Metropolitain School of the Arts Presents WONKA

Metropolitan School of the Arts presents “Wonka”, an original musical, June 16th-17th at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. The show will feature hundreds of Metropolitan students in dance, music, and theater. Based on the beloved Ronald Dahl tale and the incredible Tim Burton film staring Johnny Depp, this funny and fantastical show follows young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe as they join a small group of contest winners who get to tour the magical and mysterious factory of eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka.  Join us for a Wonka themed dance extravaganza you won’t want to miss!

International Dance. LLC Spring Recital on June 2nd

June 2nd at 2 PM International Dance, LLC brings their Spring Recital to the Schlesinger Center stage. The Christina Heimlich dancers have performed at the White House, Kennedy Center, German, French, Turkish and Russian embassies, many American and Russian television programs and at the International Children’s Festival at Wolftrap, where Mrs. Heimlich was one of the founders forty years ago.
This year’s recital will be one (single) fantastic, all-inclusive, school-wide performance, full of awe and inspiration.

U.S. Navy Band Country Current 45th Anniversary Concert May 19

The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy’s premier country-bluegrass ensemble. The group is nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-popping” musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center and Concert Hall is proud to host Country Current’s 45th Anniversary Concert.

New Dominion Chorale and Orchestra Performs the Sacred Music of Mozart


New Dominion Chorale will conclude its 27th season with a program of Sacred Music of W. A. Mozart. The performance will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 Campus Drive, Alexandria, Virginia, on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Thomas Beveridge, Artistic Director of New Dominion Chorale, will conduct the 175-voice chorus, soloists and orchestra in a selection of Mozart’s works, ranging from the youthful “Veni, Sancte Spiritus,” written at the age of twelve, to his final masterpieces, the “Requiem” and “Ave Verum Corpus,” written just before his untimely death at the age of thirty-five. Other works to be presented are “Regina Coeli” and two works for soprano solo, “Laudate Dominum” and “Alleluia,” featuring Amy Broadbent as soloist.

Ms. Broadbent will be joined by three other soloists: mezzo-soprano Madelyn Wanner, tenor Matthew Hill and bass Karl Hempel.

US Navy Band returns to Schlesinger Center with music of Adams, Stravinsky, and Hindemith

THE UNITED STATES NAVY BAND is the premier musical organization of the U.S. Navy. Comprised of six primary performing groups including the Concert Band, ‘The World’s Finest’ is capable of playing any style of music in any setting. Since its inception in 1925, the Navy Band has been entertaining audiences and supporting the Navy with some of the best musicians in the country. The 174 enlisted musicians, recruited from the finest music schools and professional musical organizations, perform more than 270 public concerts and 1,300 ceremonies each year. From national concert tours to presidential inaugurals to memorial services at Arlington National Cemetery, the Navy Band proudly represents the men and women of the largest, most versatile, most capable naval force on the planet today: America’s Navy.

The program to be performed by the U.S. Navy Concert Band on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall will include music by John Adams, Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith. The band will be under the baton of its commanding officer Capt. Ken Collins, along with that of guest conductor Mitchell Arnold of West Virginia University. “

New Dominion Chorale presents Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

New Dominion Chorale and Orchestra will present J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 4 p.m. The concert will take place at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, Virginia.

The concert will be conducted by Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge and will feature well-known soloists from the Washington area: Laura Choi Stuart, soprano; Melissa Kornacki, mezzo soprano; Jason Rylander, tenor; and Jason Widney, bass. William Neil, organist of the National Symphony Orchestra, along with an orchestra of baroque instruments will provide the accompaniment.

Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” is a massive work consisting of six cantatas dedicated to the celebration of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. In this concert, the Chorale will perform the first three cantatas in an English translation by Mr. Beveridge.  The audience will be provided with the English words and melody of each of the chorales in this performance and will be invited to sing along with the chorus and orchestra.

The 200-voice New Dominion Chorale is one of the Washington area’s largest choral societies. The Chorale has received consistent praise by music critics, particularly by Joseph McLellan, the late chief music critic of The Washington Post, who wrote, “New Dominion Chorale’s performance was opulent, precise and powerful…totally clear diction and a wide dynamic range.” In addition to its regular appearances at the Schlesinger Center, the Chorale has also performed at the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington National Cathedral, and the Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Thomas Beveridge, Founder and Artistic Director of New Dominion Chorale, has appeared as bass soloist with many of the nation’s choral societies and orchestras and performed in recitals in the United States and Europe. He is the composer of 700 original compositions and arrangements, with commissions from Harvard University, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation at the Library of Congress. 

Tickets for the December 10 performance of Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” may be purchased online at or at the door at the time of performance. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for senior citizens and $15 for students and children. Group tickets are available for groups of 10 or more at $25 per ticket. All tickets are for general admission. More information is available at or phone (202) 244-7191. Parking is free.