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.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (WMP), conducted by Ulysses S. James, will perform concerts at the Masonic Memorial in Alexandria on December 8 and at UUCF in Oakton on December 15.The concerts will feature Vaughan Williams’s version of Greensleeves. WMP’s principal violinist Tim Kidder will solo in a performance of Lukas Foss’s Three American Pieces, orchestrated by Foss for Itzhak Perlman. WMP’s principal tubist Karl Hovey will explore Richard Strauss’ romantic Horn Concerto by playing it on the tuba. Listeners can also discover “how Stravinsky evokes the world of commedia dell’arte clowns in Pulcinella.”
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Ross, will present a concert titled Autumn Cello and Dvořák, at Schlesinger Concert Hall on November 16 and at George Washington Masonic Memorial on November 17. The soloist will be cellist Wolfgang Schmidt, who will perform Elgar's Cello Concerto.The program will include Lili Boulanger's Old Buddhist Prayer and Dvořák's Symphony No. 8.
The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Ross, will perform a concert titledNutcracker PotpourriatSchlesinger Concert Hallon December 14 & at George Washington Masonic Memorial on December 15. The program will include Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, arranged for harp, with Morgan Short, harp. In addition, the program will includeHumperdinck’s Prelude to Hansel and Gretel, Tchaikovsky’s Selections fromThe Nutcracker andDuke Ellington’s The Nutcracker Suite The December 14 performance will include video realizations that narrate the program through the eyes of children.
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, will present a concert titled Nostalgic Nights at George Mason University Harris Theatre on November 6. The program will feature Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjurez with Berta Rojas, guitar.Rojas is among today’s foremost classical guitarists. The program will also include Honeggar’s Summer Pastoral, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 (Haffner) and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 (Classical).
Fairfax Choral Society Symphonic Chorus will perform Music of the Royal Courts at Providence Presbyterian Church on November 2.The program will feature 18th- and 19th-century masterpieces written during the reign of Hanover and Austro-Hungarian monarchs. The concert will include Schubert’s Mass in G, Handle’s grand Coronation Anthems and Parry’s anthem titled I Was Glad.
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.
Image below: Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, pianist and Leo Sushansky, artistic director - photo by David R. Moss
National Chamber Ensemble, led by Artistic Director Leonid Sushansky, will present Holiday Cheerat Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington on December 14.The concertwill bring classical masterpieces and holiday favorites together for the whole family. The Outstanding Young Artist - piano competition winners will perform. The Concert will conclude with a Carols Sing-Along to get everyone in the holiday spirit!A reception will follow the performance.
The Thirteen will perform concerts titled Silent Night Starry Night at select locations in December.The program will feature The Thirteen's own arrangement of Silent Nightand also contemporary composer Kile Smith's The Consolation of Apollo.The latter "pairs the words of the Apollo 8 astronauts on Christmas Eve 1968 with the writings of the Roman philosopher Boethius. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, the performance will be accompanied by projected images from NASA’s Hubble telescope." The concerts will be performed:
Dec. 20 @ Episcopal High School Chapel - Alexandria VA Dec. 21 @ Live @ 10th & G | First Congregational U.C.C.-DCDec. 22 @ Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, MD.
Virginia Bronze and director Brian Seemann will perform a holiday concert titled The 12 Meters of Christmas at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial on December 21. The program will consist of Christmas favorites with a twist.
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.
The Thirteen will perform a concert titled Monteverdi: The Lost Vespers (1641)on November 15 at the Episcopal High School Chapel in Alexandria, Virginia and on November 16, at 10th & G in DC and on November 17 at Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, MD. Monteverdi assembled many mature compositions toward the end of his life into one massive volume, titled Selva morale e spirituale — the moral and spiritual wood. This monumental volume contained a Vespers of 1641, which The Thirteen has assembled with the motet Beatus virat its core.
New Dominion Chorale, led by Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge, will present a concert titled Biblical Scenes & Sacred Canticleson November 3 at Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia. The program will include the music of Purcell, Carissimi, Beveridge and Schubert.The soloists will be Amy Broadbent, soprano, Thomas Pandolfi, pianist and Paul Skevington, organist.
Choralis, conducted by Gretchen Kuhrmann, will perform Handel's Messiah (Part 1) - a Sing-along - at Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, VA on December 1.The concert will be accompanied by chamber orchestra and organ. The audience can their own score or rent one at the door to sing along with the choruses.
The New Dominion Chorale, led by Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge, with orchestra and soloists, will perform Handel's Messiah at Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on December 15. The soloists will be Natalie Conte, soprano, Melissa Kornacki, mezzo soprano, Patrick Kilbride, tenor and Jeffrey Tarr, bass.
The Washington Men’s Camerata will present Christmas with the Camerata - a Washington-area tradition for over 35 years – at select locations in December.The program will feature perennial holiday classics, along with new and inventive arrangements of some favorite songs of the season. The concerts are perfect for the whole family. There will be a concert on December 6 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington in Arlington, VA.