TICKETS AVAILABLE! The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performs Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody with acclaimed pianist Sara Dashenpour

Pianist Sara Dashenpour (Photo courtesy ASO)

ALEXANDRIA, VA — On February 12 and 13, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will entertain audiences with performances of Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” award-winning pianist Sara Dashenpour, originally from DC.

Of her artistry, New York Concert Review wrote, “She lavished color on often-overlooked lines, illuminated subtle beauties, and raged through storms, always with breathtaking polish.

Dashenpour joined the Astral Artist Roster as the winner of their 2010 National Auditions.

“Dark Glow” also includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in C sharp, composed while he was completely deaf. The work was arranged for a full orchestra by ASO Music Director, Maestro James Ross.

ASO Music Director, Maestro James Ross (photo courtesy of ASO)

“Even in wintertime darkness, a power of renewal lurks and shines beneath the surface of this music like fire in an igloo,” Ross said. “In all of these pieces, the greatest struggle also seems to give birth to some of the most cataclysmically hot melodies ever devised – tunes that rush far beyond the innocence of the pieces that gave birth to them.”

“Dark Glow will open with Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ well-known and beloved symphonic poem ‘Finlandia’. The final selection will be George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, inspired by his slave-born grandmother.

The first performance will be Saturday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The second, Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Adult tickets start at #20. Discounts available for students, military, seniors and groups. To purchase, visit

ASO at Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center (Photo courtesy of ASO)

Audience members, musicians, staff and volunteers are required to wear a mask inside venues and during performances. ASO also requires all attendees, musicians, volunteers and staff to be fully immunized, including a booster, if applicable.

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