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"Opera - 18th Century Metallica"?!

"Opera - 18th Century Metallica"?!

Why go all the way to Vienna, Austria to hear opera when you can hear 150 fabulous voices right here in Vienna, Virginia?!


This Sunday, May 19th, The Reston Chorale joins our very own Vienna Chorale Society in presenting "Opera For The People".

I love the name they've given the show. And Vienna Chorale Society President Karen Akers wrote a hilarious article ("Opera: 18th Century Metallica") where she talks about what the typical listener thinks about opera and then challenges our thinking.

I have to admit, I am one of those people who thinks (or should I say thought) opera is just weird. Big ladies, singing in another language, wearing costumes & wigs. And that's supposed to be culture?!

MARCHING BOBCATS TO STORM NORMANDY IN 2014

MARCHING BOBCATS TO STORM NORMANDY IN 2014

A nine-time Virginia Honor Band, the Battlefield High School Marching Bobcats have been selected as one of only six U.S. high school marching bands to participate in the first-ever commemorative D-Day parade on its 70th Anniversary in Normandy, France, in June 2014.

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate Western Europe from the occupation of Nazi Germany. Seventy years later on June 6, 2014, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village liberated by American paratroopers, will host a historic parade. Military units, marching bands, along with cultural and civic groups will march down the same streets that were lined with American troops in 1941. Dignitaries and military officials from the United States, Canada, and all across Europe will attend. The President of the United States, cabinet members, and officials representing all branches of the Armed Forces will also be present.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE EXAMINER VISITS METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER

ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE EXAMINER VISITS METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) is conducting its annual Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations for more than 140 vocational and graded students in April. This year’s examiner, Paula Lau, originally from Hong Kong, holds the RAD's prestigious advanced teaching diploma. Lau was the founder of the internationally renowned Hong Kong Ballet Company and former director of the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet. For more information about RAD examinations, visit www.metrofinearts.com.

"I've just spent the last week conducting practice exams and I am delighted with each and every student's progress,” said Lesley Shearer, school director and head of the MFAC ballet program.  “The standard of technique and artistry we have at MFAC is testament to the dedication of our ballet faculty,” said Shearer. 

METRO PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE HOLDS FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT

METRO PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE HOLDS FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT

 

Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance (MPAA) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will be hosting its first Annual Benefit Concert at the Ernst Cultural Center at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus on Sun., April 7 at 5 p.m. showcasing the dance companies of Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble. The benefit concert is campaigning to raise more than $100,000 for construction of the new Alliance Theatre, an extension of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at www.metrofinearts.com.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS’ STUDENTS to PERFORM at DC TAP FESTIVAL

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS’ STUDENTS to PERFORM at DC TAP FESTIVAL

 

 

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) Youth Tap Ensemble will perform at the 5th Annual DC Tap Festival All Star Concert at 8 p.m. on Sat., Mar. 23 at Duke Ellington Theatre, 3500 R Street., NW, Washington, D.C. All tickets can be purchased online at www.dctapfestival.com.

The 5th Annual DC Tap Festival All Star Concert, presented by Chloe and Maud Productions, will showcase Grammy-award winner, Mya and Emmy-award winner Jason Samuels Smith.

Weather Forecast? It's Raining Men!

Weather Forecast? It's Raining Men!

One of the great things about living in Vienna, Va. is the wide array of cultural options available - especially when it comes to music. (For example, we recently shared "Vienna's Best Kept Music Secret" and we've also written about "Rock N Roll Royalty in Vienna" , "Kyllopalooza" and "Byrds In The Barns".)

Well, this month there is another great musical opportunity! On Saturday, March 16th, the Vienna Choral Society will present "Music of the Storms".

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS TO DEBUT DANCE CLASSES IN OLD TOWN ALEX - Mon., Mar.4,

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS TO DEBUT DANCE CLASSES IN OLD TOWN ALEX - Mon., Mar.4,

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will be offering dance classes on Mon., Mar. 4 at its third location, The Athenaeum at 201 Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria, Va. The Athenaeum dance classes are only offered on Mondays and Tuesdays. Schedules and fees can be viewed at www.metrofinearts.com.

MFAC of Old Town Alexandria will teach ballet, hip-hop and jazz for adults and children, as well as MetroBarre, the mind/body program, combining the best of Pilates, yoga and ballet barre training.

“We are thrilled to offer our classes to the Old Town Alexandria community...we know that Old Town will be a perfect fit for our programs,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “Old Town Alexandria is known for its cultural and artistic events, an ideal setting for our MFAC classes,” said Dobbs.