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Mannheim Rocket Orchestra

Tuesday, 09/26/2017 12:30 PM

Spend the afternoon indulging in the sublime with Mannheim Rocket Orchestra as they perform works including Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings. Under the direction of founder and clarinetist Richard Spece, Mannheim Rocket Orchestra is the premier period-instrument ensemble of Northern Virginia. Enjoy lunch by an outstanding local restaurant followed by a one-hour concert and a coffee and dessert reception with the artists. Lunch 12:30 p.m. / Concert 1:30 p.m. Dessert Reception (following Concert) Prices: $27 Concert and Dessert Reception; $47 Lunch, Concert and Dessert Reception Attachments

PUSHCART PLAYERS The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn

Sunday, 10/01/2017

PUSHCART PLAYERS The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 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 Attachments

Annie Stokes/Charm City Junction

Friday, 10/06/2017 8:00 PM

Season Event Annie Stokes/Charm City Junction A double bill This performance is part of the American Roots Series. October 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm Gregory Family Theater Indie-folk musician Annie Stokes followed by 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. Tickets: $25, $30 day of performance Buy all four performances in this series for $80. View the full series. Attachments

Night Witches

Saturday, 10/07/2017 7:00 PM - Sunday, 10/08/2017 9:00 PM

"Night Witches" is the second installment of the ongoing development of a new play about the first female combat pilots. SYNOPSIS In the fall of 1941 after the Nazi Invasion of the Soviet Union, Marina Raskova, a Russian Amelia Earhart, formed three female aviation regiments to fight back. Of the three, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment was the only unit to remain exclusively female throughout the war. Made up of 112 girls ages 17-26, they flew for 3 ½ years using repurposed cropdusting planes to drop bombs on Nazi forces below. Inspired from Anne Noggle’s book, "A Dance with Death", "Night Witches" weaves together a story of sisterhood, courage, and endurance, amidst a world war. Performances: October 7th, 2017 at 7PM October 8th, 2017 at 7PM Conceived by and features performances by: Madeline Barr, Elizabeth Chahin, Josephine Cooper, Alida Rose Delaney, Alexis Ingram, Elena Kritter, and Maggie Ronck Directed by: Kathleen Anne Hefferon "Night Witches" is produced by Ground Rush Productions LLC. Not recommended for children under 12. Content includes sounds of war, verbal descriptions of battle, and stylized scenes of death.Attachments

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, 10/07/2017 8:00 PM

Bria Skonberg, trumpet/singer 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.” Attachments

Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina

Friday, 10/13/2017 8:00 PM

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) Attachments

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel The Longevity of the Short Piece!

Sunday, 10/15/2017 2:00 PM

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. Attachments

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

Thursday, 11/09/2017 8:00 PM

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons This performance is part of the American Roots Series. November 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm Gregory Family Theater This Northwest roots and blues music duo shares an undeniable musical kinship and sense of joy in their interpretation of American roots music. The duo’s self-proclaimed mission to “spread the glory and whimsy of traditional song,” shines through in a concert of field hollers, fiddle and banjo breakdowns, and early jazz by two American songsters. Food and beverage available for purchase. $25, $30 day of performance Buy all four performances in this series for $80. Attachments

Direct from the People’s Republic of China The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin

Sunday, 11/12/2017 2:00 PM

One of the best acrobatic troupes from China shows off its superior skill with thrilling acrobatics, circus acts, illusions, and mesmerizing demonstrations of martial arts. Accompanied by traditional Chinese music, more than one hundred acrobatic and martial arts performers take the stage in a vibrant spectacle of aerial stunts, juggling acts, contortion tricks, and feats of balance that are guaranteed to dazzle and delight. The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin is a favorite of audiences throughout the world, and has won numerous awards including the Silver Clown Award. Several of its acts also perform with some of the most renowned circuses in the western world. There’s plenty of excitement for the whole family! Attachments

The Washington Saxophone Quartet (WSaxQ)

