Potomac Arts Academy Presents a Celebration of Black History Month

Posted: February 17, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: February 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Potomac Arts Academy will present “A Celebration of Black History Month: A Musical Journey of Hope and Freedom” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m.

The concert features the George Mason University Wind Symphony and Opera Ensemble, joined by the Duke Ellington Show Choir and members of area church youth choirs, “Voices of Zion” and “Voices of Tomorrow Today.”

The program will include African drumming, spirituals, jazz and “A Movement for Rosa,” a special musical tribute to civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, written by music professor, composer and conductor Mark Camphouse. Camphouse is the conductor of the Wind Symphony.

The concert will be preceded by an art exhibition at 10 a.m. in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery, located in the Hylton Performing Arts Center. The exhibition features works by students from Prince William County Public Schools and will provide an interactive arts experience.

“Potomac is so pleased to be able to bring our outstanding Mason music ensembles together with singers from the Duke Ellington School and area youth church choirs in this rousing Black History Month family celebration,” says Libby Curtis, director of Potomac Arts Academy.

“It’s especially exciting to hold this at the beautiful new Hylton Performing Arts Center. An art exhibit featuring works from some of the finest Prince William County Public School students and an interactive arts experience makes this a fun and engaging event for the whole family.”

Tickets are $10 general admission. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on Mason’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center.

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