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UPCOMING Concerts Fall 2022

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FALL 2022 upcoming CONCERTS

Nova Alexandria Music Department Concerts at The RACHEL M. SCHLESINGER CONCERT HALL AND ARTS CENTER

4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311

FALL 2022

‚ÄĘ Oct. 1, 2022 Art on the Ave. Music Festival: ¬†Performance at the Art on the Avenue Festival in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

Concert Band 12-12:45
Jazz Ensemble 1-1:45.

Website with more info: https://www.artontheavenue.org/
‚ÄĘ Oct. 12, 2022¬† (7:30pm concert): Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble

‚ÄĘ Oct. 18, 2022:¬†NOVA Alexandria Community Chorus Concert

‚ÄĘ Oct. 27, 2022 (8pm concert): NOVA Alexandria Band 45th Anniversary Concert
(world premiere of commissioned work by Mark Camphouse)

‚ÄĘ Nov. 11, 2022 (8PM concert): NOVA Symphony Orchestra Concert

‚ÄĘ Dec. 6, 2022¬† (8pm concert): NOVA Holiday Concert with the

Featuring: The NOVA Alexandria Community Chorus, Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and the NOVA Alexandria Community Band!

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra: Summer Pops Concerts

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 15th, 2022 at Mason District Park in Annandale, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

This summer, The Reunion Music Society and Northern Virginia Community college presented, ‘A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young at Heart! The NOVA Symphony Orchestra delighted not one, but two audiences over the week!

July 13th, 2022, The Orchestra performed the first evening concert at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, Virginia.  It was well attended and the acoustics were wonderful!

Maestro Christopher Johnston speaks with the audience about the next piece in the program. The NOVA Symphony Orchestra. A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 13th, 2022 at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Photo by Britt ConleyA Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 13th, 2022 at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening began with John Williams’ Main Theme for Star Wars followed by The Empire Strikes Back!¬† A strong start to a great night!¬† It was soon time to hear John Powell’s, How to Train your Dragon and the amazing and ever popular Toy Symphony written by Mozart’s father Leopold.

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 13th, 2022 at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

At every concert, proud family and friends break out their phones to capture the lovely music created by our wonderful orchestral members.¬† That’s always nice to see.

Every concert, proud family and friends break out their phones to capture the lovely music created by our wonderful orchestral members. A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 13th, 2022 at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

One of the highlights of the concert is a story and music experience that Maestro Johnston wrote himself in 2011 with a grant from the Arts Council of Fairfax.¬† He wanted to find a ‘Tall Tale’ story that was lesser known.¬† During his research he came along ‘Stormalong!’ which had been written about by several New England writers.¬† The original tale came from Massachusetts.¬† Being near the sea, our American tale includes pirates and the famed sea faring rivalry, The Kraken!¬† ¬†Maestro Johnston wrote an entire extended narrative to bring the story of Stormalong to life for a childrens concert, in addition to writing the music that accompanies the tale, which is narrated by a wonderful sea faring pirate.¬† In our case this was Captain Matthew!¬† Matthew Balthrop did an incredible job interacting with the kids in the audience, dancing and most importantly inspiring our belief in the tall tale of Alfred Bullgtop Stormalong!

Matthew Balthrop as Captain Matthew, narrating Stormalong at A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 13th, 2022 at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Photo by Britt Conley
Matthew Balthrop as Captain Matthew, narrating Stormalong at A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 13th, 2022 at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Photo by Britt Conley
A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 13th, 2022 at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

The entire piece was a huge success!!!¬† Of course it’s not easy to follow up a great story about pirates!

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 13th, 2022 at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

But have no fear, Captain Matthew may have sailed away, but we soon found our way into the perfectly paired Pirates of the Caribbean theme, “The Curse of the Black Pearl!” written by Klaus Badelt.

