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NOVA-Alexandria Music Department to have annual holiday concert

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The Music Department at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will host its Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 East Campus Dr., Alexandria, VA 22311. The concert will include performances by the NOVA Community Chorus, the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble, the NOVA Alexandria Band and special guest Scottish traditional singer Margaret Mather.

The various groups will perform a number of holiday favorites including “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” and “Sleigh Ride.” Dr. Mark Whitmire will direct the NOVA Community Chorus performance with Accompanist Christine Hagan. Lisa Eckstein will direct the NOVA Alexandria Band, and John Kocur will direct the NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble.

Mather will perform “The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen,” “Rowan Tree” and “Amazing Grace.” Mather was born in Dundee, Scotland and is an international folk singer and traditional Scottish music teacher.

This year, the NOVA Alexandria Band celebrates 40 years. The band was started in 1977 by Dr. Bob Petrella who directed the group for 30 years. The band started with about 17 members and has now grown to more than 70 members.

The Holiday Concert is free and open to the public, and the music department will accept donations during the performance. Parking is available in the Beauregard Street parking garage. For additional information, contact Eckstein at leckstein@nvcc.edu or 703.845.6252.

Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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