Tuesday, 11/14/2017 12:30 PM

Celebrating more than 40 years together, WSaxQ is the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the country and is heard daily through recorded arrangements of the theme for National Public Radio’s program “All Things Considered.” Featuring music from Bach to Gershwin, this dynamic ensemble enlightens and entertains audiences with its musical mastery. Enjoy lunch by an outstanding local restaurant followed by a one-hour concert and a coffee and dessert reception with the artists. Lunch 12:30 p.m. / Concert 1:30 p.m. Dessert Reception (following Concert) Prices: $27 Concert and Dessert Reception; $47 Lunch, Concert and Dessert Reception Attachments

Nobuntu

Friday, 11/17/2017 8:00 PM

The internationally acclaimed female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe performs a stirring mix of traditional Zimbabwean music, afro jazz, gospel, and crossover in their first American tour. Their pure voices are augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments, such as the mbira (thumb piano), and organic, authentic dance movements. Named after the African concept of humbleness, love, unity, purpose, and family from a woman’s perspective, this ensemble represents a new generation of African women who celebrate and preserve the beauty of their culture and heritage through song. The ensemble was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in 2015, and has performed at festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and Africa. Nobuntu gives “a vibrant and stunning performance full of sparkling energy” (Sunday Times–Passau, Germany). Don’t miss this beautiful and empowering concert. Attachments

ENCHANTMENT THEATRE COMPANY My Father’s Dragon

Saturday, 11/18/2017

Saturday, November 18 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. How does nine-year-old Elmer Elevator rescue a baby dragon held captive on Wild Island? With pluck, chewing gum, lollipop sticks, and rubber bands, of course! In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s charming adventure book, My Father’s Dragon, Enchantment Theatre Company brings to life the story of a compassionate and courageous boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue-striped dragon. For nearly twenty years, Philadelphia-based Enchantment Theatre Company has produced original works based on classic children’s literature, using its distinctive blend of puppets, masks, creative scenic effects, and original music. “Everything about this world-class production is inventive and endearing; it fully captures the spirit of the beloved stories, the essence of childhood, and the imagination of the audience, both young and old. (Phindie.com, Philadelphia, PA) Recommended for ages 5–10; Grades K–5 Attachments

Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas

Sunday, 11/26/2017 2:00 PM

“The world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker) kicks off the holiday season at the Hylton Center with a concert of a capella voices that includes classical music and popular holiday favorites. Chanticleer is renowned for the seamless blend of 12 extraordinary male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, with their superior technique, sublime tone, and unparalleled musicality. Their original interpretations span period and genre—from Gregorian chant to jazz, popular, and contemporary music. The group, which has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” has a long list of impressive accomplishments: sales of more than a million albums, winning two Grammy® Awards, being named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, and induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. Come savor these glorious sounds of the season. Attachments

American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Sounds of the Season

Friday, 12/08/2017 8:00 PM

Celebrate the Christmas season with Northern Virginia’s very own pops orchestra in its annual family concert of cheerful carols and cherished holiday tunes. This jovial evening includes a program of sentimental favorites including selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride,” and culminates in a rousing sing-a-long, in which the audience members get a chance to share in the experience. Under the baton of founder and artistic director Anthony Maiello, these talented musicians from the greater D.C. area perform favorites that are guaranteed to fill you and your family with holiday warmth and merriment. Attachments

Dailey & Vincent: Spirit of Christmas

Sunday, 12/10/2017 7:00 PM

Come enjoy a country Christmas as this award-winning band returns to our stage for a holiday concert of country and bluegrass favorites. Dubbed the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” by Country Music Television, Dailey & Vincent are extolled throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting Bluegrass bands in America. They chose to record their live DVD and PBS TV special for sold-out audiences in the Hylton Center’s Merchant Hall because of its excellent acoustics, and now they’re coming back to share their talents and wit for a special holiday treat. Their contagious and spirited music has earned them numerous awards, including three Grammy® Award nominations, four Dove awards, one Emmy Award nomination, and 14 International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Get in the spirit with this exceptional holiday experience. Attachments

