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A Holiday Concert: Joy To The World

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

The NOVA Community Chorus during, ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

What better way to enjoy the holidays than with ‘Joy to the World,’ featuring Paul Klontz on Trumpet!  Although the renowned work was originally written in 1719  by English Composer Isaac Watts, we most often are enjoying the  American arrangement by Lowell Mason.

Trumpeter Paul Klontz performing Joy to the World with The NOVA Community Chorus during, ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The spirit of peace was elaborated through ‘Carol of the Bells’, a Ukrainian Folk Song written in 1914 by Mykola Leontovych. 

The NOVA Community Chorus Performing ‘Carol of the Bells’ during ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The work is about generosity and proclaiming a bountiful new year for all.  It was later arranged in 1922, by American Composer, Wilhousky for a performance by the Ukranian National Chorus at Carnegie Hall.

Tatiana Loisha performing with The NOVA Community Choir at The Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

A rhythmic rendition of Winter Wonderland featured our own Philip Tinnin on drum set.  The famed song was originally inspired by the sight of fresh fallen snow in Honesdale Pennsylvania.

Philip Tinnin performing Winter Wonderland with the NOVA Community Chorus as part of the NOVA Holiday concert ODE To JOY on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Community Chorus during, ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Alondra Gutierrez-Rivera,  A.J. Foley. and Emma Brush had just as much fun singing Winter Wonderland during the rehearsal before the hall opened!

Alondra Gutierrez-Rivera. A.J. Foley. Emma Brush singing Winter Wonderland during the rehearsal for the NOVA Holiday concert ODE To JOY on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

The warmth of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’

The NOVA Community Chorus during, ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

This was soon followed by rousing rendition of Hine Ma Tov featuring Tom Munger on tambourine and dancers:

The NOVA Community Chorus during, ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Alondra Gutierrez Rivera, Lillian Jeng, Marissa Mulero, Preet Singh, Cecilia Brakffield, Jackie Cohan, Roberta Comer, Bailey Lee, Na Lin, Daniela Santos, Carol Uri, Ana Vaquerano, Huy Anh Le, Isaiah Dillard-Scott, Johnny Lazo, Carment Mendoz, Aj Foley, and Daniel Hall.

The Chorus inspired us all with Three Carols: Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls and We Wish You a Merry Christmas before ending with Beethoven’s An die Freude (Ode to Joy), from his Symphony No. 9!

Ally Richardson and Mary Yee singing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

Ally Richardson and Mary Yee perform Ode To Joy with The NOVA Community Chorus during ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Our next ensemble, under the direction of Shannon Gunn, brought us a set of great holiday numbers Jazz Style!  The NOVA Nighthawks began their set with Let it Snow!, Let it Snow!, Let Snow!

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Adonnis Colindres-Rosado Performing, ‘When your Smiling’ by Shay and Fisher.

Adonnis Colindres-Rosado Performing, ‘When your Smiling’ with The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The group followed with Frank Foster’s Shiney Stockings and Thad Jones ‘A Child is Born.’

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt ConleyBefore we knew it we were being serenaded by Bob Coyne and Regina Begliutti with, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ by  by Frank Loesser.

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Hat’s off to The NOVA Nighthawkes!

After a short intermission it was time for the NOVA Alexandria Band directed by Dr. Lisa Eckstein!  The first piece was Overture to a Winter Celebration by James Stephenson.

Lisa Eckstein directs the NOVA Alexandria Band performance of Overture to a Winter Celebration at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
Lisa Eckstein directs the NOVA Alexandria Band performance of Overture to a Winter Celebration at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
NOVA Alexandria Band performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Carol of the Drum by Katherine Davis sent us on an unexpected and familiar journey.

NOVA Alexandria Band performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
Former Director of the NOVA Alexandria Band performing, Carol of the Drum with the band at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

A Rollicking Hanukkah

NOVA Alexandria Band performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
NOVA Alexandria Band performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Heather Planey and the NOVA Alexandria Band performing Roger Zare’s December Lullaby.

Heather Planey performing with the NOVA Alexandria Band performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening ended with a phenomenal ‘Sleigh Ride’ written by Leroy Anderson.

NOVA Alexandria Band performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
NOVA Alexandria Band performing at ‘A Holiday Concert: Joy to the World’ on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Another amazing Holiday Concert has to come to an end.  If you enjoyed this evening please come back support our Spring Concerts!

