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April Performances at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, featuring: Keyboard Conversations ® with Jeffrey Siegel, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Richard Thompson, and many more!

February 17, 2017
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 April 2017 as part of Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, and Hylton Center EXTRA!, as well as events presented by Resident Arts Partners and other community organizations.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater kicks off the month’s programming on April 8 with a charming show that will delight the whole family as Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich performs juggling feats and animal tricks with his adorable crew of rescue animals. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Merchant Hall on April 22 for a special Keyboard Conversations® for which the repertoire was generated from audience feedback. In a special Hylton Center EXTRA! performance, folk rock legend Richard Thompson makes his Hylton Center debut on April 23. Additionally, the calendar includes lectures and fine arts events by our Resident Arts Partners, Affiliate Arts Organizations, and student ensembles from George Mason University.

A full schedule of April 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 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.

April Hylton Family Series, Hylton Presents,and Hylton Center EXTRA! Performances

Hylton Family Series
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
April 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Images: Popovich Comedy Pet Theater 

The whole family will be amused and amazed by the juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the antics of his furry and feathered friends. This award-winning Moscow Circus veteran has given his loveable troupe of rescue animals—cats, dogs, geese, parrots, a Shetland pony, and others—a new leash on life through this popular show. Clowns, acrobats, and jugglers accompany a menagerie of adorable animals that eagerly perform remarkable circus tricks. Voted “Best Family Attraction in Las Vegas,” this production has entertained audiences in more than 20 countries, and has been seen on numerous TV shows like America’s Got TalentThe Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Don’t miss the world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater!

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children

Hylton Presents
Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel
A Few of Your Favorite Things
Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. 

Images: Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel 

Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Hylton with another of his highly popular performances. This concert will include pieces that audience members at his March 2016 performance requested as their favorites. From these requests, he has created a program in his unique “concert with commentary” format that will appeal to the avid music lover as well as one looking for an inviting classical music experience. His unique Keyboard Conversations® performances provide the story behind the score, as he shares fascinating information before playing each piece in its entirety. Become a classical music insider as Jeffrey Siegel provides illuminating insights into the lives of the world’s greatest composers. Full of wit, knowledge, and a deep admiration for the music, this performance will make you fall in love with classical piano. “Expressive and full of passion…This is an artist who means every note he plays.” (The New York Times)

Tickets: $42, $36, $25

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on April 11, 2017

Hylton Center Extra!
An Evening with Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic)
April 23 at 7 p.m.

An Evening with Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic)

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time,” Richard Thompson’s legendary career as a songwriter and performer spans 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 with his most recent release 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, and Los Lobos, among others. He 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 Thompson with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2012. 

Tickets: $50, $40, $30

Other Events at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Hylton Performing Arts Center 7th Anniversary Gala
April 1 at 6 p.m.

The 7th Anniversary Gala provides critical funding to support the Hylton Center’s many artistic performances, arts education programs, and outreach initiatives available throughout the year. Your gift will bring the magic of the arts to life for our region’s artists, audiences, students, and lifelong learners.

6 p.m. - Reception in the Didlake Grand Foyer
7 p.m. - Dinner on the Merchant Hall Stage, with a tribute to our honoree. After dinner, enjoy a lively After Party throughout the Hylton Center, featuring a dance band, live DJ, photo booth, craft cocktails by KO Distilling, savory and sweet bites, and a chance to win prizes every 30 minutes.

More information including tickets can be found Here.

Mason School of Dance presents:
2017 Dance Gala Concert
April 2 at 4 p.m.

The Gala Concert is Mason Dance Company’s crowning season event featuring a program of works by contemporary professional choreographers. The program includes: Second to Last by Alejandro Cerrudo, Mass by Robert Battle, Balance/Imbalance by Soon Ho Park, and a new work by Susan Shields. 

Tickets: $25, $15, $10

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on March 21, 2017 

Galileo's Science Café:
A Geographic Analysis: Individual Decisions to Vaccinate Impact the Entire Community
Speaker: Dr. Paul Delamater
April 6 at 7 p.m.
Gregory Family Theater

Dr. Paul Delamater presents A Geographic Analysis: Individual Decisions to Vaccinate Impact the Entire Community. Hear about the latest findings surrounding hot topics in science and medicine that affect our everyday lives and the decisions that we make! Bring your family and friends for a free, casual, interactive science discussion. Learn from the experts and speak with them personally. 