Maestro Christopher Johnston conducts The NOVA Symphony Orchestra. A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 13th, 2022 at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

Before out concert’s end, Claiborne Richardson II,¬† president of Reunion Music Society, (and leader of the orchestra‚Äôs percussion section) was master of ceremonies for delivering the 2021-2022 Lafayette Jackson Memorial Scholarship celebration!!!¬† ¬†Bruce Salad explains, “Mr. Jackson was a beloved bass player who was a member of the orchestra in its earliest years, and the scholarship created to assist high school bass players to get college credit via the dual enrollment program, an opportunity to perform with the orchestra, with the orchestra classes‚Äô tuition paid for by RMS, and an additional stipend to further the recipient’s education awarded at the end of the year..¬† In recent years, eligibility for the scholarship has been expanded to include other string players”. This 2021-22 winner is violinist Joshua Trainer!¬† It was so nice to witness the depth of appreciation the entire Orchestra has for Joshua!

Joshua Trainer, with the NOVA Symphony Orchestra on the receipt of his Lafayette Jackson Memorial Scholarship. A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 13th, 2022 at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

The summer pops concert didn’t end there! On July 15th the entire Orchestra including Captain Matthew, headed over to Mason District Park to perform in their Spotlight by Starlight series!¬† “Spotlight by Starlight¬†is a free summer concert series presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority at Mason District Park.¬† All performances are on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday beginning at 7:30 PM.”

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 15th, 2022 at Mason District Park in Annandale, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

What a great outdoor venue!  It was my first time at the park and the acoustics were wonderful!  The entire seating was both intimate and yet with plenty of room past the benched seating.

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 15th, 2022 at Mason District Park in Annandale, VA. Photo by Britt Conley
A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 15th, 2022 at Mason District Park in Annandale, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

One of the other hits from both concerts was Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony.¬† This included a wonderful line up of Orchestra members performing on fun instruments!

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 15th, 2022 at Mason District Park in Annandale, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

Captain Matthew enjoyed the scene as well!  The kids came up front and were mesmerized!  Even the adults enjoyed speaking like pirates!

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 15th, 2022 at Mason District Park in Annandale, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

Since 1992, the Reunion Music Society, has been bringing students and the community together for decades through a partnership with Northern Virginia Community College.  This year the orchestra became the official college-wide NOVA Symphony Orchestra and we are so lucky!

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 15th, 2022 at Mason District Park in Annandale, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

This summer’s concert is just an example of the exemplary creative content and outreach that the RMS and Maesto Johnston has prided themselves on!

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 15th, 2022 at Mason District Park in Annandale, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

I can’t wait to see what the fall, holiday and spring concerts offer!¬† We hope to see you at the next formal classical concert on November 11th, 2022 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall on the NOVA Alexandria Campus.¬† For more information visit www.NOVASymphony.org to our schedule and learn about opportunities to participate as a musician or as a supporter of the arts in our community!

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 15th, 2022 at Mason District Park in Annandale, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

The Orchestra received a standing ovation from a very happy community!  Hats off to a wonderful summer experience and to all the efforts by our Orchestra and all of those who helped bring it to life!

A Summer Pops Concert: Music for the Young @ Heart performed by The NOVA Symphony Orchestra, July 15th, 2022 at Mason District Park in Annandale, VA. Photo by Britt Conley

To learn more about Maestro Johnston and our section leaders visit: https://www.reunionmusicsociety.org/nvcc-annandale-symphony-orchestra/meet-our-musicians/

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra includes the following talented members:

First Violin: Patrick Geddes – Concertmaster, Melissa Brown, Paula Davidson, Devin Lichtenstein, Stephanie Trachtenberg and Abby Volcansek.

Second Violion: Adriana Gonzalez –

Principal, Jude Bruniany, Shawn Grogan, Beth Liebmann, Bettina Thomas and Maria Viso.

Viola: Margie Bassman – Principal, Pamela Dahlhauser, Amanda Koman, Zumi Rieskse, Brayden Teague, Joshua Trainer and Kasey Ulery.

Cello: Logan Madrid- Principal, Vanessa Bordo Flannes, Sharon Jones, Marissa Salad, Daniel Schlichtig and Grace Shwartz.

