The pandemic caused the cancellation of the wonderful concerts produced by The Middleburg Concert Series. This year, however, we are fortunate that the concerts will resume, with a blockbuster agenda planned.
First will be a December 12th Christmas season concert with the 30-voice Shenandoah University Conservatory Choir at the Middleburg United Methodist Church. Then on March 20th, the legendary Yale University Whiffenpoofs will perform at Salamander Resort. The “Whiffs” are a cappella group of 14 Yale seniors chosen from all the undergraduate singing groups to spend an extra year touring the globe.
2022 will bring the three-day Hunt Country Music Festival, planned for May 20th, 21st and 22nd. The Concert Series Festival Committee includes four veteran producers of music festivals, who considered it a travesty that Middleburg does not have such an event. The Middleburg Town Council and the Arts Council agreed, and enthusiastically welcomed the idea, including having the Festival the same weekend as Art in the Burg, which can now be expanded to “Arts in the Burg.” The Concert Series hopes to make the Festival an annual event.
The Festival will start with two concerts at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, the first by the lively group QuinTango! After an interlude with wine and finger food, the Loudoun Symphony Chamber Ensemble with Nancia D’Alimonte, conductor, will perform concertos for organ, harp, and trumpet.
Saturday will begin with a music student competition prize-winners concert, at the Middleburg Methodist Church. Next will be a free “Brass on the Grass” concert on the lawn of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Interspersed with the Saturday and Sunday concerts there will be street performers playing bagpipes, fife and drums, and fiddles, leading walking tours of the Town.
Ticketed concerts will resume with “An Afternoon Festival of Song”, featuring two opera stars singing spirituals and arias at the Methodist Church. Then Emmanuel Church Parish House will host “High Tea with Brahms”, with piano four hands and four vocalists. An evening concert at the Methodist Church will feature the famous Washington Saxophone Quartet.
On Sunday, Festival concerts will resume with the Illinois Arts Duo presenting classical works for violin and piano at the Methodist Church. The Festival will end with a big band concert at the Community Center presented by Matt Trimboli’s 16-piece swing band.
Tickets for the events will be available on the internet at Eventbrite.com or, if capacity permits, concert-goers may purchase them at the door. The website www.Middleburgconcerts.com or www.facebook.com/middleburgconcerts can provide further details, and questions can be directed to email@example.com.