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Beethoven’s Ninth – All Hearts Vie for Joy!

James Ross, conductor
Dara Rahming, soprano

Marquita Raley-Cooper, mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Daniel Rich, baritone

Fairfax Choral Society
Victoria Gau, choral director

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy”
Vaughan William: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia creates a heavenly atmosphere with translucent strings, preparing the audience for the transcendent experience of Beethoven’s final symphony; his Ode to Joy fills the concert hall with uplifting voices, unifying and inspiring. United States poet laureate Tracy K. Smith’s new English text brings relevance for today. Soloists appear in collaboration with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA).


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  • Beethoven’s Ninth – All Hearts Vie for Joy! | 10/01/2022 at
  • Scheherazade – Afghan Days, Arabian Nights

    James Ross, conductor
    Hamid Habib Zada, tabla

    Negin Khpalwak, guest conductor

    John Williams: Adventures on Earth (from E.T. The Extraterrestrial)
    Dinuk Wijeratne: Tabla Concerto
    Ahmad Zahir: Farwardin and Zindegi Akhair Sarayat
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

    Rimsky-Korsakov’s popular poetic telling of four tales from 1001 Arabian Nights has awed symphony audiences for 150 years. Newly arrived members of the Alexandria community share the rhythms and voices of their native Afghanistan.


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  • Scheherazade – Afghan Days, Arabian Nights | 11/12/2022 at
  • Home for the Holidays – Jingle!

    James Ross, conductor
    Dancers from BalletNova (Saturday only)
    Helena Colindres, soprano

    Anderson: A Christmas Festival
    Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Nutcracker
    Ellington: Excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite
    Morricone: “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission
    Handel: Excerpts from Messiah

    Traditional holiday fare with some exciting surprises! ASO welcomes soprano Helena Colindres. Music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah, holiday favorites, a sing-along and more! Welcoming back BalletNova for Saturday’s performance.

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  • Home for the Holidays – Jingle! | 12/17/2022 at
  • Haydn, Mozart & Barber’s Adagio – Banner

    James Ross, conductor
    Thalea String Quartet

    Montgomery: Banner
    Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante (American Premiere)

    Barber: Adagio for Strings
    Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major “London”

    Samuel Barber’s beloved Adagio for Strings expresses tragedy and pain, resolving in peaceful rest. Haydn’s last and greatest symphony and Montgomery’s Banner will inspire. The American premiere of a newly completed work of Mozart rounds out this elegant classical program.

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  • Haydn, Mozart & Barber’s Adagio – Banner | 02/11/2023 at
  • Rite of Spring & Grieg Concerto – Awaken

    James Ross, conductor
    Natalia Kazaryan, piano

    López-Gavilán: Mojito con saoco
    Grieg: Concerto for Piano

    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

    Maestro Ross pairs two symphonic music’s most popular works:  Grieg’s lyrical, passionate piano concerto with Georgian pianist Natalia Kazaryan, and Stravinsky’s brutal, breathtaking ballet Rite of Spring. Cuban composer Guido López-Gavilán’s spicy musical take on Hemingway’s favorite cocktail will have you ready to party!

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  • Rite of Spring & Grieg Concerto – Awaken | 04/15/2023 at