Posts Tagged ‘music events’


Member Spotlight: Fun music keeps men singing… and crowds wanting more!

September 23, 2010

By Steve Freeman
A unique musical treat. … That is how some would describe the Chorus of the Old Dominion. Without needing instrumentation, sound systems, or even a venue, the Chorus can break into a song that brings ear-pleasing harmonies and fun music anywhere they go.

Chorus of the Old Dominion repertoire is one reason they are a hit with audiences. They specialize in the doo-wop, barbershop, and pop standards that listeners can’t help but tap a foot to. “Under the Boardwalk,” “Silhouettes,” and even Beach Boys hits.

A performance by the Chorus features something for everyone, however. Other songs they offer the crowds include John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “O Shenandoah,” the Beatles’ “When I’m 64,” “Coney Island Baby,” Harry Conack Jr.’s “Recipe for Love,” and many others, including holiday hits and love songs.

The Chorus is an all-male group in its 8th year that brings 4-part a cappella harmony to community events, festivals and private functions like birthday and retirement parties. The chorus is perhaps best known for its singing telegrams, delivered each Valentine’s Day to unsuspecting “sweethearts.”

New happenings this year for these men of song include hosting a choral workshop for area high school students, with leadership from the nation’s Barbershop Harmony Society, and more frequent appearances at Leesburg First Friday events. The chorus frequently takes the stage for annual events such as Loudoun Earth Day, Martin Luther King Day, and sings for wounded veterans of the Izaak Walton League.

Harmonize with the Guys

What kind of a man does it take to sing in an all-male chorus? If you’re thinking about it, the Chorus is looking for you. “The group’s busy times of the year are nearing and now is the time to join in by starting with a “no pressure and no obligation” sing-along night,” said Timothy Wyant of western Loudoun, the chorus’s president.

Do you sing in the shower? Then you might qualify. Do you find yourself humming along to songs you hear? Do you love music and have you ever sung in a choir before?

Men of any age who enjoy music, like the feeling of pleasing a listening audience and can sing on pitch and memorize music are good candidates for the Chorus. The group meets weekly on Thursday evenings for rehearsal and provides listening tracks to continue learning the music throughout the week.

There’s more to the Chorus than the technical requirements, however. It’s members like Mike Jacks of Ashburn simply enjoys having a wholesome pastime that provides an diversion the work-a-day world.

Dale Bird of Herndon, president-elect for 2011, is in the Chorus because of the fun songs they sing and the extra special feeling of performing songs in close harmony and unadorned by musical instruments or sounds in a bar.

“I love watching the faces of the audience,” said Bird. “When they smile I know we’ve done our job and entertained them.”

Many of its singers were in choirs at young ages, loved it then, and find that returning to vocal music interests today is a fun way to participate in community life. Others have always sung in church choirs, but wanted to polish their vocal skills or wanted to venture into singing pop songs for a change.

When they come together, they take on the challenge to bring good, fun music to every audience for which they perform.


For more information about the Chorus of the Old Dominion, or to get in on an upcoming rehearsal, visit or contact 703-975-5184 or The Chorus can also be found on Facebook and

Upcoming public performances:

Saturday, Nov. 13 Sterling Public Library, 2 p.m., Sterling, Va. Free

Saturday, Dec. 11 Hillsboro Homes Tour, 1-6 p.m., Hillsboro, Va.


Opera in Loudoun County! Really!

June 2, 2010

Did you know there is an opera company right here in Loudoun County?

Me neither.

Okay, that’s not true. What kind of arts council chick would I be if I didn’t know that?

But it IS true that I’ve never been to see an opera. It’s kind of intimidating. What language will they sing in? What’s the dress code? Will there be popcorn?

Bryan Jackson as Don Giovanni and Alexandra Boule-Buckle as Donna Anna

The Loudoun Lyric Opera has an upcoming production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni – The Infamous Tale of Don Juan. I figure, what better intro to opera than the “romantic trail of the world’s greatest lover“?  I’m down with that.

And it’s close…right at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville!

So I asked my friend, Pamela Butler, President and Founder of the Loudoun Lyric Opera for some help. And luckily for me, her husband, David Butler was just putting on the finishing touches to a Loudoun Lyric Opera FAQ, which humorously portrays the opera experience from the long-suffering-husband-point-of-view and is filled with lots of good pointers.

