Music director Emil de Cou takes listeners on a sonic journey that sails the Virginia Chamber Orchestra's sound waves to baroque and neoclassical shores, then back through the romantic and contemporary coasts of jazz. The featured piece of the program, Grieg's Holberg Suite of 1884, takes the charming string movement to the late 17th century, when the playwright Ludvig Holberg lived and when flimsy top hats had to be filled with stale oatmeal so that they could stay upright. Maestro Cou mines more neoclassical splendor as violins, cello, and a four-part string orchestra resonate throughout the hall during Handel's concerti grossi from Twelve Grand Concertos, Opus 6. The orchestra breaks 20th-century ground with a composition by Washington native Duke Ellington. His “Solitude” gently exposes listeners to a heartbreakingly simple tune that has stood the test of time better than hand-whittled watches.
There are drinking events, and there are music events. But for ticket-holders to On Tap Magazine's Can Jam Beer & Music Festival, there's no need to choose between the two. Festgoers can sip canned suds from breweries such as Flying Dog, Oskar Blues, Starr Hill, and Yuengling, as they boogie to the Latin-infused rock of Lloyd Dobler Effect, sway to reggae sounds, or channel their inner Grateful Dead as they jam to the sounds of Justin Trawick Group. There will also be games to play and food trucks to sample from the likes of Sol Mexican Grill, Willie's Po' Boy, and Top Dog. A portion of the event's proceeds benefits Southeast Tennis & Learning Center.
For one evening, Washington’s National Mall will be no match for a horde of brain-hungry zombies. During the DC Zombie Crawl, regular citizens will forgo their unbloodied attire and heartbeats to transform into the undead for a night of revelry and very slow walking. After a gathering on the Mall, participants board the Metro for the Adams Morgan neighborhood, where they’ll lurch into seven bars for drink specials, a costume contest, and a chance to win the raffle for a 32” flat-screen TV. All proceeds go toward the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation, an organization that financially and emotionally supports the families of children with cancer.
André Rieu enchants all tastes as he leads his Johann Strauss Orchestra through an evening of virtuosic swooning and dancing in the aisles. A violinist since the age of 5, after a biochemistry degree and two divorces, André radiates his lifelong love of classical music into the audience, tipping the scales of fancy and footloose. Like an omnipotent marionette artist, he maestros both the orchestra and spectators into enticing bouts of ballroom dancing, taking breaks between his Pied Pipering to excitedly play his Stradivarius violin. As Rieu interacts with the audience, the air fills with the kaleidoscopic balloons, lilting tenors and sopranos, and special surprises, which may include a John Philip Sousa séance or a tuba-hole marshmallow toss.
Hordes of racers are scheduled to depart on the scenic and challenging excursion at many times throughout the day of the race; with this Groupon, you can register for any available wave time on Saturday or Sunday. Wave times are scheduled every half-hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited, so you must register by Monday, October 17. Register early to ensure your preferred wave doesn't sell out.