Spring and Summer Live Concerts
Opera | Choir | Jazz | Chamber Music
Early Music | Cabaret | Tango | Savory Soiree

40 Live Concerts

One-hour concerts with limited tickets for socially distanced audiences
Presented in solidarity with musicians who are eager to perform live concerts
Classical Movements is delighted to announce our next series of intimate, socially-distanced concerts and recitals at the Secret Garden of the Rectory on Princess Street, Classical Movements’ home in Old Town Alexandria.
 
We have an impressive concert series planned from Saturday, March 27 through August 27, 2021, presenting a diverse range of ensembles, including rising stars of opera and jazz, live choral music, cabaret, tango, early music, as well as dazzling programs of instrumental chamber ensembles.

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This series is presented with the generous support of:

John H. Hart  |  Linda Bunce  |  George & Patti White  |  Carolyn Fuller 
Joan A. Dempsey   | Tara Hardiman & Roger Jackson
Musical Movements for Change

For more details about sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Alessandra@ClassicalMovements.com

2021 Spring Concerts

Saturday, March 27 | 2:30pm, 4pm
Season Opener: “Spring Comes On the World” – Chamber Music


Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra:

Marissa Regni, violin  |  Angelia Cho, violin  |  Peiming Lin, violin  |  Andrew Eng, viola  |  Britton Riley, cello

Celebrate the return of springtime and “Sounds of Hope & Harmony” with string musicians from the NSO in charming, seasonal chamber works including Vivaldi’s popular “Spring” concerto from The Four Seasons and Mozart’s “Spring” quartet – as well as a mesemerizing quartet by legendary Jewish-American composer Philip Glass, in honor of Passover

This concert has been generously sponsored by John H. Hart

 

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Saturday, April 3 | 11am, 12:30pm
“A Garden Full of Angels” – Easter with Brass


Brass Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra & Guests:

Kevin Gebo, trumpet  |  Anthony Bellino, trumpet  |  Robert Rearden, horn  |  Douglas Rosenthal, trombone  |  David Murray, bass trombone

Lift your Spring spirits with the vibrant sound of brass! This program will feature light and exuberant works that hearken the festive Easter holiday. Works from Bach, Handel, Haydn, Purcell, Bizet, and more will be performed by members of the NSO and guests.

 

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Saturday, April 10 | 2:30pm, 4:00pm
Opera in the Garden: Arias in April

Joshua Blue, tenor  |  Ashley Marie Robillard, soprano  |  Aurelien Eulert, piano

Returning to DC after captivating audiences in appearances at Washington National Opera and Wolf Trap Opera, award-winning tenor Joshua Blue and soprano Ashley Marie Robillard offer an enchanting program of art songs and operatic excerpts, including arias and duets by Mozart, Verdi, and Donizetti and songs by Claude Debussy, Florence Price, and more.

“I defy any heart to resist Joshua Blue, a smiling, expressive tenor with ringing high notes…” (Washington Post).

“Ashley Marie Robillard […] sang with beauty and precision even in her most comic moments. Hers is the voice I’d most like to hear again.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

This concert has been generously sponsored by George & Patti White

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Saturday, April 17 | 4pm, 7pm
Savory Soiree: “The Food of Love” – An Earth Day Celebration of Shakespeare

 

Ronn McFarlane, lute

A musical birthday feast for William Shakespeare, featuring a musical program of musical works by John Dowland and anonymous popular tunes from the Elizabethan era, performed by Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane – and accompanied by an Earth Day-inspired farm-to-table dinner and wine pairings.

 

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Sunday, April 25 | 5:30pm, 7pm
“Cello Bloch-buster: Celebrating J.S. Bach and Ernest Bloch”

 

Amit Peled, cello

Renowned for his profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled pairs Bach’s monumental and joyful Cello Suite No. 6 – “a symphony for solo cello” as described by Mstislav Rostropovich – with haunting work by the Swiss-born American composer Ernest Bloch: From Jewish Life, one of many musical works reflecting Bloch’s deeply personal and individual musical treatment of Judaism. Amit performs on a 1695 cello by the Italian master Giovanni Grancino – nicknamed “Shoko” because its rich sound is like a “hot chocolate bath.”

“A glowing tone, a seductive timbre and an emotionally pointed approach to phrasing that made you want to hear him again.” (The New York Times)

The date has changed to our Sunday rain date.

