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VCO 48th Annual Gala

Sunday, May 5, 2019  /  6:00 p.m.

An evening of fun and sparkle -- Cocktails, dinner, dancing, and bidding at live and silent auctions.



To be Announced

Tango's passion and intimacy collide as piano, strings, and bandoneon present the dramas of life three minutes at a time.



Backbeat Underground

Friday, March 15, 2019  /  8:00 p.m.

Born in the depths of subterranean DC, Backbeat Underground is an instrumental funk group with soul jazz influences.


Music in the Life of Eisenhower

Sunday, April 7, 2019  /  4:00 p.m.

An uplifting new “Music of the Presidents” concert commemorating Eisenhower and the upcoming 75th Anniversary of D-Day.


“19, The Musical”

Friday, Jan 11/12, 2019 / 8:00 p.m.

Written & Directed by:
Jennifer Schwed & Doug Bradshaw
Music by Charlie Barnett
Lyrics by Jennifer Schwed & Doug Bradshaw

1st Stage Theater
1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102 


Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 / 8:00 p.m.

A spectacular performance!
Latin rhythms and romantic
melodies mixed with heartfelt blues
and rock energy!

1st Stage Theater
1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102 

Music of the Masters

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 / 4:00 p.m.

Featuring works by:
Rossini, Beethoven,
Mozart, and Coates
featuring piano soloist Brian Ganzhaw

Ernst Center – NVCC, Annandale, VA

Watch streaming on-demand video

WONDERS OF GEOGRAPHY: A Musical Atlas of America was originally produced in collaboration with the Fairfax Network.
The program takes viewers on an innovative musical journey into five major regions of the United States.

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The VCO is unique among Northern Virginia-based orchestras.

The VCO continues to be the only organization taking live classical music into the “New City of Tysons”. “Backbeat Underground” will appear at 1st Stage on March 15th. This talented ensemble builds on Washington’s timeless soul traditions by introducing neo-soul-jazz elements into their songwriting. Booty shaking live performances and genre-defying collaborations delight audiences at iconic DC venues such as the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Theatre. Top off Classical Cabaret concerts with a free champagne reception.

The orchestra returns to the Ernst Center on April 7th, 2019 with an uplifting new “Music of the Presidents” concert commemorating Eisenhower and the upcoming 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Narration by Robert Aubry Davis will highlight Ike’s association with Irving Berlin and Glenn Miller. The VCO and David Grandis will be joined by the select Pro Coro singers and the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force, playing original Glenn Miller arrangements. Music and narration from this concert will be combined with in-studio discussion by nationally known experts and students for a video program. Used in countless classrooms for the foreseeable future, the video will also be screened for the general public and lifelong learners.

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.

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