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Celebrate the Holidays at the Hylton Performing Arts Center with: American Festival Pops Orchestra; Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices; Restless Heart Band; Windham Hill 

November 17, 2016
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(MANASSAS)—The Hylton Performing Arts Center announced today its schedule of Hylton Presents holiday performances through December 2016. The calendar features musical acts from a variety of genres as well as dance presentations to commemorate the festive season. 

The celebrations begin on November 27 with a special performance by three renowned musicians from Windham Hill, featuring beloved carols and winter songs from diverse traditions. On December 2, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and New York Voices will combine their swinging beats and big band sounds with dynamic vocals for an unforgettable evening that is perfect for the entire family. Then on December 9, American Festival Pops Orchestra will present their family-friendly program Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season, which will feature treasured classics such as Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival.” The festivities continue on December 11 with Restless Heart, who will put a country spin on Christmas classics such as “Tennessee Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “O Holy Night.” 

A full schedule of holiday 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. to 6 p.m.), by calling 888-945-2468, or through the Hylton Performing Arts Center website HyltonCenter.org. 

“Hylton Presents” Holiday Events 

Windham Hill: A Winter Solstice Concert 

November 27 at 7 p.m. 

Images: Windham Hill: A Winter Solstice Concert 

Come rejoice in the joy and tranquility of the approaching winter season with masterful performances by these three leading musicians from Windham Hill. The premier recording label has introduced many of today’s most accomplished acoustic, classical, and folk artists, and this ensemble represents some of its finest. Multiple Grammy Award nominee Liz Story is one of the foremost pioneers of contemporary solo piano whose work crosses many musical genres. Grammy-nominated singer and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie is a folk, jazz, pop, and fusion singer-songwriter, especially noted for her highly melodic piano performances. They are joined by guitarist Sean Harkness who “sounds at times like a one-man orchestra” (Jersey Jazz). From “Carol of the Bells” to “Greensleeves,” they perform beloved carols and winter songs from diverse traditions that celebrate the season. 

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

Tickets: $50, $43, $30 

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on November 15, 2016 

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices 

December 2 at 8 p.m. 

Images: Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices 

Jazz up your holidays with the swinging beats and big band sounds of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the dynamic vocal jazz quartet, New York Voices. It promises to be an unforgettable evening of lively jazz music that is perfect for the holidays. Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this ensemble comprised of the best jazz musicians from the metro area. They team up with this powerhouse quartet, whose soulful scats, close-knit voicings, and unparalleled vocal blend have earned them critical acclaim for more than 25 years. Together, they create some of the best jazzy and swinging sounds of the big band era that you will hear anywhere. This concert is guaranteed to jump start your holiday spirit. New York Voices is “the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz” (Boston Herald). 

Pre-Performance Discussion with Bryan Kidd begins 45 minutes before the performance. 

Tickets: $55, $47, $33 

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on beginning on November 22, 2016 

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season 

December 9 at 8 p.m. 

Images: American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season 

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too. It’s time for the holidays at the Hylton Center! The American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for Christmas with its annual decking of Merchant Hall where the ensemble fills the venue with musical merriment, spreading holiday cheer to audiences of all ages. Join us for this popular family tradition, complete with holiday musical favorites and a lively carol sing-alongalways an audience favorite. Conducted by Founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this pops orchestra, comprising the most accomplished musicians from the metro area, comes together to perform the best of the season, including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “A Christmas Festival,” and other treasured classics. 

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

Tickets: $55, $47, $33 

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on November 29, 2016 

Restless Heart: A Restless Heart Christmas 

December 11 at 7:00 p.m. 

Images: Restless Heart: A Restless Heart Christmas 

The Restless Heart band puts its own unique country spin on Christmas classics such as “Tennessee Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “O Holy Night” in this celebration of holiday memories. The group’s authentic country twang, paired with pop-infused melodies and holiday favorites, is an unbeatable combination that strikes a sentimental and romantic chord. Thirty years and still going strong, this record-breaking band continues to delight audiences with numerous country hits, including “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train,” and “When She Cries.” Their music inspires with tales of adoration, home, and patriotism. Lead vocalist and guitarist Larry Stewartknown for his solo hits “Alright Already” and “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” is joined by the group’s original members for this special holiday performance. 

Tickets: $60, $51, $36 

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on November 29, 2016 

Other Holiday Events at the Hylton Performing Arts Center 

Gainesville Ballet: The Nutcracker 

November 25 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Gainesville Ballet’s Nutcracker is the first and one of the finest of the holiday season! With gorgeous new sets and beautiful handmade costumes, traditional choreography, and a cast of award-winning international professional dancers, along with students of the school, this production will thrill ballet aficionados as well as families with young children. 

