Our Season So Far

Our 48th season is now well underway. So far, our concerts have been well-attended and well-received. It really is a joy to share our love of classical music with our community. As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to share some of our season's highlights.

Our first rehearsal in September.

Our first rehearsal in September.

 Over 60 musicians have performed under our banner since our 48th season began. They come from all walks of life and range in age from early 20s to over 70. We are so proud of our players’ talent, commitment, and passion. 

Luckily for us, we continue to be led by our Artistic Director and Conductor, Victoria Gau. This outstanding musician has been with C.C.S. for close to 20 years.

In September we participated in Gourmet Symphony’s Taste Your Music, a wonderful project that brought music and dining events to Miriam’s Kitchen, Bread for the City, and SOME. This project also included a glamorous fundraiser at The Hamilton.

Post show Q&A with Charlie Barnett and Victoria Gau.

Post show Q&A with Charlie Barnett and Victoria Gau.

 In October we had the pleasure of working with local composer, Charlie Barnett, again. He used his wealth of experience of writing for film and television to create the fun, nostalgic Mid-Century Mambo. This piece was a wonderful compliment to the other works on our program, Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from Westside Story and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Karl Meyer, Amy Walder, Becky Keeley, and Mike Yehle with Kevin Ross. 

Karl Meyer, Amy Walder, Becky Keeley, and Mike Yehle with Kevin Ross. 

We were also honored to be invited to participate in the Mayor's Arts Awards at the Lincoln Theatre. One of our wonderful chamber groups performed alongside Kevin Ross on his song, "This is My Wish". 

 

 

In November we presented our annual Family Concert to our biggest houses on record. It’s wonderful to see so many local families enjoying our music. 

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In December we collaborated with our fellow Atlas Arts Partners, Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus, on the ever-popular Holiday Concert and Sing-Along.

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We have shared tickets with wonderful non-profits like Big Brothers Big Sisters D.C., Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children D.C., and Veteran Tickets Foundation. These partnerships help us to make classical music available to people from every part of our community.

We received grants and support from organizations including the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, the Sprenger-Lang Foundation, and National Capital Bank. The ongoing support of our individual givers helps us to attract and match these funds.

Thanks to the support of our donors we were able to hire Sarah O’Halloran for the expanded position of General Manager.

Tiffany Lu in action at our Family Concert.

Tiffany Lu in action at our Family Concert.

We welcomed up-and-coming musician, Tiffany Lu, as our new Assistant Conductor. We’re delighted to add her musicianship and energy to our creative team.

 

We are so grateful for the support we have received from our audience and donors. There is so much to look forward to in 2016: Go-go Symphony at INTERSECTIONS, Haunted Topography, Heavenly Life on 03/13, and Great Masters, Young Stars on 05/08. If you would like to support the remainder of our season, please make a donation here, or mail a check to Capital City Symphony, c/o Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. 

Get to know composer Charlie Barnett

Our opening concert, An American Tale, takes place on 10/18/2015 at 5pm. We'll be playing dance inspired music by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. The program also includes the world premier of Mid-Century Mambo by Charlie Barnett. 

Charlie Barnett's music is heavily influenced by jazz and vintage pop. He is best known for his work for film and television. He has written music for TV shows including Showtime's Weeds and National Geographic's Treasure Seekers. His other TV credits include Saturday Night Live, Royal Pains, and Archer. His award-winning film scores including The Appalachians (2005) and Holocaust: The Untold Story (2001). In our first video he explains how his work for film and television helps him to write music that's well suited to community orchestras. 

Barnett's piece Mid-Century Mambo is inspired by dance rhythms including mambo and Percy Faith- style pop. It brings together a sense of nostalgia and romance with a healthy dose of irony. In our next video he introduces his interest in music of the 1950s and 60s as well as some of the influences on this piece. 

Charlie Barnett regularly writes music inspired by his interest in the 1950s and 60s, but he is interested in achieving more that creating a sense of nostalgia. He wants his work to shed new light on well-known sounds. In this video he delves deeper into the combination of nostalgia and irony to be found in his music.

We have worked with Maryland composer, Charlie Barnett, several times in the last few years. In addition to performing his original music for orchestra, we have also performed jazz arrangements with his band on the concert and album Symphony Lounge.

Find out more about Charlie Barnett on his website
Join us for the concert on 10/18/2015 at 5pm at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Get tickets here.

First Rehearsal of the Season

On September 17th we were happy to welcome back our musicians for our 48th season. We began with a full orchestra read through of our opening concert program. Our musicians read Charlie Barnett's old Hollywood inspired Mid Century Mambo, worked on the complex rhythms of Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances, and had enjoyed the classic Americana of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring.

We were pleased to see our new members and old friends. Some of our players have been with us for decades, but each season we also welcome new talent. Among our new arrivals this season is Tiffany Lu, our Assistant Conductor.

Join us on October 18th for An American Tale, 5pm, Atlas Performing Arts Center.