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Acclaimed A Cappella Group, Chanticleer, Brings Soaring Christmas Carrols  to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. and the Hylton Performing Arts Center  Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 at 8 p.m.

November 5, 2015
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MANASSAS and FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 5, 2015 –George Mason University’s Center for the Arts and the Hylton Performing Arts Center kicks off the holiday season on Thanksgiving weekend with an evening of carols and holiday songs from the acclaimed a cappella group Chanticleer. “A Chanticleer Christmas” is an evening of ancient hymns, venerated sacred songs, contemporary classics, gospel spirituals and treasured American and European carols, all performed with Chanticleer’s lush harmonies and impeccable technique. “A Chanticleer Christmas” will be at the Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Va. on Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. and at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. 

Hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker, Chanticleer is celebrated for its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to new music. This Grammy Award-winning ensemble was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto, who sang in the ensemble until 1989 and served as Artistic Director until 1997. Now in their 38th season, the group has sold more than one million albums. In 2008, they were named Ensemble of the Year, and Botto was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall Of Fame. In addition to an annual season in California, the group has performed internationally in Germany, Austria, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macao, the People's Republic of China and will represent the United States in the biannual Festival de las Chiquitas in Bolivia. Their unique name comes from the clear-singing rooster in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.”    

Pre-performance discussions, free to ticket holders, will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at the Hylton Center and Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts. The Friends of the Center for the Arts sponsor the pre-performance discussions at the Center for the Arts.

Ticket Information: Tickets to “A Chanticleer Christmas” are $54, $46 and $32 per person. Tickets are half price for children and youth through grade 12.


Novant Health is the 2015-2016 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Ticket Office

The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, by phone at 888-945-2468, or online at  Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent to the Concert Hall and free parking is located in university Lot K.


The Hylton Performing Arts Center Ticket Office

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Tickets available at the Hylton Performing Arts Center ticket office, by phone at 888-945-2468, or online at  Ticket office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center.


About George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). 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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA. 25th Anniversary Season hashtag: #GMUCFA25.


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, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts. For more information, please visit Like the Hylton Center on Facebook at and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @Hylton_PAC.


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.

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