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Vol. 51: August 2017 Newsletter

Director's Corner

Introducing Niyati Dhokai

If you’ve attended one of our Veterans and the Arts Initiative programs over the last two-plus years you have almost certainly met (or seen in action) Niyati Dhokai, who has been working with us as a consultant on a part-time basis. She has been instrumental in the growth of the Veterans and the Arts Initiative and I’m thrilled to announce that she comes aboard full time this year as Program Manager and Research Assistant Professor, based at the Hylton Center. In this capacity she will help design and implement the Initiative’s offerings and continue the work she has begun in connecting us with regional, statewide, and national programs that serve our veterans and servicemembers — and further our larger mission of creating and sustaining a thriving community — through the medium of the arts.

Niyati has designed and run individual and group music sessions for veterans and military service members who are recovering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in a community-based rehabilitation program. With her researcher hat on, she has published and presented on topics ranging from music in rehabilitation and music and global health to the expression of regional culture in Indian music. She is a violinist with a B.A. in Music from George Mason, and holds the M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Alberta, where she focused on Indian music, including a Fulbright grant to study in India.

The Veterans and the Arts Initiative has a full slate of activities planned for the 2017-18 season, from guitar workshops to major performances to interactive family programs. If you are interested in supporting or becoming involved with the Initiative, please feel free to drop Niyati a note at ndhokai2@gmu.edu or 703-993-5970.

Summertime, and…

… the living is pretty intense around the Hylton Center! Not only have we just concluded a highly successful series of daytime concert programs for younger audiences and families, but our wonderful Technical Theater Boot Camp has completed its fourth annual week of intensive professional backstage training, and demand continues to grow.

Meanwhile the Ticket Office is busy filling subscription orders and, with single tickets becoming available just a couple of days ago, we can happily report that we broke our "first on-sale day" record! The moral of the story: get your Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, Hylton Center EXTRA!, Matinee Idylls, and Resident Arts Partners tickets now, as a number of events are looking like sell-outs.

So… in the heat of summer, cool things are happening at your friendly neighborhood world-class arts center. And we look forward to our best season yet, just around the corner.

Rick Davis
– Executive Director and Dean

Tickets On Sale Now!

Individual tickets are now on sale to the public. Get the best seats before they’re gone! Now is the perfect time to plan your group’s trip to the Hylton Center. Groups save big on tickets and pay no fees. Student groups even get access to special discounts. And as always, children and youth through grade 12 save 50% off regular ticket prices for Hylton Presents performances.

Group Sales
Bring a group of 10 people or more for:

  • Savings Up to 20%
  • Free Parking
  • No Group Sales Fees

Call the Group Sales Office at 703-993-7758 or Learn More

$15 Student Group Tickets
Student groups of 10 or more (accompanied by one adult per 10 students) can experience select Hylton Presents performances and have a blast with a fun group outing! Call 703-993-7758 or Learn More

Youth Discounts
Children and youth through grade 12 can get half-price tickets for any Hylton Presents performance when accompanied by an adult. A Family Friendly symbol can be found next to performances we recommend as most suitable for families to enjoy together with children. Learn More

Hylton Center to Debut American Roots Series

American Roots SeriesThe Hylton Center is excited to introduce a new American Roots Series in 2017/18 that offers up-close and down-home concerts featuring the best of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and more. Enjoy food and a beverage for purchase at these concerts in the Gregory Family Theater, set café-style for a relaxed and intimate experience. Spanning across fall and spring, guest artists include Annie Stokes and Charm City Junction, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, Ten Strings and a Goatskin, and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen.

Annie Stokes and Charm City Junction (10/06) kick off the series in an evening featuring two distinct musical groups covering everything from a rootsy fusion of country soul and city sounds to fast-picking bluegrass and toe-tapping Celtic tunes. Second on the series, the jubilant musical kinship that is the Northwest roots/blues duo Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons (11/09) in a concert of fiddle, banjo, field hollers, and early jazz. Early spring ushers in the third installment of the series, an evening of folk fusion with the young acoustic power trio from Prince Edward Island, Ten Strings and a Goatskin (02/17). Infused with both pop and world rhythms, this mesmerizing group performs traditional and original music on violin, guitar, and percussion inspired by the musicians’ Atlantic Canadian roots. Finally, don’t miss Grammy-nominated band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen (04/20) in an exploration of new sounds and concepts rooted in tradition. With an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award and four nominations to their name, this “bluegrass/newgrass stew” of instrumental, vocal, and songwriting talent has inspired a massive shift in the bluegrass paradigm. Each performance is only $25 in advance, $30 the day of the performance, and $80 for the series of four performances. Learn More | Get Tickets Now

Learn Guitar at the Hylton

Have you always wanted to try the guitar, or are you looking for tips to improve your technique? The Veterans and the Arts Initiative invites musicians of all skill levels to bring their own guitar or try one of ours. This new ten-week series of guitar lessons is taught by Glen McCarthy, guitar instructor at the Potomac Arts Academy and at George Mason University, who has shared his expertise with the community during Veterans Day events at the Hylton Center.

  • 10-week guitar lessons are FREE to Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and to military caregivers
  • 10-week guitar lessons are also open to the general public for a $250 fee

Guitar lessons will take place on Tuesday evenings from September 5 – November 7 from 7-8 p.m. Special offer: Drop in for an hour of music or bring a friend on the first Tuesday of each month (September 5, October 3, and November 7) when a free sample guitar workshop will be offered from 8 to 9 p.m. to anyone who wishes to participate. Learn More | Information and registration

Arts Alive! 2017

artsaliveArts Alive! returns to the Hylton Center with a dazzling line up of local arts the entire family will enjoy. Come out to the Hylton Center on Sunday, September 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. and help celebrate our thriving arts community! The 6th annual Arts Alive! festival presented by the Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center, features multiple stages of performances indoors and out, hands-on activities and demonstrations, food and craft vendors, and more! This free event has something for everyone! Visit HyltonCenter.org for information or pwcartscouncil.org for a full schedule and list of participants. A special thank you to Arts Alive! 2017 Sponsors: United Bank, NOVEC, and Wegmans

Third Annual Veterans and the Arts Celebration

Veterans and Arts CelebrationIt’s never too early to mark your calendar for the Hylton’s annual Veterans and the Arts Celebration! Though still a few months away, we hope you plan to join us on November 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. for an interactive day of celebration and arts experiences for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, military caregivers, and the community. Free of charge to all, this lively event kicks off its third year at the Hylton Center and features community-based resources, interactive music and visual art workshops, an exhibition of Veteran artwork, complimentary refreshments, and more. The celebration is followed by a patriotic concert at 4 p.m. (ticketed) of multigenerational favorites from across the decades performed by a band of all-star musicians from the original American Festival Pops Orchestra under the direction of Anthony J. Maiello. This family-friendly 4 p.m. concert is free to Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers. Concert tickets are $15 for the general public. Learn More

Announcing Singer-Songwriter Paul Anka

Paul Anka is coming to the Hylton CenterThe Hylton is thrilled to announce this special Hylton Center EXTRA! on December 1st at 9 p.m. Experience the legendary singer-songwriter Paul Anka in a dazzling performance featuring his biggest hits, including “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Diana,” “She’s A Lady," and “My Way.” From his start as a teen crooner and songwriter with 20 million hit copies of “Diana” by age 15 to an Academy Award-nominee and career songwriter sensation who penned Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” theme, Anka has written over 900 songs with singles in the Top 50. Tickets are going fast for this one-night-only concert. Learn More | Get Tickets Now

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