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46th Season

David Grandis, Music Director

2011–2012 (41st Season) Calendar

Guest Artists for 2011–2012 season

Sunday, October 23, 2011 4:00 p.m.
"Bravo Mozart" All-Mozart Program
Conducted by Emil de Cou, Music Director
Aaron Goldman, Assistant Principal Flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra
Susan Robinson, Principal Harpist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
On display: Art Works by painter Cherry Baumbusch
Overture to The Magic Flute
Concerto for Flute and Harp
  Aaron Goldman, flute; Susan Robinson, harp
Symphony No. 41 in C (Jupiter)
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Concert and Special Audience Outreach sponsored by ManTech International Corporation
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Sunday, February 19, 2012 4:00 p.m.
"Baroque to Jazz"
Conducted by Emil de Cou, Music Director
Handel: Concerto Grosso op. 6, no. 12 in B minor
Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite
Leroy Anderson: "Jazz Pizzicato"
Leroy Anderson: "Jazz Legato"
Duke Ellington: "Solitude"
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Andante cantabile from String Quartet Opus 11, No. 1
Handel: Concerto Grosso op. 6, no. 5 in D major
On display: Art Works by painter Linda Jones
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Sunday, May 13, 2012 4:00 p.m.
"Sunday in the Woods"
Conducted by Emil de Cou, Music Director
Emma McDermott, soprano
Mauricio Miranda, tenor
Debussy: Diane Overture (World Premiere)
   arranged for orchestra by Emil de Cou
Debussy: Diane au bois Operatic scene for soprano and tenor (U.S. Premiere)
   arranged for orchestra by Paul Meecham
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 (Pastoral)

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DIANE AU BOIS is an unfinished concert opera originally composed by Claude Debussy for soprano, tenor and piano. At the "Sunday in the Woods" concert, the VCO will present premieres of the Overture and the Operatic Scene, as arranged for chamber orchestra by Emil de Cou and Paul Meecham.

The "Sunday in the Woods" program will "Celebrate Children and the Arts" on Mothers Day. MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts is a statewide collaboration of arts organizations in Virginia, running from March through May, 2012. Children (fourth grade and up) attend all VCO concerts free.

Art work by outstanding area elementary students will be displayed in the Art Gallery adjoining the concert hall. The paintings will illustrate references to nature in Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) which Music Director Emil de Cou will point out prior to the performance: they include the nightingale, the cuckoo, a serene brook, and a dramatic storm.

Immediately following the concert children will be invited on stage to participate in an instrument petting zoo. The VCO recently previewed this new concept. As shown in the accompanying photo, children in the audience enjoyed coming up on stage, meeting the Music Director and players, plucking a few notes and taking a close look at the instruments. This innovation will be continued as part of the "Celebrate Children and the Arts" event.
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Children participate in instrument petting zoo. (Photo by Lou Sica) This concert is part of Virginia's statewide celebration featuring children and the arts In partnership with the Alliance Franšaise de Washington DC

All concerts will be held at:
Ernst Community Cultural Center, NVCC Annandale
8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, Virginia 22003

Ample free parking. A complimentary reception will follow the concerts.

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This season is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special Events

Autumn Musicale

Sunday, September 18, 2011
In the heart of McLean at the home of Robin Phillips, 1323 Calder Road, McLean, Virginia 22101

Guests will enjoy a delightful afternoon of wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts at this Mini-Concert to benefit the VCO. The Sunrise Quartet will perform a selection from their upcoming appearance at the National Gallery of Art. The Gallery's two-season series celebrates Beethoven's String Quartets.
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Winter Musicale

Sunday, Jauary 29th, 2012     3:30-5:30 pm
At the home of Dranesville Distrct Supervisor John W. Foust and Dr. Marilyn Foust
7288 Swinks Mill Court, McLean, VA 22102

Music by Jennifer Rickard, violin and Andrew Axelrad, flute
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Donations/reservations for the musicale may be made on-line.

Musicale Sponsors: Charles and Sheila Mudd, Robin Phillips
Musicians underwritten by: TD Bank
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The VCO continues a delightful, centuries-old tradition of music in the home by presenting Musicales in lovely private residences. These Sunday afternoon events provide a welcome and refreshing respite from the week's activities. They include a miniconcert by a small ensemble of musicians drawn from the orchestra, who speak informally about the selections they are performing; light refreshments; and conversation. The Musicales, which are by invitation, also serve as fundraisers.
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A trio entertains guests at a previous Musicale in the Lodals' music room. (photo by Jim Goodridge) VCO President Betty Farrell and hostess Robin Phillips enjoy a light moment at the September musicale. Musicians Teri Lazar and Osman Kivrak look on. Musicale guests enjoy refreshments and conversation

Annual Benefit Gala Dinner Dance

Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Grand Atrium, 2236 Gallows Rd., Vienna, VA 22182
$100.00 per person
Black Tie Optional

Back by popular demand, our fabulous dinner dance will be held April 29, 2012. "..Mostly Sinatra" our Gala Dinner Dance will highlight both live and silent auctions.

Please join in the fun at the glamorous Grand Atrium conveniently located near Tysons Corner on Gallows Road between the intersections with Cedar Lane and Electric Avenue. This two-level upscale banquet facility has underground parking and elevators to take you to the cocktails, dinner, and dancing areas.

The annual Gala is a glamorous and festive evening which attracts leaders from business, government, and the arts. Proceeds provide a wonderful boost to the orchestra's artistic and outreach activities.

Reservations can be made on our Web site. If you cannot attend, please consider making an online donation to support the VCO.
Sen. and Mrs. Robb and gala guests Gala Auctioneer Gant Redmon and his assistant Sheila Mudd
L to R: Charles Mudd, Gala Chair and Board; Sheila Mudd, Gala Chair and Honorary Board; Suzy Broyhill, Honorary Board; Senator and Mrs. Charles Robb, Honorary Gala Chairs; Anne Gregory Vandemark, Honorary Board (photo by Lou Sica) Gala Auctioneer Gant Redmon and his assistant, Sheila Mudd enliven a Gala Auction (photo by Lou Sica)
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