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Vol. 66: January/February 2019 Newsletter

Rick Davis, CVPA Dean at Mason UniversityDirector's Corner

A Post-Holiday Cheer

We have a lot to be thankful for right now at the Hylton Center. For one thing, the Holiday season is behind us. “What?” I can hear you asking. Let me be clear, as the politicos say (before they never are). We’re grateful that we had a spectacularly successful holiday season, welcoming well over 20,000 patrons in that wonderful month where nutcrackers and carols, chants and enchantment, songs and stories fill our theaters. Whether it was the ethereal vocal excellence of Chanticleer, the musical wit and laser-like precision of Canadian Brass, the warmth and wonder of the Christmas season as told theatrically by CAPAC’s Black Nativity and PWLT’s It’s a Wonderful Life, the dazzling light-and-sound show of the Manassas Symphony, the massed voices of Manassas Chorale, the dancing baton of Tony Maiello leading the American Festival Pops Orchestra, or that perennial favorite, The Nutcracker (and I’ve left out several amazing performances), performed by Manassas Ballet Theatre, and other accomplished, local dance companies, the Hylton Center was truly the place to be this holiday season.

I think it’s not an exaggeration to say that our mission/motto, the arts create community, was fully tested, displayed, and proven this year. To steal an image from Clarence Odbody (George Bailey’s angel), imagine the season without the comforts and joys brought to you by the Hylton Center. For so many of us, it would have been a colder, darker, less connected, less satisfying time. So here’s a cheer — more than 20,000 cheers in fact — to the power and presence of the arts in our world, at the holidays and all the year round. Thank you for including us in your busy lives.

This edition of the newsletter, as always, is full of new reasons to stop by your friendly neighborhood world-class performing arts center. I want to call your particular attention to one that’s coming up very soon. On Sunday, January 20th at 3:00 p.m., the Hylton Center joins in the celebration and commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a very special presentation of music from several of our great African-American traditions (including gospel, jazz, spirituals, classics, and musical theater) and Dr. King’s words in his own voice, with soloists and musicians under the direction of Damien Sneed, an artist who has been called (by no less an authority than Wynton Marsalis) “ an ambassador for classical and gospel music ... (who) uses his artistry to make our world a better place.” This looks to be a very meaningful — and very beautiful — afternoon of music, history, and celebration of community. I hope I’ll see you there!

Rick Davis — Dean and Executive Director

Browse Our Spring Gallery Exhibitions

Gala celebrationThis spring, the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery will exhibit an array of diverse works from artists of all ages. The 8th Annual Prince William County Public Schools Student Exhibition will be on view January 22 - March 9 representing original works of art by Prince William County Public School students, grades elementary through high school. Be sure to join us for the gallery reception on January 26 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Next, we celebrate the Hylton Center’s 9th Anniversary Gala with a collection of multimedia works from local and regional artists up for auction March 12 – 22 as part of the 9th Anniversary Gala Silent Art Auction Exhibition. All gallery receptions and exhibitions are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. Visit our gallery Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and two hours prior to each performance. Learn more about these exhibitions, gallery receptions, and more. Learn More

Join us for a Gala Celebration

Gala celebrationThe Hylton Center’s 9th Anniversary Gala (3/22) is fast-approaching and we look forward to celebrating with you in style! Join us for an elegant reception, dinner on the Merchant Hall Stage, a live auction, tribute to our honorees Buchanan Partners and Nancy Hersch Ingram, and an exciting After Party featuring a silent art auction. The silent auction will offer an opportunity to bid on multimedia works by local and regional artists and Gala funds support Hylton Center programs and performances, including the Veterans and the Arts Initiative, educational programing, and the Hylton Center’s Endowment. Bidding for auction items begins March 12 and runs through March 22. Individual Gala tickets start at $300. Learn More