Here’s just a sample:

Q:  I don’t think I like opera!  Why should I go to this one?
A:  I used to think that too.  My wife, though, loves to perform opera so I’ve had no choice but to go.  I’ve been to way more than my life’s quota, but what I’ve found out is that it can actually be fun!  Operas are kind of like wine.  When you first start to drink wine, don’t drink a heavy, dry red.  You may never drink wine again!  Most folks start with something like a white zinfandel.  Hated by wine snobs, but loved by most folks, especially those that don’t drink much wine.
Click HERE to read the rest. Frankly, I don’t feel bad for David one bit.  Looks like fun to me! So come on out and check out some opera and support this unique group of artists in our midst! It’s coming up this weekend, so hurry up and get your tickets!


Friday, June 4, 8 pm
Saturday, June 5, 8 pm
Sunday, June 6, 3 pm

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

$25 Adults, $20 Seniors/Students

For more information, fun pictures and ticket purchase, please go to or call 540.338.7973.


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!


Loudoun County Summer Concerts – UPDATED

May 19, 2010

Didja all know that there are outdoor concerts every week this summer right here in Loudoun?  For all you staycationers this year, maybe you can incorporate a few concerts into your fun schedules. Prices range from FREE to about $17.00.

Loudoun Summer Music Fest
When: Saturdays & Sundays.
Where: Belmont Country Club, 19961 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn, VA 20147.
Cost: Tickets range from $17 – $12.50 General Admission.
Contact: or 877-743-5320

Saturday, May 22: Cheap Trick
Sunday, May 23: Dark Star Orchestra
Sunday, June 6: Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Saturday, June 12: The Machine & Zoso
Sunday, June 27: Blues Traveler
Sunday, July 11: Travis Tritt
Sunday, July 25: Charlie Daniels Band
Saturday, August 21: The Original Wailers

Acoustic on the Green Concert Series
When: Saturday, 7-9PM, June thru August
Where: Town Green (25 West Market Street), Leesburg
Cost: Concerts are FREE. 
*Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are advised. No smoking or alcoholic beverages allowed, and no pets, please. Picnics are encouraged.

June 12: Todd Wright
June 19: Chelsea Lee, with TrustFall opening
June 26: Naked Blue
July 10: Prescott Engle
July 17: Luke Brindley
July 24: Michael Sheppard
July 31: Robbie Limon
August 7: Gary Smallwood
August 14: Don Chapman
August 21: Jon Carroll
August 28: Jennifer Daniels

Lansdowne Sounds of Summer Concert Series
When: Fridays, 7 – 10PM
Where:  Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, Virginia 20176.
Cost: Concerts are FREE, but “Please do not bring food and drink into the concerts.”

*Enjoy specialty drinks, grilled foods, fresh salads, Loudoun County wines, featuring Lansdowne Reserve produced exclusively by Tarara Winery. Picnic basket snacks will also be available for purchase. 

*Some seating will be provided, but you are more than welcome and encouraged to bring a blanket and sit on the lawn.

June 18: The Jack Diamond-Jim Steed Band
June 25: JunkFood
July 2: Southern Excess
July 3: The Backseat Betties (Saturday night, including fireworks)
July 9: Sharon Thomas Experience
July 16: Esencia Tropical
July 23: The Jack Diamond-Jim Steed Band
July 30: The Reflex
August 6: AbbeyRoad
August 13: The Fabulous Dial Tones
August 20: The Monster Band
August 27: Gonzo’s Nose
September 3: Beach Bumz

Tarara’s Toast to the Tunes Summer Concert Series
When: Saturdays, June through October from 6 – 9:30PM!
Where: Tarara Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176
Cost:  $15 per person
Contact: (703) 771-7100

* Experience live music under the stars at Shadow Lake while sipping a cool glass of Chardonnay or savoring a bold Cabernet Franc. Whether it’s original rock, cover bands, jazz, country or blues, Tarara has a complete line up to fulfill your musical desires.

* Tarara Winery also offers Live Local Music on Sundays, June through October from 11AM – 6PM on their charming wood deck overlooking the Potomac River, set against the backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain. Surrounded by a canopy of trees, the Winery Deck offers a relaxing, pleasant atmosphere. Free! Wines available for purchase.

A couple of area neighborhoods have jumped on the bandwagon and are offering summer concerts right in their communities!  If I’m missing your community’s concert schedule, please drop a link into the comment section here and I’ll be sure to update this list!

Brambleton Sizzlin’ Summer Sounds
When: Thursday nights from 7 – 9
Where: Brambleton Town Center

South Riding Summer Concert Series
When: Friday nights from 7 – 9:30
Where: South Riding Town Green

Seriously? That is a lot of music. Go see something!

* Correction: When I sent this out via Happenings! on the 15th, I accidentally posted 2009’s schedule for the Bluemont/Dodona Summer Concerts on Sunday. As of now, they are still finalizing their 2010 schedule. Please check back at their website for their upcoming schedule.


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.


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