Category Archives: Schlesinger Center



Date: Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Schlesinger Center

Mathematicians have long noted that Mozart may have used Fibonacci Numbers. He was always playing with numbers and even scribbled mathematical equations for probabilities in the margins of some compositions.

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Click here to view the flyer!!!

The “Mozart effect” refers to claims that people perform better on tests of spatial abilities after listening to music composed by Mozart. Studies show that the Mozart effect may be a consequence of between-condition differences in arousal and mood.

Cinema and Theater
How historically accurate was Milos Foreman’s 1984 award-winning movie? The original play by Peter Schaffer was first performed in 1979. The play was inspired by a short 1830 play by Alexander Pushkin called “Mozart and Salieri.”

Science and Medicine
The 2012 Mozart & Science Conference took an in-depth look at the enthralling question of how music affects human health and wellbeing. Research into music therapy takes place at the intersection of medicine, art and interpersonal relationships.

Literature and History
The “Mozart Question” by award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo. The story which takes place in Nazi Germany, explores how something so sublime as Mozart’s music can be used for evil purposes.

This could be the first that some NOVA students have been to a concert of classical music. It is likely to be the first time NOVA students have seen their peers perform classical music. Mozart’s music is wonderful!

This concert is FREE
for NOVA students, faculty and staff with a NOVA ID.

Please support MUSIC at NOVA

For information, contact Dr. Mark Whitmire

Have you ever wondered about the Schlesinger Center?

Schlesinger Center

Have you ever wondered about the Schlesinger Center? 

What do they do there? 

Is it part of the College? 

Is there anything there I might enjoy?

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The Schlesinger Center opened September 15, 2001, and continues to the present, to be a professional concert hall and arts center serving as a rental venue for organizations wishing to present concerts, dance, and other cultural offerings open to the general public.  The facilities are primarily for rental clients’ use including all back stage areas, dressing rooms, toilets and showers.If you know of or participate in an organization that presents concerts or other types of programs, please check the Center website at for rental fee details or call Linda Vitello at 703.845.6156.


The public areas of the building are the lobby and restrooms off the lobby areas as well as the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Gallery.  The Fisher Gallery has changing exhibitions by professional and emerging local artists who submit proposals to exhibit at the Gallery.  Usually there are five to seven exhibitions per year.  Gallery hours are 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday and during performances. All are most welcome to visit the Gallery or attend the Opening Receptions for each Exhibition.  Please call 703.845.6156 to make sure the building is open and the Gallery is available for viewing.

Are there College events at the Center?  Yes!  There are a number of events held at the Center each year including Alexandria Band, NOVA Community Chorus and Alexandria Jazz Ensemble concerts and of course NOVA IDOL finals each year.  There are also meetings such as Convocation, the Job Fair and many others.  Recently the Attorney General, Mark Herring, of the Commonwealth held a press conference here advising that Virginia “dreamers” can qualify for in-state tuition.


How can College Staff access the building?  Feel free to visit the public areas of the building, but please say hello to staff in the “Washington Gas Administrator Suite,” first (That’s Rm 102, the first door on the left after you enter the building).  Any request for use of space at the Schlesinger Center should be cleared through your Dean and will need to be approved by Provost Staff.  Generally space at the Center can be provided Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday on an availability basis.  Call Linda Vitello at 703.845.6156 for availability and to discuss your request.

We look forward to seeing you at the Schlesinger Center.  Please check our Event Calendar at and come enjoy the Center!  You are Welcome!

NOVA Music Concert | Tuesday, 6 May 2014

NOVA Music Concert | Tuesday, 6 May 2014

NOVA-Alexandria to host end of spring semester concert

The music department at NOVA-Alexandria will close out the academic year with an uplifting spring concert. “Close to Home: An evening with American Composers” will include performances by The NOVA Community Chorus, the NOVA Alexandria Band and the NOVA Alexandria Jazz Ensemble.

Close to Home
Please, click on the flyer for more details!!!

Among the music selections include “Rockin’ in Rhythm” by Duke Ellington, “Jamie” by Sammy Nestico, “Frostiana: Seven Country Songs” by Randall Thompson featuring the poetry of Robert Frost, “Variations on a Shaker Melody” by Aaron Copland, and “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein.

