The NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra’s soldout concert on April 29 featured the world premiere of an ambitious work by local high school students as well as popular classical pieces under the direction of the orchestra’s music director, Christopher Johnston, an adjunct faculty member. The concert was presented by The Reunion Music Society, Inc., and co-sponsored by NOVA. Former NOVA President Richard J. Ernst attended the concert.
“Textures for Electronic Trio and Orchestra” was composed by seven students from the Fairfax Academy of Communication and the Arts, and it may be the only musical piece composed specifically for three electronic instruments – violin, harp and guitar – and symphony orchestra. Each of the seven movements reflected the students’ inspirations from nature, foreign travels and poetry. Also on the program were works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin.
At a pre-concert reception in the Ernst Center, Adrienne Hinds, acting dean of Languages and Literature, was recognized for her support of the Orchestra’s annual concert series. Hinds was one of three recipients of the Richardson-Watkins Founders Award, which honors businesses or community members for making significant contributions to the success of NOVA’s partner, The Reunion Music Society.