Hylton Center Dazzles with New Arts Season

Posted: March 19, 2014 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: March 21, 2014 at 6:50 am

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National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China. Photo Courtesy of the artists

The Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University’s Prince William Campus announced its fifth anniversary season, which commences in September and continues through May 2015. As in previous seasons, the lineup combines artists appearing for the first time at the center, favorite returning performers, family-friendly programs and community-based arts presentations.

Doc Severinsen

Doc Severinsen. Photo Vidargas Photography

Appearing at the Hylton Center for the first time as part of the Hylton Presents season are jazz legend Doc Severinsen teaming up with a Hylton Center favorite, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra; country music stars Clint Black, Phil Vassar and Lyndsey Highlander; the acclaimed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble; entertainer Deana Martin paying tribute to her father and “Uncle Frank” with “A Tribute to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra”; the inspiring Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir; and the hilarious musical improv show, “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical,” to name a few highlights.

Returning artists include

  • The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China with a new show, “Cirque Peking”
  • Folk legend Arlo Guthrie celebrating the 50th anniversary of his iconic song, “Alice’s Restaurant”
  • Celtic fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy with their talented young children in “Visions of Cape Breton and Beyond”
  • The American Festival Pops Orchestra with a Christmas performance and a Valentine’s Day concert

The highly successful Hylton Family Series features

  • Tony nominee John Tartaglia’s under-the-sea, glow-in-the-dark musical, “ImaginOcean”
  • Berenstain Bears LIVE! in “Family Matters: The Musical,” based on Stan and Jan Berenstain’s beloved children’s books
  • The Emmy-nominated Pushcart Players with “Alice in Wonderland”
  • Folk icon Peter Yarrow with a concert that encourages children to treat each other with compassion, kindness and respect
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Photo by Alicia J. Rose

The new season also sees new works presented by the Hylton Center’s resident arts partners: Manassas Ballet Theatre, Manassas Chorale, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Little Theatre and Youth Orchestras of Prince William.

This summer the Hylton Center also presents Maestro Lorin Maazel’s popular Castleton Festival at the Hylton and returns with the Matinee Idylls weekday afternoon music series.

“By the end of June, approximately 100,000 people will have taken advantage of the center’s amazing facilities, whether as an audience member for a great concert, a performer in a play, a guest at an art gallery reception, a business person or civic leader at a meeting, or a happy bride and groom,” notes the Hylton Center’s executive director, Rick Davis. “We are thrilled to be able to play all of these multiple roles — and more — as we seek to make our vision of being this region’s ‘creative commons’ an ever-more-vibrant reality.”

Novant Health returns as the 2014-15 Hylton Presents season sponsor.

Subscriptions to Hylton Presents and the Hylton Family Series are now available, and single tickets go on sale on Monday, Sept. 1. See HyltonCenter.org for a complete list of events or to request a season brochure.


Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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