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George Mason University Center for the Arts

George Mason University

Fairfax

The Center for the Arts offers a full season of music, dance and other performing arts along with family entertainment, theater and the Virginia Opera. Ticket prices vary depending on the program. Opening the dance series will be the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and opening the music series will be the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Call 703-993 ARTS for information or tickets.

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Choruses

George Mason University

Fairfax

George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Choruses join forces for an annual concert that features traditional carols, seasonal favorites and an audience sing-along. The concert takes place at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. To purchase tickets, call Tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com.

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

George Mason University

Fairfax

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 starts on Saturday, Feb. 28, 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

703-277-7772

www.voce.org

Voce is a 22-person choral group. Under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Nafziger, Voce presents in its 16th season a December concert featuring "A Ceremony of Carols" and "Carols and Lullabies, Music of the Southwest" for chorus, harp, guitar, and marimba; a March concert called "Lean on Me!," an eclectic mix of a Bach Motet, spirituals, pop songs and some songs written in response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001; and a May concert called "Now THAT'S a Good Tune!," a selection of choral favorites suggested by the audience and singers. In addition, Voce presents its 5th annual gala performance and silent auction, featuring selections from "A Wonderful Town," on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Reston Community Center.

The Reston Chorale

2310 Colts Neck Road

Reston, VA 20191

703-834-0079

www.restonchorale.org

The Reston Chorale, formed in 1967, is a mixed-voice chorus of over 130 singers. The chorale's holiday seasonal celebration takes place Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Reston Community Center. For further information on performances or auditioning for the chorale, visit the Web site or call 703-834-0079.

Reston Chamber Orchestra

P.O. Box 2331

Reston, VA 20195

www.restonchamberorchestra.org

Comprised of amateur and professional musicians, the Reston Chamber Orchestra performs concerts, free of admission, for the general public. The orchestra begins its 2004-2005 season with a fall concert on Nov. 21, at 4 p.m., at the Reston Community Center. E-mail Lisa Barker for information at lbarker30@comcast.net.

The Fairfax Symphony

1505 Farm Credit Drive, Suite 100

McLean, VA 22102

703-827-0600

www.fairfaxsymphony.org

Now in its 48th year, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, along with the National Symphony Orchestra, is recognized as one of the two premiere orchestras in the Washington area. The 2003-2004 season begins with featured soloist Jaime Loredo. Single tickets are available after August at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, at Tickets.com or by calling 703-218-6500. Season tickets are available by calling 703-827-0600.

Fairfax Choral Society

4028 Hummer Road

Annandale, VA 22003

703-642-3277

www.fairfaxchoralsociety.org

The Fairfax Choral Society is in its 43rd year. It starts its season with an afternoon with Paul Salamunovich Adult Chorus, Master Singers on Oct. 30, at National City Christian Church. For more information, visit the Fairfax Choral Society Web site.

City of Fairfax Band

P.O. Box 1306

Fairfax, VA 22030

703-757-0220

www.fairfaxband.org

Since 1969, the volunteer musicians of the City of Fairfax Band have performed in the Fairfax and greater Washington 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 Drive

Burke, VA 22015

703-757-0226

www.fairfaxband.org

The "Alte Kameraden," or "Old Comrades," is the German band unit of the City of Fairfax Band. This year marks the 28th anniversary of the band, treating Northern Virginia audiences to the spirited fest music played by Austrian and Bavarian village bands. The Alte Kameraden makes more than 50 appearances each year for community events, German-American clubs and Octoberfests. The 2004 schedule includes a performance on Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m., at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield.

Fairfax Saxophone Quartet

www.fairfaxband.org/ensem/saxes.html

The Fairfax Saxophone Quartet is "classi-jazz," doing everything from Baroque to modern music. The Fairfax Saxophone Quartet has been together since 1987. For dates, visit the Web site. Call Jim Francis, 703-978-4370.

Fairfax Swing Band

Rick Parrell

3104 Savoy Drive

Fairfax, VA 22031

703-757-0220

www.fairfaxband.org/ensem/swing.html

A division of the City of Fairfax Band, the Fairfax Swing Band has been impressing audiences with a range of sounds, from the songs of the Big Band era to today's contemporary music. Its fall season begins with a performance on the main stage at the International Children's Festival at Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna.

Just Jazz Septet

www.fairfaxband.org/ensem/jazz.html

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 blues and swing eras of jazz into bebop, cool jazz and contemporary fusion jazz. For dates, visit the Web site. Call William G. Warnell, 202-244-0568.

