SONOVA’s Previous Performances include:
April 8, 2017: 5th Annual Gala and Silent Auction: The concert began with a talk by NASA's Dr. Michelle Thaller and our very own maestro Dokken. Afterward, SONOVA performed Gustav Holst's epic suite The Planets while Dr. Thaller projected images of the planets taken by NASA spacecraft. After a long intermission featuring food, beverages, and fun things to bid on, SONOVA performed music from Star Trek, including all of the TV themes and music from several of the movies.
February 4, 2017: Back by Popular Demand: Music from Harry Potter and Star Wars: Playing to an SRO+ audience, SONOVA presented music from all 7 Harry Potter movies and the first 6 Star Wars movies. Audience members wore Hogwarts ties and scarves to show their house loyalty, and we even had a Princess Leia and Darth Vader in the audience!
December 17, 2016: Sounds of the Season with SONOVA’s Strings: Performing at the Durant Center for the Arts in Alexandria, SONOVA’s string section played seasonal favorites for Christmas and Hanukkah.
November 19, 2016: Barbers at the Symphony with Jorge Saade, violin: SONOVA kicked off its 5th anniversary season with the Barber of Seville Overture, the Samuel Barber violin concerto, and highlights from Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
August 20, 2016: Candlelight Concert: Maestro Dokken and the SONOVA Chamber Ensemble played music from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries in Colonial Williamsburg’s historic Bruton Parish Church. The concert featured our principal bassoonist, Whitney Miller, playing Willem de Fesch’s Sonata in G Major, and the premiere of violist Michael Ream’s Parish Suite No. 3.
June 25, 2016: A Summer Evening with the Masters: After a pre-concert talk with Maestro Dokken, SONOVA played Haydn's Sinfonia No. 39, Beethoven's Coriolano Overture, and Schubert's Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinished").
April 2, 2016: Symphonic Magic: In partnership with master illusionist Landon Swank, SONOVA presented an innovative new magic show created especially for our annual Gala Concert and silent auction. Orchestra concert or magic show? It was both! Swank thrilled our audience with his illusions while the orchestra played favorites from Grieg, Handel, Dvorak, Prokofiev, Mozart, and Gershwin. There were even two mind blowing illusions featuring SONOVA covering pop and rock favorites!
December 19, 2015: Holidays with SONOVA: This year’s holiday concert featured the debut of our Associate Conductor, Michael Thompson. He led the orchestra in seasonal favorites and audience sing-a-longs. Members of the orchestra read traditional texts and poems before each work to set the tone and help everyone get into the holiday spirit! The concert was held at George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, VA.
November 15 and 21, 2015: Star Wars: SONOVA performed 2 sold-out concerts of the incredible music by John Williams from all 6 films just a month before the highly anticipated release of the 7th installment of the Star Wars franchise. This special out-of-this-world experience featured Maestro Jeff Dokken conducting with a light saber, a Duel of the Fates chorus, and audience members in Star Wars character costumes! The concerts were held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, VA.
September 26, 2015: The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) Chamber Ensemble, under the sponsorship of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library, presented an afternoon of free chamber music as part of the Library’s Reading to the Rhythm concert series. The concert featured music from the baroque era to the modern era and was performed in the intimate setting of the Glencarlyn Branch Library in Arlington, VA.
August 22, 2015: New Music in Old Spaces: SONOVA's Chamber Ensemble performed an evening free classical music as part of the Candlelight Concert Series at Colonial Williamsburg's historic Bruton Parish Church. The concert featured three works written in the early 21st century performed in a church built in the early 18th century. Under the direction of Maestro Jeffrey Dokken, the Chamber Ensemble performed "Parish Suite No. 2" by SONOVA violist Michael A. Ream, "Intrepid Flight" by Eric Frey, and "Sinfonietta in D for Chamber Orchestra" by Jonathan (Jay) Wilson.
