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Hylton Performing Arts Center plans an eclectic season, including the legendary Ralph Stanley

Opened for 10 months, the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas announced an expanded season for 2011-2012, with the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley making a one-night-stand.

The center, a multi-partner operation of George Mason University on its Prince William campus, opened last May with an inaugural season of 13 performances. The programs, announced Thursday at the 1, 121 seat theater, will include 19 different artists.


Musician Peter Yarrow performs for a crowd of environmental activists Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Under the umbrella of “Hylton Presents,” the artists booked by the Mason curators, the season starts with The Flying Karamazov Brothers on Sept. 17 and includes an appearance of the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China on their national tour Nov. 16. Stanley, the bluegrass pioneer, will appear with his band on Feb. 11.

Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Tony-Award winning singer, will perform at the center’s 2nd anniversary gala on May 5. The Hylton will also featuring maestro Lorin Maazel conducting the Castleton Festival Orchestra which he founded. Those performances in July 2011 include a concert of American museum with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves.

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Other appearances include the dance troupe, Kings of Salsa on Oct. 2; flamenco dancer Jose Porcel on Oct. 30; the L.A. Theatre Works on Nov. 11; and the American Festival Pops Orchestra on Nov. 19.

The season, said the organizers, is a platform for local and regional groups, such as the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Other international acts are well-represented, including Celtic Nights, the Vienna Boys Choir, Aquila Theatre, the St. Petersburg State Orchestra and the Moscow Festival Ballet.

The resident partners are the Manassas Ballet Theatre, who

will do four ballets; the Prince William Little Theatre, who will stage three productions; VpstartCrow, the classical theater group that will do four productions; NOVA Manassas Symphony Orchestra, who will do four concerts, and the fall and spring concerts of the Manassas Chorale and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William.

The offerings also include the debut of the Hylton Family Series. Those programs include the legendary Peter Yarrow on Feb. 26.

The Hylton is a cooperative effort among Prince William County, George Mason, the city of Manassas and Virginia.

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