Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
WISH LIST: $100: sends 10 music students to a Masterworks concert; $500: supports a free summer concert in the park; $1000: pairs professional musicians with a middle or high school orchestra classroom
Founded as a volunteer orchestra in 1957 -- the Symphony's business was conducted for years around board members' kitchen tables -- FSO has now been a professional orchestra for over half of its half century. Its six-concert Masterworks Series at George Mason University's Center for the Arts mixes world-renowned performers and tomorrow's young stars with superb local artists. During the summer, the FSO presents over 30 free, "family-friendly" concerts in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority. FSO musicians also present the Classical Kids Club program in elementary schools, blending academic subjects with live performance. Through the SCORE program, they work side-by-side with middle and high school students in band and orchestra rehearsal halls, emphasizing the link between music education and academic achievement. The Feuer Memorial String Competition, named for FSO's founder, encourages extraordinary accomplishment among the most talented young musicians. At once "top of the line" and "right around the corner," the FSO has a new music director at its helm and looks forward to dynamic programming in the years ahead. It's time to join the applause.
3905 Railroad Avenue, Suite 202N
Fairfax, VA 22030