These FREE performance series are presented by Fairfax Commission on the Arts at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive. Parking is available at the parking garage at Old Town Plaza as well as at other free parking lots in the City. Click here for the City’s Parking Map. Program details are subject to change.
The Bonita Lestina Performance Series at Old Town Hall
The performances happen at 8:00pm October through April, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month (except Government holidays). Please come early as there are no booked tickets and it is on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for photos and bios of our performers!
October 9th, 2015 – Eric Felten Jazz Quartet “Tribute to Sinatra”
Eric Felten is “a formidable trombonist” with a “voice smooth enough to merit Connick comparisons,” writes JazzTimes. Critics have compared Eric’s “singing to that of Michael Bublé or Harry Connick,” notes Donald Clarke, author of The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music. “But worthy as those gentlemen are, I find Felten’s singing more charming, more personal, more intimate, as though one of your best buddies could sing. He is a crooner with style.” Eric starred, with his big band, in The Big Band Sound of WWII, a concert special for public television. The overwhelming response from television audiences across the country demonstrated the enduring power and appeal of classic American popular music. And it showed why PBS calls Eric a “renowned crooner and bandleader.” The program has been seen by over 15 million viewers.
October 23rd, 2015 – Chuck Seipp & Randall Sheets “Musical Tribute for Trumpet & Piano”
**This performance will be held at the Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy**
Trumpeter Chuck Seipp arrived to the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music faculty fall of 2013 as Adjunct Associate Professor of Trumpet. He most recently was Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Texas Tech University from August 2012 to May 2013 and prior to that, performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as member of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” retiring in August 2012. Culminating his 32 year career with The Army Band as Concert Band Group Leader, Sergeant Major Seipp performed in national, presidential and historical world events as well as numerous significant ceremonies, concerts and special events in Washington, D.C. as well as funerals and wreath laying ceremonies at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. He performed with the Concert Band, Orchestra, Ceremonial Band, Herald Trumpets, Brass Quintet and was featured as soloist with the Concert Band, Orchestra and Brass Band. Chuck has toured and recorded solo trumpet and organ repertoire throughout Europe with world –renowned organist Diane Bish—appearing regularly on her “Joy of Music” television series as trumpet soloist as well as several performances with The U.S. Army Brass Quintet. Through CJ Seipp Music Publications, he markets his own brass arrangements, many of which have been played and recorded by the Canadian Brass Quintet, The U.S. Army Brass Quintet and many other groups around the world. Chuck collaborated with organist, Mary Mozelle, in a recording project of “The Wedding Book”, a collection of his own arrangements prove to be a valuable resource for organists and trumpet players nationally and internationally. As an active teacher, soloist, clinician and performer; Chuck performed locally with the National Symphony, Orchestra, Washington Opera House Orchestra, Washington Ballet Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, and leads The Commonwealth Brass Quintet. Chuck holds an Undergraduate Music Education degree from The University of Kansas and both Master and Doctoral degrees in Trumpet Performance from The Catholic University of America. Chuck and his wife Julie grew up in Akron, Iowa and are proud parents of five children.
Randall Sheets began his musical studies in piano and organ while growing up in North Carolina. He holds degrees from Wittenberg University and Bowling Green State University, and received his doctorate from the University of Maryland. Throughout his graduate study Dr. Sheets taught at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution, and later taught at the Levine School of Music, the National Cathedral School, and the Landon School. His scholarly work includes several published articles and many lecture-recitals. In 1986, he was awarded the Liszt Commemorative Medal by the Hungarian Minister of Culture for his work as Festival Director of the Franz Liszt Centennial Celebration held in Washington, D.C. An extremely versatile musician, Randall Sheets has worked full time as a church musician for twenty-five years. In that time he has performed as organist and directed choral ensembles, bell choirs and concert series. For the past fifteen years Dr. Sheets has been Ceremonial Organist for Arlington National Cemetery where he performs over 600 services a year in the historic Old Post Chapel and the Memorial Chapel. In addition, he is the Music Director for all Protestant services held at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. During his tenure at Fort Myer he has produced and performed five CD recordings of choral, organ, and instrumental music. Concert appearances as a solo organist include programs at National City Christian Church, The Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate
Conception, St. Luke’s Catholic Church, McLean, and historic Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Virginia.
November 13th, 2015 – US Navy Band Cruisers
As the U.S. Navy’s premier contemporary entertainment ensemble, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. Formed in 1999 as a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band, the Cruisers are under the leadership of drummer, Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander. The group takes its name from the Navy’s versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship – the Cruiser – and the band lives up to their namesake by having the capabilities of playing genres of music ranging from jazz & standards, rhythm & blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material. This elite group has engaged and excited audiences of all ages throughout the U.S. and abroad with world-class musicianship and high energy, fun-filled performances.
