The NOVA Community Chorus, directed by Dr. Mark Whitmire, will present its Annual Chorus Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus, 4915 East Campus Dr., Alexandria, VA.
This year's concert, "Ein Liederabend," features Mendelssohn's Concerto for Two Pianos, performed by Christine and David Hagan. The chorus will sing Miriam's Song of Triumph by Franz Schubert, Nachtlied, by Robert Schumann, and the famous How lovely is thy dwelling place from the German Requiem by Johannes Brahms.
Whitmire is the director for the NOVA Community Chorus and a NOVA music professor. He has received numerous grants and awards, including a scholarship for post-graduate studies at the Britten-Pears School in England where he studied with Sir Peter Pears, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research and writing on the music of Benjamin Britten.
The NOVA Community Chorus is a 100-voice ensemble that combines singers from the NOVA Music Program and the surrounding community. The chorus performs regularly with the Alexandria Band, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the Alexandria Sympthony.
No tickets are required for NOVA students, faculty and staff to attend the benefit concert. A donation is requested. Tickets for community members are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For information, email Whitmire at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.845.6097.
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