Updated Sept. 21, 2017
The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra premiered a new composition on Saturday, Sept. 16, that was commissioned to mark our county’s 275th anniversary.
Listen to “Resolutions”
To celebrate in the county’s anniversary and mark the symphony’s own founding, Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova commissioned the new work titled “Resolutions.” Mark Camphouse, a George Mason University faculty composer, wrote the seven-minute piece.
According to Camphouse, he gave his new work, “Resolutions,” a title with a “very intentional double meaning relating to both musical resolutions (harmonic dissonance resolving to consonance) and political resolutions containing fundamental American principles of human freedom found in the influential Fairfax Resolves,” which were written in 1774 by Fairfax County resident George Mason.
Mason’s document was a declaration of fundamental constitutional rights and protest against Britain’s anti-American actions. His friend and neighbor, George Washington, introduced the Fairfax Resolves into the House of Burgesses in July 1774.
The new work was performed by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra under the direction of music director Christopher Zimmerman.