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Saturday, May 1 | 2:30pm, 4pm
“Mendelssohn in May” – Chamber Music

 

String Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra:

Marissa Regni, violin | Natasha Bogachek, violin | Marina Aikawa, violin | Heather LeDoux Green, violin | Tsuna Sakamoto, viola | Ruth Wicker, viola | Eugena Chang, cello | Britton Riley, cello

Our May Day program centers on the teenaged Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat a dramatic chamber work of almost symphonic proportions – inspired the supernatural proceedings said to occur on the night according to German folklore and as depicted in Goethe’s Faust – alongside striking contemporary works by Caroline Shaw and Jessie Montgomery.

 

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Saturday, May 8 | 5:30pm, 7pm
“A Song in My Heart: A Tuneful Gift for Mom”

 

Anna Bergman, soprano  |  Howard Breitbart, piano

Celebrate Mother’s Day with internationally acclaimed singer Anna Bergman in favorites from cabaret to operetta. An unforgettable musical treat featuring gems from stage, screen, and popular hits.

Favorites from South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, and Into the Woods, and other songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Julie Andrews, and more.

Enjoy a sparkling toast and a Mother’s Day surprise!

“…a vocal citizen of the world who has triumphed in everything from Broadway tunes to opera arias and the sultry innuendoes of the cabaret chanteuse.” (The Washington Post) 

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Thursday, May 13 | 5:30pm, 7pm
“Bolero, Barcarola, and Bomba”

 

Choir of Hope and Harmony | Dr. Diana Sáez

The Choir of Hope & Harmony returns to the Secret Garden for a vibrant evening of the syncopated melodies and driving rhythms of the classical, dance, and folk traditions of Latin American music. The program features repertoire from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, by composers Astor Piazzolla, Rafael Hernández, Inocente Carreño, and others, conducted by leading specialist Dr. Diana Sáez.

 

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Thursday, May 20 | 5:30pm, 7pm
“Meditations and Fantasies”


David Kim, violin  |  Jeffrey DeVault, piano


Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, David Kim comes to the Secret Garden for a brilliant program demonstrating the range of his artistry, from the personal to the virtuosic. Highlights include Jules Massenet’s “Meditation” from Thais and Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, alongside lesser-known works such as Maria Theresia von Paradis’s Sicilienne and Igor Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne – in honor of the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.

“Much burden fell on concertmaster David Kim, who carried a number of movements with style and buoyancy.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

This concert has been generously sponsored by Carolyn Fuller

 

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Thursday, May 27 | 5:30pm, 7pm
“Musical Gems from the Opera and Ballet” – Chamber Music

 

Musicians of the Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra: 

Adria Sternstein Foster, flute | Susan Robinson, harp | Ko Sugiyama, violin | Allyson Goodman, viola | Amy Frost Baumgarten, cello

Relive stunning moments from the opera and ballet stages when musicians from the Kennedy Center’s other resident orchestra make a special appearance in the Secret Garden with a unique program of excerpts in imaginative arrangements, including favorite selections from CarmenDon Giovanni, Tosca and Cavalleria Rusticana.

 

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2021 Summer Concerts

Thursday, June 3 | 5:30pm, 7pm
“I Hear America Singing”

 

Choral Arts Chamber Singers  |  Scott Tucker, conductor

The Secret Garden welcomes singers from the Choral Arts Society of Washington and Music Director Scott Tucker for a celebration of choral music by American composers, including a world premiere by B. E. Boykin celebrating Mary Church Terrell, an activist in the movements for civil rights and women’s suffrage, commissioned by Classical Movements.

 

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Thursday, June 10 | 5:30pm, 7pm
“A Haunting Refrain: Jazz in June”

 

Sweet Something

Retro, smooth, and timeless. Vocalist and front-woman, Ariana Harbin leads jazz quartet Sweet Something in favorite jazz tunes from “Summertime” to “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and in tribute to the indelible performances of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and more.

 

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Thursday, June 17  |  5:30pm, 7pm
Juneteenth Celebration: “Day of Jubilee!”

 

With the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts

Join in an uplifting and festive musical celebration of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  A Joyful and reflective celebration through song, dance and narration!

