Over its nearly twenty-five year history, the NOVA-Annadale Symphony Orchestra has often performed concerts celebrating the musical heritage of various cultures of the world. In keeping with that tradition, the orchestra’s spring concert will feature music composed exclusively by Hispanic composers. Entitled “¡Víva la Música! An Evening of Hispanic Music,” the evening will include works by composers from Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba. Highlights will include the Symphony in D by Spanish composer Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga (a contemporary of Beethoven), the fiery Danzon No. 2 by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez, and the haunting Concierto de Aranjuez by Joachim Rodrigo, featuring guitar soloist Matthew Trkula.

While the music of these composers is well-known and beloved in their countries of origin, is it is often under-programmed in contemporary American orchestral concerts. That is indeed a shame, for the music of these composers offers much to the listener as it is rich in rhythmic content, vibrant in orchestral color, and filled with beautiful soaring melodies. It is these musical qualities that the orchestra will bring to life for our audience on May 4th. While it is often great fun to talk about the inherent qualities in a musical composition, we know that it is always best to let the music speak for itself, so please plan to join us on May 4th. ¡Viva La Musica!

-Christopher Johnston, NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor