Hylton Performing Arts Center Welcomes Phil Vassar

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments | Arts & Entertainment
Phil Vassar courtesy of the artist.

Phil Vassar courtesy of the artist.

From a release from Hylton Performing Arts Center

Two of Virginia’s finest homegrown country artists bring their rich sound to the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Merchant Hall stage when Phil Vassar performs a concert with country newcomer Lyndsey Highlander as the opening act on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at

8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2014-2015 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor.

Phil Vassar was born in Lynchburg, Va., and later studied at James Madison University in nearby Harrisonburg, where he began playing piano and singing in clubs. Upon moving to Tennessee, he became known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, penning a slew of chart-topping singles for such artists as Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Collin Raye and Alan Jackson, before launching a solo career that has seen the release of eight acclaimed albums and countless prestigious songwriting awards, including two American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awards, as well as the Virginia Association of Broadcasters’ 2012 Distinguished Virginian Award. From free-spirited songs like “Carlene,” “Bye Bye” and “Little Red Rodeo,” to heartfelt tunes like “American Child,” “My Next Thirty Years” and “In a Real Love,” to the fan favorite “Just Another Day in Paradise,” his soulful lyrics, infectious melodies and charismatic voice have touched popular and country music fans alike. Many of his songs have dominated the country charts, starting with his debut single, “Carlene,” which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard country music chart, followed by “Just Another Day in Paradise,” which was his first No. 1 hit. He is the founder of the full-service record label Rodeowave Entertainment.

Lyndsey Highlander. Photo Credit - Alysse Gafkjen.

Lyndsey Highlander. Photo Credit – Alysse Gafkjen.

From church solos and county fairs to appearances at major concert halls, Providence Forge, Va. native Lyndsey Highlander followed her dream to Nashville almost a decade ago. Drawing inspiration from three strong and powerful female vocalists – Patsy Cline, Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin – Highlander’s massive vocal prowess and intimate storytelling have captured the hearts of music fans across the country, as evidenced by the popularity of her music video for “Flowers Ain’t Gonna Fix This” from her debut EP, “You Can’t Stop Me,” which claimed the No. 1 spot on CMT’s Pure 12-Pack Countdown for six consecutive weeks. She recently founded “The Stomp,” a monthly concert series in Nashville for rising female country artists.

Program will be announced from the stage.

Novant Health is the 2014-2015 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor

Tickets for Phil Vassar with Lyndsey Hylander are $46, $39 and $28. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @Hylton_PAC.

 About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.



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