Contrabass: Andrew Johnston – Principal, George Cooper and Emma Spinnenweber.

Flute: Teresa Diaz, Dani Fielding and Kyile Kim, Piccolo.

Oboe: Elaina Reck – Principal, and Bruce Salad.

Clarinet: Mitch Bassman – Principal, Robert Hoyler and Laura Pikington, Bass Clarinet.

Basson: Louis Reichwein – Principal, Aaron Hahn, Contrabassoon.

Horn, Albert Triolo – Principal, James Kocsis, Joseph Triolo and Roger Whitworth.

Trumpet: Mary Kaplan, Alexandro Tavares and Bobb Webb.

Trombone: Lou Brundidge – Principal, Charles Stolpe, Rolando Virreira and James Wilson.

Tuba: Cristian Condor

Harp: Meghan Gwyer

Keyboard: Lauren Hong

Timpani and Percussion: Clairborne T, Richardson, II- Principal Rafael Arancibia, Jordan Hendrickson, Lauren Hong, Tim Nuhfer.

Librarian: Sharon Jones and her Assistant Laura Plkington.

For more information on the Reunion Music Society visit https://www.reunionmusicsociety.org/

 

Vivaldi and Fauré

Director Tom Colohan speaks to the audience at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for the Arts during the concert Vivaldi and Fauré, on February 22, 2022. Fairfax Choral Society Master Singers and The Northern Virginia Chorale at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for The Arts and Concert Hall at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on February 22, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley

Featuring

The Fairfax Choral Society Symphonic Chorus and The NOVA Community Chorus – Jane Moore Kaye, accompanist

With special guest appearances by members of the Fairfax Choral Society Master Singers and The Northern Virginia Chorale.

The Fairfax Choral Society Symphonic Chorus and The NOVA Community Chorus Jane Moore Kaye, accompanist with special guest appearances by members of the Fairfax Choral Society Master Singers and The Northern Virginia Chorale at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for The Arts and Concert Hall at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on February 22, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley

The first half of the program began with Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Mandy Brown, soprano and Kristee Haney, mezzo-soprano, mesmerized us with solo and duet performances that were angelic.  A perfect paring for the masterwork.

The Fairfax Choral Society Symphonic Chorus and The NOVA Community Chorus Jane Moore Kaye, accompanist with special guest appearances by members of the Fairfax Choral Society Master Singers and The Northern Virginia Chorale at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for The Arts and Concert Hall at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on February 22, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley

Gloria, (1715)…………………… AntonioVivaldi (1678-1741)

The movements are as follows:

  1. Gloria in excelsis Deo
  2. Et in terra pax
  3. Laudamus te (Sopranos I and II Duet)
  4. Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus)
  5. Propter magnam gloria (Chorus)
  6. Domine Deus (Soprano)
  7. Domine, Fili unigenite (Chorus)
  8. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei (Mezzo Soprano, Chorus)
  9. Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)
  10. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (Mezzo Soprano)
  11. Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Chorus)
  12. Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)

 

The Fairfax Choral Society Symphonic Chorus and The NOVA Community Chorus Jane Moore Kaye, accompanist with special guest appearances by members of the Fairfax Choral Society Master Singers and The Northern Virginia Chorale at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for The Arts and Concert Hall at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on February 22, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley

Gloria is one of the most popular of Vivaldi works.  The chorus members were wonderful.

The Fairfax Choral Society Symphonic Chorus and The NOVA Community Chorus Jane Moore Kaye, accompanist with special guest appearances by members of the Fairfax Choral Society Master Singers and The Northern Virginia Chorale at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for The Arts and Concert Hall at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on February 22, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley

The second major work of the evening was Faur√©’s Requiem in D. Minor, Op. 48 (1887).¬† The performance featured: Mandy Brown, soprano, Purev Arslan, baritone and Foster Wang on violin.

