Arts Performances This Weekend

Posted: December 2, 2011 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: December 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Mason’s Center for the Arts and the Hylton Performing Arts Center are presenting exciting holiday-themed performances this weekend.

Dailey & Vincent at Center for the Arts

Dailey & Vincent. Photo by Jim McGuire

The Center for the Arts will welcome back acclaimed bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. to perform a concert titled “I Believe in Christmas” that reflects the pair’s deep spirituality and truly captures the reason for the season.

“The most celebrated new bluegrass act of the past few years,” says the New York Times about this twosome whose musical career has been on fire ever since joining forces in 2007.

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are praised by audiences and critics alike for their vocal arrangements and two-part harmonies. The two are frequently compared to such legendary duos as Bill and Charlie Monroe and Ralph and Carter Stanley, and such harmonizing powerhouses as the Statler Brothers.

Dailey & Vincent have earned numerous accolades in the last four years, including 13 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, 17 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Awards, a 2011 Gospel Music Association Dove Award and a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Joining the pair onstage for this performance are Christian Davis on bass, guitar and vocals; Joe Dean Jr. on banjo, guitar and bass vocals; Jeff Parker on mandolin, guitar and harmony vocals; and Jesse Stockman on fiddle.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $24, $40 and $48; tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price when the child is accompanied by an adult. Charge tickets by phone at 888-945-2468, visit the box office or see

Sweet Honey In The Rock at Hylton Performing Arts Center

Sweet Honey In The Rock

The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas will host the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.

These six vocalists will perform uplifting songs in celebration of the many holidays around the world, spreading a message of hope, love, peace, social justice and goodwill to all people.

Taking their name from the Bible’s Psalm 81:16 (“…with honey from the rock I would satisfy you”), Sweet Honey In The Rock has had a presence on the Washington, D.C.,  music scene since Bernice Johnson Reagon founded the ensemble at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company in 1973.

Rooted deeply in African American musical traditions, the group showcases many diverse forms of music, including blues, spirituals, traditional gospel, rap, reggae, African chants, hip-hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation.

The ensemble currently features Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson and American Sign Language interpreter Shirley Childress Saxton.

Sweet Honey In The Rock has released more than 20 recordings, and has earned a Grammy Award, numerous Grammy nominations and several Washington Area Music Association (Wammie) Awards.

The ensemble was also the subject of a feature-length documentary film, “Sweet Honey In The Rock: Raise Your Voice,” which was televised on PBS’s “American Masters” series and released on DVD in 2005.

In April 2011, the ensemble presented “Sweet Honey In The Rock: Remembering Nina, Odetta and Miriam,” a tribute to legendary artists Nina Simone, Odetta, and Miriam Makeba at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The group is also developing a new collaborative piece titled “Affirmations” with the National Symphony Orchestra, slated to premiere in 2012.

Novant Health is the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season. WPFW 89.3 FM – Pacifica Radio is the media sponsor for Sweet Honey In The Rock at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $30, $38 and $46; tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price when the child is accompanied by an adult. For tickets, visit the box office, charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit



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