Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, led by James Ross (pictured), will present Brandenburgs & Brew at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria on March 20. The program will feature Bach's Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 & No. 6; No. 3 will feature original material by Jonathan Kolm. The program will also include Handel's The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba & Alexander's Feast. There will be a reception in Norton Hall after the concert. Visit www.alexsym.org
The Fairfax Choral Society
The Fairfax Choral Society concerts in March will be on:
March 21:Fantasy and Fun | Da Capo and Lyric Youth Choruses at Annandale United Methodist Church
March 22: Bach to the Beatles and Beyond | Vocal Arts Ensemble at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax
March 24: Poetry of Music: It Takes a Whole Village | Masters Singers, Concert Choir, Treble Choruses at Annandale United Methodist Church
March 28: Love Songs from Brahms to Broadway | Symphonic Chorus at Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax.
The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by Ulysses S. James, (pictured below) will perform Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto with pianist Thomas Pandolfi at the Masonic Memorial in Alexandria on March 29 and at Oakton - UUCH on April 5. The program will include Nineteenth century German composer Emilie Mayer’s third symphony, with its contrasting Viennese styles, rich textures, and overall brilliance.
The National Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Leonid Sushansky, artistic director, will present a concert titled Remarkable Four Seasons of Vivaldi at Gunston Arts Center on March 21. The concert will feature "humorous demonstrations, spectacular multimedia and reading of the sonnets as it tells the story of the most popular composition of Antonio Vivaldi through words, images and music simultaneously."
Washington Bach Consort will present Bach on the Lute: Nigel North – “a magical evening from the instrument of Orpheus – at Live at 10th & G in D.C. on February 28 and at Virginia Theological Seminary on February 29. Nigel North is acknowledged by critics in the US and abroad to be the foremost interpreter of Bach on the lute.
Washington Bach Consort will perform a concert titled Devotion & Contemplation - Membra Jesu nostriby Dieterich Buxtehude at Live! at 10th & G in D.C. on April 3 and at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria on April 4. The North German composer Dieterich Buxtehude (c.1637/39- 1707) “was held in such high reverence by the 20 year old Johann Sebastian Bach that he walked 250 miles from Arnstadt to Lübeck to hear the great organist/composer. Membra Jesu nostri is an exquisite cycle of seven cantatas, each as a contemplation of a different part of the body of Christ.” The Consort will present Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5 as part of the Capitol Cantata Series at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill in D.C. on April 6 and as part of the Downtown Cantata Series at Church of the Epiphany in D.C. on April 7. The Consort's Director Series will present Concerti Virtuosi - Bach's Brandenburg Concerti, Concerto by Torelliat St. Paul's Lutheran Church in D.C. on April 26.
George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, Music Director, (pictured below) will present Beethoven at 250: "Soulmates" at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on March 14. The concert will feature French pianist Philippe Bianconi, in a performance of Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2. The program will also feature highlights from Beethoven's most popular symphonies, including No. 5, No. 7, and No.3 "Eroica."
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, and The Fairfax Choral Society, conducted by Thomas Colohan, will present Beethoven at 250: "Peace & Joy" at GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall on April 25. The program will feature the regional premiere of Leshnoff's Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos,” which was written for the Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments that survived the Holocaust. The composer drew "inspiration from an ancient Jewish mystical text, Heichalos, to explore spiritual and ethical questions at the heart of the Jewish experience."
The program will also feature Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which celebrates the bonds that unite humankind and has been described as his “great vision of the future.”
City Choir of Washington will perform Duruflé's Requiem at Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia on March 15. The City Choir will be joined by the West Springfield (VA) High School Madrigals, directed by Dustin Brandt, and the Shenandoah University Cantus Singers directed by Dr. Karen Keating.
The Thirteen will perform concerts titled Mysticin March. The concerts will explore humanity’s search for the divine across time and space with nearly a millennium of music, featuring the German composer Hildegard von Bingen, Spanish composers Victoria and Lobo, Estonian minimalist Arvo Pärt, and contemporary American composer Mason Bates. The concerts to be performed will include one on March 6 at Virginia Theological Seminary inAlexandria.
March 8: Revels Pub Sing at Ireland’s Four Provinces * Falls Church, VA - featuring musical hosts and local folk performers Jennifer Cutting and Steve Winick
March 21: Carpe Diem-Revels Community Sing * Takoma, DC featuring Spring Equinox with Songs for Gatherings, plus musical celebrations of Irish Heritage Month, Women’s History Month and National Reading Month!
March 28: Jubilee Voices at Pleasant Grove * McLean, VA - traditional music that bound together many African American congregations in the late-19th and early-20th Centuries
March 29: Gallery Voices (Pictured below) at Davies Concert Series * Camp Springs, MD - Renaissance madrigals by Orlando di Lasso, Thomas Weelkes, Thomas Morley, John Dowland, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, John Farmer, Henry Purcell, and more.