Dublin Irish Dance: Stepping Out

Sunday, 01/28/2018 2:00 PM

Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in Stepping Out, a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds presented by Dublin Irish Dance. These accomplished Irish step-dancers and musicians take the audience on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance. This entertaining production reveals the influences that have shaped Irish music and dance throughout recent history: from the farms of rural Ireland in the 1800s to the Great Famine and the resulting mass migration to New York, where Irish and American cultures blended and influenced each other. Many of the artists in this ensemble have performed with popular acts like Riverdance, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Woman. With the lightening-fast footwork of the step-dancers, the spirited melodies of an eight-member traditional Irish band, and the lovely sounds of their Irish vocalist, this performance is sure to amaze. Attachments

The Hollywood Special FX Show

Saturday, 02/03/2018

Saturday, February 3 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Ever wonder how they did that? Now the whole family can get the inside scoop and discover the science and secrets to making movie magic in this interactive and explosive show. Live on stage, join special effects professionals who’ve worked on action-packed blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises, Guardians of the Galaxy, Phantom of the Opera, and Game of Thrones for thrilling and revealing insights that bring the audience closer to the action than ever before. Feel the heat from an onstage inferno, marvel at gruesome sci-fi monsters, be blown away by apocalyptic weather, and hold on tight through huge explosions! “Be prepared to be stunned. This really is a show unlike what you’ve seen before.” (Essex Chronicle) Recommended for ages 7 and up Disclaimer: This explosive family show will feature special effect sequences that include pyrotechnics, loud sounds, and more. For your safety and comfort, the audience will be protected by an impact-resistant glass during a portion of the show. Attachments

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, 02/08/2018 8:00 PM

All Beethoven Program! Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84 Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 “Eroica” Stefan Solyom, conductor Catherine Manoukian, violin One of Sweden’s oldest orchestras presents a dynamic concert that combines the traditional with the iconoclastic. Under the direction of Stefan Solyom, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) with its 61 musicians and violin virtuoso Catherine Manoukian perform a thrilling all-Beethoven program, including one of his most celebrated works, the Eroica Symphony. The HSO has performed at many prominent European venues, including three recent sold-out performances at the Great Festival Hall in Salzburg and in Vienna. Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter applauded the HSO’s performance of Beethoven’s Eroica as “…a brutally life-affirming spring river. A grand performance!” Attachments

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Valentine Pops

Saturday, 02/10/2018 8:00 PM

The talented musicians of the American Festival Pops Orchestra set an amorous mood for you and your loved one in a performance of romantic standards just in time for Valentine’s Day. This concert features some of the 20th century’s most popular love songs and film scores including the love theme from Titanic, "My Heart Will Go On," and music from The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Under the esteemed leadership of conductor Anthony Maiello, the most accomplished musicians in the region come together for this special evening to present an exciting and nostalgic program of romantic and memorable music. Attachments

Walnut Street Theatre Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Sunday, 02/11/2018 7:00 PM

Madcap mastermind Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo) reinvents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, into a hilarious romp about everyone’s favorite detective and his most famous case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the mystery of the curse before it dooms the newest heir. With only five energetic actors playing the roles of more than 40 quirky characters, this production from America’s oldest theater company takes the audience on a sidesplitting caper through the Devonshire moors, crowded railway stations, foggy London streets, and gloomy baronial mansions, where the duo searches for clues, runs into dead ends, and puzzles out the truth for the shockingly funny conclusion. Attachments

Ten Strings And A Goatskin

Saturday, 02/17/2018 8:00 PM

Ten Strings And A Goatskin This performance is part of the American Roots Series. February 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm Gregory Family Theater Enjoy an evening of folk fusion in an intimate cabaret setting with this young acoustic power trio from Prince Edward Island. The musicians, who perform on violin, guitar, and percussion, transform tradition with vigor, curiosity, and sparks of goofy humor. This mesmerizing performance of traditional and original music is inspired by the musicians’ Atlantic Canadian histories and roots and infused with pop and world rhythms. Food and beverage available for purchase. $25, $30 day of performance Buy all four performances in this series for $80 Attachments

Soprano Soiree

Tuesday, 02/27/2018 12:30 PM

Enjoy a captivating afternoon of arias, duets, and trios sung by three acclaimed sopranos: Jennifer Decker, Kelly Glyptis, and Angela Knight. This talented trio with piano accompaniment charms in a program of musical treasures inspired by the artists’ favorite repertoire. Enjoy lunch by an outstanding local restaurant followed by a one-hour concert and a coffee and dessert reception with the artists. Lunch 12:30 p.m. / Concert 1:30 p.m. Dessert Reception (following Concert) Prices: $27 Concert and Dessert Reception; $47 Lunch, Concert and Dessert Reception Attachments

