Community Formally Inaugurates Hylton Performing Arts Center

Posted: April 19, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: April 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm

By Catherine Ferraro

Prince William County, George Mason University and the City of Manassas will formally inaugurate a new performing arts center at a dedication ceremony on Mason’s Prince William Campus on Saturday, May 1, at 2 p.m.

The $46 million, 85,000-square-foot center will provide a unique setting for local arts groups and performers from around the world, giving an important economic boost for the region. It will feature a reception space, an art gallery and two performance venues. The facility will officially open its doors on May 21, 2010.

The project is a partnership among Prince William County, Mason, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as individuals and businesses in the private sector.

The center is named for the Cecil D. and Irene V. Hylton Foundation of Dale City, Va. The Hyltons are best known for developing much of Dale City and established the foundation because they believe in giving back to the communities in which they did business. The foundation provided some of the funding for the construction and endowment fund necessary to build the center.

Performing at the ceremony are the George Mason University Symphony and combined choirs, as well as the Manassas Community Chorale, the Brentsville High School Jazz Band and the Stonewall Jackson High School Junior ROTC. In addition, Alessandra Marc, internationally renowned dramatic soprano, will sing “Bless this House.”

Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Corey Stewart; Mason President, Alan Merten; Manassas Mayor, Harry Parrish II; Virginia State Senator, Charles Colgan; Dean of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, William Reeder; Hylton Center Executive Director, Jean Kellogg; and other county, city and Mason officials will be in attendance.

An RSVP is requested by April 28, 2010, to Kristy Williams at 703-993-8492 or

For more information about the Hylton Performing Arts Center, visit

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