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

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

Our current series of concerts are now sold out,
but stay tuned for additional concert offerings coming soon!

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 dazzling programs of additional instrumental chamber ensembles of musicians who are members of the National Symphony.

Press Articles

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020: “The Four B’s: Barrière, Bologne, Bartok, and Beethoven” – Chamber Music


Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra:

Cello Duos & String Quartets
Eugena Chang, cello  |  Britton Riley, cello 
Alexandra Osborne, violin  |  Angelia Cho, violin  |  Mahoko Eguchi, viola  |  Rachel Young, cello

Vibrant, daring and ravishing music by Beethoven, Bartok, Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Barrière, Joplin and others

Program Listen

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

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

Featuring Metropolitan Opera Star and Chilean Baritone, Javier Arrey and Kaylee Norris, winner of the Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival voice competition

The program includes Beethoven’s superlative song cycle “An die ferne Geliebte” in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth, Dvorak’s beautiful “Biblical Songs”, as well as charming arias and art songs by Mozart, Stravinsky, Brahms, Liszt, and others

“…a voice so lovely to listen to” Washington Post

Presented with the generous support of:
IDEA*TECH Associates, your local Alexandria IT System Support

Program Listen

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2020:  “Night-Shining White: Music for Percussion and Brass” – Chamber Music

Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra: 

Scott Christian, Percussion
William Gerlach, trumpet | Amy McCabe, guest trumpet | Robert Rearden, horn | David Murray, trombone | Stephen Dumaine, tuba

Rousing, rhythmic and dynamic music by living composers Joyce, Singleton, Akiho, Zhou, as well as Ewald and the celebrated Duke Ellington

Presented with the generous support of:
IDEA*TECH Associates, your local Alexandria IT System Support
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Program Listen

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

Issachah Savage, tenor | Joy Schreier, piano

“Savage sang with a combination of power and finesse that is rare to observe.” San Francisco Chronicle

“…easy, rich, warm sound that poured out of him” Washington Post

Enjoy gorgeous arias and expressive art songs by Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, Tosti, Donaudy and Margaret Bonds

Presented with the generous support of:
IDEA*TECH Associates, your local Alexandria IT System Support
CAAPA – Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts 

Program Listen

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2020: “Sweet Songs of Sorrow and Joy” * – An Evening of Music Celebrating Civil Rights on the Anniversary of the March on Washington

Alexandria Crichlow, soprano | V. Savoy McIlwain, baritone | Lester Green, piano | Pamela Simonson, the narrator

Newly Added Concert Program in collaboration with CAAPA (Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts)


*“God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create—and from this capacity has flowed the sweet songs of sorrow and joy that have allowed man to cope with his environment and many different situations… This is triumphant music.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Program Listen

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


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

12 professional singers perform 400 years of compelling choral music by Byrd, Britten, Panufnik, Coleridge-Taylor, Barnett and more on themes of hope in times of uncertainty

Presented with the generous support of:
IDEA*TECH Associates, your local Alexandria IT System Support

Program Listen

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020: “An Evening of Novel Ensembles” – Chamber Music

Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra

 Alexander Jacobsen, bass | Michael Marks, bass | Charles Nilles, bass | Jeffrey Weisner, bass
Jamie Roberts, oboe | Paul Cigan, clarinet | Ying Fu, violin | Daniel Foster, viola | Alexander Jacobsen, bass

An ambitious, imaginative and eclectic program featuring Prokofiev’s famous Quintet in G minor for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass and one-of-a-kind arrangements for double-bass quartet of classical and pop hits by Gershwin, Bach, O’Connor, Bjork, Seal and the Beatles

Presented with the generous support of:
IDEA*TECH Associates, your local Alexandria IT System Support

Program Listen

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020: “Cabaret in Twilight” – Jazz and Musical Theatre


Awa Sal Secka | Christian Douglas

Dan Campolieta, piano

The night lights up with this dynamic duo performing jazz, musical theater and popular music, featuring the music of Marvin Gaye, Rogers and Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Erroll Garner, Rogers and Hart, Sting, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori, Alan Menken, Sara Bareilles, the Beatles, Billy Joel and original songs by Awa Sal Secka and Christian Douglas

Presented with the generous support of:
IDEA*TECH Associates, your local Alexandria IT System Support

Program & Tickets Listen

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

Beethoven’s uplifting Septet for winds and strings and Piazzolla’s iconic tango “Oblivion” will mingle in the fresh outdoor air of the “Secret Garden” in the heart of Alexandria’s Old Town. Featured bandoneonist Emmanuel Trifilio will transport us to a night club in Buenos Aires, even as Beethoven’s melodies linger in the garden atmosphere. ASO Music Director Jim Ross steps to the podium for the first time since February to conduct musicians of the ASO in this remarkably creative program. The Secret Garden series is a creation of ASO partners Classical Movements, owners of the historic Rectory on Princess, built in 1785.  

Rain dates: October 10 and October 11

Information & Tickets

“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.
  • 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