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Join the Award-Winning MSO for its annual family concert on December 10, 2016
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November 25, 2016 - The American Prize-winning Manassas Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of
Music Director James Villani, welcomes the holiday season with a frolicking look at
winter at its annual family concert, Winter Carnival on Saturday, December 10, at 3:30
PM. The concert features Reagan Middle School seventh grade violinist Thomas Kim
playing Winter from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. He is an amazing player for one so
For a special treat, Manassas City Councilman Ken Elston returns to the Hylton Stage
narrating ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The orchestra will also debut Four Winter
a playful new work about winter fun, by one of our favorite composers, Stonewall Jackson High School
alumnus J. Scott McKenzie. The concert also features a piece by Colgan High School
orchestra director Ben Bernstein, The Grey Winds of Winter.
Concert-goers will be treated to our exclusive spectacular indoor light show finale.
Get your tickets early for this annually sold-out performance experience. This is a great way to
introduce children to orchestral music in a fun and family friendly environment. All children and
students can attend the concert free of charge. Come early for fun pre-concert music and activities for
the whole family in the Didilake Foyer.
Award-Winning Manassas Symphony Orchestra kicks off 24th season
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UPDATED September 1, 2016 - The American Prize-winning Manassas Symphony Orchestra, under the
direction of Music Director James Villani, is excited to announce four superb concert
experiences for its twenty-fourth season in 2016-17.
The symphony kicks off its subscription series in the beautiful Hylton Performing Arts Center on
Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 PM with internationally-acclaimed violinist
Emil Chudnovsky for Il
Virtuosi, a celebration of virtuoso performers and composers.
Following Franz Liszt’s Les Préludes, Chudnovsky plays Niccolò Paganini’s
Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor ("La campanella") and Piotr Tchaikovsky’s epic
Symphony No. 4 in F minor brings the concert to a thrilling conclusion.
The MSO welcomes the holiday season with a frolicking look at winter at its annual family concert,
Winter Carnival on Saturday, December 10, at 3:30 PM.
The concert also features Reagan Middle School seventh grade violinist Thomas Kim
playing Winter from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and the debut of a playful new work about
winter fun by one of our favorite composers, J. Scott McKenzie. The concert includes
seasonal favorites and closes with our exclusive synchronized holiday music and light show!
Our very own horn player Avery Pettigrew is center stage on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30
PM as the symphony performs Musical Morsels — a smorgasbord of small
works to delight your musical palate. Dr. Pettigrew is featured in James Beckel’s concerto for
horn and orchestra titled The Glass Bead Game. This musical feast includes Tchaikovsky’s
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and delicacies from Edvard Grieg, Jacques Offenbach, and Carl
The Manassas Symphony concludes its season on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 with Symphonic
Exuberance. Joined by a large chorus of select students from several Prince William County
High Schools under the direction of Dominick Izzo, the combined forces perform Dan
Forrest’s joyful masterpiece, Requiem for the Living. The concert includes Gioachino
Rossini’s Overture to “The Barber of Seville” and Paul Hindemith’s
Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.
Season subscriptions and individual concert tickets are available from the Hylton Center Box Office or
by calling 888-945-2468. All children and student tickets (through college) are free.
The Manassas Symphony is the winner of the 2015 American Prize for Orchestral Performance, Community
Division and a Resident Arts Partner of the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. The all-volunteer
ensemble plays five concerts a year and is involved with many educational and civic events throughout
the community. For more information on the Manassas Symphony, visit its website at
Manassas Symphony auditioning string players
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UPDATED June 22, 2015 - The Manassas Symphony
Orchestra is holding auditions for ALL STRING
SECTIONS for the 2016-17 season. The MSO is especially
interested in qualified VIOLA and BASS players to add to our
already strong sections.
Auditions will be by appointment on Thursday, July 21, 2016,
from 7-9 PM at Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas.
Other times may be available by appointment.
The audition materials are listed on the MSO website at manassassymphony.org/auditions.html.
All of the orchestral excerpts are available on
imslp.org, at manassassymphony.org/excerpts, or by
emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A brief interview with the music director will also be held,
highlighting the experience and commitment level of the musician.
Qualified candidates will have some experience playing in a
symphony orchestra, some familiarity with standard orchestral
repertoire, acceptable sight-reading skills, and the
availability to attend scheduled rehearsals and concerts for the
Interested musicians should contact the orchestra to schedule an
audition time. This should be done by registering at
manassassymphony.org/register. Any questions should be
emailed to email@example.com.
The MSO is a high-quality, full-size, all-volunteer
community-service orchestra. The symphony is the winner of the
2015 American Prize for Orchestral Performance, Community
Division. All members donate their time and considerable talent,
so these are non-paying positions. Further information on the
orchestra can be found at
www.manassassymphony.org. The symphony performs its
subscription series in the beautiful Merchant Hall at the Hylton
Performing Arts Center.
