Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra

Concerts


Upcoming Concerts

April 7, 2019, 5pm: Full orchestra

ANCO performs in St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square:

The orchestra will perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 (the “Clock”) and Fauré’s Masques et bergamasques. In addition, St. Johns’s professional choir will join ANCO to present the Imogen Holst orchestration of Benjamin Britten’s cantata Rejoice in the Lamb.

The program engages themes of innocence, wonder, and the passage of time.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, or $5 students. You can buy them at the door, or ahead of time from Brown Paper Tickets.

About the repertoire

Fauré’s Masques et bergamasques arranged several of his earlier works into a theatrical story based on Verlaine’s poem “Clair de lune” (yes, that Clair de lune–Debussy also, famously, found inspiration in the poetry, which you can see at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clair_de_Lune_(poem)). You’ll hear Fauré’s sweeping depictions of masked dancers juxtaposed with achingly beautiful French melody; the suite is not to be missed, and we have loved putting it together.

Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, orchestrated by Imogen Holst, will be the focal point of the evening. It’s a fascinating reflection on innocence, wonder, sorrow, and humanity–though it’s not as typical a religious cantata as the title alone might suggest. The text comes from Christopher Smart, an 18th century English poet who wrote from an asylum. Here’s a bit from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rejoice_in_the_Lamb. Beyond that, you have to hear it: this piece has captivated generations of audiences, both religious and nonreligious alike.

For the Britten, we are honored to join forces with the St. John’s Choir, a professional choir of twelve voices, and with our four incredible soloists: Tory Wood, soprano; Charlotte Stewart, mezzo-soprano, Steven Blondo, tenor; and Justin Dean, baritone.

Haydn’s 101st Symphony is named “the Clock” for a tick-tock figure at the beginning of the second movement (watch for second violins starting the orchestra). Haydn wrote the Clock for adoring audiences in London, and like so much of his work, the symphony is infused with joy, humor, and charm.

Getting there

The concert will start at 5pm in St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square. The church is rich in DC history, both political and musical: President Lincoln walked across the Square to attend services; Benjamin Latrobe (the architect of the Capitol) both designed the church building and served as its first organist. It’s a beautiful space for a concert.

At 16th and H Streets NW, the church shares a block with the McPherson Square Metro station (use the White House exit, then walk south on Vermont: https://goo.gl/maps/3kWePDdvArj). Street parking is free on Sundays (just leave a little extra time, especially in this spring tourist season), and there are also several nearby parking garages. Check your favorite site or app for good options that you can prebook online. (It’s no endorsement, but we orchestra members have used all of BestParking, SpotHero, ParkWhiz, and Parking Panda to good effect. Double check the times, and stay close to 16th and H, NW.)

Enter the main doors on 16th street, just north of H St.

 

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Repertoire and schedule subject to change. Please contact us at info@ancoselfconducted.org with questions or for further details.


Past Concerts


2018-2019 Season

November 18, 2018, 5pm: Full orchestra

ANCO performs in St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square:

Mozart, Don Giovanni Overture

Berlioz, selections from
Les nuits d’été
(Summer Nights), Op. 7,
with soprano Tracy Labrecque-Pearson

Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

$20 general admission / $5 students

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November 7, 2018, 12:10pm: ANCO’s Brass Quintet

The brass quintet performs with Michael Lodico, organ, for the First Wednesday lunchtime concert series at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square. Ticketless, free of charge.

October 21, 2018, 5-6pm: Mozart + Kókai: Chamber Music for Strings and Clarinet

Opening the St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square Parlor Series of chamber music. Ticketless, free of charge.

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2016-2017 Season


 

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ANCO Presents Nonets and Chamber Works

7:30 PM – The Lyceum
201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Johannes Brahms – Serenade No. 1 nonet for winds and strings
Bohuslav Martinů – Nonet for winds and strings
Michael Rohrer – Sayat Nova for woodwind quintet and clappers

 

November 5, 2016

7:30 PM, Alexandria VAANCO in Concert 2016-11

Mt Vernon Unitarian Church
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA 22307

Vivaldi – Concerto for 2 Trumpets
Dvorak – Scherzo Capriccioso
Schubert – Symphony 8 “Unfinished”
Sibelius – Swan of Tuonela


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February 18, 2017

7:30 PM, Alexandria VA

Mt Vernon Unitarian Church
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA 22307

Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf
Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kije Suite

Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite #1


April 22, 2017, 7:30 PM

United Baptist Church
7100 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

ANCO presents chamber works for brass quintet.  Works by Gershwin, Barber, and more!


