Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by Ulysses S. James, will perform Gwyneth Walker’s dramatic setting of Langston Hughes's famous poem Let America be America Again, with Charles Williams, narrator, at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria on October 13.The concert will also be performed in Oakton at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax on October 19.
The program will feature Elgar's Cello Concerto, which was his last work for orchestra, with Maryland Symphony cellist Molly Jones, and Virgil Thomson’s Symphony on a Hymn Tune.
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, led by James Ross, will present a concert titled Imaginary Symphony at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center on October 5 & at George Washington Masonic Memorial on October 6. The soloists will be Rita Sloan, piano, Alan Richardson, cello & Nicholas Tavani, violin. The program will feature Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger; Beethoven’s Triple Concerto; William Walton’s Symphony No. 1 (first movement); Amy Beach’s Gaelic Symphony (second movement); Ethel Smyth’s On the Cliffs of Cornwall and Arthur Honnegger's Symphony No. 3 (third movement).
The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts is offering a free Public Performance Series featuring Music, Movement, and Light in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park at 1 King Street, on select dates, now-October. Original site-specific performances by composer and violinist David Schulman and Orange Grove Dance have been commissioned “in conversation with the sound-responsive, interactive installation Mirror Mirror.”
Image below: Mirror Mirror by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos, is a site-specific, temporary installation that will activate the Old Town Alexandria waterfront from March through November 2019. Image Credit: SOFTlab Visit www.alexandriava.gov/
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, with violinist Janet Sung, will perform a concert titled The Downton Abbey Era at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on September 21. The program will feature John Lund’s Downton Abbey Suite, Vaughan Williams’s Lark Ascending and Elgar’s Salut d’amour and his Enigma Variations. The concert will be performed in anticipation of the new movie set in Downton Abbey.
The National Chamber Ensemble, led by Artistic Director Leonid Sushansky, will perform the favorite orchestral works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - “scaled down and "re-imagined" - in an intimate version for a quintet,” featuring the Overture to Marriage of Figaro, Piano Concerto No. 23(with piano virtuoso Carlos Cesar Rodriguez), and the great Symphony No. 40 in G Minor at Gunston Arts Center on October 19.
The Thirteen, led by Matthew Robertson, founder of the professional choir, will present concerts at the Virginia Theological Seminary on October 25; at the Church of the Epiphany in DC on October 26 and at Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, Md on October 27. The concerts will explore the most beloved English-language composers, including Tallis’s symphonic-in-scope Gaude gloriosa Dei mater, Britten’s touching and powerful Hymn to St. Cecilia, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’sFly Away I, and selected repertoire from the distinctly-American Sacred Harp repertoire … and more.