Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s (ASO) Board of Trustees announced in May, 2018 that James Ross will be the ASO’s Music Director. Maestro Ross’s selection follows an extensive two-year search, which included a pool of 170 applicants from around the world. James Ross is Orchestra Director of the National Youth Orchestra – USA at Carnegie Hall and is on the conducting faculty at the Juilliard School. He served as Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Maryland at College Park for a distinguished 16-year tenure. Ross studied conducting with Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein.He will conduct the ASO’s 2018-2019 season, which will begin in September.The new season will commemorate the organization’s 75th Anniversary. Ross will make special appearances throughout the year with the orchestra and in tandem with other community events.
Signature Theatre'sSizzlin’ Summer Nights Cabaret Series is in progress thru August 4. The series features live music and performances by Signature favorites and DC area stars. Sixteen different acts will perform, including Nova Y. Payton, Mark G. Meadows, Robbie Schaefer, Erin Driscoll, Ines Nassara, Maria Rizzo.
Signature Theatre will present Blues Revolution, featuring Akua Allrich, August 21 -25.The jazz vocalist and DC native explores music and poetry as tools for revolution in “a sizzling cabaret highlighting Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong, Nation, Harry Belafonte and others.”
The National Symphony Orchestra, directed by Michael Barrett, will celebrate Bernstein at 100 in the Filene Center on July 27. Stars from the worlds of musical theater, dance, and classical music will join to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of American musical icon Leonard Bernstein. The orchestra will be joined by The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Misty Copeland & Tony Yazbeck, Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet, Erin Morley, soprano, George Takei, The Manhattan Transfer & Take 6......and more.
The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Academy Award-winner John Williams's score for Steven Spielberg'sJaws as the film is projected onto big screens in-house & on the lawn of the Filene Center on July 21.
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emil de Cou, will perform composer David Arnod's music for the film Casino Royale - in Concert - as the movie is screened at the Filene Center on July 22. The film, which features Daniel Craig as James Bond, was produced in association with EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM).
Image below: Actor Daniel Craig
Wolf Trap will present music from the 1991 Disney animated classic film Beauty and the Beast performed live by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra in the Filene Center on August 8 & 9 - as the film plays on movie screens.