Please click to view the program for our 2020 NOVA Honors Recital: honors recital
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Please click to view the program for our 2020 NOVA Honors Recital: honors recital
Link to view video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1zEL6or5xI&t=3085s
February 27, 2020!
The NOVA Alexandria Band, The George Mason Elementary School Jazz Band, The Amati Orchestra (6th grade) of Francis C. Hammond Middle School and Area School Band and Orchestra Students!
With baton raised, our band director Lisa Ecksetin, began the evening with March of the Resistance by John Williams, (from Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Brian Jones, one of featured artists for the evening, joined the band for Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet. He is incredible!
Dr. Jones has served on the faculty of NVCC Alexandria since 2009. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1992 after winning a position with The Unit- ed States Air Force Band. During his tenure there, he was invited by the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor to perform Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet at the U.S. Supreme Court in a recital honoring the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Dr. Jones authored seven articles for The Instrumentalist magazine, presented at the 2007 Virginia MENC conference, and performed at the international ClariFest in 2008. In addition to teaching at NVCC, he serves on the faculty of the Levine School of Music, and has been a member of the 257th Army Band, “The Band of the Nation’s Capital” since 2002. Currently the First Sergeant of that organization, he was the conductor of that Band from 2013-2018, and served as acting commander for eighteen months. He hold degrees from Catholic University (DMA), Baylor University (MM), and Florida State University (BME) and his teachers include Sidney Forrest, Richard Shanley, and Frank Kowalsky.
Brian was followed by the famed Denny Edelbrock on Trumpet, performing Excursions for Trumpet and Band by Bruce Broughton.
Dr. Dennis Edelbrock is described by the Washington Post as having “incredible technique” and performing with “reckless abandon,” Dennis Edelbrock has had a performing career spanning 48 states and 14 foreign countries. As a member of the U.S. Army Band and the Army Brass Quintet for 35 years, he was tasked with performing and producing White House concerts and internationally televised historical events including presidential state funerals and inaugurations, as well as international Olympic events. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by the U.S. Army in 2010.
In recent years, he has performed with the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets, the New York Metropolitan Opera, and has recorded with the National Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in other internationally televised events such as those at the Kennedy Center where he was featured as soloist in Messiah for the world’s first webcast, Opening Ceremonies for Olympic Games, and shows as varied as NBC’s Today Show and NPR’s Prairie Home Companion. As a soloist, he has been featured in films as varied as Contact, Wag the Dog, Gardens of Stone, and in Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln (Dreamworks 2013), which garnered several academy awards. He has given masterclasses all over the world including at the prestigious St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories, as well as at Central Beijing University.
The Band’s final piece featured a world premier from our very own Nathan Pereda. Nathan is a student at nova and received a commission from an anonymous donor to perform at this concert.
Nathan Piece, Le’oria, the City of Music has three movements.
I. The Royal Reception and Dance
II. Merluna’s Charm
III. Dance in the Moonlight
Congratulations to Nathan and the NOVA Alexandria Band on a wonderful performance!
And how phenomenal was the work? A standing ovation was had!
Following intermission, The Amati Orchestra (6th Grade) of Francis C. Hammond Middle School, took to the stage under the direction of Veronica Jackson.
The kids performed Bohemian Folk Song, (a traditional round), Mark William’s Sailor Song and Soon Hee Newbold’s Russian Music Box.
The George Mason Elementary School Jazz Band followed with The Blues is Loose by Victoria Lopez, Blues in Hoss’ Flat by Frank Foster and Count Basie and I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin.
For the grand finale began with a combined performance of school children from area elementary and middle schools with the NOVA Alexandria Band performing, Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven, in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Year.
The grand finale’s participating teachers and schools include:
Participating Teachers: Danielle Brosious Eun-Jin Chae Kimberly Hess Erin Flynn-Pace Veronica Jackson Paul Norris Heather Rosner Richard Seracino Laura Torchia and Dawn Wilson
Participating Schools: Charles Barrett Elementary Francis C. Hammond Middle Matthew Maury Elementary Douglas MacArthur Elementary George Mason Elementary George Washington Middle Swanson Middle and Tuckahoe Elementary
The final piece of the evening was another world premier! Champion by Nathan Pareda.
An amazing night was had by all and hats off to all the musicians!
Please see our concert schedule for updates on all our future concerts!
The Holiday spirit was out in full force for our 2019 Holiday Collage Concert!
The evening began with The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet performing carols in the lobby.
A lovely beginning to a festive evening.
The main concert hall showcased the NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Band.
The Chorus fired up the main concert with Personent Hodie, accompanied by a brass and percussion ensemble featuring Isabella Lowe & Josh Menez, trumpets; Margaret Forman, French horn; Ameer Yaqoob, trombone; Cristian Condor, tuba; and Tyler Brantley and Mayson Rangel on Percussion.
