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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 – Minuet 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

Lisa Eckstein conducts The NOVA Alexandria Band on October 28th, 2021 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

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 “Grand Overture” was originally, “commissioned by the “Nagano Community Band” – Japan- on occasion of its jubilee in 1992 and is dedicated to the band’s 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 “Nagano Community Band” 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’s beaty in and around the city of Nagano is musically celebrated. Following a “chamber-music episode” (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  – NOVA Nighthawks

AFA-118  7pm – 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’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.

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 “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.

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’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

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!

 

Upcoming, Spring 2020 Concerts

ALL Events are FREE admission and open to the public
Parking is free, in B lots on weekends and after 3:45pm on weekdays
For more information contact Jonathan Kolm, Jkolm@nvcc.edu
DUE TO The school being online only for the coming weeks, please contact Jkolm@nvcc.edu to find out if any future concerts will be publicly performed.
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Dmitri Shteinberg Piano Recital
Wednesday, February 127:30
Room 118 AFA Building
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Music 4 Hope Benefit Concert with the Capitol Horns
Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 pm
NOVA Alexandria
AFA Building Room 118
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Band Children’s Concert
Thursday, February 277:30 – 9:30pm
4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311, USA
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The College of Wooster Scot Symphonic Band
The NOVA Alexandria Chorus
and Lisa Eckstein’s 13 Winds Ensemble
Wednesday, March 11 8:00pm
4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311, USA
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Music Faculty Recital
Tuesday, March 32:00 – 3:00pm
AFA Building Room 118
Cara Cammarotto Studio Voice Recital
Saturday, March 287:00 – 9:00pm
AFA Building Room 118
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District 5 Wind Quintet Concert
Wednesday, April 155:00 – 9:00pm
AFA Building Room 118
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STUDENT RECITAL Isabella Lowe, student trumpet recital
April 19, AFA 118, 3-4pm
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STUDENT RECITAL Nathan Pereda, student composition recital, April 26, 5-6pm
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Jazz Combo Recitial – Black Box Theater
Tuesday, April 287:30 – 9:00pm
AFA Building Room 118
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Jazz4Justice
Thursday, April 307:30 – 10:00pm
Ticketed event at
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
For more information contact John Kocur at jkocur@nvcc.edu
Music Department Voice Recital
Saturday, May 2, 20202:00 – 3:00pm
AFA Building Room 118
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Music Department Instrumental Recital
Saturday, May 2, 20205:00 – 6:00pm
AFA Building Room 118
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Music Department Piano Recital
Saturday, May 2, 20208:00 – 9:00pm
AFA Building Room 118
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Spring Concert
Friday, May 8, 2020⋅8:00 – 10:00pm
4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311, USA

 

Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert

The Holiday spirit was out in full force for our 2019 Holiday Collage Concert!

Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

The evening began with The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet performing carols in the lobby.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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 Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Chorus fans rejoiced after Ding, Dong! Merrily on High! featuring Jane Tavernier, second accompanist for four-hand piano and Mayson Ragel on chimes.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Meanwhile The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble were gearing up for their holiday extravaganza! They performed four works, beginning with The Little Drummer Boy…

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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 Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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….

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Harpist Brian Stevenson, out quest artist for the evening stole the show and beautifully filled the hall with the lush sounds of strings.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

I personally adore the hat’s so many band member adorn each holiday for the concert.

Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Best hat of the night?  Well, I think it’s obvious!

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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!!!!

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Our excited winners had some great prizes!

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

It was nice to see so many happy faces!

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

The Northern Virginia Sax Quartet perform carols in the lobby, prior to the Joy to the World! Holiday Collage Concert. December 10, 2019, 8:00pm at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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!

 

 

Sing a Mighty Song with The NOVA Community Chorus

The NOVA Alexandria Music Department Presented, The NOVA Community Chorus performing their October 22, 2019 concert, “Sing a Mighty Song.”

Jessica Irish conducts the combined choirs of The NOVA Community Chorus, and the Choirs from Annandale, South County and Woodson High Schools. October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

Jessica Irish conducts The NOVA Community Chorus, October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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).

Jessica Irish conducts The NOVA Community Chorus, October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

Craig Hella Johnson’s The Water is Wide was beautifully accompanied by Soprano Susan Lewis Kavinski and cellist, Rachel Sexton.

