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.
The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by Ulysses S. James, will perform a concert at the Church of the Epiphany in DC on June 3 and at George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia on June 10. The program will consist of Claude Debussy’s Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone with Rich Kleinfeldt, saxophone; William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet, Washington Saxophone Quartet; and Antonin Dvorak’s Golden Spinning Wheel, op.109, B.197 (Zlatý kolovrat).
Virginia Bronze will present An Afternoon with Dr. Payn at George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theater on June 3.Guest conductor Dr. Bill Payn’s own original compositions will be performed, as well as pieces that have provided inspiration to him throughout his long career.
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, will perform Beethoven's Ninth in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap on July 14. The orchestra will be joined by The Washington Chorus, with soprano Yelena Dyachek, mezzo-soprano Zoie Reams, tenor Richard Trey Smagur & baritone Thomas Glass. The program will also include Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with pianist Inon Barnatan.
Image below: The National Symphony Orchestra & Soloists.
The NSO, directed by Michael Barrett, will celebrate Bernstein at 100 in the Filene Center on July 27. Stars from the worlds of musical theater, dance, and classical music will join to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of American musical icon Leonard Bernstein. The orchestra will be joined by The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Misty Copeland & Tony Yazbeck, Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet, Erin Morley, soprano, George Takei, The Manhattan Transfer & Take 6......and more.
Wolf Trap will present a Sing-a-Long Sound of Music in the Filene Center on June 16.The classic family film will be screened … with a twist! Participants are invited to sing-a-long with the movie using on-screen lyrics. A costume contest will precede the screening …. lederhosen and veils welcome!
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Reineke, will perform the score for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ - in concert as the film is screenedin the Filene Center on July 6 & 7.Fans "are encouraged to dress like their favorite wizarding-inspired character for this performance."
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The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emil de Cou, will perform composer David Arnod's music for the film Casino Royale - in Concert - as the movie is screened at the Filene Center on July 22. The film, which features Daniel Craig as James Bond, was produced in association with EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM).
Image below: Actor Daniel Craig
The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Academy Award-winner John Williams's score for Steven Spielberg'sJaws as the film is projected onto big screens in-house & on the lawn of the Filene Center on July 21.