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OCTOBER 2017 AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER featuring: Annie Stokes/Charm City Junction; Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel; Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and Bria Skonberg; Pushcart Players’ The Velveteen Rabbit; Tango Buenos Aires; and many more!

August 17, 2017
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(MANASSAS)— The Hylton Performing Arts Center released today its schedule of performances for October 2017 as part of Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, and the newly-launched American Roots Series. The month’s diverse programs include a family-friendly play based on a beloved children’s book, an intimate bluegrass and folk double bill, a soulful and brassy jazz concert, a passion-filled dance and music performance, and a recital with commentary featuring classical short pieces for piano. The calendar also includes performances and events presented by the Hylton Center’s Resident Arts Partners and other community organizations.

On October 1, the Hylton Center welcomes New Jersey’s Pushcart Players for a staging of The Velveteen Rabbit: Reborn, a musical adaptation of the popular storybook. Virginia-native Annie Stokes and Baltimore’s Charm City Junction perform on a double bill offering an evening of indie-folk and bluegrass music on October 6 in the Gregory Family Theater. Canadian singer and trumpet player Bria Skonberg makes her Hylton Center debut on October 7, alongside Northern Virginia’s Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. On October 13, Tango Buenos Aires presents a program of emotive classical compositions and sensual dance. Critically-acclaimed pianist and storyteller Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Merchant Hall stage on October 15 with a new Keyboard Conversations® program that features familiar short pieces by Mozart, Chopin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin.

A full schedule of October 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 Center’s website at HyltonCenter.org.


Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, and American Roots Series 

Hylton Family Series

Pushcart Players presents The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn

Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Images: Pushcart Players’ The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn

The whole family will treasure this enchanting musical re-telling of a timeless storybook favorite. Through the power of love and nursery magic, a young boy transforms his beloved toy into a real rabbit. Together the Boy and his velveteen friend embark on exciting imaginary adventures, from deep dark caves to the wide open sea, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship. This award-winning theater company specializing in arts education for children has been Emmy-nominated twice and received numerous state and private awards for excellence and innovation. “The company’s creative team knows its business! Young or old, parent or grandparent, catch the Pushcart Players when and where you can!” (Independent Press)

Recommended for ages 5–10; Grades Pre-K–5

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children

American Roots Series

Annie Stokes/Charm City Junction

A double bill

Friday, October 6 at 8 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater 

Images: Annie Stokes and Charm City Junction

Indie-folk musician Annie Stokes and Charm City Junction join forces for a combined evening of music, drinks, and food. Virginia native Annie Stokes brings her band and signature lilting voice, poetic lyrics, and fingerpicking guitar style to town in a concert that fuses city sounds and country soul with a rootsy and authentic feel. Baltimore’s Charm City Junction puts a new spin on old-timey music, carrying the torch of fast-picking bluegrass and toe-tapping Celtic music. Featuring fiddle, clawhammer banjo, the button accordion, and upright bass, this quartet isn’t afraid to take roots music to new places—but always with an eye on tradition.

Presented by F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical

Additional sponsors: Anna and Randall Edwards, Miller Toyota of Manassas, United Bank, NOVEC

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of performance, $80 series package

Hylton Presents
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
Bria Skonberg, trumpet/singer

Saturday, October 7 at 8 p.m.

Images: Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Named as a Millennial “Shaking Up the Jazz World” by Vanity Fair, Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg joins Mason’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in a swinging evening of fresh beats and brassy standards. Musical Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this distinguished ensemble comprising some of the metro area’s finest jazz musicians in a concert featuring the versatile Skonberg. Her soulful, sultry voice and extensive trumpet dexterity fuses modern pop with jazz, creating unique allure. In 2016, she released a debut LP of original compositions titled BRIA showcasing her broad range from the bluesy instrumental “Down the Deep” to the Brazilian-flavored “How Can It Be.” The Wall Street Journal called Skonberg one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation,” and she was recognized in 2016 as one of DownBeat magazine’s “25 for the Future.”

Series Sponsor: Novant® Health | UVA Health System

Pre-Performance Discussion with a Member of the Company begins 45 minutes before the performance.

Tickets: $46, $39, $28
2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on September 26, 2017

Hylton Presents

Tango Buenos Aires

The Spirit of Argentina

Friday, October 13 at 8 p.m.

Images: Tango Buenos Aires

One of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires is considered the most authentic tango ensemble performing today. Take a journey to this South American country as dancers dazzle audiences with sensual moves and playful dramatics, while the musicians entice with melodies of romance and nostalgia. This program traces the evolution of tango through the musical compositions of Carlos Gardel, a central figure in the history of tango, and his collaborations with composer Astor Piazzolla. The Spirit of Argentina showcases the breadth of styles and range of emotions that have made tango the cultural phenomenon that it is. “Crafted swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings.” (The Washington Post)

Series Sponsor: Novant® Health | UVA Health System

Pre-Performance Discussion with a Member of the Company begins 45 minutes before the performance.

Tickets: $50, $43, $30

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID beginning on October 3, 2017

Hylton Presents

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

The Longevity of the Short Piece!

October 15 at 2 p.m. 