Having truly worldwide appeal, they traveled to Oslo in 2004 for the Norwegian Military Tattoo. In addition, they performed in Keflavik, Iceland, in October 1999 for the Naval Air Station’s Navy Birthday Ball. Closer to home, they are in constant demand by the most senior government and military officials. Smaller combinations of the group often perform at the Chief of Naval Operations’ quarters for official receptions. Their show-stopping appearances on Navy Birthday Concerts, Holiday Concerts, National Tours, and Summer Concert Series performances are always a highlight.
December 11th, 2015 – Cathedral Brass “Holiday Traditions”
January 8th, 2016 – Rachelle Betancourt & Friends
Since making her solo debut with orchestra at the age of nine, American violinist Rachelle Betancourt has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Since 2011, she has held a full-time position as a violinist in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester), Music Director, Paavo Järvi. Additionally in recent years, she has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as the Strings of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Germany), the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Chamber Orchestra (Germany), the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen (Germany), the Orquesta Filharmónica de Ecuador (Ecuador), and the Rice University Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra (USA). Ms. Betancourt has been a prize-winner in both national and international competitions, most recently capturing the first prize at the Kingsville International Senior Solo Competition. She has performed as a soloist in such venues as the Concert Hall and Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Hall in Maryland, as well as being heard on the nationally broadcast “From the Top” on NPR. She has also been featured on the public radio station hr2 in Germany and on ValeTV in Venezuela.
A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Betancourt has performed throughout three continents, and has played and worked with musicians such as Ida Bieler, Christoph Eschenbach, Norman Fischer, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Antonio Meneses, Jon Kimura Parker and Margo Tatgenhorst-Drakos. She has appeared in chamber music recitals in halls such as the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf, Germany and also at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. She is also a founding member of both theAtlantic String Duo and the Madelle Duo, based in Germany and the United States respectively.
January 22, 2015 – Beau Soir Ensemble
The Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola, and harp trio in the Washington, DC area dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of musical genres. Founded by harpist Michelle Myers Lundy in 2007 as a flute and harp ensemble, the group added a violist in 2011 to enable a more contemporary and diverse repertoire. Flutist Carrie Rose was appointed to the group in 2011, and violist Jennifer Ries joined in 2013. The Trio regularly performs at venues throughout the DC and Baltimore area, including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Harman Center for the Arts, the Arts Club of Washington, AnDie Musik Live, The Lyceum, Church of the Epiphany , Walters Museum, Dumbarton House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Old Town Hall (Fairfax, VA), The Anderson House and the Mid-Atlantic Harp Conference.
As part of its commitment to exposing audiences to contemporary music and new artists, Beau Soir frequently offers performances featuring world and local premiers by various composers, including the group’s flutist, and resident composer, Carrie Rose. This season, the Trio is proud to present the local premiere of David Bruce’s critically acclaimed “Eye of the Night” and “No Exit” by Don Davis. They will also perform the world premiere of Stuart Saunders Smith’s “Lady Slippers” which was composed expressly for Beau Soir. The Trio will perform on the Montpelier Arts Recital in 2014 after being selected from its annual competition.
Known for their exciting performance style and diverse programming, this ensemble continues to attract a strong fan base through its acclaimed performances and unique audience interaction, which includes background, analysis, historical information, and descriptions of performance techniques within each performance.
Febuary 12th, 2016 – US Navy Country Current
The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble. Under the direction of Senior Chief Musician Keith Arneson, Country Current is nationally renowned for its versatility and “eye-popping” musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. This seven member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, Tenn., New York, New Orleans and more. In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum set.
A staple of the bluegrass scene, Country Current has shared the stage with music luminaries Rhonda Vincent, Dailey and Vincent, Mountain Heart, Little Roy Lewis, Third Time Out, The Lonesome River Band, Josh Williams, The Seldom Scene, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Ned Luberecki, Chris Jones and many others. Country Current routinely performs at bluegrass festivals such as Darrington, Windgap, Gettysburg, Lake Havasu and Grass Valley. In 2011, Country Current became the first military band to perform at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
Country Current performs regularly for the president, vice-president, the secretary of the Navy, the chief of naval operations, the chairman and vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, the master chief petty officer of the Navy and numerous other dignitaries. Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, they regularly perform for veterans, elementary schools, and in support of our active-duty Sailors.
February 26th, 2016 – Seth Kibel Quartet
Seth is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project,Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, No Words — Instrumental Jazz & Klezmer by Seth Kibel, was released in 2015 on the Azalea City Recordingsrecord label.
March 11, 2016 – Woodbridge Flute Choir ” A Touch of Irish”
The Woodbridge Flute Choir, currently directed by Debbie Gilbert and assisted by Lisa Sheldone, has 25 members who play flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute. It was founded in 1996 by Rebecca Jeffreys as an outlet and learning experience for volunteer adult flutists and has progressed from a music group with a modest background to a serious performance ensemble.
