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Brass 5: Why Music?

Tuesday, 06/19/2018 11:00 AM

Music is everywhere – at the store, behind the TV ads, even in the elevator! Come learn how music came to be such an important part of our lives and how it affects us. Brass 5 believes in the Art of Fun! Established in 1982, they have been entertaining audiences with their playful banter and vast repertoire of music for over 30 years, performing over 4,000 programs in the US and Europe.Attachments

Technical Theater 'Boot Camps'

Monday, 07/16/2018 9:00 AM - Friday, 07/20/2018 1:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at a performing arts venue? Learn essential technical production skills from the Hylton Performing Arts Center professional staff and guest faculty.Attachments

Single Carrot Theatre: Rumpled!

Tuesday, 07/17/2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This delightful play is based on the story of Rumpelstiltskin in an original adaption by Single Carrot Theatre. Rumpled! uses humor, voice, movement and love as access points for exploring dishonesty and its consequences. Students have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions during a post-show discussion with the actors. Single Carrot Theatre’s work grows from the conviction that participatory cultural experiences facilitate learning, and that artistic expression is civic engagement.Attachments

Single Carrot Theatre: Rumpled!

Tuesday, 07/17/2018 12:30 PM

This delightful play is based on the story of Rumpelstiltskin in an original adaption by Single Carrot Theatre. Rumpled! uses humor, voice, movement and love as access points for exploring dishonesty and its consequences. Students have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions during a post-show discussion with the actors. Single Carrot Theatre’s work grows from the conviction that participatory cultural experiences facilitate learning, and that artistic expression is civic engagement.Attachments

Technical Theater 'Boot Camps'

Monday, 07/23/2018 9:00 AM - Friday, 07/27/2018 5:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at a performing arts venue? Learn essential technical production skills from the Hylton Performing Arts Center professional staff and guest faculty.Attachments

Flow Circus: Science of Awesome

Tuesday, 07/31/2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The audience will explore the world of science and skill building toys where things fall, balance, and spin. The audience is left with an urge to pick up and play with the world around them and discover the mysterious forces of the invisible, physical world. Paul Miller captivates audiences with his unique blend of contagious energy, quirky characters, spectacular juggling, and comedy magic. With plenty of audience participation, his performances engage all ages the moment he steps on stage.Attachments

The Capitol Steps

Saturday, 09/22/2018 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of side-splitting political humor before getting out to vote on Election Day! After sold-out performances in previous seasons at the Hylton Center, Capitol Steps returns to Merchant Hall at the height of the election season. Audiences love their hysterical musical parodies satirizing the current state of the union. This unique comic ensemble began more than 30 years ago when a group of Senate staffers performed for their office Christmas party. Now, the musical comedy troupe has become an institution in Washington, D.C. and beyond with its special brand of satirical humor that famously lampoons characters from both sides of the political aisle. They will have you rolling in the aisles with their spot-on caricatures, song parodies, and clever skits. “When it comes to satire, you haven’t seen the real thing until you have been to the Capitol Steps.” (The Washington Post)Attachments

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

Saturday, 09/29/2018 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with piano virtuoso Jeffrey Siegel. This program includes excerpts from West Side Story as well as Bernstein’s intimate Anniversaries. Also included are two pieces by composers who inspired Bernstein: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Copland’s El Salon Mexico. Always a favorite with Hylton Center audiences, Jeffrey Siegel makes newcomers feel welcome, while enhancing the enjoyment of seasoned classical music aficionados. “A pianist with a bravura technique and a big, gorgeous sound…and when the artist himself offers the inside scoop, the musical experience becomes vastly more personal.” (The Denver Post) An ever-popular Question & Answer session with the audience concludes the program.Attachments

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Friday, 10/12/2018 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Travel back to the era of big bands and dancehalls when Benny Goodman was “The King of Swing” with “Renaissance” clarinetist Eddie Daniels and Northern Virginia’s treasured favorite, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Benny and Beyond pays homage to the legendary band leader and clarinetist-composer who during the 1930s and 1940s had numerous hit singles, including “Let’s Dance,” “Don’t Be That Way,” “Somebody Stole My Gal,” and many more. For over 50 years, Daniels has thrilled audiences and critics alike with his masterful playing in both classical and jazz. Artistic Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll—whose long and illustrious career has included performances with the likes of Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra—leads this swinging evening. Join us for the coolest show at the Hylton Center! Attachments

