- One ticket to "To Be Passionate": Alexandria Symphony Orchestra with Kim Allen Kluge, Piano
- When: Saturday, February 15, at 8 p.m. or Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m.
- Where: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $25 for the balcony section (up to $64 value)
- $35 for the orchestra or terrace section (up to $74 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Maestro Kim Allen Kluge sits at the piano to conduct this evening of romantic pieces of late 19th and early 20th century, which also features a world premiere by Kluge himself.
- Wagner—Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde: From the opening chord—henceforth known as the "Tristan chord"—this piece's melancholic tone speaks of the titular lovers' impossible longing.
- Debussy—Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun: The piece's delicately layered, woodwind melody evokes a pastoral scene populated by mythical creatures, such as fauns, nymphs, and birds.
- Kluge—New Work (World Premiere): Having previously composed for names such as Branford Marsalis and Bowen McCauley Dance, the orchestra's musical director now debuts a new piece to suit the lush romanticism of the evening.
- Gershwin—Rhapsody in Blue: The beloved work's loopy opening clarinet glissando must have shocked audiences in 1924, heralding as it did a never-before-heard hybrid of classical music and jazz.
- Prokofiev—Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2: Every fight, every insult, and every stolen kiss in Shakespeare's masterpiece comes to life in this work from one of the 20th century's most emotionally grounded composers.
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
When Kim Allen Kluge took over as music director of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra in 1987, the outfit was made up of a small but enthusiastic group of community musicians. Sensing the potential of the orchestra, Kluge augmented the ensemble with freelancer virtuosos, quickly establishing the ASO as the premier professional symphony in northern Virginia. Today, the collective performs in the elegant Schlesinger Concert Hall on the Northern Virginia Community College campus, which makes for an acoustically friendly venue and a convenient base of operations for pranks on the Dean.