The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Schlesinger Center

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 |
Concert Contact: Lisa Eckstein | Music Instructor and Band Director |Summer Music Camp Director | 703-845-6252 or

Shakespeare’s “Troubled Couples” | NOVA AL Theatre Program – Spring Show 2014

SHAKESPEARE’S “TROUBLED COUPLES” | NOVA AL Theatre Program – Spring Show 2014 


Monday, 14 April 2014
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 
Time: 7:30 p.m. (curtain) 
Location: The Schlesinger Concert Hall

***Admission is FREE (Donations to the Theatre Program are encouraged)***

On-Stage Seating available

This is an evening of scenes ending with an Elizabethan Dance.

Scenes from:

Antony & Cleopatra
Much Ado About Nothing
Julius Caesar
Twelfth Night
Midsummer Night’s Dream


For more information please contact Dr. Kate Al-Shamma | Assistant Professor of Theatre |



Dear Alexandria Students,

The Tau Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa cordially invites you to be our guest and celebrate our newest members of Phi Theta Kappa.

This special Phi Theta Kappa event honors those individuals whom have demonstrated academic achievement. It would be our esteemed pleasure to share this special time with our fellow students.

Date: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Time: 7:30 Pm

Location: Rachael M. Schlesinger Concert Hall  Northern Virginia Community College | Alexandria Campus

A reception will held in the forum after the ceremony. Student Induction Invitation April 10 2014-page0001

RSVP no later than Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 RSVP to:

Please state you are a guest and give your full name.

Doors for guests will open at 6:30 p.m.

Dress Code:  Professional

The Tau Nu Chapter Team Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

CONTACT: For more information please contact Leola Farmer |




The United States Marine Band will be performing a special concert on Monday, March 31 at 7:30 pm at the Schlesinger Center.

The Beauregard Garage will be available ONLY for the audience attending this performance after 3:30 pm on Monday, March 31. 

Students:  please make arrangements to park in other appropriate lots on Monday, March 31.


For more information please contact Linda Vitello (Schlesinger Center)

703-845-6156 | or Michael Delchamp(Parking Services) 703-845-6056

Shakespeare’s “Troubled Couples” | NOVA AL Theatre Program – Spring Show 2014

Shakespeare’s “Troubled Couples” | NOVA 

AL Theatre Program – Spring Show 2014


Monday, 14 April 2014

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Location: The Schlesinger Concert Hall

Time: 7:30 p.m. (curtain)

 ***Admission is FREE (Donations to the Theater Program are encouraged)***

 On-Stage Seating available

 This is an evening of scenes ending with an Elizabethan Dance.

 Scenes from:

Antony & Cleopatra



 Much Ado About Nothing

Julius Caesar

Twelfth Night


Midsummer Night’s Dream


For more information please contact Dr. Kate Al-Shamma | Assistant Professor of Theatre |


At the Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery 

Edmond Nassa

“Innermost Evocations”



Friday, March 21 – Sunday, April 27, 2014

Reception with guest panel, Jay Townsend and Mary Higgins, on collecting art, Saturday, March 22, 4 – 6 pm

Innermost Evocations, an exhibition of sculptural works by Edmond Nassa, will be on display from Friday, March 21 through Sunday, April 27, 2014 in the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, located in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The opening reception with guest panel discussion on collecting art is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 4 – 6pm. The Gallery Hours are 10am – 4pm Monday-Friday and during performances.

In Innermost Evocations, Edmond Nassa’s sculptural works express the synthesis between his external experiences and his inner life.  Edmond explains, “Through my travels, I’ve met many different people and my art is a way of drawing connection between cultures and individuals.  It’s also about connecting past and present with an exploration of the contrast between smoothness and roughness. It’s my way of making sense of my internal and external experiences in the world.”

Edmond’s tools and media afford him a freedom that does not exist anywhere else. Wood provides a working space that is durable and resistant. He explains, “I work with the wood to build onto it, to combine and transform it into something new without fighting its inherent form. From every angle, it is new and tactile. Working with it makes me travel. When I am with my art, I can feel my mind exploring new things and going to places it has never been. As I begin, I never know what the wood will teach me, or what I will find to give to it.”  Gallery Manager, Megan Peritore, reflects on Mr. Nassa’s sculptures, “Through his mark making, each piece Edmond creates offers a tangible contemplation on life’s struggles and triumphs.”  Edmond’s sculptures are an intimate collision of innovation and inspired metamorphosis drawn from nature’s textural forms.  His unexpected compositions and combinations of materials create sophisticated connections between cultures across historical contexts.