Since its inception, the WFC has presented a regular concert series in Northern Virginia and has performed at charitable and gala events, Flute Society of Washington events, and flute choir festivals. The Choir has performed at the Kennedy Center and the White House, and most recently was invited to perform at the 2011 and 2013 National Flute Association Conventions.
As part of its mission to educate its members and the Washington area flute community, the Choir has sponsored masterclasses and performed with internationally acclaimed flutists such as Per Oien, John Barcellona, Tadeu Coelho, Chris Potter, Alexa Still, Thomas Robertello, Aaron Goldman, and piccolo soloist Nan Raphael.
In recognition of the need for new music written specifically for flute choir, the WFC has commissioned and presented world premieres of original works by Gretchen Morse, Nancy Wood, Lee Larsen, Mel Lauf, Jonathan Cohen, Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, Russell Nadel, and Greg Lutz.
Since March 2009 the Choir has held an annual Concerto Scholarship Competition for high school flutists. The WFC awards the winner with a scholarship and the opportunity to perform a concerto with the flute choir. The group has produced four commercial CDs – Butterfly, Woodbridge Suite, Passages and A Silver Christmas. All are available for download either on CD Baby, iTunes, or through amazon.com.
April 8th, 2016 – Windz “Music for a Spring Night”
April 22th, 2016 – Washington Saxophone Quartet “Music for a Spring Night”
WSaxQ is the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the United States. Since 1997, recorded arrangements by the Washington Saxophone Quartet have aired daily throughout the United States on National Public Radio’s broadcasts of “All Things Considered”. Concert audiences enjoy their connection to WSaxQ when they discover they’ve been listening to the quartet’s music during afternoon “drive time”. And it often comes as a surprise that they’ve been hearing four saxophones! The instruments evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section.
For nearly 35 years WSaxQ has performed recitals, informal concerts, and master classes in the United States, the Caribbean, and China, and they have performed on radio and television worldwide. The ensemble taps into a rich repertoire, from early music to newly commissioned works, and it draws on a wealth of experience to reach listeners of every age and background.
WSaxQ’s “To China and Bach” CD highlights music from their 1995 and 1997 China tours. The group’s second recording is “Daydream”. WSaxQ records on the Americus label. Their third CD, ” Different Times, Different Places”, is a collection of performances over the past decade.
25th Anniversary Season – 2014-2015
October 10, 2014 – Amici Vocal Ensemble “An Evening of Opera Arias”
October 24, 2014 – United States Navy Band – Skipjack Quartet “Latin & Jazz”
November 14, 2014 – Beau Soir Trio “Music for Flute, Viola & Harp”
December 12, 2014 – Ensemble PVS “Folk to Art: Edvard Grieg”
January 9, 2015 – The Bravura Ensemble “Chamber Music Classics”
January 23, 2015 – Mpingo “Portraits for Wind Ensembles”
February 13, 2015 – Dancing Heart “Innovative Music for Flute, Percussion & Piano”
February 27, 2015 – United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” – Downrange “Rock, Pop & Country”
March 13, 2015 – Potomac Accordion Ensemble “Popular & Classical Accordion Tunes”
March 27, 2015 – Lyric Impact “Flute & Mallets – Music of Color and Soul”
April 10, 2015 – Bobby Jasinski Jazz Trio “The Great American Songbook, Standards and Original Music”
April 24, 2015 – Raffi Kasparian & Roman Kasparian “Father-Son Piano Duo”
3999 University DriveChildren’s Performance Series at Old Town HallFairfax, VA 22030TBA for 15-16 Season The Children’s Performance Series is held from September through June, on the first and third Mondays of the month at 10:30 am (except Government holidays). It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! Music, movement, storytelling. The performances are free, but donations are gratefully accepted. All performances are held at Old Town Hall, unless otherwise noted.
Friday Morning Music Club
This series is presented on the 3rd Thursday morning in the month, by the Friday Morning Music Club, Inc., a community of music lovers and musicians dedicated to promoting classical music throughout the metropolitan area. On the third Thursday of the month from October through April, except December , they host their performances at Old Town Hall at 11:00 am.
Founded in 1886, the Friday Morning Music Club, Inc. is a community of music lovers and musicians that has promoted classical music in the Washington area for over 120 years. FMMC’s public concerts—now held throughout the week—provide performing members with a host of outlets for their talents as well as delighting audiences in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. All concerts are free and performed as a public service. Outreach recitals at senior facilities, in-home musicales, and master classes provide additional opportunities for members to explore music together without audition. The Club also fosters the development of local talent through competitions for local students and recitals by student members. Through the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation, it supports renowned international competitions for emerging professional string players, pianists, and singers, and for composers.
For program details, please check their website: www.fmmc.org.
**Please note that the November 20 performance by the Friday Morning Music Club will be held at the Sherwood Community Center and NOT at the usual location of Old Town Hall.**