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Sounds of the Saxophone
3 pm Sunday, September 8, 2013

The program will explore the sounds of the classical saxophone with WETA-FM's Rich Kleinfeldt* playing soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone and Yuniko Harada-Rogers, piano. The Musicale will feature music from Baroque to Contemporary and from France to America. Come and enjoy the music, sample Raymond Campet's epicurean delights, and talk with the performers!



Rich Kleinfeldt is a broadcaster, professional musician, teacher, and lecturer. In addition to his work with WETA-FM, he currently hosts two nationally syndicated radio programs: Indianapolis-on-the-Air, featuring the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Center Stage from Wolf Trap. A graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, IL and Catholic University in Washington, Mr. Kleinfeldt previously performed with The United States Army Band as saxophone soloist and master of ceremonies.
Yuniko Harada-Rogers was raised in Tokyo, is a graduate of Keio University, and has been based in Arlington since the mid 1990's. In addition to performing as a pianist in recitals and competitions with wind and string players, Yuniko is a frequent guest solo artist in local churches and other area venues.

$60 one musicale admission
$100 two musicale admissions

La Cote d’Or Cafe
6876 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22213

Additional parking is available around the corner on Lee Highway at the EconoLodge, next to La Cote d'Or's main entrance

RSVP at this link (mention the musicale) or to Arlington Philharmonic President Carol Erion at 703.548.6485




read the press release



annual meeting follows at 4:30 pm

An Afternoon with Piazzolla

Amy Thomas, Flute and Fabian Faccio, piano

The Arlington Philharmonic invites you to to an afternoon of music by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, known primarily for his tango compositions. Piazzolla studied composition with Argentina's well known classical music composer Ginastera and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. His compositions combine elements of classical music and jazz with the traditional tango idiom.


A. Scott Wood, Conductor
Edvinas Minkstimas, Piano

Gluck, arr. Wagner—Overture to Iphigeneia in Aulis
Beethoven—Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major
Brahms—Symphony No. 3 in F major

Washington-Lee HS Auditorium
1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington

Free admission; $20 suggested donation. Bring your friends! And let us know you are coming!

As the American colonists began to dissent, an opera revolution was heating up in Paris under the influence of Christoph Willibald von Gluck. Gluck was a polarizing figure who set out to break the traditions of the art form, and his style is captured in this powerful overture.

By 1789, politics had begun to trump art in Paris. Meanwhile, a young piano virtuoso in Bonn crafted piano concertos based on the style of Mozart. Like Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven wanted to escape a backwater and make a name for himself in Vienna. And like Mozart, Beethoven was a piano virtuoso who began composing simply to showcase his own playing.

Nearly a century later—again in Vienna—Johannes Brahms's new symphony paid homage to Robert Schumann by quoting his late mentor's own third symphony.

But the premiere of Brahms's exuberant and perfectly crafted work was nearly sabotaged by partisans of Richard Wagner, who had died that very year. The two composers privately respected each other, but had become the (sometimes willing) standard-bearers of an ongoing aesthetic war.

Wagner's idol and inspiration? Gluck.

come hear these thrilling masterpieces, learn about the surprising intersections of the lives of composers, and join the Arlington Philharmonic as we grow and reach new heights!


Reflections of War

  • Beethoven—Coriolan Overture
  • Ravel—Le Tombeau de Couperin
  • Copland—Letter from Home
  • Haydn—"Military" Symphony

A. Scott Wood, Conductor
Washington-Lee HS Auditorium
1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington

Free admission; $20 suggested donation. Bring your friends!

On Veteran's Day, we offer a wide-ranging and thoughtful concert that reflects war and the military in the experiences of composers. Beethoven's overture probes the personal costs of war for a legendary Roman general. Ravel's elegant and dance-like suite was dedicated to friends lost in WWI. Copland's nostalgic "letter" was written as a tribute piece near the end of WWII. Haydn's Symphony celebrates the musical influence of military pomp and ceremony.

Honor Arlington's unique military connections with us. Bring a veteran!

Our concerts are free and open to the public. ($20 suggested donation.)
Seating is open. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.



Please join us at the home of Mary and Patrick Hynes for a special concert to benefit the Arlington Philharmonic. Sip a glass of wine, nibble bite-sized sweets, and sit back and enjoy a performance by the Arlington Philharmonic's string quartet entitled "The Genius of Mozart" -- all in support of the Arlington Philharmonic's 2012-2013 season.