Tonight was bittersweet, since it was the final concert for Choral Director, Jessica Irish. She has had a truly memorable time with the Chorus this past semester and we were lucky to have her!
The Chorus followed with There Shall a Star (from “Christus”) by Felix Mendelssohn. and Winter’s Peace highlighting the Semi-Chorus: Halina Banas-Jones, Alan Bunner, Sarah Calvino, Larry Goldschmidt, Diane Halvorsen, Lock Handley, Laura Hanson, Jane Michaels, Casey Stucliffe and Neo Upod.
Chorus fans rejoiced after Ding, Dong! Merrily on High! featuring Jane Tavernier, second accompanist for four-hand piano and Mayson Ragel on chimes.
Meanwhile The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble were gearing up for their holiday extravaganza! They performed four works, beginning with The Little Drummer Boy…
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,
The set ended with Greensleeves (What Child is This?) and Comfort and Joy.
A special intermission, shout out to those who came to the concert including our wonderful students, the community and friends and families!
The final half of the concert featured the NOVA Alexandria Band! performing A Christmas Fantasy, Gloria, Away in a Manger, Dreidel Dance and Sleight Ride….
Harpist Brian Stevenson, out quest artist for the evening stole the show and beautifully filled the hall with the lush sounds of strings.
I personally adore the hat’s so many band member adorn each holiday for the concert.
Best hat of the night? Well, I think it’s obvious!
This year’s concert was dedicated to our NOVA students and families. We wanted to thank them for their sacrifices to make it through school and onto the next chapter in the lives. To help give back to them, we held a free ticketed give-a-way for NOVA students. The prizes included: a $50. gift certificate to Ristorante Il Porto in Old Town Alexandria, a $50. gift certificate to Faccia Luna, also in Old Town Alexandria, a 15% off certificate to the Barnes’ and Noble Book Store and two bags of NOVA merchandise from Student Life!!!!
Our excited winners had some great prizes!
It was nice to see so many happy faces!
The Band’s final piece of the night was an audience singalong featuring Joy to the World, It Came Upon and Midnight Clear and Adeste Fidelis (O come all ye faithful)
The evening ended with a huge round of applause for the Band, the audience, the NOVA Nighthawks and The Chorus!!!! What a fun-filled evening.
Let’s hear for the Music Department’s 2019′, done well!!!! Happy Holidays everyone and Happy New Year!!!!!
Please come to our next concerts, this Spring!
In our AFA- building in room 118, (our recital hall) we Dmitri Steinberg coming at 7:30pm on Tuesday February 12th.
February 27th is the famed Children’s Concert for families and the community. A lot of fun! The Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall.
March 11th is the next Chorus Concert at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall.
5pm on April 15th in the AFA building 118 recital hall will be District 5 Wind Quintet.
and finally… The big Spring Concert feauturing All of the NOVA Ensembles will be at 7:30, may 8th at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall!
What a phenomenal night!
This year’s NOVA Jazz Night at The Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia was a treat! The evening’s theme was Swing Revival tunes from the 1990’s featuring music from famous by bands including, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Lou Bega, and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.
The first jazz combo, Baby Shark Jazz Quintet, an ode to the Nationals recent World Series Win, performed:
My Favorite Things, Barbados and Equinox.
The second quartet, The Downstairs Guys performed, Black Orpheus, Baby Why? (original), St. Thomas and Mr. P.C.
Our third Jazz combo, the Are You Serious? performed Four Brothers and Triste.
The evening ended with The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing a wonderful set list including:
Go Daddy-O, Hey Pachuco, As Long As I’m Singing (vocal), Yellow Days (vocal), Mambo No. 5, Jump, Jive, and Wail, Route 66 (vocal), Zoot Suit Riot, and Rock This Town.
What a wonderful response! A great night had by all!
Our Next NOVA concert will be at 8:00pm, December 10th at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall! JOY TO THE WORLD! A Holiday College Concert featuring the NOVA Community Chorus, The Nighthawkes Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Community Band!
The NOVA Alexandria Music Department Presented, The NOVA Community Chorus performing their October 22, 2019 concert, “Sing a Mighty Song.”
Our first song for the evening was, “Sing a might Song,” performed by all four Choirs! The NOVA Community Chorus was joined by Annandale, South County and Woodson High School Choirs. We managed to fit everyone on stage and the sheer sound was as impressive as the numbers.
The NOVA Community Chorus began their segment with Anton Bruckner’s Lucus Iste, (Translation: This Place was made by God, a priceless Sacrament; it is without reproach) and Joseph Hadar’s, Erev Shell Shoshanim (Evening of Roses).
