Vol. 57: March 2018 Newsletter
Declaration of Interdependence
If you’re new to the Hylton Center family, you might not be aware that this great venue is the product of a carefully-wrought partnership among several entities — Prince William County, George Mason University (and through Mason, the Commonwealth of Virginia), and the City of Manassas. This relationship, decades in the making, created the vision and organized the public and private energy that led to our opening in May, 2010. The partnership has garnered national attention for its innovative “tripartite agreement” that memorializes the agreement — it is our version of the Constitution and the Declaration of, let’s call it, Interdependence.
Because of this founding DNA of the Hylton Center, partnerships have been part of our world since well before Day 1. The Resident Arts Partners, for example, helped plan the Center and continue to provide a significant share of the programming, and it is gratifying to watch them blossom in these inspiring surroundings. A growing list of Affiliate Arts Organizations add vitality to the calendar each year. Performances and special events from — and for — the region’s schools bring many thousands of youngsters through our doors and into our theaters annually, often supported by a newer partner that has arisen in our midst with a particular, focused mission — Performing Arts for Kids. On a different, but no less lively, side of the age spectrum, we enjoy a vibrant partnership with the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas (LLI). LLI recently joined with us to support a Mason-based workshop theater production that’s near to my heart, The 100th Meridian Project about the historical roots of the Western water crisis, by organizing a large group of interested folks to see and provide feedback on the developing work. It was an amazing experience to hear their insight and experience their passion for the subject matter.
But of course our most profound partnership is with you, the audience and patron base that keep the Hylton Center growing every year. It’s particularly gratifying to think about this partnership now as we near the grand unveiling of our stellar 2018-2019 season of Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, Matinee Idylls, and American Roots Series. We could not even begin to think about putting together this remarkable lineup of artistic talent (how I wish I could let slip a few hints about coming attractions!) without our partnership with this community that has shown so much support for, and confidence in, our work. You depend on us for first-class artistic offerings in a world-class venue. We depend on you for your continued and growing support.
So in a sense we’re all signers of the Declaration of Interdependence. I hope you agree that these truths are self-evident and that they help us, at the very least, in the pursuit of the particular kind of happiness that only the arts can provide.
Stay tuned for the great new season — and I’ll see you in the theater!
— Executive Director and Dean
Tickets to Hylton Center EXTRA! Livingston Taylor are selling fast, so be sure to get yours to one of the hottest shows in town! On April 15, this legendary singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist will display the talent and wisdom acquired in his impressive 50 year-music career for a performance not to be missed. Known for his varied repertoire of Top-40 hits in genres from folk and pop to gospel and jazz, Taylor has shared the stage with everyone from Linda Ronstadt and Fleetwood Mac to Jimmy Buffett, Jethro Tull, and of course, his brother James.
Taylor got an early start in the music business at age 13, performing at local coffeehouses, where he quickly gained a following and soon recorded his first album at the age of 18. Since then, he’s written and performed hits such as “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman.” Currently, in addition to his full touring schedule, Taylor has been a professor at the Berklee College of Music since 1989, where aspiring collegiate artists are encouraged through Taylor’s extensive experience. One of his courses, Stage Performance, has been consistently voted the most popular at the College, and he has released a book by the same name to help anyone looking to increase their presence on stage.
Don’t miss this natural performer on April 15 in an introspective evening of music peppered with personal stories, anecdotes, and ineffable warmth! Learn More
This month, the world-renowned ensemble Moscow Festival Ballet (3/16) performs Cinderella, a ballet for the whole family with enchanted melodies, opulent costumes, lavish scenery, and hilarious physical comedy. The Hylton Center’s Veterans and the Arts Initiative is also busy, offering the hands-on art activity Meditative Dots Workshop (3/17) led by Martin J. Cervantez, Master Sergeant, USA (Ret.).
Other March events of note: the much-anticipated 8th Anniversary Gala Silent Art Auction Exhibition (3/13-4/21), the Hylton’s first silent art auction! A collection of works and mediums from local and regional artists will be featured in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery in the weeks leading up to the Hylton Center’s 8th Anniversary Gala. This exhibition is open to the public, who will have the opportunity to participate in the auction through online bidding prior to the Hylton Gala on April 14. The month of March concludes with the Mason Arts at the Hylton Center performance 2018 Mason School of Dance Gala Concert (3/25). This performance marks Mason Dance Company's crowning season event and features a program of works by contemporary professional choreographers and talented student dancers. Learn More
It's that time of year when the Hylton Center unveils another exciting season of acclaimed arts and entertainment happening right in your own backyard! On March 21, the Hylton will reveal a brand new season of Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, American Roots Series, and Matinee Idylls. Did you know that subscribers get free ticket exchanges, savings on extra tickets all season long, and exclusive access to pre-sales for special added performances? Subscriptions go on sale to the general April 4. Friends of the Hylton Center can subscribe during the Friends Priority Period (March 21-April 3). Be sure to visit HyltonCenter.org starting March 22 to view the new 2018/19 season.
This month, the Hylton’s Center’s Resident Arts Partners shine center stage! Each year, these arts organizations present a vibrant program of performing arts on the stages of the Hylton Center and serve as an important reminder of the extraordinary talents and resources that exist in our area. Don’t miss a variety of diverse performances year-round by the Hylton’s five Resident Arts Partners: Manassas Ballet Theatre, Manassas Chorale, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Little Theatre, and Youth Orchestras of Prince William. March is the perfect time to catch these dynamic groups in action!
Manassas Ballet Theatre (MBT) takes the stage this weekend in Swan Lake (3/9-11) and weaves the tale of the Swan Queen, Odette, her love Prince Siegried, and the terrible curse cast by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. MBT sets the mood with Tchaikovsky’s famous score, while the custom scenery, costumes, and dancers delight in this stunning production.
On March 16-18 and 23-25, Prince William Little Theatre presents the gripping play Tuesdays with Morrie, based on the book by Mitch Albom. Newspaper sports columnist Albom recounts the time spent with Morrie Schwartz, a 78-year-old sociology professor at Brandeis University who was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Next, the Manassas Chorale rounds out the month’s Resident Arts Partner performances with Adoration and Celebration - Voices United (3/17), a concert of sacred selections with orchestra accompaniment, joined with the Voices United Choir in the second half of the program. And, though not performing this month, mark your spring calendar for Youth Orchestras of Prince William’s (YOPW) May concert: Flow (5/6), an afternoon featuring all of YOPW’s talented ensembles. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy these talented Hylton Center Resident Arts Partners! Learn More
Our Friends of the Hylton Center are special and that’s why we make sure they are the first to know what’s going on at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Each spring, the Friends of the Hylton Center get a preview of the upcoming Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, Matinee Idylls, and American Roots schedule before anyone else. Join now to receive an exclusive invitation to our Season Announcement in March where the 2018/2019 season will be unveiled. You will also have the opportunity to purchase your season subscription during the Friends Priority Period (March 21- April 3) ensuring that you get first pick of the best seats in the house!
Joining the Friends of the Hylton Center is easy! For just $100 a year (or only $9 a month):
- ACCESS TO THE BEST SEATS in the house for subscriptions (during the Friends Priority Period)
- FREE REFRESHMENTS in the Friends Hospitality Area before and during intermission at all Hylton Presents performances
- PRE-PURCHASE PERIOD for Hylton Center EXTRA! performances before the general public