Potomac Brass Quintet

www.fairfaxband.org/ensem/brass.html

The Potomac Brass Quartet, founded in 1984, is made up of some of Northern Virginia's most active brass instrumentalists. The quintet is a standard five-piece brass musical group consisting of two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba. For performances, visit the Web site. Call Sharyl Abell, 703-759-2903.

Rebel Run Dixieland Band

www.fairfaxband.org/ensem/dixie.html

The City of Fairfax Band's Dixieland Band brings its audiences the finest of Dixieland music. For performances, visit the Web site. Call Ken Murphy, 703-680-7319.

Fairfax Jubil-Aires

703-324-3568

www.thefairfaxjubilaires.org

The Fairfax Jubil-Aires is a 45-member, all-male barbershop group. The Jubil-Aires perform commissioned performances around the area in groups ranging in size from quartets to 40-person ensembles. Contact Jeri Richardson at 703-620-0524 during the day or evening. Concerts are every Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., at Old Town Hall in Fairfax. To order tickets, visit the Jubil-Aires' Web site.

Amadeus Concerts

P.O. Box 543

Great Falls, VA

703-759-5334

amadeusconcerts@aol.com

Now in its 24th year, this organization of professional music lovers and musicians presents a calendar of concert-hall quality classical music by the Amadeus Orchestra, chamber groups and soloists at venues in Great Falls and McLean. All performers and soloists are professional musicians. Programs begin in September.

Amadeus Concerts promotes and assists young artists in the advancement of their musical careers and sponsors performances for children in local schools. Amadeus sponsors a middle-school cultural and service group that is open to young people interested in music, art, photography and drama. Call Tim Rowe, 703-759-5334, or visit the Amadeus Concerts office in the Village Centre in Great Falls.

Kings Park Concert Band

P.O. Box 81

Flint Hill, VA 22627

www.kingsparkband.org

The Kings Park Concert Band is a 65-member adult community band that has been performing in the Washington Metropolitan area since 1965. For more upcoming shows and show details, see the Web site. Gary Rathke is the president of Kings Park Concert Band. Contact Bob Scherago for information, 202-203-4014.

Kings Park German Band

An ensemble of 10 to 12 musicians from the Kings Park Concert Band, the band plays German polkas, waltzes and marches. For more information, contact Jim Ray at 703-455-0175 or visit www.kingsparkband.org.

Mount Vernon Orchestra

This community orchestra plays contemporary and classical music. The orchestra also hosts a chamber concert series throughout the summer at the Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria. Each year there is also a month-long summer camp beginning June 30. For more information, call 703-799-8229, visit www.mvorchestra.org or e-mail mvoa@earthlink.net.

McLean Orchestra

P.O. Box 760

McLean, VA, 22101

The McLean Orchestra has existed for over 30 years. The group presents a full concert season beginning in September with performances at Oak Crest School for Girls. A youth orchestra is also nurtured by the organization. Several fund-raisers include a dance benefit, a silent auction and a raffle fund the orchestra projects. Call 703-893-8646, visit www.mclean-orchestra.org.

The McLean Youth Orchestra

P.O. Box 760

McLean, VA 22101

703-451-2399

www.tmo.org/myo

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

McLean Symphony

Suite 115-172

1350 Beverly Road

McLean, VA 22101

703-848-0165

www.mclean-symphony.org

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 Ave., Suite 404

McLean, VA 22101

703-883-0920

www.worldchildrenschoir.org

The World Children's Choir, a nonprofit children's organization based in the Washington, D.C. area, serves as a voice for children worldwide that celebrates cultural diversity through music and builds positive international relations. For more information, call 703-883-0920, the concert ticket information line.

Springfield Chorale

P.O Box 701

Springfield, VA 22150

703-239-2180

springfieldchorale@hotmail.com

www.springfieldchorale.org

The Springfield Chorale was formed in 1974. A 70-person group under the direction of Robert Webb Jr., the Springfield Chorale performs choral music of diverse styles. Performances take place at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Road, Springfield. Check the Web site at www.springfieldchorale.org for concert details. Ticket prices are in the $12-$15 range for adults and may be ordered in advance by phone or by e-mail as well as at the door.

Vienna Choral Society

703-255-5508

www.viennachoralsociety.org

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 shows are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $25 for families, in advance. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. For ticket information, call 703-255-5508.