This event is free. Please RSVP. 

Asaph Dance Ensemble: Spring Celebration
April 9 at 4 p.m.

A spring celebration of dance including ballet, both classic and contemporary! There is something for everyone—fun, drama, beauty, technique, and poignancy—all will touch your heart and inspire the spirit!

Tickets: $30 adult, $15 senior 65+, child 12 and under

2017 Veterans and the Arts Workshop Series:
The “Pentagon Quilts” Presentation
by June Forte
April 13 at 10 a.m.

Inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, the “Pentagon Quilts” collection is as diverse as the people who created them. These quilts sprang spontaneously from freedom-loving people in small towns and big cities across the country and the world. They will remain symbols of comfort and encouragement to the Pentagon community and to the nation for generations to come. Forte is the former Curator of The “Pentagon Quilts.”

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas and the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Sponsors: Miller Toyota of Manassas; City of Manassas; Youth for Tomorrow, Wegmans

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Gallery Exhibit: Gilbert and Sullivan Memorabilia
Exhibit runs April 18 - May 27, 2017
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Historical posters from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert and Sullivan Collection that promoted the iconic duo’s original performances. 

Gallery Sponsors: Buchanan Partners Art Gallery; Wegmans

Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
Lecture: Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival
Speaker: Marina Kirsch
April 19 at 10 a.m. 

Marina Kirsch will discuss Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival, a book she has written about her parents and their experiences during WWII. The story is about her father, Rolf, a Latvian aeronautical engineering student forced to repatriate to Nazi Germany before the first Soviet takeover, and her mother, Lilo, the young German woman he met in 1940 in Berlin. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Imagination Stage:
Paper Dreams
April 20 - April 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Gregory Family Theater 

In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, Imagination Stage brings to life its first dance performance-based show that explores the many facets of creativity. Young children will love this fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? For children ages 1-5.

Tickets: $10 general admission

Virginia National Ballet: The Snow White Ball
April 22 at 7 p.m.
Gregory Family Theater

Virginia National Ballet presents the Snow White Ball! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, see a short performance by Virginia National Ballet’s award-winning dancers, meet Snow White, bid on an array of great Silent Auction items, and have fun on the dance floor! 

Tickets: $35 adult, $17 children 12 and under

Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
Lecture: New York Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore
Instructor: Rick Davis
April 27 at 10 a.m.

Sail the shining waters as the H.M.S. Pinafore embarks on a journey of humor and mischief in Gilbert & Sullivan's famous comic operetta about finding love on the high seas. The levity of musical theater meets the extravagance of opera in a satirical musical production that lovingly pokes fun at rigid Victorian class distinctions. Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Hylton Center, will give insight into this musical as a prologue to a performance of the work the following week.

This event is free and open to the public.

Gallery Reception
Gilbert and Sullivan Memorabilia
April 27 at 6 p.m.
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Historical posters from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert and Sullivan Collection.

Featuring wines by Tarara Winery. Gallery Sponsors: Buchanan Partners Art Gallery; Wegmans

Gallery Receptions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to spavia@gmu.edu 

Center for the Arts Pied Piper Theatre:
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton
April 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
April 30 at 3 p.m. 

Originally directed by Robert Jess Roth and originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Disney’s classic romantic tale of Beauty and the Beast comes to life on the stage this spring when Pied Piper Theatre presents this captivating musical production. As the beautiful Belle tries to save her father from the Beast, she brings compassion and hope to the bewitched Beast and his household. Fighting off wolves and the angry villagers, she undertakes to transform him from Beast to Prince. 

Tickets: through April 24—$15 adults, $12 children 12 and under; after April 24—$20 adults, $15 children 12 and under.

2017 Veterans and the Arts Workshop Series
Sing-Along with the Manassas Chorale
April 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Would you like to sing along with the Manassas Chorale? Here’s your chance—and bring your friends and family, too! A Resident Arts Partner of the Hylton Performing Arts Center and a crowd favorite at Hylton Center Veterans Day events, the Manassas Chorale looks forward to sharing a special musical experience with the community. This event is FREE and open to the public. Sponsors: Miller Toyota of Manassas; City of Manassas; Youth for Tomorrow, Wegmans

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
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703-993-8794 | cdevlin6@gmu.edu

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Interim Director of Marketing
703-993-9808 | hhelsel@gmu.edu

For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org