SPRING 2023

Thursday, February 23, 2023: A Children’s Concert featuring:

The NOVA Alexandria Band and special guests:

· March 28 (7:30pm concert): A Tribute to Gospel Concert

Featuring the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble & Special Guests!

• March 31st 7:30pm – Solo Violin Recital with Loop Pedel by Visiting Artist Sarah Whitney.  ROOM 118 of the NOVA Alexandria AFA (Fine Arts Building) at the Alexandria Campus. 

• April 18, 2023, 8 pm in Schlesinger Hall

The NOVA Community Chorus with special guests from The U.S. Army Chorus and the Arlington Community Chorus.  Selections include The Battle Hymn of the Republic, a world premiere of Peace Restored by Dr. Jonathan Kolm, movements from Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams, Hope Lingers On and Shalom by Dan Forrest.

• April 27 (8pm concert): The NOVA Symphony Orchestra at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria!

PROGRAM:
Aaron Copland. 
Fanfare for the Common Man.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17.

• May 5 (8pm concert): NOVA Music Dept. Spring Concert with the choir, jazz, and concert band ensembles.

 

Be the Change: The NOVA Community Chorus

Our Combined Choirs began our evening concert with ‘Be the Change’ with Gandhi’s famed words, including, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  This was set to the music by Marc Kaplan and Colin Britt, featuring Max Hoffman on percussion and Jane Michaels.  This was followed by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, “If I had a Hammer.”

Be The Change featuring The NOVA Alexandria Chorus, The NOVA Annandale Chorus, The Justice High School Choirs and the Excelsior Voices Chamber Choir on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

The Justice High School Choir, directed by Miranda Lansberry, performed Malakatumba by Josu Elberdin, Hold Me, Rock Me by Brian Tate and Wau Bulan, a Malaysian Folk song.

Be The Change featuring The NOVA Alexandria Chorus, The NOVA Annandale Chorus, The Justice High School Choirs and the Excelsior Voices Chamber Choir on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.
Be The Change featuring The NOVA Alexandria Chorus, The NOVA Annandale Chorus, The Justice High School Choirs and the Excelsior Voices Chamber Choir on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

“Wau Bulan” Malaysian Folk Song arranged by Tracy Wong.  The Lyrics, Ewah buleh teraju tigo mean “Wow!  The three-cornered moon.”

Be The Change featuring The NOVA Alexandria Chorus, The NOVA Annandale Chorus, The Justice High School Choirs and the Excelsior Voices Chamber Choir on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

The Excelsior Voices Chamber Choir, directed by Mary-Hannah Klontz performed Harry Belafonte’s, “Turn the World Around,” followed by Sherrie Blevins’ “You Hold the Key” and Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run.”

The Excelsior Voices Chamber Choir. Be The Change concert featuring The NOVA Alexandria Chorus, The NOVA Annandale Chorus, The Justice High School Choirs and the Excelsior Voices Chamber Choir on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

The Excelsior Voices Chamber Choir performed Turn the World Around, You Hold the Key and Let the River Run.  Thanks to Dean Kauffman for capturing their lovely performance.

• The NOVA Annandale Chorus Performed “More Love,” featuring Aj Foley, Johnny Lazo, Huy Anh Le, Cecilia Brakefield, Alondra Gutierrez-Rivera & Preet Singh.

The Excelsior Voices Chamber Choir. Be The Change concert featuring The NOVA Alexandria Chorus, The NOVA Annandale Chorus, The Justice High School Choirs and the Excelsior Voices Chamber Choir on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley.

• The NOVA Tenor & Bass Ensemble performing Omnia Vincit Amor by John Michael Trotta. “Love conquers all.  Therefore let us surrender to love”

The NOVA Alexandria Community Chorus singing Michael Bussewitz-Quarm’s “I am the Voice that Sings.”

  • This was followed by the NOVA Soprano and Alto Ensemble singing Weir Eilen Mit Schwachen from Cantata 78 by J.S. Bach.
  • The finale of the evening featured a powerhouse performance by Shawn Kirchner, singing “I’ll Be On My Way”

• Special thanks to Dean Kauffman for coming and video tapping the evening!

Join us next time at The Holiday Concert featuring The NOVA Community Chorus, The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble and The NOVA Alexandria Band!

 

From the entire NOVA Alexandria Music Department, Thankyou for ALL your support!  Hope to see you soon!