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Alexandria Symphony Presents All-Mozart Concert 

ASO Welcomes Back Pianist Thomas Pandolfi

Alexandria, VAAlexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) continues its season of celebrated masterworks on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, 2017.  The concert set continues the season with a focus on musical masterpieces, led by five renowned guest conductors.  Each concert is anchored by a classical “popular” favorite loved by audiences from the symphonic canon.


The ASO welcomes guest conductor Michael Rossi, a rising star in the orchestral world.  Graduating from the Washington National Oper’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Rossi has led orchestras from Philadelphia to Xalapa.  The program features all-Mozart selections with the exuberant Jupiter Symphony, Piano Concerto No. 20 and the Overture to the Magic Flute.


Back by popular demand, Thomas Pandolfi will lend his artistry to the piano concerto.  Praised by the Washington Post, Pandolfi is “an artist who is master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line.”  Equally a master of technique and expression, Pandolfi played to a sold-out house with ASO audiences jumping to their feet in a standing ovation with his premiere of Kluge & Kluge’s American Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in May of 2016.


In partnership with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker conducts on April 1 and 2, 2017 including Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with soloists Esther Heidemen (soprano), Linda Maguire (mezzo-soprano), Brian Thorsett (tenor), and Jim Shaffran (bass).  The program also features Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Brahms’ Nänie and Variation on a Theme by Haydn.  The season culminates on May 20, 2017 with guest conductor Emil de Cou and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 and Barber’s Violin Concerto proudly featuring ASO’s own Marlisa Woods.

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.  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.


To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.



Michael Rossi, guest conductor
Thomas Pandolfi, piano


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





Scott Tucker, guest conductor

With the Choral Arts Society of Washington
Esther Heideman (soprano), Linda Maguire (mezzo-soprano)

Brian Thorsett (tenor), Jim Shaffran (bass)


HAYDN: Lord Nelson Mass

BERNSTEIN: Chichester psalms


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



Emil de Cou, guest conductor

Marlisa Woods, violin


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.

Michael Rossi, guest conductor

Michael Rossi is recognized as a rising star in the next generation of conductors. He recently made debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonia de Xalapa as well as the opening season concerts and First Annual PepsiCo National Young Artist Competition with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He made his international debut conducting Plácido Domingo and the Chinese National Opera Orchestra in Beijing in a live television broadcast for the opening of the Reignwood Theatre.

As a Cover Conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra assisted world-renowned conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Stéphane Denève, Manfred Honeck, Itzhak Perlman, Emmanuel Krivine, and Vladimir Jurowski. As an opera conductor he made his Washington National Opera Main Stage Debut conducting Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and was then engaged to conduct a production of WNO’s Hansel & Gretel in 2012 which he again conducted in the 2015-2016 Season.  In 2011, he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the premiere of Marcos Galvany’s opera Oh My Son and recorded the album, released in late 2014.

Michael is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Miami Summer Music Festival which in just two years has become a major international summer music festival. In 2015, he conducted Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Mozart’s Don Giovanni and conducted La Bohème in 2016. Michael graduated from the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, having been selected for the program by world-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo.


Thomas Pandolfi, pianist

screen-shot-2017-01-19-at-3-22-01-pmAmerican pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. Among his engagements during the 2015-16 Season, were as guest soloist with The National Philharmonic, Ohio Valley Symphony, North Charleston Pops, Cheyenne Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Symphonicity, Amadeus Orchestra, McLean Orchestra and the Frederick Symphony.


During 2016-17, he will also be guest soloist with The Paducah Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony (FL), the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, the Amadeus Orchestra, The Tiraspol Philharmonic, The Alexandria Symphony, and the Maryland Symphony at The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival. Thomas will also be the Artist in Residence at The Black Rock Center for the Arts in Maryland during this season, and his recital touring schedule will take him across the United States on a twenty state tour. Thomas’ international concerts have included those in China and Europe, and last season, he also made his Canadian debut in British Columbia.


An outstanding cross-over artist, Thomas’ virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein are in much demand.  Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the legendary Juilliard School as a scholarship student. He is the proud father of a wonderful son and daughter, and resides in Washington, D.C.

More information available at www.alexsym.org.




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