These positions are open to all interested adults, college
students, and exceptionally well-qualified high school students
Grade 10 and above. College credit is available through NVCC.
Tuition costs are provided as a scholarship from the Orchestra's
Board of Directors. This appointment may continue into future
seasons upon agreement of the music director and player.
The 2016-17 concert schedule is as follows:
- Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 3:00 (Harris Pavilion)
- Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 7:30
- Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 3:30
- Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 7:30
- Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:30
The orchestra rehearses Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30 at Metz Middle School in Manassas.
Manassas Symphony Orchestra Wins National Award:
The 2015 American Prize for Orchestral Performance
First Orchestra from Virginia to Win
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January 5, 2016 — The Manassas Symphony Orchestra (MSO),
under the direction of Music Director James Villani, has been named the
winner of the 2015 American Prize in Orchestral Performance by a Community
Orchestra. The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions in
the performing arts. It provides cash awards, professional adjudication and regional,
national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and
individuals each year in the United States. It includes professional, college/university,
church, community and secondary school levels. The prize was first awarded in 2009, and is
now awarded annually. Michael Murtha, President of the MSO Board of Directors, said, "We
were thrilled to learn that the MSO was awarded the prestigious 2015 American Prize for
being the best community orchestra in the country. This is an incredible achievement for
our all-volunteer orchestra. We are proud of our conductor, Jim Villani, and each of our
talented musicians for their commitment to excellence."
This award honors the MSO for its live performance of Howard Hanson's Symphony No.
1 at its October 2014 concert at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Competition judges
praised the orchestra for meeting "the demands of Hanson's symphony with a very confident
sound quality…well above just getting the notes. [A] fine presentation…done
with commitment and skill."
The MSO was previously a semi-finalist for this same award in 2010, and a finalist in 2013.
The MSO is the first orchestra in Virginia to win this prestigious prize!
The MSO is a Resident Arts Partner of the Hylton Performing Arts
Center. Rick Davis, Executive Director of the center, said, "This
national recognition of the artistic excellence of the Manassas Symphony Orchestra is
another testament to the strength of the Hylton Center's Resident Arts Partners and the
vitality of the region's arts community. We couldn't be more proud to play a supporting
For two decades, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra has brought the excitement of live
orchestral performances to the Manassas and Prince William County area for a unique, lively,
and entertaining concert experience. The orchestra serves as the educational and
performance medium for its all-volunteer community members. Maestro Villani said, "I am
very proud of the orchestra members for their accomplishment in earning this prize. It
honors the continued hard work and effort of our volunteer musicians and recognizes the
commitment that they have all made to make the MSO a fun and rewarding music-making
Composer's daughter to attend opening concert of the season: The Americans
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October 14, 2015 — Pam Kelly, daughter of the late composer Claude
T. Smith, will attend the season opening concert of the Manassas Symphony Orchestra on
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm in Merchant Hall of the Hylton Performing Arts Center. The
ensemble will perform Smith's work, Eternal Father, Strong to Save, which is based on the Navy
Hymn. The performance commemorates the 40th anniversary of the piece's publication and debut by the Navy
Band at the Kennedy Center, and is orchestrated by MSO Music Director, James Villani.
Smith composed extensively in the areas of instrumental and choral music and his compositions have been
performed by leading musical organizations throughout the world. Having over 110 band works, 12
orchestra works and 15 choral works, he composed solos for such artists as "Doc" Severinsen, Dale
Underwood, and many others. Mrs. Kelly will give a short presentation on her father's work at the
concert after intermission.
The MSO's season opening concert also features American Prize-winning pianist Anthony Michael
Cornet who will join the orchestra for George Gershwin's Rhapsody in
Blue. In addition, the All-American concert program includes Aaron Copland's Rodeo,
and Serenades, a piece for strings composed by Stonewall Jackson HS alum and U.S. Army Major
J. Scott McKenzie.
All seats for the Manassas Symphony Orchestra concerts in Merchant Hall of the Hylton Performing Arts
Center (HPAC) are reserved and everyone needs a ticket. Individual concert tickets are available from
the HPAC Ticket Office Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 pm and two hours before the performance
begins. Tickets may also be purchased through tickets.com by calling 888-945-2468, or by visiting the
HPAC event calendar and click on the "Buy Tickets" button. Processing fees will apply for these methods
of purchase. Tickets are also available for sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office on George Mason
University's Fairfax Campus. Individual concert tickets are priced as follows: Adults $20, Senior
Citizens 62+ $16, Educators w/ID only at Ticket Office $16, Children/Students, Free - must obtain ticket
at the Ticket Office College Students must show ID to obtain free concert ticket.
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