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.
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.
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 Brass of Peace Scholarship Program, under the direction of former National Symphony Orchestra hornist, Sylvia Alimena, will host members of the Cleveland Orchestra that make up The Factory Seconds Brass Trio on tour at Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria on September 9. The trio is comprised of Jack Sutte, Trumpet; Jesse McCormick, Horn; and Richard Stout, Trombone. Each musician occupies the Second Chair position in their respective section within the Orchestra, and they are all faculty members as well as Ensemble in Residence at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.