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June 4, 2012
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National Symphony Orchestra violinist

Glenn Donnellan


“Follow That Fiddle!”

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater


MANASSAS, Va., June 4, 2012– The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas is pleased to welcome for the first time National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) violinist Glenn Donnellan, who brings “Follow That Fiddle!” to the Hylton Center’s Gregory Family Theater for two performances on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This fascinating concert takes audiences of all ages on a journey through time to the origins of the world’s violins and fiddles and forward to the electric violins of tomorrow. Donnellan will enthrall audiences with American fiddling, European fiddling (featuring the visually stunning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle) and the Chinese two-stringed fiddle (Ehru), while exploring the globe-spanning history of the fiddle and the violin. The performance culminates with Donnellan's one-of-a-kind fiddle, the Electric Slugger®, which he created from a regulation Louisville Slugger™ baseball bat to perform at Major League Baseball games. This engaging performance will captivate youngsters as they learn how a violin and fiddle make their sounds, watch a bow and arrow become an instrument and learn how with a little energy, a violin can rock the house! The performance will also feature a hands-on-demonstration.

A native of Washington state, Glenn Donnellan joined the NSO in 1997. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance at the University of Minnesota. After completing his degree, Donnellan was a professional freelance musician in the Twin Cities and also played with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Opera. With the Minnesota Orchestra, he performed as a soloist on the Hardanger fiddle (the Norwegian national folk fiddle and a part of Donnellan’s Norwegian heritage), in the orchestra’s 1993 performance of Grieg’s “Peer Gynt.” With the NSO, Donnellan has performed throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area, including in the NSO Prelude Concerts, Rockville Jewish Community Theater, the Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum Chamber Music Series, 20th Century Consort, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and National Musical Arts. Committed to music education and outreach, Donnellan gives nearly 100 performances in the D.C. public schools each year and frequently presents performances for young audiences in the Kennedy Center Family Theater and other venues. He also performs outreach for thousands of children annually during the NSO American Residency, which takes place in a different state each year. 

Tickets to this performance are $15 for adults and $5 for children. To purchase tickets, please visit the Hylton Center box office, open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. through 6 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 888-945-2468 or by visiting HyltonCenter.org. Free parking is available onsite. For more information about this performance or about the Hylton Center, 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 1,123-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 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.