Sounds of Hope & Harmony
The Secret Garden at the Rectory
Christ Church, Alexandria
711 Princess Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Classical Movements is presenting a live concert of chamber music, “Sounds of Hope & Harmony” on Saturday, June 20th, 2020 in solidarity with our clients and friends in the local music community. These are probably the first live classical concert since COVID-19 disrupted performances across the world and will be specially designed to accommodate safe social distancing for performers, audience and staff. You may already have seen coverage of this momentous event in Musical America (attached) or in Washingtonian: “This is not a live-stream event or something informal you watch on somebody’s porch: It’s an actual concert with tickets and a program and everything—a once-cherished ritual that now feels like a dim memory from a distant era.”
Recognizing 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 31 musicians from some of our hometown orchestras to join a meaningful and joyous celebration of the illuminating power of music during this period of so much uncertainty and tension. Participating musicians are members of several local orchestras that are clients and friends of Classical Movements, including the National Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, New Orchestra of Washington, Fairfax Symphony Orchestras and other local ensembles.
Presented six times over the course of the day in order to accommodate limited, standing-only audiences, chamber ensembles will offer two diverse, one-hour-long programs in the Secret Garden of the Rectory on Princess Street, Classical Movements’ home in Old Town Alexandria. Each program will be presented three times: at 10am, 11:30am and 1pm and at 5pm, 6:30pm and 8pm respectively. Programs feature works for wind, string and brass ensembles by Mozart, Schubert, Shostakovich, Handel, Piazzolla, Bizet, Joplin, John Williams, Valerie Coleman, Timothy Mauthe, Allen Toussaint and many others. In case of bad weather, our rain date is Sunday, June 21st.
In order to accommodate sufficient social distancing, we have very limited space and can only accommodate 45 people at each concert. Classical Movements will take additional 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.