COVID-19 Update: Message from the ASO

Posted Mar 16, 2020 | ASO News, 

Like everyone, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra organization is confronting our new reality full of challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus.  We look forward with a combination of realism and optimism.

We know that for many of us, music plays a vital role in our spiritual, mental and even sometimes our physical health. This is the impetus for a new social media series we are calling “ASO: Sounds of our Times” which will feature performances and posts curated by ASO Music Director Jim Ross with additional musical contributions from our ASO musicians. Please follow us on FaceBook and Twitter for musical posts that soothe, inspire and remind everyone how closely connected we remain, even as we maintain physical distance. Like/follow our page so you see us in your feed!

ASO has had to postpone just one concert: Our “Brandenburgs & Brew,” originally scheduled for Friday March 20, is now planned for Friday, June 12, 7:30pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria.  Info and tickets are available HERE.  Refunds, exchanges and other options, including conversion to a tax-deductible contribution to ASO, are available to ticket holders.

The 44th Annual Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition, originally slated for Sunday, March 29, has been tentatively rescheduled for Sunday, May 3This event has very limited seating, so please contact the ASO office if you are interested in attending.

Otherwise we remain cautiously optimistic that our May 16/17 performances of Scheherazade will proceed as scheduled.

Some changes at ASO:
  • Our offices at 700 N Fairfax Street will not be available for walk-in ticket sales until further notice; please call us at 703-548-0885 or visit our website for sales and info.
  • Our organization is greatly reducing in-person meetings, moving to video conferencing and remote work for much of our board and staff activity.
  • The announcement of our 2020-2021 season will take place a bit later than usual this year.
We at ASO will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed of ASO developments or schedule changes.  In the meantime, please know that we value your support and share your hope that we will soon be reconvening, celebrating together the wonderful art form we all love so dearly!