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Alexandria Symphony Celebrates the Four Seasons

Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and Kathleen Kelly Lead the ASO

Alexandria, VA— Alexandria Symphony Orchestra presents Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons on Saturday, November 5 (Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center) and Sunday, November 6 (George Washington Masonic Memorial).  The concert set continues the 73rd Season with a focus on musical masterworks, led by five renowned guest conductors.  Each concert is anchored by a classical “popular” favorite loved by audiences from the symphonic canon.

 

The ASO’s November 2016 performances highlight a powerful triumvirate of musical women: Maestra Kathleen Kelly, violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and composer Missy Mazzoli. Kelly was the first woman (and first American) named Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera.  Also an accomplished keyboardist, Kelly will play the harpsichord as she conducts with Pitcairn as soloist for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  Famous for her brilliant technique and her legendary Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius, Pitcairn performed the Four Seasons on tour in Italy, the birthplace of the well-loved concerti.  The piece will be performed with a reading of the original sonnets Vivaldi published with the manuscript.

 

The program also features Violent, Violent Sea (2011) by “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” Missy Mazzoli, which she invites the audience to experience in her words, “a dense work with conflicting light and dark sides.”  Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll will round out the program.  Originally composed with no intention of public performance, Wagner dedicated the piece to his wife Cosima on her 33rd birthday.  Bearing the name of their one-year-old son and replete with an “orange sunrise” (the color of the wallpaper in his nursery), the first performance was a serenade outside their home with Wagner’s own musician friends.

 

The season continues on February 11 and 12, 2017 with guest conductor Michael Rossi, leading an all-Mozart concert with the exuberant Jupiter Symphony, Piano Concerto No. 20 and the Overture to the Magic Flute.  In partnership with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker conducts on April 1 and 2, 2017 including Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.  The season culminates on May 20, 2017 with guest conductor Emil de Cou and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 and Barber’s Violin Concerto.

All Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center (NVCC Alexandria Campus); Sunday performances are at 3:00 PM at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.  The ASO provides complimentary parking at both venues.

 

Subscriptions and single tickets for the ASO’s 73rd Season are available.  Adult tickets range $20-$80, $5 youth and $10 student with military, senior and group discounts available.  To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.

 

 

VIVALDI: FOUR SEASONS

Kathleen Kelly, guest conductor

Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin

VIVALDI: Four Seasons

MAZZOLI: Violent, Violent Sea

WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM

George Washington Masonic Memorial

MOZART: JUPITER SYMPHONY

Michael Rossi, guest conductor

MOZART: Symphony No. 41

MOZART: Overture from The Magic Flute

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM

George Washington Masonic Memorial

HAYDN & BERNSTEIN 

Scott Tucker, guest conductor

With the Choral Arts Society of Washington

HAYDN: Lord Nelson Mass

BERNSTEIN: Chichester psalms

BRAHMS: Nänie

BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM

George Washington Masonic Memorial

DVOŘÁK: NEW WORLD SYMPHONY

Emil de Cou, guest conductor

DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9

BARBER: Violin Concerto

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

 

Tickets: $20-$80 for adults. Student tickets $10 (with ID). Youth tickets $5 (age 18 & under). Military, senior and group discounts available.  Purchase online at www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.

 

Free parking provided by the ASO. The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center is accessible by Metro bus lines 7A, 7B, 7F, 7Y, 25A, 25C and 25E, as well as DASH bus line AT6.  The George Washington Masonic Memorial is accessible by the Blue and Yellow metro line (King Street station), numerous Metro, Dash and Richmond Highway Express bus lines, and the King Street Trolley in Old Town, Alexandria.

 

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Kathleen Kelly, guest conductor

 

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Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin

 

 

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Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

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