Where to Find Music

Where to Find Music

July 19, 2002

George Mason University Center for The Arts

George Mason University

Fairfax, Va.

The Center for the Arts offers a full season of music, dance and other perfomring arts along with family entertainment, theater and the Virginia Opera. Ticket prices vary depending on the program. Opening the dance series will be the Shanghai Ballet, opening the music series will be the Mendelssohn String Quartet with Leon Fleisher at the piano. Call 703-993 ARTS for information or tickets.

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Choruses

George Mason University

Fairfax, Va.

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Choruses join forces for an annual concert that features traditional carols, seasonal favorites, and audience sing-along. The concert will be held at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or go online at www.tickets.com.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

George Mason University

Fairfax, Va.

At last year's debut performance, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra had the audience on its feet shouting for more. Under the direction of local jazz master Jim Caroll, the Orchestra returns to a traditional jazz program. The 2003 season will start with "The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra with Richard Stoltzman, clarinet," on Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary from $36 to $28 to $18. To purchase tickets, call tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or go online at www.tickets.com.




Voce is a 28 person choral group. Dubbed "Northern Virginia's Premier Chorus," Voce will start its season Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. with "Britten: Glorious Sound." The concert will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, located at 5649 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville.

The Reston Chorale

2310 Colts Neck Road

Reston, Va. 20191



The Reston Chorale, formed in 1967, is a group of over 100 singers. The Chorale will begin its fall season on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. with Mozart's "Requiem." The event, a community sing-along featuring soloists, will be held in remembrance of 9/11. The cost is $12, $9 participation fee and $3 score rental fee. It may be paid at the door.

Reston Chamber Orchestra

P.O. Box 2331

Reston, Va. 20195


Comprised of amateur and professional musicians, the Reston Chamber Orchestra performs concerts, free of admission, for the general public. The orchestra will begin its 2002-2003 season with a fall concert, tentatively set for Sun., Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. The concert will be located at the Reston Community Center.

The Fairfax Symphony

Packard Center, Second Floor

4024 Hummer Road

Annandale, Va. 22003



Now in its 45th year, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, along with the National Symphony, is recognized as one of the two premiere orchestras in the Washington area. The 2002-2003 season will begin with Berlioz’s "Le Corsair Overture," Beethoven’s "Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Opus 15," Gershwin’s "New York Rhapsody" and "Rhapsody in Blue" and Ravel’s "Bolero." This concert is the first in a series of MasterWorks concerts. The concert will take place Sat., Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, at Tickets.com, or by calling 703-218-6500. Season tickets are available by calling 703-642-7200.

Fairfax Choral Society

4028 Hummer Rd.

Annandale, Va. 22003



The Fairfax Choral Society is in its 40th year. They start their season with a joint concert with the Fairfax Symphony in remembrance of 9/11. For more information on this and coming shows, please visit the Fairfax Choral Society web site.


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<cl>The City of Fairfax Band with Robert Pouliot, music director.

<lst>City of Fairfax Band

P.O. Box 1306

Fairfax, Va. 22030



Since 1969, the volunteer musicians of the City of Fairfax Band have performed in the Fairfax area. Several small ensembles exist within the City of Fairfax Band. These include Alte Kameraden, Fairfax Saxophone Quartet, Fairfax Swing Band, Just Jazz Septet, Potomac Brass Quintet and Rebel Run Dixieland Band.

Alte Kameraden German Band

Sam Laudenslager

9416 Wallingford Dr.

Burke, Va. 22015



Alte Kameraden is the "German Band" unit of the City of Fairfax Band. In 1995, the group became the first American band ever to be selected to membership in Germany’s national band association, the M.O.N. Alte Kameraden will be performing Mon., Sept. 2, at St. Mary’s Parish picnic, Fairfax, 1 p.m. For more dates, visit the web site.

Fairfax Saxophone Quartet

Jim Francis



The Fairfax Saxophone Quartet is "Classi-Jazz," doing everything from Baroque to Modern. The Fairfax Saxophone Quartet has been together since 1987. For dates, visit the web site.

Fairfax Swing Band

Rick Parrell

3104 Savoy Drive

Fairfax, Va. 22031



A division of the City of Fairfax Band, the Fairfax Swing Band has been wowing audiences with a range of sounds, from the songs of the big band era to today’s contemporary music. Their fall season begins with the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap Farm Park in Vienna, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15.