Danú

Sunday, 03/04/2018 7:00 PM

A leading traditional Irish ensemble comes to the Hylton Center for this big pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration of festive Celtic music. Praised by The Washington Post for their “vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy,” Danú performs both ancient Irish music and new repertoire for a lively, flawless performance. Mason’s University Singers, a talented student ensemble from George Mason University’s School of Music, join them onstage for a one-of-a-kind experience. Hailing from Ireland’s old counties, this award-winning ensemble has thrilled audiences throughout Europe and North America with stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Symphony Space in New York. The virtuoso players are renowned for their mastery of authentic Irish instruments—flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki—which is matched by gorgeous vocals in English and Gaelic. Bring the whole family to enjoy this entertaining evening of Celtic music! Attachments

Moscow Festival Ballet Cinderella

Friday, 03/16/2018 8:00 PM

Fifty graceful dancers from this world-renowned ensemble perform a ballet for the whole family. Cinderella is based on the well-known fairy tale about the kind but mistreated step-daughter and step-sister who is forbidden to attend the royal ball. When her fairy godmother magically appears, Cinderella’s fate is wondrously transformed. With enchanted melodies, opulent costumes, lavish scenery, and hilarious physical comedy, this performance is a family friendly treat for all to enjoy. Attachments

Mummenschanz: you & me

Saturday, 04/07/2018 8:00 PM

For more than 45 years, these Swiss entertainers have dazzled and delighted audiences of all ages with their unique form of silent visual and whimsical theater. A playful yet compelling experience, Mummenschanz offers timeless and lighthearted insights into the human condition with the creative use of shadow and light and the ingenious manipulation of common objects. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. In this brand new creation, you & me, the Mummenschanz troupe brings to life their famous large-scale masks and revives a tradition of acrobatics. The show will also include some of the classic sketches that have stood the test of time. “Mummenschanz succeeds brilliantly because of its originality, exceptional ingenuity, sense of surprise, and deft satirical touches.” (San Francisco Chronicle). Attachments

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

Friday, 04/20/2018 8:00 PM

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen This performance is part of the American Roots Series. April 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm Gregory Family Theater Their progressive bluegrass sound has quickly turned this Grammy-nominated band into industry pioneers through their exploration of new sounds and concepts rooted in tradition. Performing on the mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, and vocals, the band combines its collective musical mastery with traditional bluegrass. With an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Associations) 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. Tickets: $25, $30 day of performance Buy all four performances in this series for $80 Attachments

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Beethoven and Friends

Saturday, 04/21/2018 8:00 PM

Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel closes our season at the Hylton Performing Arts Center with three 18th century musical masters who were contemporaries of each other. In Beethoven and Friends, Jeffrey Siegel performs Haydn's delightful Sonata in D, Mozart's brooding, contemplative Fantasy in D minor, and Beethoven's passionate, stormy Sonata Pathétique, while offering witty and insightful commentary about the music and composers before playing each piece. Piano music enthusiasts and newcomers alike cherish Jeffrey Siegel’s beloved “concerts with commentary” series that makes everyone feel like a classical music insider. An interactive Q&A will conclude this program. Attachments

BAY AREA CHILDREN’S THEATRE Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Sunday, 04/22/2018

Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Bedtime is approaching, and this team of construction vehicles needs to get their rest. But Crane Truck is getting cranky, Cement Mixer takes too long with bath time, and Dump Truck just isn’t sleepy! Excavator and Bulldozer find that preparing for bed is a job in itself! Will they ever get some shut-eye before tomorrow’s day of work? A world premiere musical based upon the New York Times best-selling picture book about construction vehicles by author Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrator Tom Lichtenheld demonstrates the importance of teamwork, follow-through, hard work, and bedtime rituals. Founded in 2004, the Bay Area Children’s Theatre works to enrich children’s lives, inspire their imagination, and introduce them to lifelong enjoyment of theatre. Recommended for ages 3–8; Pre-K–Grade 3 Attachments


 

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