Alexandria Symphony Performing Holiday Concerts Dec. 17 and 18

Program features excepts from Tchaikovsy's 'The Nutcracker' and Ellington's 'The Nutcracker Suite'

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 – Get ready for the holidays! The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will perform a holiday program, “Jingle!” on Saturday, December 17, 2022 (7:30 p.m.) at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center and Sunday, December 18, 2022 (3:00 p.m.) at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial.

Both the Saturday and Sunday performances will include selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and Ellington’s jazzy take on the ballet “The Nutcracker Suite.” Special guests include talented vocalist Helena Colindres, who will join ASO for holiday favorites such as Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is you” and Handel’s “Messiah.” BalletNOVA will join ASO for the performance at Schlesinger, where they will collaborate for excepts from “The Nutcracker.” There will be a sing-along too!

“Our special guests include both BalletNova creating some Nutcracker magic on the lip of our stage on Saturday, and the fabulous non-binary soprano of Salvadoran heritage, Helena Colindres, a recent graduate of the Peabody Institute and a rising superstar,” says ASO Music Director James Ross. “Helena can, does, and will sing anything!

General admission starts at $20. Youth tickets are only $5, will discounts for military, seniors, and groups. Seats are selling fast, so get your tickets soon. Visit or call (703) 548-0885.

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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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