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Alexandria Symphony Orchestra To Perform Free Concert for City’s Birthday Celebration, July 9

Jim Ross, musical director with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, at Alexandria’s birthday celebration on the waterfront, July 13, 2019. (Photo: James Cullum for The Zebra Press)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will present a free concert as part of the 273rd Alexandria Birthday Celebration on Saturday, July 9, 2022. The celebration, sponsored by the city and coordinated by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, culminates with fireworks underscored by additional music from the orchestra.

The concert will include music by Copland, the Armed Forces Medley, film scores, patriotic favorites and highlights from ASO’s upcoming season. The grand finale will feature a spectacular fireworks display, accompanied by other patriotic tunes. The event will include all the elements of the celebration from years past with vendors, food trucks, and cupcakes.

“The ASO is thrilled to bring this tradition back in full force to the City of Alexandria,” says Music Director James Ross. “With musical works celebrating both our history and diversity, it will be a program that touches hearts—fanfares, patriotic fare, Sousa marches. What a delight to present the orchestra again with the celebration in its grandest form!”

As ASO partners in the celebration, the symphony thanks its concert sponsors: McEnearney Associates Realtors; Renner & Company, CPA; Caudron Megary Blackburn Wealth Management; Chadwicks; Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota; MT Dental Partners; and Burke & Herbert Bank.

“Music has the power to bring us together,” says ASO Executive Director George Hanson. “We mark significant moments in our lives and in our history with music that has special meaning and importance.”

The Alexandria Birthday Celebration is free and open to the public in Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison Street, Alexandria. The park opens at 6:00 p.m. with food vendors and announcements beginning at 7:30 p.m.; the ASO’s concert begins at 8:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

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