Craig Hella Johnson’s The Water is Wide was beautifully accompanied by Soprano Susan Lewis Kavinski and cellist, Rachel Sexton.
One of my favorite works of the night.
This was followed by Sing My Child by Sarah Quartel. Our Quartet included Sarah Calvino, Luna Para, Phillip Todd and Neo Upod.
Our next segment featured The Annandale Singers, conducted by Patrick Vaughn. The Choir performed Michael John Trotta’s Shenandoah, Elain Hagenberg’s When We Love and Brian Tate’s Connected.
Amy Moir Conducted The Woodson Vocal Ensemble in Gerald Finzi’s My Spirit Sang All Day and Anders Edenroth’s, Chili con Carne.
The South County Choirs were conducted by Antonio Rodriguez and accompanied by Esther Lee and Tammy Lydon. Their performance begin with Goodnight, by Matthew Emery.
The South County Bella Voce: Performed Famine Song by Matthew Culton. The soloists were Josie Springer and Laurie Evans. This was followed by The South County Singers performing Michael Engelhardt’s Wayfaring Stranger showcasing soloist Ian Pathak. The final song was Hans Bridger Heruth’s “Joy” and featured soloists: Damaris Williams, Warisha Hussain and Madeline Schneider.
The final song of the evening was a beautiful work by Jacob Narverud, “Sisi Ni Moja (We Are One) featuring Steven Barnett on Percussion.
Please come to our next concerts:
Monday, Nov. 11: Jazz Ensemble Concert titled “NOVA Jazz Night at the Carlyle Club” — The Carlyle Club; 7:30-9:30pm; Address: 2050 Ballenger Ave., Alexandria, VA 22314; $25 minimum food and beverage purchase required per person; For more info, visit https://www.thecarlyleclub.com/about-us.html
Tuesday, Dec. 10: Holiday Concert titled “Joy to the World” featuring the band, chorus, and jazz band — Schlesinger Concert Hall; 8-9:45pm; FREE admission and parking.
Our music department wrapped up our semester with our 2019 spring concert! Friday, May 3, 2019 from 8-10pm.
It was a historic night for a couple of reasons. First, It was the final performance with a amazing chorus director, Chad Steffey. Chad has spend the past couple of years working with our chorus and helping build a new chapter in the chorus history with wonderfully fun Broadway reviews and bringing in fantastic guest singers.
The chorus gathered in the concert hall foyer to help send him off in style. Hugs, gifts and a massive round of applause.
The NOVA Community Chorus began the night with The Music of Living by Dan Forrest, followed by Selections from Old American Songs, Bring Me Little Water, Silvy, by Huddie Ledbetter, Cape Cod Girls, a traditional Sea Shanty and Ain’-a That Good News! by William Dawson.
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble picked up a jazzy set, with Maiden Voyage, by Herbie Hancock, Whisper Not by Benny Golson, Moment’s Notice by John Coltrane and Senor Mouse by Chick Corea.
Lisa Eckstein treated the audience by opening the band set with Mark Camphouse’s Air Mobility Command March.
Then the band provided a stunning performance of Nathan Pereda’s Starless Night.
Nathan’s piece offered a wonderful set of antiphonal trumpets that brought such beauty to the hall. The piece was extraordinary!
The band finished the evening with Xerxes by John Mackey and African Symphony by Van McCoy.
Everyone LOVED it all
Another great season coming to the close, but we’ll be back in the fall with more music!
The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, hosted this year’s JAZZ for JUSTICE event, featuring the NOVA Nighthawks with our very special guest Warren Wolf and TC Williams Jazz Ensemble!
The evening began with some music from one of NOVA’s Jazz student ensembles providing some wonderful sounds for the start of a great evening.
We had some artists from the Torpedo Factory take part in the evening as well. Pat Sargent (Studio 325), printed up some postcards for the evening that were beautifully done.
Rosemary Feit-Covey spent the evening doing demos on her card making on the second floor, in (Studio 224)
Patrons gathered and enjoyed an evening of music, art and silent auctions
The MainStage music portion started off with an introduction of The T.C. Williams Jazz Ensemble by Brett Johnson from The Torpedo Factory.
They had people dancing in no time.
There were proud parents friend and family everywhere.
And of course we had some of own NOVA support, come to check out the band!
There was a great crowd with a lot to enjoy between catching up and checking out the art!
Everyone looked like they had a great time enjoying conversation, the music the art and the reason for being there, JAZZ 4 JUSTICE!
The evening included a raffle some amazing prizes!