The Fairfax Choral Society Symphonic Chorus and The NOVA Community Chorus Jane Moore Kaye, accompanist with special guest appearances by members of the Fairfax Choral Society Master Singers and The Northern Virginia Chorale at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for The Arts and Concert Hall at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on February 22, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley

The movements include:

  1. Introit et Kyrie (Chorus)
  2. Offertory (Baritone and Chorus)
  3. Sanctus (Chorus)
  4. Pie Jesu (Soprano)
  5. Agnus Dei (Chorus)
  6. Libera Me (Baritone and Chorus)
  7. In Paradisum (Chorus)
The Fairfax Choral Society Symphonic Chorus and The NOVA Community Chorus Jane Moore Kaye, accompanist with special guest appearances by members of the Fairfax Choral Society Master Singers and The Northern Virginia Chorale at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for The Arts and Concert Hall at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on February 22, 2022. Photo by Britt Conley

Guest Instrumentalists

Foster Wang, violin ~ Sonya Chung, violin

Stephanie Knutsen, viola ~ Cathy Amoury, viola ~ Chris Shieh, viola Rosanna Butterfield, cello ~ Lauren Weaver, cello ~ Kimberly Parillo, double bass Jessica Warren, oboe ~ Joy Hodges Branagan, horn ~ Chandra Cervantes, horn

Rob Singer, trumpet ~ John Matthew McGovern, timpani ~ Eric Sabatino, harp Jane Moore Kaye, organ

Sophia Kim Cook, rehearsal accompanist

Upcoming Performances

NOVA & Friends Band Concert

 

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall March 3, 2022 | 7:30pm

NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble Concert

March 31, 2022 | 7pm Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

NOVA Symphony Orchestra Concert

April 24 | 4pm
Ernst Community Theater, NOVA Annandale Campus

NOVA Alexandria Music Dept. Spring Concert

featuring

the NOVA Community Chorus, the Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble, the NOVA Alexandria Band and
special guests The Fairfax Choral Society Symphonic Chorus April 29, 2022 | 8pm

The Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus Music Department is proud to present this and many other concerts free for our surrounding community. Your generous donations are much appreciated, as they allow us to continue quality programs and experiences for our diverse student body. Please see one of our staff members in the lobby during intermission or after the concert to make a donation.

Thank you!

Wycliffe Gordon Gives Masterclass on Sing it First for Jazz Students

Recently voted as one of the top trombonist in America by JazzTimes readers, jazz composer and performer, Wycliff Gordon,  was recently in Virginia recording and performing with The Airmen of Note.  In December, he took time out to come to Alexandria Campus.

NOVA students, community members, and Alexandria High School students attended a wonderful masterclass given by the amazing Wycliffe Gordon in December 2021. Professor Gordon demonstrated his warm-up process and then used call and response to show students how to internalize their musical ideas and express themselves freely using their voice. According to Professor Gordon, if you can sing it, you can play it!

Wycliffe Gordon at his master class for NOVA students, community members, and Alexandria High School students at Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Shannon GunnFor more information on Wycliff, visit https://wycliffegordon.com/

For information on our Jazz Studies Program and community jazz ensembles here at NOVA, contact Shannon Gunn at sgunn@nvcc.edu.

NOVA Symphony Orchestra: Together Again!

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert: Together Again

4:00pm Saturday, November 13, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The concert began with remarks from  Dr. Jim Mclellan, Dean of the Liberal Arts and Science at the Alexandria Campus, who effused on the historic aspects of this very concert.

Dr. Jim McClellan, Dean of the the Languages, Arts and Social Sciences at The Alexandria Campus providing opening remarks for the The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

This concert is Maestro Christopher Johnston’s 25th year as the orchestra’s music director, the first big concert since the pandemic began and sets a new name representing the entirety of NOVA as The NOVA Symphony Orchestra!

Overture to The Wreckers by Dame Ethel Smyth, conducted by Maestro Christopher Johnston. The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The Wreckers Overture by Dame Ethel Smyth

Composer, author and noted suffragette Ethel Smyth was the first female English composer to be granted Damehood.¬† Her extensive list of the works includes six operas, a ballet, a Mass in D, sacred and secular choral music, several orchestral works, a concerto for violin and horn, numerous chamber works, and a long list of compositions for piano and organ.¬† Her third opera, The Wreckers, is considered by many critics to be the “most important English opera composed during the period between Purcell and Britten.”

