Cathedra will perform a concert titled Of Popes and Queens at Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia on Sunday, October 1. Established in 2010, Cathedra specializes in music of both the Renaissance and Baroque and is a champion of the modern-day composer. The highly-skilled ensemble of professional singers and instrumentalists is dedicated to bringing the highest form of musical expression to music from across the ages. Cathedra, under the artistic leadership of Maestro Michael McCarthy, is the resident ensemble at Washington National Cathedral. The ensemble “explores boundaries of both repertoire and presentation, tailoring the programming to offer authenticity and originality that is both unique and compelling.”
Image below: Cathedra directed by Maestro Machael McCarthy
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, led by Guest Conductor Michael Rossi, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on Saturday evening, September 23.
The concert will also be performed on Sunday afternoon, September 24at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. The program will include Strauss’s Don Juan and Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde.
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Guest Conductor James Rossi, will perform Music by Brahms, Britten & Butterworth at Schlesinger Concert Hall on Saturday, October 21.The concert will be repeated on Sunday, October 22 at George Washington Masonic Memorial. The concert will feature George Butterworth'sThe Banks of Green Willow and the imagery of the Four Sea Interludesfrom Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes.The program will close with Brahms's Symphony No. 3.
Choralis, conducted by Gretchen Kuhrmann, will perform Die Schöpfung (The Creation) by Joseph Haydn at Rachel M. Schlesinger Arts Center and Concert Hall in Alexandria, VA on Sunday, October 29. Choralis singers come from across the Metro DC area and from all walks of life. Many of them are professional musicians and music educators, while others have developed their choral music performance abilities as dedicated amateurs.
Choralis, conducted by Gretchen Kuhrmann, will present a performance by Ēchos chamber choir titled One World, One Voiceat Fairfax Presbyterian Church on November 12. The ensemble performs a wide range of choral repertoire and styles each season. They will offer “a program of music that includes pieces for double choir, highlighting the importance of working together, as well as world music, underscoring the healing power of music on a global scale.”
Image below: Maestra Gretchen Kuhrmann - Photo by Don Lassell
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, will perform Rachmaninoff’sPiano Concerto No. 2, with pianist Claire Huangci, in the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, October 21.The program will also include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Claire Huangci won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in 2009, as well as in 2010 at the Chopin Competition in Miami.
National Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Leonid Sushansky, will perform a concert titled A Night in the Garden of Spain at Gunston Arts Center on Saturday, October 14.
The soloists will be Leonid Sushansky, violin, CarlosCésarRodrígez, piano, Uri Wassertzug, (viola) and Sean Neidlinger, (cello). They will focus on the exotic, rich musical culture of Spain, featuring the music of Granados, Turina, De Falla and Albeniz.
Bowen McCauley Dance will join the Ensemble to premiere a creation set to Manuel De Falla's Suite Populaire Espagnol.
Images below: Leonid Sushansky, (violin), Carlos César Rodrígez, (piano), Uri Wassertzug (viola) and Sean Neidlinger (cello).
New Dominion Chorale will perform Songs Celestialat St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean, Va on October 29.The program will include the premiere performance of Thomas Beveridge's Song of Celestial Love; Franz Schubert's Folk Mass ("Deutsche Messe"); Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms; Sergei Rachmaninov's Four Divine Hymns and more. The concert will be accompanied by Paul Skevington, organist.
Virginia Bronze, led by Nicholas A. Hanson, will present an afternoon of handbell favorites, from Fantasy on King's Weston to Dancing Queen at George Washington Masonic Memorial on October 15. Virginia Bronze is a community-based auditioned handbell ensemble in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area. They perform a wide range of handbell music including secular, sacred, popular, original and regional pieces.
Virginia Bronze, led by Guest Conductor Dottie Tweedie, will perform a concert at George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theater in Alexandria on December 17. They will also perform at First Night Alexandria on December 31.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, led by Music Director & Conductor Ulysses S. James, will perform Virginia composer Ben Roundtree's Symphony No. 1 - Heroes on Sunday October 22 at the Church of the Epiphany in DC and on Sunday October 29 at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.The Symphony is based on five of Roundtree’s spiritual and inspirational heroes and mentors. The concert will also include Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's, Violin Concerto, op. 35 in D major with violinist Leonid Sushansky, who is a rising star in the DC area.