 

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Thursday, July 1 | 5:30pm, 7pm
“Contemporary Delights” – Chamber Music

 

Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra:

Savor the fresh and unexpected! A Surprise Program in the Secret Garden featuring the ever-popular musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra

 

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Saturday, July 10  |  4pm, 7pm
Savory Soiree: “Liberté chérie: A Bastille Day Celebration”

 

Elizebeth Barnes, mezzo-soprano

Celebrate Bastille Day with fine food and a delectable musical program of French songs and opera arias by Jules Massenet, Georges Bizet, Pauline Viardot, Nadia Boulanger and more.

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Thursday, July 29 | 5:30pm, 7pm
“Bold as Brass” – Chamber Music

 

Kennedy Center Horn Trio: 
Wei-ping Chou, horn  |  James Nickel, horn  |  Robert Rearden, horn

National Symphony Orchestra Trombone Quartet
Craig Mulcahy, trombone  |  Kevin Carlson, trombone  |  David Murray, trombone  |  Matthew Guilford, bass trombone

If you’ve never heard a trombone quartet or a french horn trio, this is your moment. Hear the noble french horn and the characterful trombone showcase the arresting versatility of their instruments.

 

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Thursday, August 5  |  5:30pm, 7pm
“A Caruso and Lanza Celebration” with Errin Duane Brooks


Errin Duane Brooks, tenor

Metropolitan Opera tenor Errin Duane Brooks makes his Washington, D.C. debut celebrating the centennial of Enrico Caruso’s death and Mario Lanza’s birth with beloved songs and breathtaking arias by Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and Leoncavallo – including “Nessun dorma”

“…a voice like warm steel, superbly controlled to its highest notes” (Parterre Box

This concert has been generously sponsored by Linda Bunce

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Saturday, August 14 | 4pm, 7pm
Savory Soiree: “Two to Tango: Celebrating Piazzolla at 100”

 

Emmanuel Trifilio, bandoneon | Julie Huang Tucker, piano

Honor the centennial year of Astor Piazzolla with a multi-course dinner of Argentinian food and Malbec wine – and the singular sound of the bandoneon in a program featuring the entrancing music of the composer who brought tango to international attention, along with other celebrated tango composers and original music by Emmanuel Trifilio.

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Thursday, August 26  |  5:30pm, 7pm
“Beautiful, Poetic Strings” – Chamber Music

Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra:

Last Stand Quartet
Alexandra Osborne, violin  |  Joel Fuller, violin  |  Mahoko Eguchi, viola  | 
Rachel Young, ccllo

“The String Thing”
Heather LeDoux Green, violin  |  Paul DeNola, bass

Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra celebrate summer. Last Stand Quartet returns to offer a program of stimulating music for string quartet. Heather LeDoux Green and Paul DeNola perform as “The String Thing,” a witty and engaging duo where performance and acting come together — and will leave you in stitches!

“… consistent refinement and interpretive restraint…” (Washington Post about Last Stand Quartet)

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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 our 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 take place on Thursdays and Saturdays with different start times and rain dates for each performance.

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.

 

Transportation to the Rectory and Parking

Classical Movements will provide more information about alternative forms of transportation to access The Rectory on Princess Street, 711 Princess St by email before each event. You can also go to https://www.alexandriava.gov/GOAlex for more information about available options. We encourage all patrons to park off-street through the provision of nearby garages or lots. Many parking garages and lots are located conveniently in the area. There is a parking garage at N. Alfred St Garage, 117 N. Alfred St, $5/hr ($25 daily max, $10 evening max) and a surface parking lot at Cameron/St Asaph Lot, 517 Cameron St, $2.50/hour ($10 daily max, $5 evening/weekend max). Visitors are encouraged to bike, walk or take the Metrorail Yellow or Blue lines to the King Street Station and take the free King Street Trolley, or DASH or Metro buses. For DASH schedule information visit, www.dashbus.com. For Metrobus schedule information, visit www.wmata.com. Bicyclists may visit www.alexandriava.gov/GOAlex for the City’s Bikeways Map, which features the City’s best on-street and off-road bikeways, as well as locations of grouped bicycle parking.

We discourage you from using the on-street parking. To ensure legal parking, read all posted signs before parking.

Limited off-street private parking is available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the following locations:
Classical Movements, 711 Princess Street, Alexandria VA
Fitness Together Alexandria’s main entrance, at the 300 N Washington Street building
Seasons Culinary Services, 715 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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