Just Jazz Septet

William G. Warnell



Just Jazz Septet, an ensemble of the City of Fairfax Band, plays all types of jazz, ranging from the earliest ragtime and Dixieland up through the blue and swing era into bebop and cool jazz and contemporary fusion jazz. For dates, visit the web site.

Potomac Brass Quartet

Sharyl Abell



The Potomac Brass Quartet, founded in 1984, is made up of some of northern Virginia’s most active brass instrumentalists. The quintet has standard five-piece brass instrumentation consisting of two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba. For performances, visit the web site.

Rebel Run Dixieland Band

Ken Murphy



The City of Fairfax Band’s "Dixieland Band brings its audiences the finest of Dixieland music. For performances, visit the web site.

Fairfax Jubilaires



The Fairfax Jubilaires is a 45 member, all-male barbershop group. The Jubilaires perform commissioned performances around the area, in groups ranging in size from a four person quartet to a 40 person ensemble.

Amadeus Concerts

P.O. Box 543

Great Falls, Va.



The Amadeus Concert Series will begin with an Amadeus Orchestra concert on September 15 honoring the heroes of 9/11. Please call for details.

Kings Park Concert Band

Gary Rathke

President, Kings Park Concert Band

P.O. Box 81

Flint Hill, VA 22627


The Kings Park Concert Band is a 65 member adult community band that has been performing in the Washington Metropolitan area since 1965. Kings Park Concert Band will be playing the 25th Anniversary Celebration at Burke Center. They will also be playing for the residents of Northern Virginia Training Center on election day. For more upcoming shows and show details, see the web site.

Capital Wind Symphony


Founded in 1991, the Capital Wind Symphony performs throughout the metropolitan area. Capital Wind Symphony performs at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College located on Route 236. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $6.00 for students and senior citizens. Children under the age of 6 are free. For concert information, visit the web site.


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<cl>Cellist Glenn Garlick who will be featured in the McLean Orchestra's opening concert Oct. 12.


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<cl>The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet who will be featured singing seasonal favorites with the McLean Orchestra

<lst>The McLean Orchestra

P.O. Box 760

McLean, Va. 22101



Since 1972, the McLean Orchestra has grown from a 15 member group to a 90 person ensemble. The McLean Orchestra will begin their 2002-2003 season with a concert Oct. 12. While the program is still subject to change, it is tentatively scheduled as "In Observance of Queen Elizabeth’s 50-year Reign." The concert will include Walton’s "Crown Imperial Coronation March," Elgar’s "Concerto for Cello" featuring Glenn Garlick, Grainger’s "Irish Tune from Country Derry," Elgar’s "Crown of India Suite" and Arnold’s "Four Scottish Dances." For changes and updates, see the McLean Orchestra web site.

The McLean Youth Orchestra

P.O. Box 760

McLean, Va. 22101



A division of the McLean Orchestra, the McLean Youth Orchestra is comprised of musicians aged 12 to 18. The Youth Orchestra performs regularly throughout the year with special guest professional musicians.

McLean Symphony

Suite 115-172

1350 Beverly Road

McLean, Va. 22101



The McLean Symphony, formed in 1972, is a 65 person group of professional musicians. In addition to the regular full orchestra programs, the Symphony also gives concerts with smaller ensembles through the Intimate Parlor Concerts Series and recitals for the community.

World Children's Choir

6723 Whittier Avenue Suite L6

McLean, Va. 22101



The World Children’s Choir, a non-profit children’s organization based in the Washington, DC area, serves as a voice for children worldwide that celebrates cultural diversity through music and builds positive international relations. The World Children's Choir will hold its Season Concert on December 14. For more information, please call 703-883-0920, the concert ticket information line.

Springfield Chorale

P.O. Box 701

Springfield, Va. 22150



The Springfield Chorale was formed in 1974. A 70 person group, the Springfield Chorale will begin their season with a holiday concert on Dec. 7. The performance will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Road, Springfield, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students and seniors and free for children under 12 in advance. Tickets at the door are $15 adults and $11 students and seniors. Tickets can be ordered by calling 703-683-6450 or by sending an e-mail to springfieldchorale@hotmail.com.

