody

February 11 at 2 p.m.& 7 p.m.

Virginia National Ballet presents two premieres: La bohème, a ballet based on the famous opera by Puccini accompanied live by the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, and Bohemian Rhapsody, a hard rock ballet to the music of Queen. La bohème’s gorgeous music and beautiful story of star-crossed lovers inspired the musical Rent. Artistic Director/Choreographer Rafik Hegab has thrilled audiences each season with his world premieres—most recently Carmina Burana, Carmen, and Collection.

Tickets: $37 adult, $17 ages 12 and under

Guitar Workshop with Glen McCarthy of Potomac Arts Academy

February 16 at 7 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater

Bring your guitar or try one of ours! Have you always wanted to try the guitar, or are you looking for tips to improve your technique? Musicians of all skill levels are welcome to join this workshop 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.

Tickets: This event is FREE and open to the public.

Chris Smith/Scott Doherty: Rockin’ Road to Dublin

February 17 at 8 p.m.

Rockin’ Road to Dublin is the new sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show and the power of a Rock-N-Roll concert, all with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production. Come see the show that Irish Dancing Magazine calls “WORLD CLASS…a one-two punch of style and mastery…they made some magic here.” Starring World Champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty and Ashley Smith with a cast of 14 dancers, 8 musicians, and 2 vocalists. 

Tickets: $50, $40, $30 adults; $40, $30, $25 seniors and students; $25, $20, $15 child ages 2-12

Youth Orchestras of Prince William: To My Friends

February 19 at 3 p.m.

Celebrate the joy of music with a performance dedicated to the circle of friends created through music. To My Friends introduces YOPW’s Preparatory Orchestra, which comprises its youngest musicians and is led by conductor Lisa Kline. The performance concludes with a multimedia presentation.

Tickets: $20 adults; $12 seniors, students, and active and retired military; free to youth 18 years and younger

Mason’s School of Theater
The Mikado
A concert workshop
By Gilbert & Sullivan
Directed by Rick Davis; Musical direction by Joseph Walsh

February 24 & 25 at 8 p.m.
Gregory Family Theater

Get a glimpse inside the artistic process at this partially-staged performance “in workshop.” Historical context and commentary is weaved into this performance of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular (but controversial) operettas. Representing these artists at the height of their creative genius, this topsy-turvy story has delighted and disturbed audiences for more than a century. Originally staged at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1885 at the height of Europe’s fascination with the East, this event launches Mason’s Year of Gilbert and Sullivan Celebration.

Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 students, staff, seniors, and groups

Decades Entertainment: Decades Rewind
February 26 at 7 p.m.

Take a trip down “melody lane” with Decades Rewind, featuring over 60 songs effortlessly blended into unique medleys from the most prominent decades in music history. This live concert experience features an 8-piece rock band and 6 brilliant rock vocalists surrounded by rock and roll stage lighting, poignant videos of American culture, and over 100 costume changes. From Abba to ZeppelinDecades Rewind will have you singing along and dancing in your seats on a magical rock musical extravaganza you won’t forget.

Tickets: $45, $40, $35

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