Thomas Colohan was named Artistic Director of the Fairfax Choral Society in Summer, 2018.The award-winning conductor, composer and teacher has been the Artistic Director of the Washington Master Chorale since its founding in 2009. Colohan has led choruses at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, The Library of Congress, Prague’s Rudolphinum Concert Hall, and the Stephansdom in Vienna. He is active as a guest conductor, teacher and clinician and has conducted members of the Prague Radio Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the San Jose Symphony, the California Chamber Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony.He has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He previously served as Music Director for All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC, Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, Music Director of the Santa Clara Chorale, and Founder and Artistic Director of the James River Singers in Richmond, Virginia.
The Fairfax Choral Society will host the Amadeus Orchestra, directed by A. Scott Wood, at Providence Presbyterian Church on October 20.The program will feature Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, along with Schubert’s Magnificat.
Images below: The logo for Amadeus Concerts Maestro A. Scott Wood and The Amadeus Orchestra
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.
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Ross, will perform a mix of grand and intimate symphonic works on September 29 & 30.The concert will begin with Michael Torke’s Javelin, which was co-commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Committee. The program will continue with two works featuring solo violin, including Dvořák’s Romance in F Minor and Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo capriccioso. The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. The concert on September 29 will take place at Schlesinger Concert Hall, and the concert on September 30 will take place at George Washington Masonic Memorial.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic's 2018-19 season, conducted by Ulysses S. James, will feature Women Composers.The season will begin with concerts at The Church of the Epiphany in DC on October 13 & at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial on October 14. The concerts will both include works by Lili Boulanger, Germaine Tailleferre and Cindy McTee.
National Chamber Ensemble, led by Director Leo Sushansky, will present Masters of the Italian Baroqueat Gunston Arts Center on October 20. The concert will feature works by Vivaldi, Corelli, and Albinoni and will culminate with the performance of Pergolesi's the Stabat Mater with renowned soprano Sharon Christman and Washington National Opera mezzo-soprano Anamer Castrello. The Stabat Mater is “one of the composer's most celebrated sacred works and has been called "the most perfect and touching" work to come from the pen of any composer.”
Images: At left, Leo Sushansky & at right, the logo forMasters of the Italian Baroque
The New Dominion Chorale, led by Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge, will perform a concert titled Grant Us Peace, with string orchestra and harp, at St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean, VA on October 28. The program will include Gabriel Fauré's Requiem; Franz Schubert's Mass in G Major and Psalm 23 & Felix Mendelssohn's Grant Us Peace. The soloists will be Paul Skevington, Organist, Annie Schwartz, Soprano, Benjamin Pattison, Tenor & James Shaffran, Baritone.