Images: Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

Experience the joys of classical music as Jeffrey Siegel returns to Merchant Hall with his signature Keyboard Conversations® program. This unique “concert with commentary” format is an opportunity to hear the finest piano literature performed by an extraordinary artist who also shares fascinating insights and background information about each work. In this concert, enjoy familiar, well-loved short compositions of Mozart, Chopin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin. Praised by the Toronto Star as a “musical bridge-builder in action…Siegel showed just how illuminating the combination of words and abstract music can be.” An interactive Q&A will conclude this program.

Series Sponsor: Novant® Health | UVA Health System

Tickets: $42, $36, $25

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID beginning on October 3, 2017

Other Performances and Events at the Hylton Center

Veterans and the Arts Initiative Programming

Guitar Lessons with Glen McCarthy

Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31 at 7 p.m.

Have you always wanted to try the guitar, or are you looking for tips to improve your technique? Musicians of all skill levels are invited to bring their own guitar or try one of ours in this new ten-week series of guitar lessons with 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, and their families.

10-week guitar lessons are also open to the general public for a $250 fee (Lesson fee proceeds support the Veterans and the Arts Initiative).

Registration is requested by September 5 due to space limitations.

Drop in for an hour of music or bring a friend on the first Tuesday of each month! On September 5, October 3, and November 7 a free sample guitar workshop will be offered from 8 to 9 p.m. to anyone who wishes to participate. Please RSVP to hylton@gmu.edu, especially if you would like to borrow a guitar for the workshop!

Sponsors: Music for Life and Potomac Arts Academy

Galileo’s Science Café: Science for the Community

“Cells that Eat Snacks: How Breast Cancer Cells Stay Alive”

Presented by Dr. Virginia Espina

Thursday, October 5 at 7 p.m. 

Learn about the latest scientific and medical discoveries explained by university faculty.

This event is Free.

In the Company of Laureates

Presented by The Poet Laureate Circle

Sunday, October 8 at 1 p.m. 

Poets Laureate from the region and multiple states will present readings of their work, workshops, and offer book signings. Come explore your literary side!

This event is Free.

A Mason Fringe Production

Dead Man's Cell Phone

By Sarah Ruhl and Directed by Mary Burgess

Thursday, October 12 and Saturday, October 14 at 8 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater 

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café leads a stranger at the next table to get involved—with a dead man—and a lot of loose ends. This wildly imaginative comedy, by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Sarah Ruhl, is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Presented by Mason’s School of Theater.

Tickets: $20 adult; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on September 26, 2017

FRINGE SPECIAL: Buy a ticket to both Fringe plays Dead Mans’ Cell Phone and 1984 and receive half-off your second ticket!

A Mason Fringe Production


Adapted by Robert Owen, Wilton E. Hall, Jr., and William A. Miles, Jr.

Based on the novel by George Orwell

Directed by Brooke Gorsica

Friday, October 13 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 14 at 2 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater

Lies are called truths, political enemies are demonized, scapegoating divides the populace, rational critique is harshly denounced… and Big Brother is watching. Orwell’s last work is a prescient take on a dystopian society. Presented by Mason’s School of Theater.

Tickets: $20 adult; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginningon September 26, 2017

FRINGE SPECIAL: Buy a ticket to both Fringe plays Dead Mans’ Cell Phone and 1984 and receive half-off your second ticket!

Manassas Chorale: A Hylton Home Companion II 

Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The Chorale takes a page from A Prairie Home Companion with a variety of songs and skits in a radio show format. So well received was the last performance of this kind at the Hylton Center, the Chorale reprises the popular format with all new music! Singers, soloists, instrumentalists, and announcers combine forces for an evening you won’t want to miss.

Tickets: $20, $18 adults; free to Mason students and children (18 years and younger)

Manassas Ballet Theatre: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 

October 20-21 at 7:30 p.m.

October 22 at 3 p.m. 

Just in time for Halloween, this spine-chilling performance by Manassas Ballet Theatre thrills with all-original choreography and an international cast of dancers. Accompanied by live orchestra, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow remains true to the original tale of a haunting legend that plays across the stage to a tragic end.

Tickets: $65, $55, $45, $35, $25

Prince William Little Theatre: The Diary of Anne Frank 

Friday, October 20-Saturday, October 21 and Friday, October 27-Saturday, October 28 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 22 and Sunday, October 29 at 2 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater 

This new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman is a story of hope that captures the claustrophobic realities of the daily existence of Anne, her family, and the handful of neighbors hiding in Nazi Germany. Recommended for children ages 12 and up.

Tickets: $20 adults; $17 seniors, students (12 years and older), and active and retired military; $13 children (12 years and younger)

Gallery Exhibit: War and Recovery

Works by Martin J. Cervantez

Tuesday, October 24-Saturday, December 2

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery 

War and Recovery is an intimate look at life after military service, art therapy, and the never-ending challenge of keeping depression at bay.  Inspired by the artist’s urgency to create art as a therapeutic tool for mental awareness and health, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, this exhibition comprises a variety of mediums. The artist’s visionary, color-filled and disciplined mark making, meditative focus, and elaborately detailed works speak to his individual experience as a Veteran, artist, and storyteller.

Gallery Sponsor: Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Manassas Symphony Orchestra: Silver Celebration

Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The MSO kicks off its Silver Anniversary Season with favorite repertoire from 25 years of performances in a program that features American prize-winning pianist Anthony Michael Cornet and concludes with Beethoven’s blissful Symphony No 7 

Tickets:  $20 adults; $16 seniors (62+), active and retired military, and educators; free students (through college)

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 35,000 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.


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