The second piece of the evening was Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op 93. The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

When Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony was first performed on February 27th, 1814, it has the misfortune to be the same program as the composer’s own Seventh Symphony and his patriotic pot-boiler, “Wellington’s Victory.”¬† Both these works had received their triumphant premieres only a few months earlier and had become associated in the public mind with the allied victory over Napoleon.¬† The audience no doubt expected another¬† work in the same vein, but the new Symphony No. 8 proved to be gentler and more conservative.¬† According to one critic of the time, “the applause which it received was not accompanied by that enthusiasm which distinguishes a work that gives universal delight; in short – as the Italians say – it did not create a furore.”¬† The same critic added that the new symphony¬† would be assured of success once it was played by itself and not heard immediately after the Seventh.

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Where¬† Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is an expansive¬† giant with much in common with the Third “Eroica” Symphony, the Eighth is a tautly compressed work – almost “neo-classical” in aspect, if not its subversive attitudes.¬† Beethoven sketched it roughly contemporaneously with the Seventh, which he finished first.¬† It is the only one of Beethoven’s symphonies with a dedication.

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The Eighth Symphony was not disliked by Beethoven’s contemporaries, but little favored either, particularly in comparison with the Seventh.¬† When asked why by his piano student Carl Czerny, Beethoven replied, “Because the Eighth is so much better.”

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

 

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Orfeo ed Euridice  by Christoph Willibald Gluck РMinuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Act 2 Arrange by Felix Mottl Jonathas Freitas, flute.

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Up to the age of twelve, Gluck lived a rural life, wandering around the forest and the countryside of his home in Lobkowitz estates at Eisenberg.  He was then sent to school where he learned to play both piano and organ and continued on to study  music in Prague in 1732.  In 1736 Gluck travelled to Vienna where he found his passion for composing operas.

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

This famous solo for flute comes from Gluck’s famous opera Orfeo ed Euridice. Listeners may be surprised to hear that this tranquil music comes from the moment when Orpheus journeys to Hades, the underworld, to find his departed wife Euridice.¬† He is told that he may journey there and return with his wife on the condition that he not look back at her figure until they have returned to earth, but alas he looks back at her and she is unable to return to the realm of the living with him.¬† the Minuet has a light-filled serenity depicting blessed spirits in the their elegance as he journeys through the underworld.¬† By contrast the Dance is filled with deep sorrow and a sense of mourning.

Jonathas Freitas, Flute soloist was born in Brazil and raised in the Greater Vitoria Metropolitan Area.¬† Jonathas joined the NOVA Symphony Orchestra in 2020.¬† Known for his versatility, Jonathas experience includes¬† an extensive solo and chamber music repertoire, as well as appearances with symphonic bands and jazz big bands.¬† a self-taught musician, he was admitted to the Music college of Espirito Santo (FAMES) at age 15.¬† At 16 years old , he started teaching at local music school.¬† Now under tutorship of the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal flutist Aaron Goldman, Jonathas is an active performer in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area.

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Composed in 1895, the Postlude in F is Charles Ives’s earliest known work for large orchestra.¬† It is based on an earlier organ piece, which Ives performed at the Baptist Church in Danbury, Connecticut, on May 11, 1890 (at the age of fifteen). Their version for orchestra was probably produced as an orchestration assignment for a class of Horatio Parker, Ives’s teacher at Yale College.¬† Ives recalled that in New Haven Orchestra – that is, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, organized by Parker in 21895 – read through the work in 2896.¬† The Postlude in F, which was also preparation for work on the First Symphony (its first movement also completed in 1895), contains some surprisingly mature and beautiful writing,¬† especially in its magical closing moments.