Jessica Irish conducts The NOVA Community Chorus, October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

One of my favorite works of the night.

Jessica Irish conducts The NOVA Community Chorus, October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

This was followed by Sing My Child by Sarah Quartel.  Our Quartet included Sarah Calvino, Luna Para, Phillip Todd and Neo Upod.

Jessica Irish conducts The NOVA Community Chorus, October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

The Annandale Singers at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley.

Amy Moir Conducted The Woodson Vocal Ensemble in Gerald Finzi’s My Spirit Sang All Day and Anders Edenroth’s, Chili con Carne.

Amy Moir Conducting The Woodson Vocal Ensemble at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, October 22, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

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 Men’s Choir at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall on October 22, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

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 South County Singers at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall on October 22, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The final song of the evening was a beautiful work by Jacob Narverud, “Sisi Ni Moja (We Are One) featuring Steven Barnett on Percussion.

Jessica Irish conducts the combined choirs of The NOVA Community Chorus, and the Choirs from Annandale, South County and Woodson High Schools. October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
Jessica Irish conducts the combined choirs of The NOVA Community Chorus, and the Choirs from Annandale, South County and Woodson High Schools. October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley
Jessica Irish conducts the combined choirs of The NOVA Community Chorus, and the Choirs from Annandale, South County and Woodson High Schools. October 22, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

 

 

American Composers: NOVA Concert

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 NOVA Alexandria Community Chorus during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The chorus gathered in the concert hall foyer to help send him off in style.  Hugs, gifts and a massive round of applause.

Chad Steffey and Anita Furgusson. The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Community Chorus during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

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 Alexandria Community Chorus during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Lisa Eckstein treated the audience by opening the band set with Mark Camphouse’s Air Mobility Command March.

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Then the band provided a stunning performance of Nathan Pereda’s Starless Night.

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Nathan’s piece offered a wonderful set of antiphonal trumpets that brought such beauty to the hall.  The piece was extraordinary!

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The band finished the evening  with Xerxes by John Mackey and African Symphony by Van McCoy.

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone LOVED it all

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Another great season coming to the close, but we’ll be back in the fall with more music!

The NOVA Alexandria Band during “American Composers” NOVA Spring Concert, Friday May 3rd, 2019 at The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Jazz for Justice 2019

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 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

Pat Sargent creating post cards for The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
Pat Sargent creating post cards for The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Rosemary Feit-Covey spent the evening doing demos on her card making on the second floor, in (Studio 224)

Rosemary Feit-Covey (Studio 224) at The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
Lisa Schumaier was also there on the first floor in (Studio 16).

Patrons gathered and enjoyed an evening of music, art and silent auctions

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

The MainStage music portion started off with an introduction of The T.C. Williams Jazz Ensemble by Brett Johnson from The Torpedo Factory.

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

They had people dancing in no time.

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

There were proud parents friend and family everywhere.

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley
The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

And of course we had some of own NOVA support, come to check out the band!

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

There was a great crowd with a lot to enjoy between catching up and checking out the art!

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone looked like they had a great time enjoying conversation, the music the art and the reason for being there, JAZZ 4 JUSTICE!

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

The evening included a raffle some amazing  prizes!

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

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.”

Warren Wolf performs with the NOVA Alexandria Jazz Ensemble at The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

The 6th Annual Alexandria JAZZ 4 Justice Benefit Concert at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, April 30th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley

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.

 

Vox Terra

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.

Bill Richards on Vibraphone for Vox Terra, an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

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.

Jonathan Kolm discussing his work Terra Secundum before it’s performance by the Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.
Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

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 Brown performs with Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

Barbara, Hui-Chuan Chen and Sally McLain performed Very Angry Birds by Piotr Szewczyk.  A feverishly energetic work for Bass, Piano and Violin.

Sally McLain and Barbara Brown performs with Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.
Sally McLain and Hui-Chuan Chen performing with Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

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.

Pamela Helton performs with Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

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.

The Third Millennium Ensemble performing for Vox Terra: an evening of Environmental Music, Art and Inspiration at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Britt Conley.

We are very lucky to the Third Millennium Ensemble come to our campus.  Please visit www.thridmillenniumensemble.org for more information on upcoming concerts.