Hylton Performing Arts Center Announces ‘Drum Roll, Please!’

Posted: June 8, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm

The Hylton Performing Arts Center at the Prince William Campus announced a gala celebration of the performing arts in Prince William County on Saturday, June 19, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Hosted by the Dominion Woman’s Club, NOVA Manassas Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William, “Drum Roll, Please!” will support the purchase of a Yamaha timpani concert percussion set to be shared among the local performing arts groups that consider the Hylton Center their home.

The NOVA Manassas Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William are two of the resident arts groups that will present regular performances at the Hylton Center.

“A full timpani and percussion set is as vital to an orchestra as violins and cellos, yet far less portable,” says Jean Kellogg, the Hylton Center’s executive director.

“Having the full range of percussion instruments on site is absolutely essential to a first-class performing arts center. We are grateful to the resident arts groups for their time, effort and generosity in supporting this common cause.”

Guests to “Drum Roll, Please!” will be treated to performances by the NOVA Manassas Symphony and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William, cuisine provided by local vendors from Prince William County and Northern Virginia, a cash bar and silent auction featuring arts related-experiences, as well as goods and services from businesses and organizations in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., area.

Some of the items up for bid are

  • Works by local and regional artists
  • Weekend stays in area hotels and gift certificates to area restaurants and shopping centers
  • Golf packages from Virginia Oaks, Piedmont, Stonewall and Bristow Manor Golf Courses
  • Redskins and D.C. United souvenirs
  • Tickets to performances by the NOVA Manassas Symphony Orchestra, the Manassas Ballet Theatre and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, as well as events at the Smithsonian Institute
  • A 46” LCD television with a Sony “Theater in a Box” surround sound system and blu-ray player

Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

All funds raised from this event will benefit the resident arts groups at the Hylton Center in serving the Prince William community.

Tickets to “Drum Roll, Please!” are $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Kristina Dugan, the Hylton Center’s director of annual giving and membership, at 703-993-6092 or visit www.drumroll-please.com.

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