Alexandria Symphony Orchestra launches season with five renowned guest conductors.
The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.
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The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1954, was Northern Virginia’s first fully professional orchestra. The symphony, which performs at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College and is known for playing both classical and contemporary music, welcomes five guest conductors for its 2016-2017 season who will lead the orchestra through performances anchored in beloved classics from the symphonic canon. Beethoven: Eroica Symphony Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 Opening night will be led by James E. Ross, professor and director of orchestral activities at the University of Maryland and associate director of the conducting program at Juilliard. Symphonies will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Symphony No. 3 by Sibelius. Vivaldi: Four Seasons Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 Conductor Kathleen Kelly, the first American and the first woman named Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera, will take the stage. Symphonies will include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Mazzoli’s Violent, Violent Sea and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. Mozart: Jupiter Symphony Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 Michael Rossi, an opera conductor who’s worked with leading orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, will conduct. Symphonies will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, Overture from The Magic Flute and Piano Concerto No. 20. Haydn & Bernstein Saturday, April 1, 2017 Choral Arts Society of Washington Artistic Director Scott Tucker will conduct both the chorus and the orchestra through Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Nänie and Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn by Brahms. Dvorak: New World Symphony Saturday, May 20, 2017 The season will close with Emil de Cou, associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. Symphonies will include Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 and Barber’s Violin Concerto. Tickets $20-80 for adults, $10 for students, $5 for youth. For more information visit AlexSym.org