Reston Chorale to Premiere Original Composition

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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May 8, 2007

 Reston Chorale to Premiere Original
Composition Commemorating Jamestown’s Founding

On Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m., the Reston Chorale — an official Fairfax County Virginia 2007 partner — will premiere an original composition commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. The concert will be held at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria.

Tickets are $25 for house seats and $40 for box seats. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 703-834-0079, TTY 711.

The chorale commissioned internationally renowned composer David Ott to create the choral and orchestral work. “Principal Among Principles,” will express life in Virginia through music, narration and accompanying visual displays and thematic tableaux.

For the first half of the concert, the chorale will be joined by guest artists whose performance in music and dance will represent the three main ethnic cultures from which the commonwealth grew — the Native Americans, the Europeans and the Africans.

Ott will guest conduct the chorale at the premiere, accompanied by his orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Northwest Florida. He has composed more than 150 symphonic works, and he ranks among the most prominent composers in the last quarter of the 20th century.

The Reston Chorale is a nonprofit group founded in 1969. The mixed-voice chorus of more than 130 singers was named as an official partner of the Fairfax County Virginia 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee last year.

The planning committee encourages, promotes and publicizes events taking place in the county that commemorate the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. A listing of 2007 commemorative events taking place in Fairfax County can be found online at

Appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the committee represents the diversity of communities and resources in the county, including the African-American, American Indian, Asian-American and Hispanic communities and representatives from Fort Belvoir, Wolf Trap, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Corporation.

For more information about Fairfax County’s 2007 program, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711, or visit For more information about Jamestown 2007 and the Virginia 2007 program, visit


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