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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S POTOMAC ARTS ACADEMY AND SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRESENT "TRIBUTE TO THE DREAM," A BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION CONCERT IN FAIRFAX AND MANASSAS, FEB. 16-17

January 14, 2013
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION CONCERT

“TRIBUTE TO THE DREAM”

With George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy, School of Music

and local church and school choirs from Prince William, Fairfax and D.C.

 

Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Merchant Hall on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at 11 a.m.

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at 3 p.m.

 

 

MANASSAS and FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 14, 2013 In celebration of Black History Month, George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy and School of Music join forces with local church and school choirs from across Prince William and Fairfax counties and the District of Columbia to present “Tribute to the Dream,” a Black History Month Celebration Concert in Merchant Hall at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at 11 a.m., and at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Featured on the program will be the Mason Wind Symphony and Vocal Studies students from Mason’s School of Music, the Gospel Choir of Mason, selected members of the Zion Baptist Church Senior Choir from Washington, D.C., and choirs from Swans Creek Elementary School in Prince William for Saturday’s performance and Herndon Elementary School for Sunday’s performance.

This uplifting concert celebrates the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech through the music of Joseph Schwantner’s “New Morning for the World,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “We are the Children” and other spirituals and popular tunes.

“Bringing the Mason community together with members from our larger metro community into these two great performing venues is community arts at its finest,” said Libby Curtis, director of Potomac Arts Academy. “Add in the celebration of Black History Month through the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and it brings together the perfect elements for a truly inspiring experience for all involved.”

The afternoon also includes a discussion by student artists in the Prince William County Schools, which holds its 3rd annual exhibition, featuring artwork by students in grades 2 through 12. The discussion takes place at the Hylton Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at 1 p.m. and the exhibition will run from Jan. 27 through March 2 in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.

Tickets to each performance are $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, and free for Mason students, faculty and staff. This family event is appropriate for elementary school children through adults. For more information about Potomac Arts Academy, please visit potomacacademy.gmu.edu or call (703) 993-9889. For more information about George Mason University’s School of Music, please visit music.gmu.edu or visit (703) 993-1380. Like “School of Music at George Mason University” on Facebook and follow @MusicatMason on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS:

To purchase tickets, please visit the box office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. FREE parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.

 

ABOUT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN FAIRFAX:

To purchase tickets, please visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.