Classical Movements to Bring Back ‘Sounds of Hope & Harmony’ Series after City Council Vote

By Logan Martell

Classical Movements has announced the return of its “Sounds of Hope & Harmony.” The series will return for a 40-concert season running from March 27 to August 21, 2021.

The announcement follows after Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to approve CM’s Special Use Permit to stage the concert series. The season will include chamber music, recitals, opera, choral programs, jazz, dance, and more.

The season will feature artists such as David Kim and the Philadelphia Orchestra, cellist Amit Peled, tenors Joshua Blue and Errin Duane Brooks, sopranos Ashley Marie Robillard and Anna Berman, mezzo Elizebeth Barnes, and more.

Among the highlights, there will be performances by the National Symphony, members of the President’s Own U.S. Marine Band, and musicians from the Washington National Opera/ Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

The festival will mark a number of holidays and celebrations such as Passover, Easter, Mother’s Day, Bastille Day, and the centennial anniversaries of Mario Lanza and Astor Piazzolla, as well as the 50th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s death. There will also be a special Juneteenth Celebration with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts, which will feature songs, dance, and visual art.

Four of these events will see the return of CM’s “Savory Soiree,” where musical performances are joined by a multi-course gourmet meal and wine pairings curated for the program.

Since June, Classical Movements has been one of the first companies to be able to present live concerts and performances in Old Town, Alexandria. Last year, they were able to stage 40 concerts for 1,000 audience members through their summer series “Sounds of Hope & Harmony” and their winter series “Sounds of Joy & Light.