When: October 26 2012 at 7:30pm
Where: 1503 N. Highland Street
$60 for 1 person ($50 of which is tax deductible), $100 for 2 people ($80 is tax deductible).

See our home page for details of our Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 concerts!


Join us for The Noble Horn: The Devil to Play, on May 20 at 3 pm.

Edwin Thayer, horn and Yuniko Rogers, piano perform works from the Classical, Romantic and Modern periods.

  • Hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided by La Côte d'Or Café, 6876 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22213
  • Sunday, May 20 at 3 pm  - $60 per person / $100 per couple
  • RSVP in advance (deadline May 16) by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 703.910.5161 orRSVP online.

Jessica Stecklein

SPRING CONCERT – MAY 1, 2011 at 3 pm

Haydn's "Morning" Symphony

Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Berlioz's Les nuits d'été (Summer Nights)

Delius's Summer Night on the River

Dvorak's "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka. Read more about Jessica Stecklein, our soprano.

A. Scott Wood, Conductor
Washington-Lee HS Auditorium
1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington
2010-2011 Season

Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra Concert

Sunday, May 1, 2011 | 3 p.m. | Washington-Lee HS Auditorium | free admission; $20 suggested donation

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)–"The Impresario" Overture, K. 486
Johannes Brahms (1883-1897)–Double Concerto in A minor, op. 102
with Igor Yuzefovich, violin & Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)–Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90 "Italian"

The Arlington Philharmonic welcomes the Assistant Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Washington-Lee HS alumnus, Igor Yuzefovich and cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski in a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto in A minor, op. 102. Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony and "The Impresario" Overture by Mozart complete the program. Free admission; $20 suggested donation. Bring your friends!

Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra Concert

Sunday, October 3, 2010 | 3 p.m. | Washington-Lee HS Auditorium | free admission; $20 suggested donation

Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799)—Symphony in C major, "The Four Ages of the World"
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)—Capricorn Concerto, for flute, oboe, trumpet, and strings
Charles Ives (1874-1954)—The Unanswered Question
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)—Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22201

Arlington County Fair

August 19-22, 2010 | Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Please visit our booth to learn more about us!


Sunday March 13, 2011 | 4 pm | Private Residence
RSVP by phone to 703.910.5161 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
$60 per person / $100 per couple

A fundraiser with chamber music, wine and hors d'oeuvres.

July 18, 2010 | 4pm | Private Residence

A fundraiser for the Philharmonic's upcoming season. Musicians from the orchestra performed selections from Beethoven's string quartets and commented briefly on the composer's life, Europe's convulsion under Napoleonic warfare, and the cultural transition to Romanticism.

2009-2010 Season

Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra: "Giants of German Romanticism"

April 11, 2010 | 3pm | Kenmore Auditorium | free admission; $20 suggested donation

Mendelssohn—Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Brahms—Serenade No. 1

Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra: "Celebrating Strauss"

November 8, 2009 | 7pm | Arlington Central Library | free admission; $20 Suggested Donation

An intimate concert of music from the Strauss family.

2008-2009 Season

Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra: "Prodigies of Vienna"

April 25 and 26, 2009 | 2pm each day | Arlington Central Library | free admission; $20 suggested donation

Schubert—Overture to “Der Teufel als Hydraulicus”
Mozart—Concerto for Oboe in C Major; Wes Nichols, oboe
Schubert—Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major

Children's Strings Concert

January 25, 2009 | 3pm | Arlington Central Library | free admission; $20 suggested donation

Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra

October 19, 2008 | 3pm | Kenmore Middle School | free admission; $20 suggested donation

Gluck—Orfeo and Euridice, "Dance of the Furies"
Mozart—Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola; Marcolivia

Marc Ramirez and Olivia Hajioff together form the duo Marcolivia, which has performed around the world and is on the faculty of Shenandoah University, Las Vegas Summer Music Festival and Dartington International Summer Festival.

Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra: "More Magic of Mozart"

August 2 and 3, 2008 | 2 pm each day | Arlington Central Library | free admission; $20 suggested donation

Mozart—Symphony No. 29 in A major
Mozart—Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major; Edwin Thayer, Horn
Mozart—Divertimento No. 11 in D major

Mr. Thayer is the retired Principal Horn of the National Symphony Orchestra. A native of Weymouth, Massachusetts, he earned his Bachelor of Music cum laude and Master of Music with Performance Honors from the University of Illinois. His major teachers were Willem Valkenier and James Stagliano of the Boston Symphony and Thomas Holden at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the National Symphony in 1972, Mr. Thayer was the Principal horn in the Richmond and Norfolk Symphonies and was an Associate Professor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently on the music faculty of George Mason University and Catholic University as well as the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.

