George Mason University Center for the Arts
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
The Center for the Arts offers a full season of music, dance and other performing arts along with family entertainment and theater. Ticket prices vary depending on the program. Call 703-993-8888 for information or tickets, or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa
George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Choruses
George Mason University
George Mason’s Center for the Arts includes two main sections of study: Orchestra and Chorus. The instrumental groups include the University Wind Ensemble, University Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, University Symphony Orchestra, Patriot Pep Band and Chamber Ensembles. The choral groups include the University Chamber Singers, University Symphonic Chorus, University Chorale, University Vocal Jazz Ensemble, University Gospel Choir and University Musical Theater. To purchase tickets call Tickets.com at 703-218-6500, toll free at 1-888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. For more information call 703-933-1380.
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
George Mason University
At their 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. To purchase tickets call Tickets.com at 703-218-6500 or go online at www.tickets.com.
Voce is a 22-person choral group. Under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Nafziger, Voce continues to impress audeinces with a resume of performances that includies “A Ceremony of Carols,” “Lean on Me,” and “Now THAT’S a Good Tune!” Ticket prices can be found on their Web site.
The Reston Chorale
The Reston Chorale, formed in 1967, is a mixed-voice chorus of over 130 singers. For information on performances or auditioning for the chorale, visit the Web site.
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 Fairfax Symphony
1505 Farm Credit Drive, Suite 100
Now in its 49th year, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, along with the National Symphony Orchestra, is recognized as one of the two premiere orchestras in the Washington area. 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
The Fairfax Choral Society is in its 45th year. It is a highly respected organization and a very talented one, as well. Visit www.fairfaxchoralsociety.org.
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 and greater Washington area. Several small ensembles exist within the City of Fairfax Band. These include Alte Kameraden, Fairfax Swing Band, Potomac Brass Quintet, Rebel Run Dixieland Band, Fairfax Saxophone Quartet and Just Jazz Septet.
Alte Kameraden German Band
9416 Wallingford Drive
The "Alte Kameraden," or "Old Comrades," is the German-band unit of the City of Fairfax Band. With polka and alpine-style folk music, the Alte Kameraden Band performs all over the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area with more than 50 appearances a year. For a performance schedule, simply check the Web site.
Fairfax Swing Band
3104 Savoy Drive
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.
Potomac Brass Quintet
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, 703-757-0220
Rebel Run Dixieland Band
The City of Fairfax Band's Dixieland Band brings its audiences the finest of New Orleans-style Dixieland music. For performances, visit the Web site. Call Ken Murphy at 703-680-7319 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairfax Saxophone Quartet
The Fairfax Saxophone Quartet is "classic jazz," playing everything from Baroque to modern music. The Fairfax Saxophone Quartet has been together since 1985. For dates, visit the Web site. E-mail Jim Francis at email@example.com.
Just Jazz Septet
Just Jazz Septet, an ensemble of the City of Fairfax Band, plays all types of jazz, ranging from the earliest ragtime and Dixieland through the blues and swing eras of jazz into bebop, cool jazz and contemporary fusion jazz. For dates, visit the Web site.
The Fairfax Jubil-Aires is a 70-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. The Fairfax Jubil-Aires meet at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Old Town Hall in (Old Town) Fairfax City on the corner of University Boulevard and Main Street.
P.O. Box 543
Now in its 26th 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. Visit the Amadeus Concerts office in the Village Centre in Great Falls.
Kings Park Concert Band
P.O. Box 81
Flint Hill, VA 22627
The Kings Park Concert Band is a 70-member adult community band that has been performing in the Washington Metropolitan area since 1965. They perform numerous styles such as classics, marches, popular music and folk music from all over the world. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Visit www.kingsparkband.org.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
Formerly known as the Mount Vernon Orchestra, this community orchestra plays a challenging program of contemporary and classical music. The Philharmonic hosts a number of smaller organizations such as the Washingon Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Music Scholarship Competition as well as a chamber concert series. E-mail email@example.com or visit www.washingtonmetrophilharmonic.org.
P.O. Box 760
The McLean Orchestra has existed for over 30 years. Very much involved in their comunity, the McLean Orchestra has many outreach programs for the elderly and disadvantaged. The group presents a full concert season beginning on Oct. 2 with a free family concert. A youth orchestra is also nurtured by the organization. Visit www.mclean-orchestra.org.
The McLean Youth Orchestra
P.O. Box 760
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.
1350 Beverly Road
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. With a program of composers from all over the world, the McLean Symphony has quite an impressive reportoire.
World Children's Choir
6723 Whittier Ave., Suite 404
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. Call 703-734-0621, the concert ticket information line.
Vienna Choral Society
The group was founded in 1987 to answer the call for a choral group in Vienna. In addition to their regular concert season, they perform at local nursing and retirement homes. Tickets for shows are $12 for adults, $10 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.
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, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Vienna Community Center.
Potomac River Jazz Club
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. 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.
1625 Trap Road
General Information 703-255-1900
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 703-255-1868 for tickets.