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Member Spotlight – The Hamilton Trio

May 17, 2011

The Hamilton Trio: Louise Fenn (flute, voice & keyboard), Elizabeth Kellogg (cello) and John D. Howard (violin, viola, arranger and leader)

By Allen Pearson

Poodle takes the show at wedding!!!  Keep reading….

Does chamber music scare you? Remind you of a cat screeching?  Those were my thoughts until I gave a closer listen. Turns out, it’s an exhilarating experience you need to have!!

The Hamilton Trio, was founded in 1986, by Louise Fenn (flute, voice & keyboard), Elizabeth Kellogg (cello) and John D. Howard (violin, viola, arranger and leader). Their biographies attest to a wide-range of experience as orchestral and chamber musicians.  The Trio has been honored by repeat performances for many families, organizations, concert series, and has received honors such as a favorite in Leesburg Today’s annual ‘Best of Everything’ (Performing Arts) poll and a nominee for the Governor’s “Excellence in the Arts” Awards.

Got a party coming up? Graduation? Father’s Day? Wedding? Gatherings such as birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties, dinners, hunt and dressage events, dedications, Church programs,  commemorations, and office parties is a sampling of the trio’s artistry hallmark. The Trio is versatile (sorry, not jazzy!):  When the trio receives a spontaneous request, like the Yale Fight Song (as at one wedding reception years ago), Louise can almost always play it from memory.

The repertory of the Hamilton Trio is expansive, covering music from “really old” (but “for the ages”) composers of the baroque, classical, and romantic periods to new pieces–rarities–from the neglected American classical period.  John Howard, violinist, prepares special songs when requested and arranges lighter fare, such as broadway tunes by Gershwin and Cole Porter;  ethnic–Irish, Swedish, Jewish, English, Italian, German, Spirituals;  American fiddle; Stephen Foster, Civil War;  waltzes and other music for the dance.  And there’s always those works whose beauty endures like Pachelbel’s Canon, Handel’s Fireworks and Water Music, Haydn’s Trios, Wagner and Mendelssohn’s wedding marches, Mozart’s Romanza, Chopin’s Waltz in a, Dvorak’s Humoresque, and Minuets in G of Beethoven and Paderewski, to name a few.

A member of the trio with a rare distinction (in addition to her musicianship!) is Betty (Elizabeth), who is now a 50-year survivor of type I diabetes.  This June she will be the first speaker at an annual event at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston in celebration of such survivors, at which she will discuss in detail her very rigorous life with respect to diet and monitoring of herself.

The Poodle?  Turns out, as the Hamilton Trio was playing for a Wedding, the bride took too long and a poodle decided to come down the aisle!

You deserve a treat–go hear them in concert or have them play at your next event – to learn more about them or to book them, please visit:

~ Allen Pearson – specializing in dogs and garden photography


Member Spotlight: ARTLINGZ

August 16, 2010

By Allen Pearson

Love art, have or work with children or grandchildren?!? Want to create an art lesson but avoid the headaches and expenses? Check out – an art resource for parents, babysitters, teachers, grandparents, anyone involved with children ages 4 – 12!!

Artlingz is art instruction for children. My inquiry to the owner, Lori Schue, gave me several pages of information about her program. Prompt replies were more prompter than prompt, I was impressed. I read the material and became fascinated with the program.

To begin this journey, go to and look around. The website is user-friendly and designed to catch your attention and keep it. You want to investigate. Being adventurous, the Explorer link immediately got my attention. I clicked on it and took a virtual field trip around the world to many well-known art museums by websites.

An email address is needed to access materials which you can select and purchase. As stated several times, Artlingz keeps your email private and does not share! Not sharing is a good thing, in this case.

I entered the Lesson Vault where I found an incredible selection of projects you can choose. Projects are based on Artists, Technique, Topic, Medium, and Adaptive Art (art for children with disabilities will be launched soon). Move your mouse over one of the topics and look to the left at the canvas, a brief description appears giving a general idea for the plan. On the right side of the screen are links to information where you can learn to effectively use this valuable resource. I checked out the Mixed Media and Native American Indian links and quickly learned about making a headdress.

And, there’s a gallery where your children’s work can be posted. How cool is that?

An important note, teachers anywhere in the universe can purchase and use the curriculum offered as it goes beyond National Standards for Visual Arts guidelines needed for instruction in schools., created by Lori Schue, Visual Communications degree, taught and written children’s art curriculum for over 20 years for schools and international programs such as Scholastic. Authored “Art Works for Kids,” series of books published by Evan Moor Publishing.

Allen Pearson is a Nature, Dog and Cat Photographer and a Loudoun Arts Council member and volunteer, for which we are most grateful. You can see his work at


Come Help Choose Loudoun's Most Talented Youth!

May 25, 2010

Join us at 2 pm on
Sunday, May 30th

 Now’s your chance! 

The Top 10 Finalists from the Loudoun’s Got Talent auditions will be performing and competing for $1750 in scholarships…and your vote counts!

The audience and a panel of judges, led by Loudoun Symphony Maestro Mark Allen McCoy, will vote to pick the top three performers, so come out and cast your ballot, and hear some of the finest young musicians in the county.

+ A Special Performance by Maddy Curtis!!!

Tickets: Advance/Door: Adult $10/$12, Senior (65+) $8/$10, Youth 18 and under FREE.

Order Advance Tickets online at 
or call 703-771-8287.

