NSO at Wolf Trap Conductor Emil de Cou and Virtuoso Marlisa del Cid Woods Headline the ASO | News Release | Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

NSO at Wolf Trap Conductor Emil de Cou and Virtuoso Marlisa del Cid Woods Headline the ASO

ASO Presents Americana-themed Concert for Season Finale

Alexandria, VA— Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will present its season finale on Saturday, May 20, 2017 (8 p.m.) at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, led by guest conductor Emil de Cou.  The 73rd season has focused on masterworks, led by five renowned guest conductors, each concert anchored by a classical “popular” favorite loved by audiences from the symphonic canon.

Anchoring the Americana-themed finale is Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World).  Written as both a tribute to his immigrant roots and his adopted homeland, this work borrows from Native American song, African American spirituals, Scottish melodies and Dvořák’s own Czech folk traditions.  Composed while Music Director for the National Conservatory of Music in New York and during his trips visiting immigrant settlements in the Midwest, he incorporated the diverse musical elements he observed as uniquely American.

“The title of this symphony could just as easily been: ‘To the New World,’” observes Maestro de Cou.  “Dvořák’s Symphony ‘From the New World’ remains not only a musical summation of his three year stay in the United States, but also a love letter to that still infant nation trying to find its way.”

De Cou serves as the NSO at Wolf Trap conductor during the summer season and leads the Pacific Northwest Ballet as Music Director.  He has led the Labor Day Weekend Capitol Concerts on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol annually since 2002.

Opening the program is Barber’s only Violin Concerto (Op. 14), featuring ASO’s own Marlisa del Cid Woods.  Ms. Woods serves as Music Director of the famed U.S. Army Strolling Strings and has performed as principal and soloist with many military ensembles and prominent symphonies.  Hailed as one of the most technically difficult violin concertos ever written, Barber’s masterpiece will sparkle with Ms. Woods as soloist.

Subscriptions for the ASO’s 2017-2018 Season featuring the four finalists for Music Director go on sale May 1.  Senior and military subscription pricing is available.  To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885. 


2016-2017 SEASON FINALE!


Emil de Cou, guest conductor
Marlisa del Cid Woods, violinist

DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)

BARBER: Violin Concerto, Op. 14
WILLIAMS: Overture to The Cowboys

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


Emil de Cou, guest conductor

Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.32.29 PMEmil de Cou appears regularly as guest conductor with orchestras across the United States. After serving as Associate Conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra for eight years, he was appointed as Music Director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet.


Mr. de Cou was an active participant in a wide range of National Symphony Orchestra performances and events since his debut at Wolf Trap in 2000. He formally joined the National Symphony conducting staff in 2002, and in addition to being Associate Conductor, in the summers he serves as the conductor of the NSO at Wolf Trap Festival. He has led the Labor Day Weekend Capitol Concerts on the West Lawn since 2002.

Mr. de Cou made his Carnegie Hall debut as guest conductor for the New York Pops, and also appeared at the gala tribute to Beverly Sills at Lincoln Center. His innovative concerts at the Wolf Trap Pavilion have included the first screenings of The Wizard of Oz with the score performed with live orchestra, the first ever live Twitter program notes (Beethoven Pastoral Symphony) and live in-time pod cast for a concert called “Fantastic Planet.” In 2008 he conducted the first performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies.

As part of his work as musical consultant for NASA he has conducted several successful collaborations: in 2009, “Salute to Apollo, the Kennedy Legacy” at the Kennedy Center in honor of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. The sold-out, multi media performance included film excerpts, narration by Buzz Aldrin, and performances with Denyce Graves, Shaka Khan, and the US Army Chorus. He also conducted a multi media concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the launching of the Hubble Space Telescope.

In 1985 de Cou was hired by Mikhail Baryshnikov to be the conductor of the American Ballet Theatre afterward joining the staff of the San Francisco Ballet where he ended his tenure there as music director in 1998. He has also worked with the New York City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Emil de Cou was born in Los Angeles and studied with Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California. He was the subject of a documentary on National Public Radio and was chosen from 200 candidates to study in Leonard Bernstein’s master class at the Hollywood Bowl. He makes his home in San Francisco.

Marlisa del Cid Woods, violinist

Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.32.43 PMMarlisa del Cid Woods is highly acclaimed as a solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral violinist.  Born in Honduras, Ms. Woods was raised in the Washington, D.C. area and began studying violin at the age of four through the Suzuki method after being inspired by Itzhak Perlman’s appearance on Sesame Street.  An alumnus of the National Symphony Fellowship Program, she went on to earn her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees with academic honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Ms. Woods is currently the Musical Director and producer of the U.S. Army Strolling Strings and has led performances for national and international heads of state, our nation’s top military leadership, and military leaders from over 100 countries.  Prior to her appointment as Musical Director, Ms. Woods served as Concertmaster of the U.S. Army Orchestra and has performed as soloist with the U.S. Army Band.  Her versatility in musical styles has led her to collaborate with other ensembles such as the U.S. Army Bluegrass Ensemble, which has delighted audiences of over 1.2 million in live performances and on YouTube.  Ms. Woods has performed with some of the world’s finest ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and regularly performs with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

As a baroque violinist, Ms. Woods has enjoyed performing with the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Bach Sinfonia, Apollo’s Fire, Opera Lafayette, Harmonious Blacksmith, the Vivaldi Project, and has performed as soloist and concertmaster with Washington Bach Consort.  Ms. Woods can be heard on the Elektra, Lyrichord, and Dorian labels.



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