Classical Movements and Seasons Present an Epicurean Taste of Fall

A Savory Soiree in the Secret Garden
Nov. 14, 2020 – “Autumn Variations”

To date, nearly a thousand music-lovers have enjoyed the comfort and beauty of the Secret Garden at the Rectory on Princess Street in Old Town Alexandria though 23 socially-distanced concerts of chamber music, opera, choral music, and cabaret. Now, Classical Movements is proud to introduce a new opportunity to experience the Secret Garden as never before, in collaboration with Seasons Culinary Services: an exquisite socially-distanced dining experience complemented by live music performed by internationally acclaimed pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya.

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Served at 5:00 pm (SOLD OUT) and 8:00 pm on Saturday, November 14 in the enchanting Secret Garden at the historic Rectory on Princess Street in Old Town Alexandria, guests will enjoy four delectable courses, each paired with select wines and a wide-ranging repertoire of music by four composers who celebrate their birthday on November 14.

To join the waitlist for the 5pm dinner please email


Praised by critics as “a grand pianist” (Il Cittadino, Italy) and a “master of piano” (Music Magazine ‘Auditorium’, Korea), Marianna Prjevalskaya performs as a recitalist and concerto soloist, and captivates audiences with emotional intensity, maturity, richness, and beauty of tone.  Since her solo debut with orchestra at age nine, Ms. Prjevalskaya has appeared with major orchestras such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, National Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Granada Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, and Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and collaborated with renowned conductors such as Ion Marin, Roberto Trevino, Clemens Schuldt, Carlos Prieto, David Danzmayr, Stamatia Karampini, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Max Bragado, and James Ross.


Fanny Mendelssohn: Vier Lieder ohne Worte, op. 8

III. Lied: larghetto

IV. Wanderlied – Presto

Buckwheat Zydeco: Ya Ya

Aaron Copland: Three Moods

I. Embittered

II. Wistful

III. Jazzy

Copland: Sentimental Melody

Johan Nepomuk Hummel: La galante, Op. 120

Marianna Prjevalskaya: Valse à la manière de Ravel

Sample the Program Here


German Overture /Amuse-Bouche
Potato Rösti, Smoked Trout, Chive Crème Fraiche
Wine Pairing – sparkling or champagne to complement the selection
Music by Fanny Mendelssohn

Creole Concerto / Second
Crayfish Spelt Tortellini, Boudin Sausage Lardon, Rendered Peppers, Delicata Squash, Redbor Kale, Creole Shrimp Nage
Wine Pairing – to complement the selection
Music by Buckwheat Zydeco

American Symphony / Main
Braised American Wagyu Brisket, Anson Mills Stone Ground Grits, Smoked Parmesan, Charred Heirloom Carrots, Maitake-Thyme Demi
Wine Pairing – Red to complement the entree
Music by Aaron Copland

Austrian Encore / Dessert
Warm Apricot-Apple Strudel, Aerated Cinnamon Cream, Almond Tuile
Coffee and Tea
Music by Johann Nepomuk Hummel

*Vegetarian options available upon request

Pricing: $149 per person

Tables will be socially distanced and appropriate precautions will be in place to protect the safety of guests, artists, and staff; surfaces will be disinfected between seatings and face masks required except when you are at your table. Heat lamps are provided for your comfort, but guests are encouraged to dress warmly, as well as elegantly.  Seating will begin 15 minutes before; dinner will begin promptly and there will be no late admission.

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Chef Ryan Houde (Corporate Executive Chef) and Chef Zubin Joseph of Seasons Culinary (Senior Executive Chef) will join forces to create the culinary portion of the Autumn Variations experience.  The methodology behind Seasons’ menu is creative cuisine with an interpretive play on classic flavors from each featured composer’s locality using the best local ingredients our region has to offer.  

“Music and food are two of the greatest forces of unity. In that spirit, we look forward to creating a meal to remember!”


About Classical Movements
Classical Movements is an industry-leading international concert tour and project management company for orchestras and choruses. For more than 27 years, we have established a network across 145 countries on 6 continents and focus particularly on bringing world-class orchestras and choruses not only to the world’s great concert halls but also to destinations often overlooked by touring ensembles, including the first tours to Russia, China, Cuba, South Africa, Vietnam and Croatia in the early 1990s. Classical Movements organizes more than 60 tours every year, producing some 200 concerts every season. Classical Movements was centrally involved in the Minnesota Orchestra’s historic tours to Cuba in 2015 and South Africa in 2018 and have taken on a number of other challenging, significant projects including bringing the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra to Washington, D.C. in 2003 and organizing the inaugural Cuban American Youth Orchestra in 2019.

Winner of Americans for the Arts’ BCA10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts Award and named one of Musical America’s 2017 Movers & Shapers, since its founding in 1992, as a truly global company Classical Movements remains committed to facilitating cultural diplomacy across the world through the medium of music.

Adam Jackson
Artistic Planning and Executive Assistant to the President

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