Tickets: $40 and $35 adults, $20 and $15 children 12 and under 

Northern Virginia Ballet: The Nutcracker 

November 26 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

NVB’s production of the timeless classic is the perfect way to start the holiday season. Starring world famous ballet superstars Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky (former ABT principals) and supported by award-winning students of the Academy of Russian Ballet. 

Tickets: $35 adults, $25 seniors, 55+, $20 children 0-17 

In Tune Music: Holiday Recital 

November 27 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

In Tune Music Studios hosts their annual recital. All are welcome to enjoy up-and-coming area musicians. 

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children/seniors 

Swing Machine Big Band: 5th Annual Christmas Extravaganza! 

November 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 

Celebrate the holiday season with Swing MachineD.C.’s premier big band! Back for their 5th Annual Christmas Extravaganza, the band will add a new twist to some holiday songssome traditional and some not so! The Band will be joined by the Combined Prince William Chorus with students from area schools. Proceeds will go to the music programs of the participating schools. Tickets: $10 adults, children under 2 years free 

Mason’s School of Music: Amahl and the Night Visitors 

December 2December 3 at 8 p.m. December 3 at 3 p.m. Gregory Family Theater 

Mason’s School of Music showcases its talented opera singers in this celebrated operetta by Gian Carlo Menotti that tells the classic story of the Magi’s journey to Bethlehem. Tickets: $12 adults, $8 seniors, $5 youth (through grade 12) 

Angela Knight Ministries and Azalea Charities: Christmas Through Time 

December 3 at 12 p.m. 

Join Angela Knight and her friends as they use a wonderful time machine invented by an old professor to travel back through time. Enjoy fun Christmas music, exciting dances, and historical traditions as we end up at the first Christmas in Bethlehem. 

Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors 60+/students under 13/ military with ID 

Manassas Chorale: Rejoice and Be Merry! 

December 3 at 5 p.m. 

Carols and popular songs of the season performed by 100 singers and the Chorale orchestra will jump-start your holiday season. Don't miss one of the Chorale’s most popular concerts! 

Tickets: $20, $18 adults, free to Mason students and children (18 years and younger) 

Asaph Dance Ensemble: Clara’s Christmas and Handel’s Messiah 

December 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Two of the most beloved Christmas traditions are presented on the same program. Based on the well-known “Nutracker”, Clara’s Christmas is about a young girl who discovers the joy, hope, and true meaning of Christmas. The performance also includes excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. Tickets: $30 adults, $20 seniors 65+ /students 12 and under 

Osborne Park High School: Handel’s Messiah 

December 6 at 7 p.m. 

Join the Osbourn Park High School’s Choral Department, under the direction of Dominick Izzo, along with orchestra members and singers from OP, Patriot, and Brentsville District High Schools as they present a community sing-along of Handel's Messiah. Professional solo voices from the D.C. metro area will also be featured. Bring your music and join in or just sit back and enjoy! 

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students 13-17, free to children 0-12/students and teachers with PWCS ID 

Creative and Performing Arts Center (CAPAC): Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity 

December 10 & 11 at 3 p.m. December 10 at 7 p.m. December 17 & 18 at 3 p.m. December 17 at 7 p.m. Gregory Family Theater 

The Creative and Performing Arts Center (CAPAC, Inc.) is proud to present 6 performances of the classic Christmas story, Black Nativity. This soul-stirring musical production is the signature theatrical piece by acclaimed poet Langston Hughes. Hughes chronicles the original story of the Nativity through scripture, verse, music, and dance. A jubilant company of astonishing actors, dancers, vocalists, and musicians deliver a powerful message of joy, faith, victory, and deliverance. Black Nativity is an inspirational performance that touches a special place in the hearts and minds of all who attend. The show is directed by Tyrell Lashley with Catrina Stroman, choreographer, and Bobby Lacy, music director. (Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, IL.) 

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door 

Manassas Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: Winter Carnival 

December 10 at 3:30 p.m. 

This annual family concert features violinist Thomas Kim, a Reagan Middle School seventh grader, and the debut of a playful new work about winter fun by one of the orchestra’s favorite composers, J. Scott McKenzie. The concert closes with its exclusive indoor holiday synchronized music and light show! Tickets: $20 adults, $16 seniors and educators, free for students (through college) 

Manassas Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker 

December 1518, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. December 17 & 18, 22 & 23 at 3:00 p.m. A holiday must-see tradition from the stunning opening scene to the “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” there’s something for all ages! This performance with live orchestra also features a special opening night Salute to the Military. 

Tickets: $65, $55, $45, $35, $25 

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. 


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