One-Hour Live Concerts in the Secret Garden

Opera | Choir | Jazz | Chamber Music | Early Music | Cabaret | Tango | Flamenco

Summer Concerts

Rain Date: Friday, June 24 | 5pm, 6:30pm
Cuban: A Night in Havana

Luis Faife & Cuban Roots Featuring: Luis Faife (alto saxophone, flute, trumpet, background vocal, Leader) | Manuel “Memo” Pelayo (lead vocals, tenor saxophone, clarinet) | Bienvenido Dinzey (piano, background vocals) | Daniel Vargas (percussion)

Enjoy a mojito during this exuberant celebration of the golden age of Cuban music in the secret garden including favorite songs of the Buena Vista Social Club like Chan Chan, Guantanamera, Lágrimas Negras, El Cuarto de Tula, Que le den Candela and more. 

The lead sponsor for this concert is Carolyn Fuller

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Friday, July 22 | 6:30pm
Savory Soiree: La Dolce Vita – Garden Dinner and Concert

Concert with Sumptuous Multi-Course Italian Cuisine, a selection of red and white wines

Get those sunglasses out, wear your most chic clothes (think Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni!), and join us for a delightful evening of Neapolitan love songs and Italian favorites. This savory soiree will offer you an authentically Italian three-course dinner, a selection of red and white wines, as well as several musical courses in between. Prosecco or Campari Spritzers to start and Limoncello to end. Join us for this unforgettable evening where we will bring Italy to Old Town Alexandria!
Co-presented by Musical Movements for Change and Classical Movements

Friday, August 12 | 6pm, 7:30pm
Shakespeare in the Garden: “The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet”

Cole Manel, lute | Mara Yaffee, soprano | Sarah Shodja, recorder

Shakespeare’s works are bursting with picturesque descriptions of blooming gardens, birds, music, love and beautiful flowers. Immerse yourself into his words like never before – surrounded by our very own gorgeous garden! Music from the playwright’s time paired with captivating narrations from his sonnets, plays and poems will make you see the world around you with entirely different eyes.

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Thursday, September 8 | 5pm, 6:30pm
Kennedy Center Opera House Quintet: “South Africa Send-Off Concert”

Adria Sternstein Foster, flute | Kayla Moffet, violin | Erika Gray, viola | Amy Frost Baumgarten, cello | Susan Robinson, harp

Experience this outstanding ensemble in the setting of an intimate garden concert, before they embark on their tour to South Africa! Their repertoire of Debussy, Piazzolla, Gershwin and more is sure to enchant you – and their audiences abroad!

This series is presented with the generous support of:

John H. Hart | George & Patti White | Carolyn Fuller | Linda Bunce | Cheryl Amyx | Louise Meng 
Mitchell Hertz & Anne Carlucci | Karin and Keneth Gross | Gail Melick | Raymond S Eresman and Diana E Garcia
Elizabeth & Jan Lodal | Joan A Dempsey Charitable Fund | Morris Deutsch | Letitia Long
Tara Hardiman & Roger Jackson |
Norma Dugger  | Douglas Gill | Suzanne Brock
Admiral James G. Foggo & Cynthia Foggo | Jurgen and Susan Gobien | Allister Nelson
Susan McAnney | Stephanie Kanwit | Musical Movements for Change

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“The presenter took every possible precaution…the dangers posed by the coronavirus felt about as mitigated as they could possibly be.”
                                                                                                                                                            – Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review


During COVID when all concerts and venues were shut down, Classical Movements decided to present an outdoor, live concert series “Sounds of Hope & Harmony” in solidarity with our clients and friends in the local music community and specially designed to accommodate safe social distancing for performers, audience and staff. Concerts usually take place on Thursdays and Saturdays (with some Tuesdays and here and there, other days of the week), with different start times and rain dates for many performances.

This has turned out to be s silver lining of COVID and the artists and the community overwhelmingly want them to continue. Thousands of members of the DMV area come to these no-fuss, casual concerts, set amongst our beautiful garden, featuring world-class concerts, celebrating the illuminating power of music during this period of so much uncertainty and tension.

The Secret Garden
At the Rectory on Princess Street
711 Princess Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA
Tel: 202-390-4520