Franklin Park Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA 20132

Partner: Loudoun Arts Council

Sponsors:  Wegmans. Sandy Spring Bank, Loudoun Youth, Inc., RainedOut, and Loudoun Times Mirror.

Some serious talent here folks! See for yourself!


Mountains & Music – An Enchanted Evening

May 6, 2010

1st place - Jessi Warbis

On Saturday, May 15, the Loudoun Symphony and the Newton Marasco Foundation will collaborate to bring you a veritable feast for your senses!

Picture this: Evening approaches. Dressed in your finery, you are transported to an 18th century stone farmhouse in Round Hill from Franklin Park Arts Center.  Sipping wine, you mingle with fellow arts supporters and Maestro Mark Allen McCoy. You sample a dazzling array of culinary delights. The cumin-coconut chicken skewers…heavenly! The lamb spring rolls with curried honey mustard…DIVINE!  The enchanting sounds of Sylvia McClain‘s harp float through the air, making the evening even more magical.

2nd place - Jessica McCann

As the concert time nears, everyone is driven back to the Franklin Park Arts Center and dropped off at the doors. You make your way to your seat and settle in. The lights dim. There is an expectant stirring in the audience as you await the entrance of the performers. And then: Entry. Applause.

The concert begins with Webern: Langsamer Satz, which is a lush and unabashedly romantic piece written around 1905 when Webern was young and in love. Next up is Haydn:  Symphony No. 45 in F-Sharp Minor, “Farewell.” This elegant piece is full of musical originality and wit, as well as some physical humor. After intermission, the program features classical guitarist Miroslav Loncar in a guitar concerto by Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The legendary Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia described the beautiful slow movement of this concerto as “a tender farewell to the hills of Tuscany.” And as we come to the end of this magical evening, there is an Extra Special Treat for your ears and your eyes. As you are caressed by Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, the screen behind the orchestra displays stunning photographs of Western Loudoun and the Blue Ridge’s natural beauty. An all-engulfing experience.

3rd place - Annika Markert

The Newton Marasco Foundation is a Loudoun County nonprofit organization whose mission is to work collaboratively on issues related to environmental stewardship. The gorgeous 80 picture slide show is the result of their Loudoun Valley High School photo contest entitled Through Our Eyes: Celebrating the Beauty of Western Loudoun and the Blue Ridge.

The audience smiles with delight as the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra brings the pictures to life. After thunderous applause, you and the rest of the audience are left feeling enlightened and thankful to live in such a beautiful county with such wonderful local talent.

Is this something you want to miss? I think not. 😉

This is a two part event. You can attend the Pre-concert Reception or attend the concert or BOTH.

Pre-Concert Reception/Fundraiser: Contribution of at least $100 per person, proceeds will help the Loudoun Symphony to continue to deliver amazing experiences just like this. Don’t forget, donation amounts over $40 dollars per person are tax deductible. Space is limited. RESERVE SOON. Click here for full details.

Mountains & Music Concert: Door/Advance: Adults $18/$15; Seniors $15/$12; Youth 18 and under FREE. Tickets available at

Contributing hosts include Fields of Athenry Farm, Studio-B Graphics, M&M Print and Design, photographer Larr Kelly, and Virginia Coach Company.


libby stevens

April 7, 2010

This piece hangs here in my office building this month as part of the Loudoun Sketch Club’s First Friday exhibition. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by such beauty. Libby Steven’s work is both vibrant and soft.

Leighfield Garden

Here’s another piece from Libby’s website. I love its lushness.

To learn more about Libby Stevens or to see more of her work, visit her website at

To see the Loudoun Sketch Club exhibition for yourself, give me a call at 703.777.7838.  I’m here Monday-Friday during the day.


Instrument Petting Zoo Tomorrow!

March 26, 2010

Bring your kids
to an

Musicians from the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra give kids the chance to hear, touch and try out musical instruments.


Saturday, March 27

@ 2PM

@ Rust Library

380 Old Waterford Rd NW
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 777-0323

For ages 6 and up!




Sponsored by Melodee Music, Rust Library, and the Loudoun Symphony



What is ArtSquare?

February 16, 2010

The art buzz in Leesburg is all about ArtSquare. What is ArtSquare, you ask?

Why, it’s the new art center opening up in town!

Actually, it’s not really new. When you visit, you’ll see the familiar faces of Gale Waldron, Dana Thompson and Connie Pullella. You’ll still find great art exhibits, fine arts classes of all kinds and you’ll still be able to peek into the Artist Studios and watch them work.

What’s new is the location. Gallery 222, King Street Studios and Loudoun Arts Academy Foundation are changing their name, packing their bags and moving to Cardinal Park Drive, over by the Honda and Toyota dealerships off of Route 7. While I’m sad to see them leave the historic district, I’m really excited to see what this expanded location will bring to the citizens of Loudoun County.

ArtSquare officially opens March 1, 2010.

Their new location:
12 Cardinal Park Drive SE
Leesburg, Va. 20175

Gale cordially invites us all the their opening reception, Friday, March 12, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm. Music and refreshments will be served.

Between ArtSquare and the newly opened Round Hill Arts Center at High Hill Orchard, I really feel hopeful and invigorated about the art scene in our county.

I hope to see you at the reception!

~ lee

P.S. Volunteers to help move, clean and unpack are welcome! If you’re interested, contact Bob Steere at