Looking Back and Looking Ahead

2014 was a bang up year for SONOVA. As the calendar turns over, we look back at some of our highlights - and get excited about what's coming up in 2015!

Our biggest news of 2015 is that we have an active project up on KICKSTARTER! Please check it out and support the symphony - plus take advantage of amazing rewards from program recognition to t-shirts to reserved gala tables.

Back to 2014 - what a year it was! In March we celebrated North and South with our Ecuadorian soloists, in June we rocked out, in August we got historical, in November we performed Carmina Burana to not one but two sold out audiences, and in December, we packed the house as never before, with audience members seated on the stage! Here’s a brief recap:

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.” 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).

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. 

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 featured the premiere of "Parish Suite" by SONOVA member Michael Ream, written especially for the occasion. 

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.” 

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. 

So what do we have to look forward to in 2015?

March 28, 2015Annual Gala and Silent Auction Reception, showcasing a new production of Boublil and Schonberg's Les Misérables.

April 19, 2015Chamber music concert at the Arlington Central Library.

May 2, 2015: SONOVA has been hired by St. Marie’s Musica in California, MD for their Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem concert.

May 30, 2015Symphonic Tap, a collaboration with Capitol Tap. In this unique performance, SONOVA partners welcomes dancers including Bakaari Wilder (of "Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk" fame on Broadway). The show features dancers not just as performers but also as "instrumentalists"! Don't miss this unique experience. 

Plus - an exciting 2015-2016 season that we'll be announcing soon!

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Maestro Dokken and Secretary Michael Ream contributed to this post.