Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see “Our City, Our Symphony” presented by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Doors open 90 minutes before showtime. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $28, you get one ticket for orchestra seating (up to a $74 value).
- For $20, you get one ticket for balcony or terrace seating (up to a $54 value).<p>
Then choose between the following performances:
- Saturday, February 9, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, February 10, at 3 p.m.<p>
The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra has moved audiences with interpretations of classical and contemporary masterpieces for more than a half-century. “Our City, Our Symphony” celebrates the orchestra’s ties to Alexandria with a collection of local talent exploring the works of international geniuses. The performance opens with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture in B Minor, Op. 26, which touts foreboding and triumphant themes inspired by the dark mouth of Fingal’s Cave on Staffa, an island off the Scottish coast, and the $20 bill Mendelssohn once found there. Concertmaster Claudia Chudacoff then steps into the lead for Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4 in D Major, trilling through blindingly paced explorations of the scales. The program also includes a number of special-guest groups, including the Alexandria Choral Society with a performance of Bach’s Komm, Jesu, komm!, as well as the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ringers of Northern Virginia and the Heritage Signature Chorale, who will perform a world premiere of River Poem, commissioned in honor of Alexandria.
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.