McLean Connection: Community in Concert

McLean Orchestra hosts musical mixer


By Andrea Worker


Judging by the number in attendance, the business cards exchanged, the buzz of conversation and the sounds of laughter, all accompanied by some lively music, the third McLean Orchestra is Instrumental to Business (i2B) mixer held at Clydes in Tysons Corner on Jan. 23 was a ringing success. The gatherings are part of a multi-purpose outreach program, providing a taste of what audiences can expect from their concert series and allowing the orchestra to showcase its value to business as a resource for networkingall for free.

The organizations board president, Aileen Pisciotta, came up with the idea. People sometimes perceive an orchestra as unapproachable, said Pisciotta. The audience is in their seats, the musicians up there on the stage. We wanted to make a closer connection. This is one way to make orchestral music accessible, playing music that is well known and giving the company and the musicians a way to be of service. My tagline for this year is Community in Concert. I think that captures our mission.