Photo of David Pedraza, violist
Saturday, October 21
Folk Echoes
To celebrate its fourth decade, the Manassas Symphony presents a concert that showcases classical masterpieces inspired by rich folk traditions. Audience favorite David Pedraza returns to play the brilliant and evocative Viola Concerto in A minor by one of the most important composers of the 20th century, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Béla Bartók.
Pedraza was born in Reynosa, Mexico and received a full scholarship to Shenandoah Conservatory. He has performed across the globe, throughout North and South America, Europe, and the UK. Currently he is principal violist with Symphony of the Americas in Fort Lauderdale. The concert includes other folk-inspired works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Manuel de Falla.
Photo of Kyle Ryu, cellist
Saturday, December 2
Nature's Rhythms
Bring all the kids (they’re always free!) and join the MSO for an unforgettable family concert experience as we bring the beauty of nature to life through music. Kyle Ryu, a senior cellist from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, is our featured soloist. Kyle is a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Recipient and recently appeared on the NPR program From the Top, a national radio show that highlights the finest young classically-trained musicians in the nation. The show closes as always with the MSO’s exclusive colorful Music and Light Show Spectacular!
Photo of Emil Cheytanov
Saturday, March 2
Seriously Fun
March concerts are always a little different and this one is no exception. Let’s have some serious fun with the musicians of the Manassas Symphony. Concertmaster and 25-year MSO veteran Emil Cheytanov brings his warm and vibrant solo violin sound to Three Pieces from Schindler’s List by John Williams. Our two pianists (and percussionists) Mary Garrahan and Sarah Clements join forces on the Hylton Center’s two concert grands for Camille Saint-Säens’ Carnival of the Animals, with the classic verses by Ogden Nash. The merriment also includes music of the Beatles in a unique orchestral setting and Symphonic Dances from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Too much fun to miss!
Photo of Doreen Ketchens
Saturday, May 4
Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez!
Mon cher! The MSO is excited to present the Clarinet Queen of New Orleans, Doreen Ketchens for an exclusive performance of Dixieland favorites in her unique and inimitable style, accompanied by the full orchestra. This performance by one of the greatest jazz clarinetists of all time is sure to be a memorable experience. The first half of the program includes Ferde Grofé’s symphonic homage to New Orleans, Mississippi Suite.
Manassas Symphony Orchestra concerts are supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.