May 30, 2015: Symphonic Tap Concert: In collaboration with Capitol Tap, SONOVA presented a unique performance. With dances choreographed specifically for the occasion, including favorites from Gershwin and Ellington, the crowd was extremely pleased. In addition, SONOVA provided classical dance music and CapTap dancers were featured "a cappella." Baakari Wilder, renowned Broadway artist, soloed on Gould's "Tap Dance Concerto," written as a full symphonic piece with a dancer as the solo "instrumentalist." To top it all off, Juan Carlos Escudero and Francesca Martin performed magnificent dance duets on piano and violin, respectively. The concert was held at George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, VA.
May 2, 2015: Dona Nobis Pacem Concert: The full SONOVA orchestra performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Dona Nobis Pacem with St. Marie’s Musica Festival Chorus in a concert held in Leonardtown, MD.
April 19, 2015: Spring Chamber Concert: SONOVA’s Chamber Ensemble presented an afternoon concert of classical and popular music at Arlington Central Library, Arlington, Va.
March 28, 2015: Les Miserables: For its 4th Annual Gala, SONOVA presented an exclusive one-night only full-length production of the hit musical “Les Miserables,” featuring an all-star cast and the full SONOVA orchestra. The sold-out performance, preceded by a book talk and followed by a reception and silent auction, was held at George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, Va.
February 27, 2015: Winter Chamber Concert: SONOVA’s Chamber Ensemble presented an evening of classical and popular music at The Jefferson–Sunrise Senior Living Community in Ballston, Arlington, Va.
December 20, 2014: Holidays in Paris: This year’s sold-out SONOVA holiday concert featured French carols, audience sing-a-longs, our annual drawing for the chance to play sleigh bells with SONOVA, and candy cane giveaways. The concert was held at George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, Va.
November 8 & November 9, 2014: Premiered at the Opera House: SONOVA presented two sold-out performances of famous works premiered at opera houses around the world—Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” and Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliette Overture.” In collaboration with The Metropolitan Chorus and featuring guest conductor Maestro Barry Hemphill, and soloists Polly Baldridge and Bob Burner, SONOVA also performed Orff’s famous “Carmina Burana.” The concerts were held at George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, Va.
October 5, 2014: Fall Chamber Concert: SONOVA’s Chamber Ensemble presented an afternoon of free classical and popular music followed by a free reception for the community at Trinity Episcopal Church, Arlington, Va.
August 24, 2014: Candlelight Concert Series: SONOVA’s Chamber Ensemble performed an evening of free classical and popular music at the historic Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Va. The concert features the world premiere of "Parish Suite" by local composer (and SONOVA violist) Michael A. Ream, written especially for the occasion of performing in this historic venue.
June 14, 2014: Mozart Meets Metal: SONOVA Rocks Out: With a band comprised of the Washington, DC area’s finest rock musicians, SONOVA performed symphonic covers of some of rock music's biggest hits, and rock covers of two of Mozart's most famous overtures. The concert was held at Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, Arlington, Va.
March 30, 2014: A Celebration of North and South: SONOVA’s 3rd Annual Gala Concert featured world renowned Ecuadorian musicians, violinist Jorge Saade Scaff and pianist Juan Carlos Escudero. Presented in conjunction with the Ecuadorian Embassy, SONOVA performed “Rhapsody in Blue,” and the American premiere of the “Oviedo Violin Concerto” at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, Va. Additionally, SONOVA gave the east coast premier of "Weatherwax Celebration" by Peter Rauch with the composer in attendance (Mr. Rauch gave us the honor of playing the snare drum part with SONOVA during the performance).
December 2013: White House Holiday Tour: SONOVA Chamber Ensemble performed for the 2013 White House Holiday Tour.
December 13, 2013: Family Holiday Concert: This SONOVA concert included a collaboration with Encore Chorale (Encore Creativity for Older Adults), the nation’s largest professionally run choral organization for older adults. The performance featured a sing-along, including the Hallelujah Chorus, and a drawing for the chance to play sleigh bells with SONOVA. The concert was held at George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, Va.
