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Meadowlark Series Features VCO Ensembles

Sunday Afternoons, 3 to 4 PM
September 5, 12, 19, 26

The VCO will return to the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna with ensemble concerts on selected Sunday afternoons in the beautiful Korean Bell Pavilion. Concerts are free with admission to the Gardens ($3 to $6).

We will be announcing the 2021/22 Season at the new Capital One Hall in Tysons Corner soon.

Maestro David Grandis


David Grandis, Virginia Chamber Orchestra Music Director and Director of Orchestras at the College of William and Mary, is one of three prize winners in the twenty-eighth International Conductors Workshop and Competition (ICWC) held in Atlanta, Georgia from June 25th through 27th, 2021. 

Fifteen conductors, from China, Colombia, France, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington, conducted the professional ICWC orchestra in works by Barber, Bartok, Copland, Debussy, Mahler and Wagner. Winners were selected based on voting by the faculty and the professional orchestra musicians.  

Throughout the workshop, the conductors participated in five rehearsals and a concert, individual coaching and a master class with esteemed ICWC faculty: Adrian Gnam, Director, Distinguished Artist in Residence at Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music; Gregory Pritchard, Co-Director and Music Director of the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra; and Philip Greenberg, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Kiev, Ukraine Symphony and former Music Director of the Savannah Symphony.



Social distancing is not a concern for VCO Concertmaster Teri Lazar and Principal Violist Osman Kivrak, harmoniously married for many years.
Enjoy their performance here, joined by pianist Li-Ly Chang.

Teri Lazar

Osman Kivrak

Li-Ly Chang

Program Notes

The trio was first performed as composed, for piano, clarinet, and viola, at a house concert in Vienna in 1786. Mozart played the viola part joined by..

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The seven-part rondo structure of the final movement is a rarity for Mozart. In addition to the usual three themes, a fourth theme is introduced, making the form..

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Bela Bartok, who made extensive use of folk music elements when composing, visited Turkey in 1936 and collected a number of songs and dances. 

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Remembering Eisenhower: View our Music of the Presidents Series

Watch streaming on-demand video

MUSIC IN THE LIFE OF EISENHOWER: General Eisenhower’s use of music to maintain the morale of American troops in World War II is vividly illustrated by the Airmen of Note, performing Glenn Miller hits. The VCO and select Pro Coro singers sample Eisenhower’s musical favorites. In-studio experts, students, and moderator Robert Aubry Davis examine Eisenhower’s rise to the top five U.S. presidents in polls by leading historians.