"Aspirations" is the final concert in the Manassas Symphony's 30th anniversary season. The concert will open with Bernstein's "Overture to Candide," a lively and energetic work that captures the spirit of the comic operetta. This will be followed by MacDowell's "Piano Concerto No. 1," featuring soloist Alexander Bernstein from Shenandoah University. Known for its virtuosic piano writing and lush Romantic melodies, MacDowell's concerto promises to be a highlight of the evening.
The concert will conclude with Still's "Symphony No. 1," a groundbreaking work that blends classical European forms with African-American musical idioms. Written in 1930, it was the first symphony written by a Black composer to be performed by a major American orchestra. The symphony has since become a beloved staple of the orchestral repertoire.
Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults; students and children are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hyltoncenter.org or call the Hylton Center Box Office at 703-993-7759 or in person from Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm and 10am to 8pm on concert nights.