NOVA Symphony Orchestra Ensembles – Concert in the Park
Mason District Park

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Join us for an evening of great ensemble ensemble music by composers from across the ages.  Although pandemic restrictions force us to postpone our traditional full-orchestra pops concerts, our players have been working on a variety of excellent music for small ensembles, with a focus on underappreciated pieces by women and Black composers.  The Reunion Music Society hopes to see you for a socially-distanced, fun, free concert at the Mason District Part Amphitheater, sponsored by Fairfax County Park Authority.

Program:

Scott Joplin: The Easy Winners and The Chrysanthemum

Writing around the of the century, Joplin refined the ragtime form with energy, subtlety, and elegance.

Gustav Holst: St. Paul’s Suite, Movements 1 & 4

This quintessentially English piece for strings is a wild rush of interwoven folk tunes.

George Walker: Lyric for Strings

Walker wrote his first quartet in 1946 at the age of just 22. Tonight you will hear the wistful second movement of that quartet, adapted for string ensemble. Walker went on to an long career writing extraordinary music; he was the first Black composer to win the Pulitzer prize and received many other honors and commissions.

Wolfgang Mozart: Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and String Quartet, K. 581, Mvt 4

A beautiful and serene favorite.

Antonín Dvořák: American Quartet, Mvt 2, Lento

Dvorak admired American culture and in the 1890’s spent much time in New York and Spillville, Iowa, where he was inspired to write his most famous string quartet.

Madalena Lombardini: Quartet II, Mvt 2, Allegro

Lombardini (1745-1818) got her start in Venice a generation behind Vivaldi and toured Europe as an admired composer, keyboard player, violinist, and singer. We hope you get a sense of her fiery character from this rapid-fire movement.

Wolfgang Mozart: Quintet for Winds and Piano K. 452, Mvt 1

A most elegant piece for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon.

Jazz Ensemble: Selections to be announced.

Scott Joplin: The Entertainer

To close, we present Joplin’s most famous rag.

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