October 25 & October 26, 2013: A Night of Requiems: These two SONOVA performances featured the Fauré Requiem, and the Leavitt Requiem by local living composer Paul Leavitt, who played organ for these concerts, held in collaboration with the Reformation Festival Choir in the first-ever two-night performances for SONOVA. The concerts were held at George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, Va, and Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC.
June 29, 2013: SONOVA Goes to the Movies: Featuring popular music from new and old family favorites, SONOVA performed themes to “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Superman,” “James Bond,” “The Pink Panther,” The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” SONOVA also included a live performance of the score to “El Hotel Electrico” (the first silent film to use stop animation) while the film played, and the world premiere of “Rekindled Overture” by local DC-area composer William Burdette, who attended the concert. Additional guest artists included the Washington Youth Choir and Christopher Jones. The evening, which included movie theater concessions and appearances by costumed movie characters, was held at George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, Va.
March 30, 2013: A Copland Celebration: SONOVA’s 2nd Annual Gala Concert, included major works by Copland, including “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Hoedown,” “Shall We Gather at the River,” “The Promise of Living,” and “Lincoln Portrait.” The performance, featuring narrator John Dokken and the SONOVA Chorale, was held at George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, Va.
December 2012: White House Holiday Tour: SONOVA Chamber Ensemble performed for the 2012 White House Holiday Tour.
December 8, 2012: Family Holiday Concert: SONOVA’s annual holiday concert featured soloist Larry Boggs. The major work performed was Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” featuring SONOVA Chorale and included audience sing-a-longs and candy cane give-aways. This performance was held at Arlington Temple United Methodist Church in Rosslyn, Arlington, Va.
November 20, 2012: Goodwin House Concert: SONOVA presented a chamber concert of classical music at Goodwin House, Alexandria, Va.
October 17, 2012: Fall Chamber Concert: SONOVA presented a chamber concert of classical music at Hendry House, Arlington, Va.
July 28, 2012: A Midsummer Night’s Concert: SONOVA presented a concert free of charge for the community, performing music inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. The packed house concert and free community post-performance BBQ on the lawn were held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Arlington, Va.
May 20, 2012: Sacred Arias II: SONOVA was invited to perform at "Sacred Arias II," featuring crossover recording artist Jackson Caesar and the nation's finest gospel choir, Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music at the historic Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.
April 27, 2012: The Music of Harry Potter: In a sold-out concert, SONOVA performed the music from all eight Harry Potter films as a suite, to the best of our knowledge for the first time on the east coast! Pre-concert activities included face painting, a magician performing as Professor Snape, Harry Potter-themed concessions, and young audience members in Harry Potter character costumes. The concert was held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, Va.
January 20, 2012: Broadway Favorites: In a performance featuring Greg Stuart, Emily Alpern Fisch, Laura Wehrmeyer, and John Dellaporta, SONOVA presented a concert of Broadway favoriteswith solos, duets, and quartets, at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, Arlington, Va.
December 23, 2011: White House Holiday Tour: SONOVA Chamber Ensemble performed for the 2011 White House Holiday Tour.
November 5, 2011: New World Symphony: SONOVA’s 1st Annual Gala Concert, featuring Antonin Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” and a work by a living local DC composer in attendance, Brian Wilbur Grundstrom, was held at the James Lee Community Center Theater, Falls Church, Va.
July 4, 2011: A Tribute to the Armed Services: Featuring men's a cappella choir Open Fifths and narrator Skylar Sanders, SONOVA performed a tribute to the Armed Services for all of the veterans in attendance, and a new work about World War II written by a living American composer, with new narration written specifically for our concert held at Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, Va.
May 20, 2011: Mozart and Tchaikovsky: SONOVA’s debut concert featured Laura Wehrmeyer, David Timpane, and Jackson Caesar. Major works performed included Mozart's Masonic music in collaboration with the Washington Men's Camerata. The concert was held at George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, Va.