Wednesday, December 10, 2008
...silver bells, the sighs of relief after realizing ALL the holiday lights work, the sloshing of warm apple cider in your favorite mug. We love the sounds of the holidays and hope you will join us for a few more this Sunday, December 14 at 3:30pm as the ASO presents its annual Children's Holiday Concert at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. The program includes favorite holiday sing-a-longs as well as Duke Ellington's jazz-band arrangement of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Afterward, receive your fill of holiday cheer and treats with a delicious reception. Tickets are $25 general admission and can be purchased online or via phone at 703-548-0885. This is one afternoon of holiday fun you won't have to travel over the river and through the woods for!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Well, the excitement of election season has officially come to an end. Looking for something to fill the void? Join us for an evening of Mozart, Dvorak, and Wilder featuring two guaranteed winners: pianist Yuliya Gorenman and French hornist Amy Horn.
Heralded as a “pianist without fear,” Russian-born, American pianist Yuliya Gorenman brings her artistic fire and extraordinary virtuosity to the ASO for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21. Now firmly established in her performing career, Gorenman first achieved international acclaim in 1995 as a prizewinner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. She has performed and recorded with the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra, the Hugo Wolf String Quartet, the St. Louis Philharmonic, the Liege Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, and many other orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Currently, Gorenman is performing and recording the complete cycle of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in a series of eight solo recitals at The American University in Washington, DC where she is also a Professor of Piano and Musician in Residence.
Joining Gorenman as a featured soloist is ASO’s own Principal Horn, Amy Horn. She will be spotlighted on Alec Wilder’s Suite for Horn and Strings which ASO Concert Lecturer Colleen Fay calls “vintage Wilder” as it “combines elements of Jazz and popular song, but just enough of each to give the piece a distinctive musical edge.” In addition to her position with the ASO, Horn is also a Master Sergeant in “The President’s Own" United States Marine Band in Washington, DC and a doctoral candidate in Music at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Rounding out the program is Antonín Dvořák’s popular Serenade for Strings. Composed in 1875 in a mere 12 days, the Serenade remains a perennial audience favorite and came from a period of composition that also witnessed Dvořák being well-funded by a grant award and creating his Fifth Symphony. The five, varied movements of the Serenade showcase Dvořák’s rhythmic ingenuity and his now well-known ability to stretch long melodic lines across sections of the orchestra.Details:
"O' Thankful Voice"
Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 8:00pm
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
Tickets are $20-$80 and can be purchased online or via phone at 703-548-0885.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
It's good to be back! Though we love the slightly more laid back pace of summer, we can't wait to begin our 08-09 season. On Saturday, October 4 at 8:00pm and Sunday, October 5 at 3:00pm, join us as we present "O' Inner Voice" featuring Bowen McCauley Dance at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center (Alexandria). The first program in a season inspired by the voice, "O' Inner Voice" includes Massenet's Meditation from Thais, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves and Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and Brahms' Variation on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and Piano Concerto No. 1 (Movement 1) with Jeffery Watson, piano.
Ticket prices are $20-80 with special Sunday matinee youth tickets (ages 8-18) only $5! For tickets or more info, call us at 703-548-0885 or visit www.alexsym.org.
Hope to see you on opening night!
Monday, June 23, 2008
After the activities were finished, everyone headed inside the auditorium. You could almost feel the waves pounding as the ASO played selections from the "Pirates of the Carribbean" movies. Maestro Kim Allen Kluge, or as he was known that day, Captain Jack Sparrow, took us on a symphonic adventure. Swords became batons as we played along with the music and mimiced the instruments with our hands.
Adding to the experience was an impressive, and often funny, videography that played behind the orchestra. Interspered with artwork created by area students involved in the Children's Fest curriculum was a narrative about a school janitor. While cleaning at night, he discovers the children's artwork has come to life. Although we all know the arts can be magical, this videography gave that notion a fantastical twist.
After all the activity, excitment, and inspiration (not to mention a beating hot sun), we were all ready to retire to our own quarters and start dreaming up ideas for next year...
(Of course, we couldn't end this post without thanking everyone who attended and volunteered at the event. A very, very, very special thanks goes to Melissa Luby, the amazing ASO Special Project Coordinator who organized the event and made it an amazing success.)
Monday, June 2, 2008
Thank you to everyone who attended, donated or bid at the auction, or helped make the event an amazing night! Of course, a special thanks goes to our Board whose hard work makes this all possible!
Picture 1: Elizabeth McCrae, Kate Patterson, Harriet Lankford
Picture 2: Cassie McLaughlin, Nick and Gincy Carosi
Picture 3: Frank and Betty Quirk, Jim and Molly Singerling
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
What’s your musical background?
I also have many other interests within the music field. I do a great deal of teaching, I compose and have my own publishing company. I also run a percussion web site, DougWallacePercussion.com.
Why did you choose percussion?
When did you join the ASO? What’s your most memorable ASO performance?
Are there any “movers and shakers,” up-and-comers, or exciting trends you see happening in symphonic music?
The next frontier, in my mind, is the implementation of technology coupled with a transformed art form that requires use of all the senses – sight and sound, of course, but also touch, taste and smell. I guess that I can envision an experience for the audience along the lines of a highly sophisticated live IMAX movie with the orchestra as the featured entity.
Side note - Including popular artists on certain concerts is a way that many orchestras have attempted to attract young audiences, but I think that more needs to be done.
As far as education and marketing go, every orchestra should have an interactive web site, blogs, articles with RSS feeds, a MySpace page, a Facebook page, etc. This is how young people communicate these days, and any business or non-profit organization that doesn’t get with the program is going to be left behind. I am also a firm believer in program notes and speaking briefly to the audience before pieces.
Favorite thing to do when not playing?
Sports – I love to play and watch sports. All sports, but especially the big team sports (basketball, football, hockey, baseball). I feel that playing an instrument and playing a sport are very similar because mental focus, endurance, and agility are essential in both activities.
Favorite band or popular artist?
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Not simply a concert, the Children’s Festival is the culmination of a cross-curricular educational initiative that brings music into area classrooms through a specially designed music and arts curriculum. The fun begins at 2pm with interactive art stations, limbo and pirate costume contests and dance activities. Children can also play real symphonic instruments at the instrument petting zoo. At 3pm, the ASO, with a special appearance by Dancensations Dance Center, will present selections from the first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man’s Chest.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Ccurrently a member of the Alexandria Arts Forum, the Alexandria Choral Society will add a mesmerizing voice to the stage with its chorus. The nationally recognized group has performed with Rosemary Clooney and the National Symphony Pops, and its high quality performances and programming have garnered it numerous awards. In 1992, ACS won the first American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award ever presented to a chorus for Adventuresome Programming. Locally, it has twice received the coveted ALEX Award from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. Particularly unique to ACS is its commitment to regular performances of American choral music. Most seasons include a program of American works, with ACS premiering a new choral work approximately every two years since 1984.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008