Selections from West Side Story

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

West Side Story premiered in New York in 1957, the result of a ten-year collaboration by Arthur Laurents (Book), Jerome robbins (direction/choreography), Leonard Bernstein (Music), and Stephen Soundheim (Lyrics),¬† First titled East Side Story, by the author, the story originally described the conflicet between an Irish Catholic¬† family and a Jewish family living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, during the Easter-{assover season.¬† Later changed to West Side Story, it is a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The story is set in the mid-1950s in the Upper West Side of New York City, then a multi-racial, blue collar neighborhood.  The musical explores the rivalry between  the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang.¬† The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang’s leader,¬† Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.¬† The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in musical theatre.¬† The arrangement by Jack Mason in cludes the songs ” I Feel Pretty,” “Maria,” “Something ‘s Coming,” “tonight,” “One Hand, One Heart,” “Cool,
and “America.”

Jordan Henrickson performs with The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Thanks to Christopher Johnston for amazing program notes!

The NOVA Symphony Orchestra:

A collaborative arrangement between the Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus music program and the Reunion Music Society, Inc., produced what was then called the NVCC-Annandale Symphony Orchestra in 1994 as a college-community ensemble of musicians.¬† The first rehearsal was held on January 18th, 1994, at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater. Dr. Claiborne T. Richardson and Dr. James Faye conducted and intended that the program serve as a laboratory for NOVA students¬† to learn the orchestral music repertoire.¬† Seventy-five musicians, both professional and non-professional, currently are taking advantage of the musical expression, embracing the music of different cultures, and performing both standard and new or underperformed orchestral works.¬† The concert marks the 27th anniversary since the orchestra’s first concert was performed on April 15th,¬† 1994. Furthermore, it marks the recognition and promotion of the orchestra representing all of the five campuses of NOVA. Maestro Christopher Johnston has been our Music Director for 25 years, since 1996.¬† The orchestra comprises both NoVA students earning college credit and many community volunteers.¬† More than an orchestra, we are like a musical family.

New musicians and support staff are always welcome.  Please see our website www.NOVASymphony.org to view our schedule and learn about opportunities to participate as a musician and as a supporter of the arts in our community.

A special thank you to the support of The Reunion Music Society, Inc.  Visit www. reunionmusicsociety.org

Maestro Christopher Johnston with The NOVA Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Together Again.” Saturday, November 13th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Collaborations: Fall Band Concert 2021

What an amazing night!  Lisa Eckstein guided the band to new heights!

This year’s fall concert was shared between The NOVA Alexandria Band and the George Mason University Wind Symphony.

Dr. Kress, President of Northern Virginia Community College gave a wonderful introduction featuring all that we have been through over the pandemic and our resilience in moving forward.

Lisa Eckstein began the night with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. ¬†The brass, and woodwinds were a flutter with regal soundings heralding out return to in person concerts!

This was followed by Jack Dusek’s NOVA Alexandria Fanfare, composed in 2021! Jack discussed ¬†his work before conducting his piece.

Composer and conductor Jack Dusek, discussing his piece NOVA Alexandria Fanfare which he finished in 2021. Collaorations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

It’s an honor to hear our first live performance of our school’s fanfare! Jack did a wonderful job writing!

Jack Dusek conducting his work, NOVA Alexandria Fanfare. Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

Our next treat was Samuel Hazzo’s Blue and Green Music, written in 2011.¬† ¬†Dr. Lisa Eckstein explains, “The piece is based on Georgia O-Keepe’s painting by the same name.¬† O’Keeffe wanted to depict what blue and green music might look like to her in painting and Sam Hazo wanted to write music that depicted what the title might suggest.”

In 1992, Mark Camphouse wrote a beautiful composition to commemorate Rosa Parks action and impact on America.¬† He titled this, ‘A Movement for Rosa,’ which was conducted during evening by Lisa Eckstein. ¬†Camphouse provides a wonderful descriptive interview for the work at https://beta.prx.org/stories/7425. His words, and music both there and with our band are incredibly moving!

Composer and Conductor Mark Camphouse, introducing and discussing his piece, “A Movement for Rosa.” Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

Matt Bandman followed with his composition, The Tattered Flag, written in 2021.  Matt took the time to tell us about his work before conducting the heartfelt piece himself..

Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.
Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

Our final work with the NOVA Alexandria Band was Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture! What a tremendous ending!¬† A tremendous rousing climax to a moving first half for our ‘Collaborations’ Fall Band Concert!

Lisa Eckstein conducting The NOVA Alexandria Band during the Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

After intermission we began with the George Mason University Wind Symphony under the direction of Mark Camphouse.  Their first work, Air for Solo Flute Unaccompanied featured Samantha Clarke on flute.  The piece was written by Catherine Fields in 2000.

Samantha Clarke. Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.
Samantha Clarke performs with the GMU Wind Symphony for Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

The second work, Olympica was written in 1992 by Jan Van der Roost.¬† The festival overture is beautifully orchestrated and, ”

Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

This ‚ÄúGrand Overture‚ÄĚ was originally, “commissioned by the ‚ÄúNagano Community Band‚ÄĚ – Japan- on occasion of its jubilee in 1992 and is dedicated to the band‚Äôs conductor, Ikuo Inagaki.The work is based upon three main themes, each symbolising a certain theme. The first part is characterized by its bright themes played mainly by the brass, accompanied by the woodwinds and festive percussion. This part symbolizes the jubilee which is the origin of the composition. This is followed by a bouncing allegro, in which each register of the band displays brilliant techniques. Especially the woodwinds come to the fore! This movement depicts the industriousness and enthousiasm shown by the members of the ‚ÄúNagano Community Band‚ÄĚ in the carrying out of their hobby. A third, main theme, is choral-like in character and is displayed both in the (soft) brass as well as in the warm medium register of the reeds. Here, nature‚Äôs beaty in and around the city of Nagano is musically celebrated. Following a ‚Äúchamber-music episode‚ÄĚ (featuring the flute, oboe, clarinet, alto-saxophone and horn) the initial allegro re-occurs, weaving its way towards a grandiose finale, in which the two previous themes are once again apparent. Due to its very colourful scoring and the enormous diversity of musical thoughts and ideas, this composition is a fascinating and memorable piece, worthy a jubilee overture!” according to¬† the Jan van der Roost website where you can diver far deeper into his works, recordings and biography.¬† https://www.janvanderroost.com/en/work/48/olympica-festival-overture-for-band-concert-band-1993

Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.
For the third piece Mark Camphouse brought us another of his compositions, “Watchman, Tell us of the Night, written in 1994, which he explained was, “A musical tribute to the survivors of child abuse and neglect.¬† Commissioned by the St. Louis Youth Wind Ensemble.”
Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

This was followed by¬† Peter Graham’s, The Red Machine,¬† A whirlwind of busy mechanical functions.¬† The work was originally commissioned by the London-based Regimental Band.

Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.
Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

Guest conductor, Samatha Clarke directed the ensemble for Psalm, written in 1953 by Vincent Perischetti.  A beautifully sonorous work, it beautifully resonates between the brass and winds.

Samantha Clarke conducts the GMU Wind Symphony during the Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

Our final work of the evening, Samuel Barber’s Commando March was directed by faculty guest conductor Dr. Soo Han.¬† A wonderful work rhythmically opened by the snare drum, eventually opening up further into a highly festive march.

Dr. Soo Han conducts the GMU Wind Symphony during the Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

It was a wonderful concert! Congratulations to everyone on a tremendous evening!

Collaborations: NOVA Fall Band Concert. October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

Please join us for our next concert, “Joy to the World, A Holiday Concert on December 7th.

See you soon!

 

We’re Back! Upcoming Fall Department Concerts!

JOIN US! ¬†December 7th for our NOVA Alexandria, Holiday Concert: ¬†Joy ¬†to ¬†the ¬†World. ¬†Invite your friends, family and colleagues! ¬†It’s ¬†Free!