Vienna Choral Society



The group was founded in 1987 to answer the call for a choral group in Vienna. The group performs at local nursing and retirement homes in addition to its regular concert season. Tickets for VCS shows are $10 adults, $8 students and seniors and $20 family in advance. Tickets at the door are $12 adults and $9 students and seniors. For ticket information call 703-560-8636.

The Vienna Community Band

Town of Vienna - Department of Parks and Recreation

120 Cherry Street, S.E.

Vienna, Va. 22180



The Vienna Community Band was formed in 1975 to assist in the celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial. The group now includes approximately 80 volunteer musicians. The fall season will begin with the Fall Concert, Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Vienna Community Center at 7 p.m.

Potomac River Jazz Club



The Potomac River Jazz Club is a non-profit society formed in 1971 to preserve and promote the playing and appreciation of traditional Dixieland jazz. PRJC’s annual autumn jazz picnic at Blob’s Park will take place Sept. 21. Hear the most popular local jazz bands playing, bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets or buy food there. There will be free parking and a covered pavilion in case of rain. There will also be a jazz flea market and a PRJC raffle table. For ticket information and to order, please visit the "Events" page of the PRJC web site.


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<cl>The Barns of Wolf Trap

<lst>Wolf Trap

1624 Trap Road

Vienna, VA 22182



Wolf Trap is America's national park for the performing arts and is also a Foundation for the Performing Arts. From May through September Wolf Trap offers nationally known performers, singing groups, orchestras, bands, a musical, such as Tony Curtis in "Some Like it Hot and dance groups such as Riverdance and the Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Filene Center, jointly operated by the not for profit Wolf Trap Foundation and the National Park Service. .The smaller Barns of Wolf Trap offers performances year round along with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, which has a residency training program for young singers. In addition Wolf Trap has a year-round education program.


The Master Singers

Loudoun County



The Master Singers is a 29 musician group focusing mainly on a cappella and accompanied choral works. Their 2002-2003 season will begin with "Conrad Susa Carols and Lullabies of the Southwest." This show is to be followed by a series of Christmas concerts.

Loudoun Chorale

P.O. Box 6197

Leesburg, Va. 20178



The Loudoun Chorale is a community-based arts organization which was created to respond to the need of local performers to offer quality music presentations on a continuing basis. The Chorale’s 2002-2003 season will begin with the Waterford Fair concert, Sat., Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at John Wesley Church.

Loudoun Symphony

P.O. Box 4478

Leesburg, Va. 20177



This is the twelfth season for the Loudoun Symphony, located in Loudoun County, Virginia. As part of its mission, this season the Symphony will, besides presenting its regular subscription concerts, continue the Connoisseurs' Chamber Music Series, present a free Children's Concert, and continue an in-school mini-concert series for local elementary school students. Their fall season will begin with a concert in October featuring Ocker's "Gettysburg: July 1, 1863," Haydn's "Symphony No. 100 - Military," Barber's "Adagio for Strings" and Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet (ballet excerpts)." Tickets can be purchased at the door at $15 for an adult and $7 for children and students. Advance sale tickets are $13 for an adult and $6 for a child/student.

Loudoun Symphonic Winds

P.O. Box 2384

Leesburg, Va. 20177



Since 1993, the Loudoun Symphonic Winds has been providing concert band concerts for the Loudoun area. Formerly known as the Loudoun Concert Band, Loudoun Symphonic Winds is a mix of high school students, professional musicians, and working professionals who have a desire to perform challenging symphonic repertoire for concert band. All concerts are free and open to the public and centered on a particular theme. Loudoun Symphonic Winds is currently recruiting interested musicians. Interested musicians and those interested in upcoming shows, please see www.lcbandinc.org or email gcorella@crosslink.net.


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<cl>Glasswork by Seamus on display at the Potomac Celtic festival held each June in Morven Park in Loudoun county.

Potomac Celtic Festival




The festival features live Celtic music and dance continually through the event. The event also features Scottish games as well as a reenactment of Celtic history over the past 2000 years. Many craft exhibitors feature ethnic arts and crafts. There are also storytellers along with poetry, as well as authentic Celtic food. Several demonstrations of multiple skills are featured along with workshops that teach the Celtic language and Celtic styles.