The Vienna Community Band

Town of Vienna - Department of Parks and Recreation

120 Cherry St. S.E.

Vienna, VA 22180

703-476-1127

www.seas.gwu.edu/~carroll/vienna/logo.html.

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. For prospective members, the band rehearses Sundays, September through July, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Vienna Community Center.

Potomac River Jazz Club

703-698-PRJC

www.prjc.org

The Potomac River Jazz Club is a nonprofit society formed in 1971 to preserve and promote the playing and appreciation of traditional Dixieland jazz. It performs monthly special jazz concerts/dances at venues in the Northern Virginia or Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. In addition, it hosts a benefit Jazz Jubilee in early spring to benefit a charity, as well as an annual all-day Jazz Fest in September. PRJC sponsors a youth learning program to teach young musicians of high-school and college age how to play traditional jazz. A monthly newsletter contains information on upcoming events and on the jazz scene locally. The club's Web site provides up-to-the-minute information on events as well as a listing of club-affiliated jazz bands, a musicians' exchange, links to other jazz sites and other jazz-related information. The PRJC has about 1,000 members in the Washington/Baltimore area.

Wolf Trap

1624 Trap Road

Vienna, VA 22182

General Information 703-255-1900

www.wolf-trap.org

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, musicals and dance groups, 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. Call 703-218-6500 for tickets.

LOUDOUN COUNTY

The Master Singers

Based in Loudoun County

703-327-6628

www.msva.org

The Master Singers is a 30-musician chorale ensemble that concentrates primarily in 20th- and 21st-century music. The 2004-2005 season focuses on modern music from countries on the Baltic and North Seas.

Loudoun Chorale

P.O. Box 6197

Leesburg, VA 20178

www.loudounchorale.org

The Loudoun Chorale is a community-based arts organization that was created to offer quality music presentations in the area on a continuing basis. The chorale meets at Leesburg Presbyterian Church.

Loudoun Symphony

P.O. Box 4478

Leesburg, VA 20177

703-771-8287

www.loudounsymphony.org

Since its inaugural concert in March 1991, the Loudoun Symphony has achieved recognition for high artistic standards. Under the baton of music director Mark Allen McCoy, the Loudoun Symphony presents classical music concerts, educational programs and collaboration with other arts organizations, while providing diverse levels of performing opportunities to musicians from Loudoun County and surrounding areas. The 2004-2005 season opens Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24, with works including Glinka’s "Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture," Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor. The "early bird" subscription rates are $55 for adults, $20 for children and college students with identification. After Sept. 30, the regular subscription rates are $60 for adults and $25 for children/students. The Loudoun Symphony also offers a special family subscription rate of $145 for a group of two adults and two children, $20 more for each additional child. The "early bird" family subscription rate is $130, $15 more for each additional child. Single-ticket prices at the door are $18 for adults and $8 for children/students; $15 for adults and $7 for children/students if purchased in advance. Beginning in October, advance tickets may be purchased at the Piano Company in Leesburg, Melodee Music in Sterling, the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association office in downtown Leesburg or by calling the Loudoun Symphony office at 703-771-8287. Special discounted group ticket rates are also available. For more information about performances or tickets, call the Loudoun Symphony at 703-771-8287 or visit www.loudounsymphony.org.

Loudoun Symphonic Winds

P.O Box 2384

Leesburg, VA 20177

703-620-4436

www.lcbandinc.org

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 semi-professional, professional and advanced amateur musicians who have a desire to perform challenging symphonic repertoire for concert bands. All concerts are free and open to the public and centered on a particular theme. The Loudoun Symphonic Winds is currently recruiting interested musicians. Positions are available for clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe, saxophones, trumpet, trombone, French horn and more.

The Loudoun Jazz Ensemble is a 16-piece band playing music from swing to contemporary Big Band music. The band performs several times during the year for community functions and concert series.

Interested musicians and those interested in upcoming shows can visit www.lcbandinc.org.

Potomac Celtic Festival

703-938-9779

www.potamaccelticfest.org

info@pcfest.org

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 2,000 years. Many craft exhibitors feature ethnic arts and crafts. There are also storytellers and authentic Celtic food. Several demonstrations of multiple skills are featured along with workshops that teach the Celtic language and Celtic styles. This year the festival is featuring the region of Cornwall and musical entertainment includes Lunasa from Ireland, Slainte Mhath, Tommy Sands, Ed Miller, Dalla from Cornwall, the Prodigals, Iona, Charlie Zahm, Navan, Liz Yvonne Cane and Audrina.