Our Mission: To perform fine music with the highest artistic integrity for the broadest possible audience and expand musical horizons.

The Virginia Chamber Orchestra and Meadowlark Gardens Present


ENCORE CONCERT Sunday, September 27 from 3 PM to 4 PM

Bring a blanket or bag chair and enjoy the sounds of principal players from the VCO and guest artists in the beautiful setting of the Korean Bell Garden. A different ensemble will play each week. While picnicking is not permitted, please feel free to bring a beverage and snack or purchase some in the gift shop. Alcohol is prohibited.

Please note: It is approximately an 8-minute walk from the Visitor’s Center to the concert location.


A Pinch of Opera, a Touch of Tango,
a Clip of Classical and
a Trip Over the Rainbow

Sun, September 6, 2020

Music of Beethoven, Bartok, Puccini, Piazzolla, and Arlen

An Amusement from Mozart, a Serenade from Beethoven and a Turkish Reverie from Kivrak

Sun, September 13, 2020

Music of Mozart, Kivrak,

Flute and Bass in a Pas de Deux, Handel Refreshes, Beethoven Serenades, the Double Bass goes from Bach to Blues.

Sun, September 20, 2020

Music of Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Oppelt and Clayton



Social distancing is not a concern for VCO Concertmaster Teri Lazar and Principal Violist Osman Kivrak, harmoniously married for many years. Orchestra concert attendees enjoy hearing them and seeing them in action as they lead their sections. While the orchestra pauses during the pandemic it’s our pleasure to present Terri and Osman here, joined by pianist Li Ly Chang.

Teri Lazar

Trio in E-flat major, K. 498

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I. Andante

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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Osman Kivrak

Trio in E-flat major, K. 498

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

III. Rondeaux: Allegretto

Program Notes

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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Li-Ly Chang

Uzun Hava

Osman Kivrak


Program Notes

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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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 the top five U.S. presidents in polls by leading historians.

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Remembering Eisenhower: View our Music of the Presidents Series

The VCO is unique among Northern Virginia-based orchestras.

The Virginia Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1971 as a professional touring orchestra, performing in areas of the state where live orchestral concerts were seldom or never offered. Encouraged to establish its base in Northern Virginia in the 1980s, the orchestra began “touring” electronically in 1998, serving a nationwide audience of millions with educational television broadcasts and free streaming videos on the website for students of all ages.

The VCO presents an interesting variety of live, professionally performed music in the “New City of Tysons” with ensemble concerts at the intimate 1st Stage Theater.

Educational Outreach

Music and narration from live “Music of the Presidents” concerts are recorded and integrated with in-studio discussion by experts and students for streaming videos.  Robert Aubry Davis of National Public Television served as narrator and moderator for “Music in the Life of President Lincoln” and "Music in the  Life of Eisenhower."

Special Audience Outreach

The award-winning Special Audience Outreach program is included with all orchestra concerts.  The VCO provides complimentary tickets and post-concert dinners for up to fifty underserved individuals and families, including Wounded Warriors and their families,  demonstrating that fine music can touch and lift the spirits of all who are given an opportunity to listen.

Did you know? 

The Virginia Chamber Orchestra (VCO) was founded in 1971 as a professional touring orchestra

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The VCO has served a national audience of millions with educational television broadcasts since 1998

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VCO's concerts are accessible to low and middle-income families through remarkably affordable ticket prices.