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February 2, 2012
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.





Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 8 p.m.


MANASSAS, Va., Feb. 2, 2012 – Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the creators of the dazzling hit show “Gaelforce Dance” bring their new spectacular, Celtic Nights: “Journey of Hope” to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 8 p.m. This stunning performance is a tribute to the brave souls who journeyed from their homeland in Ireland to America, experiencing struggles and triumphs along the way. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

In this original show direct from Ireland, six of the finest male and female voices of the Celtic world are showcased against an astounding backdrop of skilled dancing and musicianship to tell the epic tale of a determined and passionate people who dared to leave their beloved homeland behind with hopes of finding a better life in a new land. Audiences will be transported through time with gorgeous Celtic ballads and lighthearted tunes, fiery fiddle playing and traditional step dancing performed by a talented cast of artists who have found acclaim in the British Isles and abroad. This stellar performance will be enhanced by striking costumes and vivid imagery.

In addition to honoring Ireland’s rich cultural heritage, the show will also highlight the profound influence Irish culture has had on the development of American musical genres from bluegrass and Appalachian music to country and western to the music of the American Civil War. The program will feature many Irish favorites we all know and love, such as “Danny Boy,” “Isle of Hope,” “Galway Bay,” “Isle of Innisfree,” “My Love is in America” and “May We Never Have to Say Goodbye,” as well as incredible jigs, reels, hornpipes and polkas performed by six talented dancers.


The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize

Novant Health as the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season.


Tickets for CELTIC NIGHTS are $32, $40, $48. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.


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 1,140-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, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.