2007-2008 Season

3pm | March 9, 2008
Kenmore Middle School Auditorium

MOZART Overture in the Italian Style (Symphony No. 32)
BIZET Symphony in C Major
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto, with soloist Victor Danchenko

Maestro Ruben Vartanyan selected a trio of delightful works by Mozart, Bizet and Tchaikovsky for the Arlington Philharmonic’s March 2008 concert. Although Mozart’s Symphony No. 32 in G is less well-known than Mozart’s other symphonic works, it is no less enticing. Written in 1779 in the form of an Italian overture, the work’s three movements are played without a break. But Mozart was not the only child prodigy on our program. Bizet wrote his Symphony in C at the tender age of seventeen, although it was not debuted until 1935 -- sixty years after the composer’s death.

Last but not least, Tchaikovsky’s only violin concerto reigns as a perennial favorite. Despite its universal acceptance today as a masterpiece, a leading critic at the time of its first performance reported that "the violin was not played, but beaten black and blue." There was no such violence at our March event. Instead, we hope you were able to join us for an extraordinary evening of music at Kenmore Middle School Auditorium.


An October feast of musical dreams, jokes, and dances -- to open our 2007-2008 season.
Saturday, October 13, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

ARTHUR HONEGGER.................Pastorale d'ete (Summer Pastoral)
DOMENICO CIMAROSA.............Il Maestro di Cappella (comic opera in one act)
(Eugene Galvin, bass-baritone)
LUDWIG VON BEETHOVEN.....Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Free and open to the public.  No tickets are required.  Children welcome and encouraged.


Saturday, July 28th at 7:30 PM at Kenmore Middle School
Sunday, July 29th at 3:00 PM at Arlington Central Library

Free - no tickets required.

These two concerts featured an all Mozart program, conducted by Maestro Ruben Vartanyan.

Mozart: Bastien and Bastienne: Overture
Mozart: Concerto Flute and Harp in C Major
Flute: Sharon Lee
Harp: Katherine Hazzard Rogers

Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major
Oboe: Wesley Nichols
Clarinet: Jeffery Snavely
Bassoon: Barry C. Trent
French Horn: Edwin Thayer

2006-2007 Season

Sunday, March 25th, 2007, at 3 p.m., Kenmore Middle School







(Location )
Free, no tickets required.

The concert featured an all strings program, conducted by Maestro Ruben Vartanyan.

Borodin......................Nocturne from String Quartet #2
Bach.........................Oboe Concerto in D minor, BWV 1059 (Wes Nichols, soloist)
Dvorak.......................Serenade in E major, Op. 22


Sunday, October 22nd, 3 p.m., Kenmore Middle School (Location)

Serenade #12 in C Minor..........................Mozart
Serenade in D Minor, Op.. 44....................Dvorak
Little Symphony for Wind Instruments.......Gounod
Suite from "Threepenny Opera" .... ...........Weill

Conducted by Music Director Ruben Vartanyan.

Read the press release about this concert.

Two FREE performances of
Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale)

July 21st at 8:00pm, at Kenmore Middle School Auditorium (Location)
Concert Host: Norma Kaplan, Chief, Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division

July 23rd at 3:00pm, at the Arlington Central Library (Location)
Concert Host: Carol Erion, Supervisor, Arlington County Arts Education Program

Concert Personnel:

Conductor: Ruben Vartanyan
Violin Olga Yanovich
Bass Mark Bergman
Clarinet Jeffrey Snavely
Bassoon Barry Trent
Trumpet John Schroeder
Trombone George Allen
Percussion Mark Carson

Narration/Characters: Narrator, Soldier, Devil
Actors from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington
McKensie Baker
Mario Samayoa
Colin Harding
(Carol Cadby, Dramatic Coach and Theatre Teacher at Yorktown High)

Concert Supported by:
Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division
Arlington County Arts Education Program
Arlington County Public Schools
Office facilities and staff support contributed by the Center for Economic and Social Justice, Arlington, Virginia (

2005-2006 Season

April 9, 2006: Inaugural Concert of the Arlington Philharmonic

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