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, 10/14/2018 8:00 PM

Celebrating more than 50 years of musical excellence, this world-renowned chamber ensemble presents a sublime concert of classical masterworks for strings and winds. Unique in the world of chamber music, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is composed of the principal players from the famed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra. Known for its sophisticated, complex, and balanced sound, the Chamber Ensemble performs works by the Russian Romantic composer Alexander Glazunov, the French neoclassical composer Jean Françaix, and the unequaled Ludwig van Beethoven. Don’t miss your chance to hear this “impressively seamless ensemble.” (Chicago Classical Review)Attachments

Chinese Warriors of Peking

Sunday, 10/28/2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The whole family will be enthralled by the high-intensity martial arts and breathtaking acrobatics of the Chinese Warriors of Peking. Set during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) in the ancient capital Peking, this amazing performance reenacts the annual royal Martial Arts tournament where the country’s finest warriors demonstrate their impressive skills and acrobats entertain the crowds with gravity-defying feats. Direct from The People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Warriors of Peking is an acclaimed martial arts and acrobatic company whose award-winning “Slack Wire” act has toured the world with Cirque du Soleil. Under the direction of Qui Jian, this company of talented martial artists and acrobats provides an amazing demonstration of stage combat, traditional weapons handling, juggling, diving rings, contortion, and acrobatics. “An entertaining show for the whole family.” (Eastbourne Herald)Attachments

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday, 11/17/2018 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Aquila Theatre returns to the Merchant Hall stage with a magical and witty production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love and its many complications never fails to entertain and remind us of his literary genius. “The course of true love never did run smooth” is the prophetic line spoken just as one of The Bard’s most popular comedies begins. On Midsummer Night in the woodland outside Athens, mischief is afoot as the king and queen of Fairyland arrive to attend the wedding of Duke Theseus and Queen Hippolyta. The impish Puck, servant to the Fairy King, is let loose in the forest with a love potion, and naturally, things go uproariously awry. Aquila’s signature physical theatrical style is the perfect complement to Shakespeare’s iconic work. The New York Times applauds this renowned theater company for making “Shakespeare perfectly comprehensible,” and The New Yorker calls their interpretations “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.”Attachments

Chanticleer

Sunday, 11/25/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Begin the Christmas season with a sumptuous concert of seasonal favorites and classical standards performed by “the world’s reigning male chorus” (New Yorker). The Grammy Award®-winning Chanticleer is loved around the world for its seamless blend of 12 male voices, ranging from soprano to bass, and is often described as “an orchestra of voices.” Boasting an impressive repertoire of vocal literature, the program includes everything from Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, and Romantic art songs to contemporary music, jazz, world music, and spirituals. Chanticleer has sold well over a million albums and won two Grammy Awards®. The Los Angeles Times raves, “Chanticleer fascinates and enthralls for much the same reason a fine chocolate or a Rolls Royce does: through luxurious perfection.” Attachments

American Festival Pops Orchestra

Friday, 12/07/2018 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Celebrate the holidays at the Hylton Center with the American Festival Pops Orchestra’s annual holiday concert, which has become a cherished tradition. This uplifting evening promises favorite classics like Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival,” the ever-popular carol sing-a-long, and fun musical surprises. Special guest artists join conductor Anthony Maiello as he leads Northern Virginia’s very own pops orchestra in a treasured holiday celebration. It is a surefire way to put everyone in your family—even a scrooge—into the holiday spirit!Attachments

Vienna Boys Choir

Sunday, 12/09/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

One of the most revered boys choirs in the world presents its popular Christmas concert at the Hylton Center. They capture the joy and wonder of the holiday season with their exquisite performances of classical masterpieces and contemporary favorites. The choir—lauded for its heavenly voices, harmonic purity, and endearing charm—is composed of talented boy sopranos and altos between the ages of 9 and 14, and representing 31 countries. Performing for over a half a millennium, the choir’s membership has included some of history’s most illustrious composers, including Haydn and Schubert who were themselves choristers. A perfect way for the whole family to get into the Christmas spirit! “The angelic voices of this most famous vocal group are ageless.” (The Salt Lake Tribune) Attachments

Canadian Brass Christmas

Sunday, 12/16/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The ever-popular Canadian Brass comes to the Hylton Center with a gift of impeccable music and witty repartee. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, this award-winning brass quintet entertains young and old alike with sparkling brass standards, toe-tapping holiday favorites, and clever holiday banter. Founded nearly 50 years ago, it is largely responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet, performing in virtually every major concert hall in the world, being seen by millions on television, and selling over two million albums worldwide. Canadian Brass is composed of five musical masters: visionary founder and tuba legend Chuck Daellenbach, Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone), and Bernhard Scully (horn). “After four decades, it’s great to see Canadian Brass—practically an institution at this point—still sounding fresh, still attracting young virtuosos and, above all, still having fun with the music.” (NPR Tiny Desk Concert)Attachments


 

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