Alexandria Symphony awards microgrants for community initiatives focusing on classical music

Posted on: October 9, 2020

“Yesterday afternoon the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra announced the [seven] recipients of a micro-grant,” writes Kevin Dairy in Tuesday’s (10/6) Zebra Press (Alexandria, VA). “Each recipient will complete a project involving classical music by June 2021 with assistance from the grant. Upon project completion, one of the following objectives will be met: confront systemic racism in classical music, connect to all parts of the community, promote underrecognized artistic voices, and improve the lives of children….  Alexandria Symphony Concertmaster Claudia Chudacoff will record [Ecuadorian composer] Chia Patino’s mournful Wild Swans with a string quartet…. Avalanche Bass Quartet, led by ASO musician Kimberly Parillo, will present a socially distanced outdoor concert at the Mason District Amphitheater in Annandale…. WindSync [woodwind quintet], led by ASO oboist Emily Tsai, will present a virtual workshop to … students [and] provide future opportunities for students to attend in-person performances. QuinTango, led by ASO violinist Joan Singer, will teach [public school] students to play a tango…. ASO assistant principal cellist Jihea Choi and violinist Sonya Hayes will present a workshop to middle school students…. Ms. Choi and Ms. Hayes will demonstrate string techniques and begin a conversation about systemic racism in classical music via Zoom.”