New Performances in the New Year

PAK 2019 ornamentDespite winter’s frigid temperatures, Hylton Presents performances continue to heat up in January and February with everything from a musical tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. to one of China’s finest orchestras to a radio-style presentation of a Hollywood blockbuster; the Hylton Center has something exciting for everyone! January kicks off with a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in We Shall Overcome (1/20), a performance that interweaves the compelling words of Dr. King with music created by African American artists during the Civil Rights movement. In February the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra (2/8) embarks on its first North American tour with a program that honors both western and eastern traditions, including well-known music by Rossini and Berlioz. Also in February, L.A. Theatre Works’ radio-style production of Steel Magnolias (2/9) reimagines the timeless story about the enduring bonds of friendship, as told by a vibrant and diverse all-female cast. Hylton Presents wraps up the month of February with Cirque Mechanics (2/23), where timeless circus artistry meets mechanical ingenuity in a thrilling performance for the entire family!

Be sure to also catch the many performances happening on the Hylton Center’s other three dynamic series, including Hylton Family Series’ The Phantom Tollbooth(1/26) and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (3/30), both based on beloved childhood classic books faithfully adapted for children’s theater. Matinee Idylls returns this spring with classical guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin (2/12) and virtuoso pianist Thomas Pandolfi (4/2), while the American Roots Series presents the best of country and bluegrass with Maybe April (2/16). We can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than to take in one of these inspiring performances. Learn More

Spring Events for Veterans

There’s still time to register for Veterans and the Arts Initiative workshops before classes fill up. Drop by our Dominion Energy Veterans Guitar Workshops Series Winter Jams for an informal series of two guitar workshops (1/29, 2/12) where musicians of all skill levels are invited to bring their own guitar or try one of ours. In March, our ten-week Dominion Energy Veterans Guitar Workshop Series resumes on Tuesday evenings (3/5 - 5/7) with instructor Glen McCarthy. Additional Veterans and the Arts Initiative spring workshops include Fundamentals of Drawing (1/27, 2/3, 2/10); Papermaking Workshop (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23); and Exploring Identity with Women Veterans: iPhone Photography Workshop (3/17, 3/24, 3/31, and 4/7). Email Hylton@gmu.edu now and you will be notified when registration forms become available. All workshops and events are FREE to Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers. Learn More

Hylton Center EXTRA! On Sale Now

On Sunday, February 24, American folk legends Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche, and Lucy Wainwright Roche make their Hylton Center debut in All In A Family. Enjoy an unforgettable evening of harmonizing vocals, guitar, and humorous anecdotes from this talented family trio, each of whom is an award-winning artist in his/her own right. Loudon’s four-decade career comprises more than two-dozen album releases, an autobiography, and movie and TV credits, including the Netflix Original Film Surviving Twin, produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Christopher Guest, which was released November 16, 2018. Suzzy and her daughter Lucy’s first recording, Fairytale and Myth, won the popular vote for Best Singer-Songwriter album of the year at the 2014 Independent Music Awards. On their first family tour together, this epic musical event is sure to be one for the ages. Learn More

Be the First to Know!

Will AckermanCurious about what Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, Matinee Idylls, and American Roots Series all have in store for the 2019/2020 season? Want to be among the first to purchase a subscription and ensure first pick of the best seats in the house? Become a Friend of the Hylton Center. It’s that easy! Just join the Friends of the Hylton Center for as little as $9 per month to receive an exclusive invitation to the Hylton Center’s unveiling of the 2019/2020 season. Become a Friend and

  • receive an invitation to the April Season Announcement event
  • gain access to the Friends Priority Period where subscriptions can be purchased prior to going on sale to the general public
  • enjoy snacks before and during intermission at all Hylton Presents performances, and more

If you prefer exclusive benefits with uncommon experiences, check out the Copper Circle of the Friends. Enjoy a special season announcement reception, access to the Lovey Hammel Lounge during all Hylton Presents performances, and the annual Copper Circle Dinner, all for as little as $84 per month. Don’t miss out! Join the Friends of the Hylton Center today!

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