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Alexandria Symphony Opens 75th Anniversary Season

ASO Welcomes Violinist Alexander Kerr

Alexandria, VA—The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) opens its 75th Anniversary Season on September 29, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. (Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center) and Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 p.m. (George Washington Masonic Memorial). Throughout the year, the ASO will mark the celebration of its 75thAnniversary with special appearances and events with new Music Director Maestro James Ross and members of the ASO.


The concert opens with a mystery piece, which Maestro Ross will introduce from the podium. The program continues with Michael Torke’s Javelin, commissioned for the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta and later recorded by John Williams with the Boston Pops. Violinist Alexander Kerr joins the ASO as soloist for Dvořák’s Romance in F minor and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo capriccioso. Dvořák originally composed the Romance as a string quartet; he dedicated the concerto to František Ondříček, who premiered the work.  Also composed for a soloist, Saint-Saëns’ composition showcases the talent of a musician of Kerr’s caliber.


Kerr is Concertmaster of both the Dallas and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras.   Raised in Alexandria, Alexander Kerr’s expressive and charismatic style has made him one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today. Kerr will conduct a master class for T. C. Williams High School music students during the concert week.


The concert will culminate with Beethoven’s patriotic and well-loved Symphony No. 7. Beethoven composed the work while on bed rest during the winter of 1811, and the piece premiered as a tribute to German soldiers who survived a hard-fought victory over Napoleon. Composed after his complete loss of hearing and while severely ill, the Seventh Symphony is a testament to the human spirit.  “By the time Beethoven wrote the first chords of this piece, he already knew that success in his life was only achievable through Olympian striving and then only transiently,” comments Maestro Ross.  “This quality of overcoming struggle is a major theme of his music.”


The fully-professional Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday evenings at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center and Sunday matinees at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Season subscriptions start at $68. Single-ticket prices range from $20 to $80 for adults, and there are $5 youth and $10 student tickets. Military, senior and group discounts are also available. To order tickets and for more information, visit www.alexsym.org or call (703) 548-0885.



James Ross, Music Director
Alexander Kerr, violinist


TORKE: Javelin

DVOŘÁK: Romance in F minor

SAINT-SAËNS: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A major


Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

George Washington Masonic Memorial




James Ross, Music Director
Tanya Anisimova, cellist


KRASH: Cello Concerto (world premiere)

MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”

BERNSTEIN: Overture to West Side Story
BERNSTEIN: “Three Dance Episodes” from On the Town


Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

George Washington Masonic Memorial



James Ross, Music Director


PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1 “Classical”

J.S. BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY: Concerto in E-flat major “Dumbarton Oaks”

MOZART: Symphony No. 38 “Prague”


Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

George Washington Masonic Memorial


James Ross, Music Director
Marianna Prjevalskaya, pianist


REZNICEK: Overture to Donna Diana

SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 1 “Spring”

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3


Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

George Washington Masonic Memorial






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 at both venues. 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.


For soloists’ biographies, please visit: http://www.alexsym.org/about/musicians/


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