One-Hour Live Concerts in the Secret Garden

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

Fall 2022 Concerts

Sunday, October 30 | 6:00pm
Classical Movements’ 30th Anniversary Gala

Celebrating 30 years of Moving the Music, Changing the World
International Artists | Dinner with Wine Pairings | Champagne Toast

Insingizi of Zimbabwe | Morgan State University Singers | Javier Arrey, baritone | Prague Summer Nights String Quartet  | Brass Fanfare

Join many of the wonderful friends we have made over these past 30 years for an evening to delight both the ears and palate.  The celebration begins with a reception followed by dinner with performances by an exciting array of international artists.

Gala Co-Chairs: Linda Bunce | Carolyn Fuller | Patti White
Anne Midgette, Master of Ceremonies


Sunday, November 13 | 5pm, 6:30pm
Bold as Brass: From Bach to Bernstein

Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
William Gerlach, NSO Principal Trumpet | Michael Harper, NSO Assistant Principal Trumpet | Robert Rearden, NSO Horn | Colin Wise, US Navy Band Principal Trombone | Seth Cook, WNO/KCOHO Principal Tuba

Celebrate the Fall season with the vibrant sound of brass! This program will include exciting works from Bach to Bernstein and works by Dukas, Cheetham, Maurer, and Ewald, and more will be performed by Principal brass members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the US Navy Band.

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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, paired with Italian wines
Frank Plumer, accordion, piano & voice | Ruth Swope, violin

Join us for a delightful evening of Neapolitan love songs and Italian favorites like O Sole mio, Volare, La Donna è mobile, Come back to Sorrento, and more on accordion, violin and piano.
This savory soiree will offer you an authentically Italian three-course dinner, with wine pairings of a sensational Sangiovese rosé and a Borgo San Daniele Friulano white wine. The dinner is accompanied by several musical courses. Burrata served with arugula, cherry tomatoes and prosciutto to start, pollo alla cacciatora served over pappardelle pasta as the main course with Tiramisu and raspberries to finish your meal. We will end the evening sipping limoncello while listening to some finale music. 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 | Michael Crowley, Shakespearean Actor

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.  Enjoy pieces by John Dowland, William Byrd, Robert Johnson, and more.

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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 concert has been generously sponsored by George and Patti White 

Thursday, October 6 | 5pm, 6:30pm
It Takes Two (and a Trio) to Tango

New Trifilio Tango Trio: Emmanuel Trifilio, bandoneon | Julie Huang Tucker, piano | Zoë Jorgenson, double bass
Sean Ericson and Jackie Pham, tango dancers

Tango returns to the Secret Garden with beautiful movements of dancers accompanied by the captivating sound of the bandoneon, piano, and double bass, in a program featuring the entrancing music of Astor Piazzolla, the composer who brought tango to international attention, along with other celebrated tango composers and original music by Emmanuel Trifilio, the leading bandoneon musician in the Washington DC area. 

This concert has been generously sponsored by Norma Dugger

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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

For more details about sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to

“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