Lushness & Lyrical

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The ASO continues its theme of “Symphony and Cinema” with works by Tchaikovsky and Bruch, plus a suite from 2003’s Peter Pan

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The Deal

  • $20 for side-orchestra or rear-balcony seating (up to $44 value)
  • $35 for premium-orchestra seating and one drink ticket (up to $74 value)
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The Program

Lushness & Lyrical continues Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s season-long theme, “Symphony and Cinema,” with a blend of romantic masterpieces and contemporary film score. The evening kicks off with a free pre-concert discussion led by Stephen Ackert, the head of the National Gallery of Art’s music department. Later, Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker lends her touch to Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.

  • Tchaikovsky—Waltz from Swan Lake: Although not successful until after the composer’s death, this ballet has become one of his most-beloved works, in no small part due to its abundance of magic and color—characteristics that this cascading waltz capture with ease.
  • Bruch—Scottish Fantasy: This Fantasy weaves together folk songs from Nicola Benedetti’s homeland, including “Scots Wha Hae,” “Auld Rob Morris,” and “The Dusty Miller.”
  • Smetana—Moldau from Má vlast: The most popular of a series of symphonic poems celebrating Czech culture, the Moldau pays tribute to its namesake river. A pair of flutes representing the river’s two springs begins the piece with a soft lightness—hardly a surprise considering that river was a source of comfort to Smetana when he was plagued by debilitating headaches.
  • Howard—Peter Pan Suite: Former Elton John keyboardist James Newton Howard infused the score for 2003’s Peter Pan with whimsical harps and bittersweet strings to create a sonic landscape for Neverland. The effect: a nuanced take on youth and immortality told from a child’s perspective.

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.

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