Live Music by Rising Stars and Local Favorites
in the Time of Social Distance

Chamber | Choral | Opera | Jazz

18 Concerts  |  Saturdays at 6 pm & 7:30 pm

One-hour concerts with limited tickets for socially distanced audiences
Presented in solidarity with musicians who are eager to perform live concerts

Following the success of its inaugural evening of chamber concerts on Saturday, June 20th and in response to popular demand, Classical Movements is delighted to announce a new series of intimate, socially-distanced concerts and recitals, plus 4 concerts presented by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, at the Secret Garden of the Rectory on Princess Street, Classical Movements’ home in Old Town Alexandria.
Beginning Saturday, July 25, 2020 and through October, Classical Movements will present a diverse range of ensembles and genres, including rising stars of opera and jazz, the first concert of live choral music, as well as additional instrumental chamber ensembles of musicians who are members of the National Symphony.

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The Four B’s: Barrière, Bologne, Bartok, and Beethoven

Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra:
Eugena Chang, cello  |  Britton Riley, cello  |  Rachel Young, cello
Alexandra Osborne, violin  |  Angelia Cho, violin  |  Mahoko Eguchi, viola

Music by Beethoven, Bartok, Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Barrière, Joplin and others

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020: Prague Comes to Washington – An Evening of Song and Opera

Javier Arrey, baritone | Kaylee Norris, soprano | Taylor Hutchinson, piano

Alumni and faculty of the Prague Summer Nights Young Music Festival perform songs and arias by Mozart, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Brahms, Liszt, Wolf and Beethoven, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth.

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Chamber Concert – “Blare of that Trumpet and Beat of that Drum”

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra: Percussion Ensemble and Brass Quintet

Repertoire and Musicians to be announced.

Concert title inspired by a Eugene Fields poem

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2020: An Evening of Grand Opera and Art Songs

Issachah Savage, tenor | Joy Schreier, piano

Arias and songs by Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, Tosti, Donaudy and Margaret Bonds

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2020: “A Brand New Day”: Choral Music Returns!

The Choir of Hope & Harmony | Anthony Blake Clark, conductor

Choral music by Byrd, Britten, Panufnik, Coleridge-Taylor, Barnett and more on themes of hope in times of uncertainty

Concert title inspired by Dolly Parton Lyrics from the program

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020: An Evening of Novel Chamber Ensembles

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra: Bass Quartet and Prokofiev Quintet in G minor for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass.

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Awa Sal Secka | Christian Douglas

An evening of jazz, musical theater and popular music, featuring the music of George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Billy Joel, Sara Bareilles and original music by Awa Sal Secka and Christian Douglas.

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SATURDAY, OCT. 3 and SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Special Event

Repertoire and Musicians to be announced.

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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


After years of friendship and working closely with local musicians, Classical Movements proudly presents a new concert series “Sounds of Hope & Harmony” on Saturday evenings at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm, 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.

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.

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