Edmond Nassa received his primary art education at the Centre des Arts de Ouagadougou in the capital city of Burkina Faso, the country of his birth. His studies continued in Europe, including France, where he lived and exhibited his work.  Several years ago, he relocated to the Washington D.C. metro area where he now lives and has his studio.  His website showcases some of his work.

As part of a panel discussion on collecting, Jay Townsend and Mary Welch Higgins will share personal insights on why they collect art.  Over the past 27 years, Jay and Mary have been quietly developing a collection of music, books, sculptures and two-dimensional works from local, national and international artists Jay and Mary were both raised by parents who valued art as being central to home life so have always been surrounded by art, literature and music.  Art was integrated into their daily experiences so was not viewed as something confined to museums.  Jay is from a military family where packing up and moving to a new city every few years was normal.  Each destination was an opportunity for Jay to be exposed to new local cultures and arts communities.  For Mary, a fifth generation Washingtonian, whose childhood was spent visiting local galleries and museums, cultures from around the world came to her.

The Fisher Art Gallery is located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, and is named for local artist, the late Margaret “Peggy” Fisher and her husband, Joseph Fisher.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during performances. See Innermost Evocations anexhibition of sculptural works by Edmond Nassa from Friday, March 21 through Sunday, April 27, 2014.  The opening reception with guest panel, Jay Townsend and Mary Higgins, on collecting art, Saturday, March 22, 4 – 6 pm is on Saturday, March 22, 4 – 6 pm.

Title:  Support of Rhythm 

Medium: Oak, paint, wire
Dimensions:  40” x 13” x 9.5”
Photographed by Jay Townsend


Title:  Everything on Me

Medium: Oak Wood, Wire, Paint
Dimensions: 39.5” x 9.5” x 7”
Photographed by Jay Townsend




Title:  Braided Woman  
Medium: Nwika wood, metal, wire, rope
Dimensions: 52” x 11” x6.5”
Photographed by Jay Townsend





On February 25 more than 150 students participated in the 2014 Black History Month Celebration in Schlesinger Concert Hall. Written and directed by Dr. Mark Whitmire (AL), the event involved actors, dancers, 100 singers, jazz musicians, plus faculty members Dr. Kate Al-Shamma, Dr. Joe Windham and John Kocur, as well as Liberal Arts Dean Jimmie McClellan.

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NOVA Music Department | Spring 2014 Events

NOVA Music Department | Spring 2014 Events

Please join us for a wonderful series of performances from the Alexandria Campus Music Department.


Date: Thursday, 06 March 2014

Event: Concert Band Children’s Concert

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Schlesinger Concert Hall


Date: Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Event: Jazz 4 Justice Concert

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Schlesinger Concert Hall




Date: Sunday, 06 April 2014

Event: Chorus Concert with the WMP

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Church of the Epiphany ( )

1317 G St NW | Washington, DC 20005

(202) 347-2635


Date: Sunday, 13 April 2014

Event: Chorus Concert with the WMP

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Bishop Ireton High School

201 Cambridge Road | Alexandria, VA 22301


Date: Saturday, 26 April 2014

Event: Instrumental Recital

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Music Recital Hall (AT-130)


Date: Monday, 28 April 2014

Event: Guitar Recital

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Music Recital Hall (AT-130)



Date: Saturday, 03 May 2014

Event: Voice Recital

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Music Recital Hall (AT-130)


Date: Saturday, 03 May 2014

Event: Chamber Ensembles Recital

Time:  7 p.m.

Location: Music Recital Hall (AT-130)


Date: Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Event: Piano Recital

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Music Recital Hall (AT-130)


Date: Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Event: Chorus/Band/Jazz Combined Concert

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Schlesinger Concert Hall


Date: Saturday, 10 May 2014

Event: onors Recital

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Music Recital Hall (AT-130)