Event Canceled
Love Songs & Gourmet Delights
Valentine’s Concert in the Secret Garden
February 13, 2021

Live concerts with limited tickets for socially distanced audiences

Due to forecast of extremely cold weather and chances of snow, the February 13 Valentine’s Savory Soiree has been cancelled

Classical Movements invites you to celebrate love of all kinds with an elegant, cozy, and unforgettable outdoor concert in the Secret Garden on Princess Street on Saturday, February 13 – featuring beloved love songs and arias and a gourmet sampler of charcuterie, chocolate, and sparkling wine!

At 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, mezzo-soprano Elizebeth Barnes performs musical selections including “My Funny Valentine” and “La vie en rose,” arias from operas by Ruperto Chapí and Jules Massenet and more – paired with a sophisticated, multi-course Valentine-themed tasting of charcuterie, cheese, and sweets.

“Lunch is the new dinner” – and the New York Times has more suggestions for how to make the most of your outdoor dining experience.

In addition to encouraging guests to wear extra pairs of socks and to bring a blanket, Classical Movements will provide patio heaters for your comfort during this enchanting musical and culinary event.

Tables will be socially distanced and appropriate precautions will be in place to protect the safety of guests, artists, and staff.

Musical Program
Elizebeth Barnes, mezzo-soprano

My Funny Valentine                                               Rodgers and Hart
         from Babes in Arms
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered
         from Pal Joey
When I Look at You                                                   Frank Wildhorn
         from The Scarlet Pimpernel
La vie en rose                                                                         Edith Piaf
L-O-V-E                                                                           Nat King Cole
If I Loved You                                         Rodgers and Hammerstein
         from Carousel
Carceleras                                                                      Ruperto Chapí
         from Las hijas del Zebedeo
Pur dicesti, o bocca bella                                              Antonio Lotti
“Coeur sans amour”                                                    Jules Massenet
         from Cendrillon

Valentine Mediterranean Bento & Dessert Sampler

Creamy Artisan Brie, Aged Manchego, Serrano Ham, Tuscan Olive Medley, Crusty Ciabatta, Olive Tapenade, Cornichon, Fruit Compote, Rosemary-Sea Salt Roasted Nuts

Dark Chocolate & Swing’s Espresso Truffle, Milk Chocolate Fudge,
Honey-Almond Marzipan Bites

Sparkling/Wine selections with Coffee & Teas to be offered during last half hour.

*Vegetarian options available upon request

Pricing: $89 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; service will begin promptly and there will be no late admission.


Mezzo-Soprano Elizebeth Barnes, praised for “singing and acting with assurance, liveliness, and wit,” is a third-generation opera singer following in the footsteps of her paternal grandmother, and mother. Currently based in the Washington DC area, Ms. Barnes is an active performing artist in opera, new music, and choral ensembles.  Ms. Barnes’ recent engagements include participating in The Aspen Opera Center, where she covered Countess Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music and performed in multiple opera scenes and concerts. Ms. Barnes was featured in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers: New Work Showcase, where she sang the title role in a selection from Albert Nobbs. She was also an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, covering the role of Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte.  Ms. Barnes has appeared with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Jo March in Little Women, where she had the opportunity to coach with composer Mark Adamo. While at Chicago Summer Opera she performed the title role in Dido and Aeneas, and performed Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Halifax Summer Opera Festival.  Additionally, she has sung Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Peep-Bo in The Mikado, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Suor Zelatrice in Suor Angelica.  Ms. Barnes is an alumna of The Hartt School of Music, and received her Masters of Music from The Eastman School of Music.


Chef Ryan Houde (Corporate Executive Chef) and Chef Zubin Joseph (Senior Executive Chef) of Seasons Culinary will join forces to create the culinary portion of this 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!”

SATURDAY, Nov. 14, 2020:
5:00 PM  |  8:00 PM

Savory Soiree – An Elegant 4-Course Musical Dining Experience

Marianna Prjevalskaya, piano

In collaboration with Seasons Culinary Services and featuring a stunning performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya, join us for a “Savory Soiree” in the Secret Garden for an elegant evening of gourmet food paired with wine and live music by composers sharing a birthday on November 14th: Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Fanny Mendelssohn, Aaron Copland and Buckwheat Zydeco.

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

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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


Understanding that music lovers are eager for live performances, but also that the current situation demands we find new ways to experience live music, Classical Movements has invited musicians from some of our hometown orchestras as well as choral and rising opera and jazz musicians to join a meaningful and joyous celebration of the illuminating power of music during this period of so much uncertainty and tension.

Classical Movements will take precautions to limit the risk as much as within our power and requests the cooperation of the audience in these preventative measures so that we can again enjoy live music and support musicians in our community.

These measures will include, among others:

  • Audience members will be required to bring and wear face coverings; Classical Movements staff will wear masks as well, as will musicians when not performing.
  • Seating will be provided for concerts, with chairs wiped down and disinfected between performances.
  • Chairs will have at least six feet between individual or family pairs. Wheelchair accessible.
  • To maximize social distancing, seating will be assigned by the presenters
  • Tickets and programs will be distributed digitally to minimize the need for physical proximity.
  • The stage and musicians will be at least 10 feet from the front row.
  • Hand-sanitization stations will be available for audiences as they arrive and exit

Additional measures and instructions will be provided to audience members the week of the concert.  Be on the lookout for important updates via email and or text.


The Secret Garden
At the Rectory on Princess Street
711 Princess Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA
Tel: 703-795-7711