The later half of the evening featured the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble featuring our very special guest, Warren Wolf! Warren is a world class performer and we were so lucky to have him. He’s traveled the world and played or recorded with the best: “Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Pelt and “Creation”, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Adonis Rose, Donal Fox, Anthony Wonsey, Aaron Goldberg, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash, Willie Jones, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Yoron Israel, Larry Willis, David “Fathead” Newman, Stefon Harris, Reuben Rogers, Kevin Eubanks, Curtis Lundy, Steve Davis, Duane Eubanks, Ron Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spaulding and many others.”
The Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performed:
Flying Home by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton, arr. Dave Barduhn
Satin Doll by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, and Johnny Mercer, arr. Jerry Nowak “
Whisper Not by Benny Golson, arr.
Marty Paich “Maiden Voyage” by Herbie Hancock, arr. Mike Tomaro
Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael, arr. Bill Holman“
Moment’s Notice by John Coltrane, arr. Mark Taylor
Señor Mouse by Chick Corea, arr. Mike Tomaro “
Bag’s Groove by Milt Jackson, arr. John Clayton
Is That You? by Bryan Kidd
Oye Como Vaby by Tito Puente arr B Minzter
No Scuffle Shuffle by Dominic Spera
Not your Momma’s Samba by Paul Baker
La Malanga by Eddie Palmieri arr A Caceda
Nice ‘n’ Easy by Lew Spence, arr. S Nestico
Two Seconds to Midnight by AlanBaylock
Such Sweet Thunder by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn arr. M Kamuf
Flow Chart – Paul Baker
The evening was a hit and all for a GREAT cause! JAZZ4JUSTICE
The concert for this event benefits the charitable endeavors of the Alexandria Bar Foundation, Legal Services of Northern Virginia and the music scholarship fund at NOVA.
In 2001, Fairfax attorney Ed Weiner attended a student recital at George Mason University. He was impressed by the music, but distressed by the small audience. As the President of the Fairfax Law Foundation (FLF), he saw an opportunity for a new part- nership — the GMU School of Music would provide the musical
talent and the local Bar Association would provide the audience and sponsors. Thegoal would be to raise funds to support local Legal Aid, as well as the university’sjazz program. With the support of George Mason and FLF leadership, Jazz 4Jus-ticeTM was born.
Today, through partnerships with 7 universities and numerous local Bar Associa- tions, 48 Jazz4Justice concerts have been held across the Commonwealth: George Mason University, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth Universi- ty, Christopher Newport University, Northern Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia, and the University of Mary Washington. These concerts have raised over $450,000 for jazz programs and an array of educational and chari- table legal services benefiting Virginia’s local communities.
Jazz4Justice has received awards from the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. J4J is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Visit us atwww.jazz4justice.com.
Alexandria Bar Foundation
The Foundation of the Alexandria Bar Association is an integral part of theBar’s structure. The Foundation works with local organizations to providescholarships to high school seniors and provides grants to local organiza-tions to help them serve the community more effectively. The Foundation’s “Beat the Odds” program has been singled out for awards for their contribu-tions to the City of Alexandria and its citizens. The Alexandria Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
An Evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts featuring the Third Millennium Ensemble. The evening brought together works from various composers illustrate environmental experience for places, wildlife and societal impacts on the earth. A beautiful partnership of music expressing our partnership with our planet.
A lovely and inspiring concert was begun by percussionist, Bill Richards who performed Suomineito for solo vibraphone by NJ Zivkovic. The Finish title, ‘Suomineito’, is from the language of the ‘Suomi’ People and essentially means, Finish girl. The work was inspired by a Finish folk song.
Terra Secundum, a piece our very own Jonthan Kolm, includes five movements that cover the journey through an apocalyptic planet event. The piece works through, Portal, Fossils, Blackout, Wasteland and Equilibrium.
Barbara Brown did a wonderful rendition of Givanni Sollima’s Lamentatio for solo cello. What a lovely piece. The work is for cello and human voice. It includes the vibration of the two as well as a bowing bounced percussion on the strings themselves. It’s really a wonderful work.
Barbara, Hui-Chuan Chen and Sally McLain performed Very Angry Birds by Piotr Szewczyk. A feverishly energetic work for Bass, Piano and Violin.
Pamel Helton Performed Elegy for The Earth for Bass Clarinet and Sound. It was an amazing work that used whale sounds with emulated whale sounds from the bass clarinet. Just lovely.
The final piece of the evening was Music of Amber by Joseph Schwantner. The work perfectly ended the evening with a journey that took us through the movements Wind, Willow and Whisper, ending with Sanctuary.
We are very lucky to the Third Millennium Ensemble come to our campus. Please visit www.thridmillenniumensemble.org for more information on upcoming concerts.