Two esteemed Fairfax County cultural organizations are intertwining their talents for the first time, producing a harmony of choral and orchestral music. The Fairfax Choral Society (FCS) and the Amadeus Orchestra are combining to provide a Sunday afternoon of enjoyment and expected surprise at the acoustically rich St. Luke Church in McLean.
“Great music is always about communication and connection. People don’t need secret knowledge to enjoy the performance, and the music on this concert will speak to even a first-time classical music listener.” said A. Scott Wood of Great Falls, artistic director of the Amadeus Orchestra.
When asked about the their new partnership, Douglas Mears, artistic director, FCS and Wood mentioned that both groups are committed to musical excellence and high artistic standards. Both groups are also known for reaching-out into the local community in educational outreach and work with youth.
Working in collaboration, the 120 member Adult Chorus of the Fairfax Choral Society (Annandale) and the 24 musicians of the Amadeus Orchestra will perform a witty and emotionally engaging repertoire. In performance there will be a jaunty, quick, light-hearted work of Rossini’s overture to “Il Signor Brushino” as well as the 1920’s modernist touches and flourishes of Igor Stravinsky’s overhaul of a work from the 18th century written for an Italian comic ballet, his “Pulcinella” suite.
Completing the performance will be an area premiere of a new “Requiem” written by American-born, jazz-influenced composer Steve Dobrogosz.
In an email exchange, Doborgosz, who currently lives in Sweden, explained the roots of his new work. “The impetus for a new piece is always, for me, a very small seed of a musical idea that, in a way hard to describe, feels ‘alive,’ with a unique personality worth developing. In the case of the ‘Requiem,’ this idea came at the very beginning of the piece (the opening line of the tenors), and the rest was written consecutively straight through to the ending.”
When asked about the performance venue, Wood described the acoustics at Saint Luke Church as “spectacular acoustic, and that’s essential.” According to St Luke music director Paul Skevington, the audience will have a sense of being in the middle of the performing artists and the performing space, “and having the music coming from all directions. This is the natural surround sound.”
So, come along for a first partnership between two of Fairfax County’s great musical institutions; and hear their new synergy along with works known and unknown. Become one of the first to attend what might become a more regular series of such Fairfax County cultural partnerships.