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Festive Evening Launches McLean Orchestra's New Season

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Dec. 13, 2003: Holiday program including prelude from "Hansel and Gretel" by Humperdinck and Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," Suite No. 1.

Feb. 14, 2004: Traditional Valentine program: "Romeo and Juliet," Strauss; "Carmen," Bizet; and love songs of Jerome Kern and Henry Mancini performed by Dolores King Williams.

March 20, 2004: All-American concert with music by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

June 12, 2004: Guest artist Elisabeth Adkins performs on violin, and harpist James Pinkerton is featured in "Scottish Fantasy."

A "Meet the Conductor" party at the McLean home of Ed and Edwina Rogers on Sept. 13 launched the McLean Orchestra's 2003-04 season, as a string trio entertained from a balcony and a harp and flute duet was videotaped in another room.

Music Director Sylvia Alimena, the orchestra's new conductor, mingled with musicians and party guests who paid $100 to attend the event, an orchestra fund-raiser.

They enjoyed a buffet supper at the Rogers’ sprawling McLean estate off Dolley Madison Boulevard near the George Washington Parkway.

A golf tournament scheduled on Oct. 2 at South Riding, also an orchestra fund-raiser, offers a chance to win a 2004 Pontiac truck for a hole-in-one.

On Oct. 4, Alimena will conduct her first concert as the orchestra's music director: "Myths and Legends."

Arnald Gabriel, the orchestra's former conductor, retired with the title of conductor emeritus last spring.

Other dates in the 2003-04 season include a Christmas concert on Dec. 13, when the orchestra will perform selections from "Hansel and Gretel" and "The Nutcracker."