The TC Williams Jazz Quintet "Autumn Chill" invites you to ease into your New Year's Eve afternoon with live performances of jazz standards as well as original arrangements and compositions. The members of the Autumn Chill, Jonathan Forbes, Denny Okudinani, Duncan Foerster, Brendan Alacon and Kevin Bueno hail from our very own TC Williams High School and will surely captivate your listening palette with their musical versatility. Come on down and CHILL with the band.
The TC Williams Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Tzu-Ching Tai is the top competitive orchestra at Alexandria's only public high school. Current members of the Chamber Orchestra have participated in the District X Solo & Ensemble Festival, District X Senior Honors Orchestra, and the Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra. In March 2012, the Chamber Orchestra and its student soloists performed with world-renowned violinist Midori, as part of the Midori Orchestra Residencies Program held in conjunction with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO).
The George Washington Middle School Chamber Orchestra consists of sixth, seventh,and eighth grade students. This talented orchestra has performed at numerous festivals and concerts over the past 14 years and has been honored with many first place rankings and/or superior ratings at Kings Dominion and Music in the Parks Festivals. A recent highlight, this past April the Chamber Orchestra performed at the International Music Festival at the Kennedy Center where they received the gold Award for their performance.
TC Williams' choral program is comprised of about 110 students in four distinct groups: Advanced, Mixed, Concert, and Show Choir. All students learn to create an appropriate individual vocal sound and contribute to an ensemble choral sound. TC Willilams' Choir repertoire covers many styles from classical to gospel from different periods and ranges in difficulty from III-VI based on the Virginia Choral Directors Association rating system.
Blues with folk edge. Winner of the 2010 DC Battle of the Blues Bands; and 2011 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist.
Jazz violin group.
World renowned Scottish Fiddler Bonnie Rideout makes a rare one performance only appearance at First Night Alexandria. Don't miss this opportunity to see her perform live in a magnificent setting.
Matthew is an emerging instrumental acoustic guitarist from Northern Virginia. Matthew combines contemporary acoustic music with the influence of contemporary jazz and flamenco guitar in every piece. Matthew has performed for over a decade as a neoclassical rock guitarist and is endorsed by Schecter Guitar Research and has conducted guitar clinics for them. In recent years, Matthew has embraced the acoustic guitar and acoustic music as inspiration for his performances.
David performs elegant, award-winning songs, with an awesome baritone and intricate rhythm-filled guitar. Contemporary folk, rock and blues.
Beginning at 10:00 pm, hear the soft sounds of the ever popular "Stairwells" from the College of William and Mary.
At 10:30, we're going to crank up the energy with everyone's favorite DJ Ray Casiano - you might remember him from the 6,000 ball drop last year at the Masonic Memorial.
Just before midnight, Alexandria's Mayor, Bill Euille, and friends will count us down to a fabulous fireworks display on the Potomac River!
Curtis Blues is a musical preservationist of acoustic Mississippi Delta blues from the 1920's to the 1940's. He performs as a one man band, playing drums, guitar and harmonica together. His shows are interactive and educational for all ages. Curtis delights audiences by bringing instruments like a cigar box guitar into the audience to see and hear up close, bringing the history of music alive.
Curtis was named Solo Blues Artist of the Year by DC Blues Society.
There is no charge for performances at this venue.
Country, blues, southern rock. Songwriters Association of Washington showcase performer in recent years.
Funk, soul and New Orleans party music provided by this "Best Roots Rock Group" as named by the Washington Area Music Association in 2010 and 2011.
Grammy and Indie-Award-Winning Celtic-Appalachian acoustic groove. As heard on the Ken Burns' documentary, "The National Parks."
Ray is an award-winning singer/songwriter and entertainer, who whips up a veritable feast of classic tunes - Americana and roots acoustic music and stirs in a healthy helping of comedy. When he serves it up from center stage, he pulls you into a world of fun!
Ray's latest album release achieved national airplay and was selected as a candidate for GRAMMY nomination. He has performed with such legendary entertainers as Garth Brooks, Arlo Guthrie, Bill Monroe and Bob Hope. He has been on tour with Willie Nelson and America.
The sizzle of tango and the intimacy of chamber music - QuinTango's special blend makes them a perennial First Night Alexandria favorite! Multiple WAMMIE winner.
Phyllis Chapell performs a unique mix of originals, folk, jazz and international music, including songs in up to 13 languages from the U.S., Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Her American repertoire covers a wide range of music from show tunes to jazz, folk and pop standards, as well as originals. Phyllis Chapell is accompanied by Steve Jewett, guitarist extraordinaire, who also plays percussion, ukelele and the sitar.
Traditional music from Ireland to France and beyond on hammered dulcimer, harp guitar, accordion and wooden flute!
Classic country and honky tonk is what you get from this First Night Alexandria favorite!
A jammin' and improvisational World Beat blend of funky blues and swing, West African, Caribbean and jazzy musical stylings...we call our music World Beat Blues!.
Soothing, soulful, melodic pop/rock musical guitar/vocals duo.
Janine is a singer/songwriter and with her band performs an assortment of roots rock.
Feb. 2011 - Washington Area Music Association Awards (Wammies) for Album of the Year (Wakin' Up), Song of the Year (It Should Be Me), Roots Rock Album and Album Design (Wakin' Up).
May 2011 - It Should be Me placed second in the Pop/Rock/Alt/R&B category of the Dallas Songwriters' Contest.
Interactive children's music with lots of movement and audience participation.
Nicole is a singer/songwriter with acoustic and folk-rock influences. She gives a strong vocal performance with memorable melodies for fans of Joni Mitchell and Sheryl Crow. She was recently named best emerging artist at the Sea Level songwriting festival and Singer Universe magazine named her best vocalist.
A five-piece "Quartet" playing American popular songs and jazz standards. Join this First Night favorite that has been entertaining fans at St. Elmo's for 14 years!
In just a year, 17 year-old singer/songwriter Keira Moran went from playing her first gig to winning a national songwriting contest, playing the Kauai Music Festival, garnering radio play in Los Angeles, Detroit, D.C., and Sydney, and embarking on a multi-state summer tour. In February, she was awarded the 2012 Miss Nova Music Award presented to a performer/musician that embodies the spirit of music and community service. In June one of Keira's songs was chosen for inclusion on "The Best of Indie Music Channel" CD. Keira's piano driven songs are generally
All male a cappella First Night Alexandria favorite from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
Formed in 1979 as a Lab Chorus for director Kerry Krebill's Masters Degree at Catholic University, this chamber ensemble performs "mostly a cappella" music from the entire choral repertoire, specializing in works of the Renaissance and compositions of 20th and 21st century American composers. In April they made their 20th European concert tour, performing in Vienna, Austria and surrounds. In recent years they have been performing a complete Renaissance Mass for First Night Alexandria - a great way to enter the new year.
Virginia Bronze is a community handbell ensemble dedicated to advancing the art of English handbell ringing in the Washington Metropolitan area. The group performs a wide range of repertoire, including secular, sacred, popular and original works.
American music in a blender with the lid off!
The Grandsons recently won a WAMMIE for "Best Children's Act" (for the grandsons, Jr.). They also
received an Arts Envoy grant from the State Department and performed in El Salvador as Rock and Roll Ambassadors.
Rockin' Rhythm and Twang! Rock right up until midnight and then watch an amazing fireworks display on the river right behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center - NEW THIS YEAR!
This favorite Alexandria band provides traditional Irish music.