Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Announces Schedule for 2021-22 Season

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro James Ross. (Photo: James Cullum for The Zebra Press/file photo)

This article has been updated to reflect that two venues will host November and December concerts.

ALEXANDRIA, VA-Earlier today, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) announced its return to the concert stage. The 2021-2022 Season starts Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (“Ode to Joy”), The performance will also include Bruckner’s Benedictus from Mass No. 3.

“As we see light at the end of our tunnel of quietness, the ASO’s vision for orchestral ‘coming-together’ that remained unrealized last season can now finally blaze into full life,” said ASO Music Director James Ross. “Our season theme of ‘All Together Now’ celebrates hope, joy and renewed connection—music that binds us as one again.”

These concerts will feature a collaboration the Alexandria Choral Society.

On Nov. 6 and 7, the ASO will present “Homegrown: Stories in Music and Film” in partnership with the Alexandria Film Festival. Original films commissioned by the orchestra and created by local filmmakers will be set to music in the Americana tradition. Concertgoers can look forward to a return of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on Dec. 17 and 19, featuring dancers from BalletNOVA. The Alexandria Choral Society will once more join the ASO for a performance of Handel’s Messiah and popular Christmas carols.

Brian J. Issac, Alexandria Choral Society Artistic Director (Photo: Alexandria Choral Society)

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Jim Ross and the ASO this season and look forward to continuing our work, building community through music performance with October’s Beethoven Ninth and December’s Home for the Holidays programs,” said Alexandria Choral Society Artistic Director Brian J. Isaac.

The 2021-2022 Season is underwritten by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. Subscription packages start at $86. Adult prices start at $20, $5 for youth and $15 for students. Military, senior and group discounts are also available. Tickets go on sale Aug. 2.

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will serve as the venue for both Oct. performances. It will also host Saturday performances in Nov. and Dec. Sunday performances will be held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. The are no intermissions for performances scheduled for those months.

Visit or call 703 548-0885 for more information and to find out about additional performances.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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