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NOVA Environmental Scientific & Musical Event


All Students, Staff and Faculty are cordially invited

to a NOVA Environmental  Scientific & Musical Event

Please join us for an ecologically themed concert featuring music and piano reflecting on the environment performed by Jonathan D. Kolm and vocalist soprano Katherine Riddle and  an environment-themed lecture “Climate Change Mitigation and Impacts: Technologies and Policies” by Dr. Jayant A. Sathaye.

Presented by the Lyceum and Math., Science & Engineering Division Science Seminars

Friday, November 22, 2013, CE Theater, Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale Campus, Northern Virginia Community College

11:30 – 1:45 pm


Jonathan D. Kolm,  DMA,  Composer, Pianist and Faculty, Northern Virginia Community College

Katherine Riddle, Soprano

Jayant A. Sathaye, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

11:30 – 11:45 Light Refreshments and Meet & Greet the Presenters in the Lower Gallery

11:45 – 1:45 Music Concert and Presentation, CE Theater by Jonathan D. Kolm, Katherine Riddle and Jayant A. Sathaye             

    Jonathan Kolm, DMA,  has  performed across the United States and abroad. His music has been called “fluent in its diversity” and “deeply moving”.  His music has won prizes and awards in many competitions including the American Prize, the Swan Prize in Music Composition, the Percussive Arts Society Composition Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, Voices of Change Composition Contest, the Austin Peay State Composition Competition, as well as many others. He has been commissioned by a wide range of artists and ensembles and his music has been heard at such festivals as June in Buffalo, highSCORE, Beijing International Composition Workshop, MUSCICX and the Ernest Bloch Festival.

His choral music has been performed by some of the leading choirs in the United States, including the New York Virtuoso Singers, VocalEssence, the Princeton Singers and the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. Much of Kolm’s recent music incorporates themes of sustainability and ecology and he advocates for several environmental causes. Upcoming premieres with environmental themes in 2013 include commissions for a song cycle by Karen Murphy and Kathy Price, a chamber work for the Verge Ensemble, and a large work for choir and percussion solo for Georgia State University. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia and is the head of the composition and piano program. He advocates for various environmental issues and is an avid gardener.

Katherine Riddle, soprano, recently graduated magna cum laude and with University Honors from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music concentrating in Vocal Performance.  As part of AU’s study abroad program, Riddle spent a semester studying music at King’s College London and voice at the Royal Academy of music. Katherine is a recipient of the David W.Wainhouse Scholarship, a winner of the 2013 American University Concerto and Aria Competition and the winner of MD/DC NATS competition in both musical theater and classical voice. This winter, she will be playing Cosette in Weathervane Playhouse’s production of Les Miserables in Newark, Ohio.


Dr. Jayant A. Sathaye is a Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor and a Founder of the International Energy Studies Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California. He was a primary contributor to the 2007 IPCC Nobel Prize.

Dr. Sathaye has more than 40 years experience with 220 publications in the research, modeling and policy analysis of energy efficiency standards and labels and financial incentive programs, assessment of cool roofs, and development of global and country-specific models for the evaluation of costs and climate mitigation potential options in US, India and other major developing countries.  He initiated the currently active International Energy Studies Group in 1978 at LBNL, participated in IPCC as Coordinating Lead Author  and Review Editor in 12 documents, and received Annual Award, Climate Works Foundation and a Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Bombay and several other awards. He holds a B.Tech. (Hons.) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Abstract: Anthropogenic climate change is caused by the release of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide etc.) into the atmosphere. It is projected to increase temperatures and sea levels, and affect precipitation levels. Such changes are likely to impact agricultural activities, areas under forest cover, availability of water supply, human population health, and sea levels. It will also lead to increased release of methane from permafrost and have serious impacts on infrastructure particularly that which supports the supply of electricity and other forms of energy. These impacts are projected to vary sizeably across boreal, temperate and tropical zones.
Mitigation offers an effective approach for reducing GHG emissions. Mitigation options stretch across all the major sectors and broadly cover energy, forestry, and agricultural activities. Energy mitigation activities are structured and analyzed within the residential, commercial, industrial, transport, electricity and other forms of energy supply sectors, while those in forestry focus on deforestation and degradation of forest cover. Agricultural emissions vary by type of crop and the conditions among other items.
The talk will provide background information and overview of global energy and climate, mitigation components of climate change research, energy efficiency and renewable energy modeling, approaches for forest sector, ways to increase surface albedo and reduce GHG emissions, switching to non-fossil energy, capture atmospheric GHGs, ways to use safe drinking water, and fuel efficient cook stoves.


For additional information you may contact: 

Reva A. Savkar

Chair, Science Seminars


Math., Science, Engineering Division

Northern Virginia Community College

Email: rsavkar@nvcc.edu

Voice Mail:  703-323-3231

Spooktacular Sounds concert

The Alexandria NOVA Band to play Halloween concert



Spend a night listening to frighteningly good music at the “Spooktacular Sounds in the Haunted Hall: A Halloween Concert.” The Alexandria NOVA Band will play a selection of music from various composers, including Hector Berlioz, Henry Fillmore, Michael Markowski, Giacomo Puccini, Camille Saint-Saens and Robert W. Smith.


The band includes both NOVA students and community members. Lisa C. Eckstein, a music instructor at NOVA-Alexandria, will direct the band. A movement piece will also be presented by NOVA students and directed by Kate Al-Shamma, assistant professor in the Communication Studies and Theatre Department at NOVA-Alexandria.


Attendees are encouraged to come in costume to receive special prizes. Everyone who attends will leave with trick-or-treat goodie bags.



7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24



Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311



The concert is free and open to the public. Garage parking is free.


Concert Contact:

Lisa C. Eckstein, music instructor and band director at NOVA-Alexandria, 703.845.6252 or leckstein@nvcc.edu

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 | jgonzalez@nvcc.edu 


Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s website, www.nvcc.edu.