Alexandria Symphony Presents Barber & Brahms and a World Premiere

Posted Mar 31, 2022 | ASO News, Events, Press Releases, 

Alexandria, VA—The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra , under the direction of Music Director James Ross, presents Barber & Brahms with violinist Dylana Jenson on Saturday, April 23, 2022 (7:30 p.m.) at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center and Sunday, April 24, 2022 (3:00 p.m.) at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

Dylana Jenson, hailed for her lyrical playing and sizzling virtuosity, has performed with major orchestra throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan and Latin America. She was the youngest and first American woman to win the Silver Medal in the Tchaikovsky Competition and made her debut at Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, an iconic American work, provides the ideal vehicle for Jenson’s radiant sound as it moves from lyricism to pyrotechnics.

Johannes Brahms’ monumental Symphony No. 1 stands among the most popular and important works of music’s Romantic era. From the symphony’s dramatic opening chords to the stirring and triumphant finale, Brahms draws the listener into his world of melody and romance.

Saturday’s performance features students from ASO’s award-winning education program, Sympatico, in the world premiere of a work commissioned by Classical Movements’ Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program. Titled Tribute, the work places students alongside ASO’s professional musicians for an extraordinary musical experience. Composer Brian Prechtl, principal percussionist of the Baltimore Symphony, was inspired by Beethoven with motives of fate, beauty and triumph as he worked with students to create the work.

Audience members, musicians, staff, and volunteers are required to wear a mask while inside the hall and during performances. Vaccinations for COVID-19 are not longer required but strongly recommended. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra is committed to providing a safe concert environment for our patrons, musicians and staff. Schlesinger Concert Hall recently installed a state-of-the-art ventilation system. ASO will communicate with ticket buyers well in advance of each performance to establish what specific safety measures will be required to attend.

Both venues are currently operating at 100%. Seating is very limited at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, so book your tickets early.