On¬†Thursday,¬†Oct.¬†28,¬†the¬†NOVA Alexandria Band will perform in a joint concert with the George Mason University Wind Symphony¬†in¬†the¬†Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on¬†the¬†NOVA¬†Alexandria Campus. ¬†Come hear staples in¬†the¬†band repertoire, including two pieces by composer and conductor Mark Camphouse. ¬†The GMU Wind Symphony will be premiering a new composition by Catherine Fields that will feature flutist soloist, Samantha Clarke. ¬†The NOVA band is featuring two new original compositions by community members who play in the band, Matt Bandman and Jack Dusek, and a new arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture by NOVA student, Charles Stolpe. ¬†Here are¬†the¬†concert details…

  • Concert: 8-10pm¬†
  • Admission and parking: FREE ¬†(Donations will be accepted.)
  • Address:¬†Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center,¬†4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311
  • Audience members will be required to wear masks and socially distance.
  • The¬†air filtration system in¬†the¬†concert hall is excellent. ¬†Please come and join us!
Upcoming Concerts:

Together Again!
NOVA Symphony Orchestra Fall 2021 Concert

The NOVA Annandale Symphony is now at Alexandria!!!

1st concert is at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

November 13 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

Uniting our Jazz ensemble again!

November 19th  РNOVA Nighthawks

AFA-118¬† 7pm ‚Äď Family, Friends welcome

Holiday Concert!

Featuring the NOVA Alexandria  Band, The NOVA Alexandria Chorus and The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble!

December 7th, 8:00 P.M. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Please JOIN US!

 

Annual Children’s Concert

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)

Lisa Eckstein and The NOVA Alexandria Band, live at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. February 27th. Photo By Britt Conley

Brian Jones, one of featured artists for the evening, joined the band for Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet.¬† He is incredible!

Clarinetist Brian Jones, with The NOVA Alexandria Band, live at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. February 27th. Photo By Britt Conley

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‚ÄôConnor to perform Leonard Bernstein‚Äôs Sonata for Clarinet at the U.S. Supreme Court in a recital honoring the 100th anniversary of the composer‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄúThe Band of the Nation‚Äôs Capital‚ÄĚ 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.

Clarinetist Brian Jones, with The NOVA Alexandria Band, live at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. February 27th. Photo By Britt Conley

Brian was followed by the famed Denny Edelbrock on Trumpet, performing Excursions for Trumpet and Band by Bruce Broughton.

Denny Edelbrock performing with The NOVA Alexandria Band, live at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. February 27th. Photo By Britt Conley

Dr. Dennis Edelbrock is described by the Washington Post as having ‚Äúincredible technique‚ÄĚ and performing with ‚Äúreckless abandon,‚ÄĚ 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.

Denny Edelbrock performing with The NOVA Alexandria Band, live at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. February 27th. Photo By Britt Conley

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 Pereda speaking to the audience about his work, Le’oria, the City of Music. The NOVA Alexandria Band, live at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. February 27th. Photo By Britt Conley

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

Nathan Pereda discussing his piece, Le’oria, the City of Music, live at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. February 27th. Photo By Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Band at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Congratulations to Nathan and the NOVA Alexandria Band on a wonderful performance!

The grand finale of the evening at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

And how phenomenal was the work?  A standing ovation was had!

The applause after hearing Nathan Pereda’s, Le‚Äôoria, the City of Music. The NOVA Alexandria Band, live at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. February 27th. Photo By Britt Conley

Following intermission, The Amati Orchestra (6th Grade) of Francis C. Hammond Middle School, took to the stage under the direction of Veronica Jackson.

Veronica Jackson with The Amati Orchestra (6th Grade) of Francis C. Hammond Middle School at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The kids performed Bohemian Folk Song, (a traditional round), Mark William’s Sailor Song and Soon Hee Newbold’s¬† Russian Music Box.

The Amati Orchestra (6th Grade) of Francis C. Hammond Middle School

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.

The George Mason Elementary School Jazz Band perform at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The George Mason Elementary School Jazz Band perform at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

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 of the evening at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The grand finale of the evening at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

The grand finale of the evening at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The grand finale of the evening at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

An amazing night was had by all and hats off to all the musicians!

The grand finale of the evening at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Please see our concert schedule for updates on all our future concerts!