May 28, 2017

3:00 PM – The Lyceum
201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Schubert – Overture in the Italian Style
Helsted – Decet Op. 18
Rimsky-Korsakov – Overture on Russian Themes
Plus works for Woodwind quintet, Brass quintet, and Horn quartet


2015-2016 Season


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October 10, 2015: TRAGIC LOVE STORIES

$15 in advance | $20 at the door | free for 17 and under

7:00 PM – The Lyceum, Alexandria VA

Gabriel Fauré – Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80
Georges Bizet – Carmen Suite #2
Richard Wagner – Tristan und Isolde, Prelude
Jacques Offenbach – Orpheus in the Underworld Overture


November 15, 2015, 3PM 

Mt Vernon Unitarian Church
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA 22307

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November 22, 2015, 7PM

United Baptist Church
7100 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

ANCO presents chamber works for woodwinds and brass.  Works by Malcolm Arnold, Telemann, and more!


February 6, 2016                                                                                       

February 6, 2016$15 in advance | $20 at the door | free for 17 and under

7:00 PM – The Lyceum, Alexandria VA

Antonin Dvorak – Symphony 8
Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une infante défunte
John Corigliano – Elegy for Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio Overture


April 17, 2016, 3PM 

Mt Vernon Unitarian Church
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA 22307

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April 24, 2016, 3PM

United Baptist Church
7100 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

ANCO presents chamber works:

Sergey Prokofiev – Quintet, Op.39
Francis Poulenc – Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 100


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8PM with 7:30 pre-concert talk
FREE admission, donations gratefully accepted!

Mt Vernon Unitarian Church
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA 22307

Corelli Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6 No. 1
Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail, “Welche Wonne, welche Lust”
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro, “Deh vieni, non tardar”
with Tracy Labrecque-Pearson, soprano
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin


2014-2015 Season


October 11

8:00 PM – Trinity Lutheran Church, Bowie MD

ANCO presents chamber works:

Arnold Schoenberg – Verklarte Nacht
Paul Hindemith – Octet


November 1

7:00 PM – The Lyceum, Alexandria VA

Richard Strauss – Serenade in E flat Major, Op. 7
Felix Mendelssohn – Die Hebriden, Op. 26
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92


January 24

3:00 PM – Kensington Baptist Church, Kensington MD

ANCO presents chamber works:

Bohuslav Martinu – Nonet
Carl Nielsen – Serenata in vano
Louis Spohr – Nonet in F Major, Op. 31


March 29

3:00 PM – Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church

1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA 22307

ANCO presents chamber works:

Brass Quintet:
Dukas – Overture to La Peri
Koetsier – Kinderzirkus
Gershwin – Bess You Is My Woman Now

Beethoven – Trio for Clarinet, Cello, & Piano op. 11

Woodwind Quintet:
Bernstein – Overture to Candide
Valjean – Dance Suite
Piazzolla – Libertango


April 25

3:00 PM – The Lyceum, Alexandria VA

Gioacchino Rossini – L’italiana in Algeri
Antonin Dvorak – Serenade for Wind Instruments, Op. 44
Felix Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 “Italian”

 


2013-2014 Season


Saturday, November 23

7:00 PM | Free admission, donations gratefully accepted

All Souls Episcopal Church
2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
www.allsoulsdc.org

Beethoven – Serenade for String Trio, D major, Op. 8
Persichetti – Pastoral for Woodwind Quintet, Op. 21
Higdon – Steeley Pause for Four Flutes
Milhaud – Les Reves de Jacob Suite Choreographique, Op. 294


Tuesday, January 14

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Free admission, donations gratefully accepted

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St NW
Washington, DC 20005
http://www.epiphanydc.org/

Telemann – Ouverture-Suite for Flute and Strings, TWV 55:a2
Beethoven – Horn Sextet in E-flat major, Op.81b
Janacek – Suite for Strings


Sunday, February 9

6:00 PM

Mount Vernon Unitarian Church
Alexandria, VA

Bozza – Sonatine for Brass Quintet
Dvorak – String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77
Saint-Saens – Septet in E flat Major, Op. 65 for Strings, Trumpet and Piano


Saturday, March 1

7:00 PM

The Village at Rockville
9701 Veirs Drive
Rockville, MD

Ewald – Quintet for Brass
Gabrieli – Quintet for Brass
Gibbons – Fantasias for Strings
Kamen – Quintet for Brass
Respighi – Ancient Airs and Dances No. 3


Saturday, April 26

3:00 PM

Kensington Baptist Church
10100 Connecticut Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

Brahms – String Quintet No. 2, Op. 111
Bax – Nonet
Ravel – Introduction and Allegro