All Music (2016-17 Season)

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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: To Swing Through the Sky

Conceived by Paul Glenshaw

  • October 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

This exciting original work celebrates the spirit of American innovation with narration, dramatic visuals, lively dance and the swinging big-band sound of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. The intertwined histories of America's two most iconic innovations — jazz and aviation — are explored in this special encore performance. Many fascinating points of connection in the history of each invention are revealed through the key innovators, including Louis Armstrong and Charles Lindbergh, Howard Hughes and Duke Ellington, and many others. This multimedia performance features the dazzling jazz musicians of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra led by Artistic Director and alto sax virtuoso, Jim Carroll. Audiences at the Hylton Performing Arts Center were thrilled to enjoy the world premiere of To Swing Through the Sky, and now audiences at the Center can experience this incredible ride.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Jim Carroll - Professor of Jazz Studies; George Mason School of Music (Oct 16, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $39, $28. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K.136/125a
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Op. 28
Schubert: Octet in F major for Winds and Strings, D.803

  • November 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

This renowned chamber ensemble from London performs an exquisite program of string and wind chamber works for one of the preeminent classical music events of our season. Schubert's rarely performed Octet in F major highlights the evening's program and this ensemble's performance of it is already capturing the attention of the press. "…the St. Martin Ensemble delivered a performance as remarkable as the [rarely heard] work itself" came the glowing review after a recent performance (Cleveland.com). Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is drawn from the principal players of the distinguished Academy orchestra, which has an international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. With more than 30 albums, they are the most recorded chamber ensemble, and their impressive repertoire ranges from Baroque to Bartók. The group tours extensively with regular performances in France, Germany, and Spain, as well as North and South America. Be sure to experience their return appearance at the Center.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Stephen Stirling & Robert Smissen (Nov 6, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

American Festival Pops Orchestra: A Salute to Our Veterans

  • November 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

In observance of Veterans Day, this celebrated pops orchestra presents a concert of uplifting pops sounds to honor all of those who have served and sacrificed to keep us safe. Enjoy a lively program of patriotic favorites and American standards including "You're a Grand Old Flag," "American Salute," "Liberty Fanfare" by John Williams, and other works by Aaron Copland. Of course, no patriotic concert is complete without a stirring medley of John Phillips Sousa marches, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever." In this special concert, the talented musicians of the American Festival Pops Orchestra give an exuberant performance, conducted by the charming and accomplished conductor, Anthony Maiello.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd Arranger in Residence, AFPO (Nov 13, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

BiRDMAN LiVE

  • November 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Feel the full intensity of this dark comedy as percussionist Antonio Sanchez performs his critically acclaimed score onstage while the Oscar-winning film Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is projected behind him. The movie pulses with a restless urgency because of the skilled direction and commanding performances of a star-studded cast. But it is the innovative drumming score that is at the very core of the film, underpinning each scene, generating the uneasy feeling of impending doom. Written and performed by the acclaimed jazz percussionist Antonio Sanchez, the drummer in Pat Metheny's band, the score has received accolades for its wildly spontaneous and organic sound. Winning Oscars for best picture, director, original screenplay and cinematography, the movie stars Michael Keaton with Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Stone. It follows a faded Hollywood star, famous for playing a movie superhero, in his attempt to mount a Broadway play hoping to reinvigorate his failing career. Antonio Sanchez's drum performance propels the emotional core of the story as this increasingly desperate actor struggles with fame, family, and legacy. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind experience.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Joe McCarthy (Nov 18, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$42, $36, $25. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Sons of Serendip: Christmas: Beyond the Lights

  • November 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Begin celebrating the holiday season with the inspiring sounds of this original new ensemble. Gorgeous vocals accompanied by harp, cello, and piano sing in the season as the Sons of Serendip perform their lovely interpretations of popular holiday favorites. Through serendipity, these four friends from graduate school found themselves on America's Got Talent for the 2014 competition where they wowed audiences and judges alike. They quickly earned recognition for their signature sound with unique interpretations of popular works, and their stunning vocals and brilliant instrumentation. This concert includes songs from their album Christmas: Beyond the Lights, featuring the most beloved Christmas songs and carols performed with their singular style that invokes peace and serenity. In their first performance at the Center, the Sons of Serendip are sure to be an inspirational start to your holiday season.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Mason Morton (Nov 26, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

  • December 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling ring-ting-tingling, too. It's time for the holidays at the Center as the American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for Christmas with their annual decking of the Concert Hall. The orchestra's glorious music fills the air, spreading holiday cheer to audiences of all ages. Join us for this popular family tradition, complete with holiday favorites and a lively carol sing-along -- always a concert highlight. Conducted by founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this pops orchestra brings together the most talented musicians from the metro area to perform the best of the season, including Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," "Christmas Festival," and other treasured classics. It's our way of wishing you and yours a happy holiday.

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Bring a Smile to the Face of a Child!

Learn more about the December toy drive to benefit the children of Inova Children's Hospital!

Pre-Performance Discussion: Bryan Kidd Arranger in Residence, AFPO (Dec 10, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

A Canadian Brass Christmas

  • December 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

The world's best-known brass ensemble returns to the Center with their lively Christmas concert to ring in the season with holiday classics and brass standards. Canadian Brass is renowned for their unique combination of virtuosic playing and heartwarming humor, and their Christmas concert is a particular favorite of audiences worldwide. Their engaging stage presence, rapport with audiences, and incongruous white running shoes have helped make this iconic quintet a household name; but it is their music -- performed with utmost dedication, skill and excellence -- that rightly earns the most superlative accolades. They were the first chamber ensemble to solo on the main stage at Carnegie Hall, and today they have gained worldwide recognition through their extensive touring, regular television appearances, and a discography that includes more than 130 albums. This is a Christmas treat that you and your family will remember for years to come.

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Bring a Smile to the Face of a Child!

Learn more about the December toy drive to benefit the children of Inova Children's Hospital!

Pre-Performance Discussion: David Srebnik (Dec 17, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Direct from Dublin, Ireland: The Five Irish Tenors

  • January 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Cultural Passport Program Event

Five premier tenors from Ireland fuse Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism, dramatic flair and extraordinary musicianship in this singular concert experience. In this, their first U.S. tour, The Five Irish Tenors perform a marvelous program of opera arias and beloved Irish songs, including W.B Yeats's "Down by the Sally Gardens," Verdi's "O Mio Rimorso" from La Traviata, Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus," and the glorious "Danny Boy." Two extraordinary pianists accompany Ireland's most popular ensemble as they perform solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets. Let the celestial voices of these virtuoso musicians whisk you away to the Emerald Isles.

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The Five Irish Tenors will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on January 29 at 4:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Ciaran Kelly, Principal Tenor (Jan 28, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$55, $47, $33. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Dima Tkachenko, violin

  • February 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall Cultural Passport Program Event

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Stravinsky: Suite from "The Firebird"

The virtuosity and precision of one of Eastern Europe's most esteemed orchestras presents an evening of brilliant Russian music. Founded in 1918, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of Eastern Europe's most esteemed orchestras, earning international acclaim for its virtuosity and precision. This program showcases those qualities with some of the most demanding music written by three Russian masters: Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. Throughout its history, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has premiered the works of many classical giants including Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and has produced over 100 acclaimed recordings, garnering several Grammy nominations. Under the baton of Theodore Kuchar, the ensemble is sure to mesmerize audiences with their stunning performance of Russian masterpieces.

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The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on February 25 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Feb 26, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices

  • March 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

Step into the era of swinging beats and brassy big band sounds as the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra teams up with the dynamic vocal jazz quartet, New York Voices, for this very special performance. Musical Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this renowned jazz orchestra, composed of the metro-area's best jazz musicians, is led by Musical Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll. For this concert, they team up with the polished and playful quartet, New York Voices whose soulful scats, close-knit voicings, and unparalleled vocal blend have earned them critical acclaim for more than 25 years. New York Voices is "the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz." (Boston Herald) Together, these ensembles create an evening of jazz magic.

The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on December 2 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Jim Carroll and a Member of New York Voices (Mar 11, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

CANCELLED - Miloš

  • March 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

NOTE: Due to injury, Milos Karadaglic has cancelled his U.S. tour. Ticket buyers are being contacted and given the option to exchange into any performance of the season.