McLean Orchestra presents youth-centric concert
By Andrea Worker
For the first time in its more than 40 year history, the McLean Orchestra presented a side-by-side free concert on Sunday, Feb. 3, seamlessly pairing the professional musicians of the orchestra with their young counterparts from Principal Conductor Paul Kims McLean Youth Orchestra. Under the baton of McLean Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Miriam Burns, the combined musical entities performed a program titled Musical Fairy Tales, an abbreviated version of the previous evenings concert. Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker was the guest soloist, and led the way, playing a series of well-known Disney tunes from Mary Poppins, Pinocchio and The Lion King, to name just a few.
In keeping with the youthful atmosphere the orchestra partnered with Alternative House, a local non-profit organization that provides an array of services to homeless and at-risk youth; it was obvious by the head-bobbing, foot-tapping, and even a bit of singing, that the events special guests recognized and appreciated many of the selections. Several dozen children from Alternative House programs arrived at the concert via transportation generously donated by Reston Limousine. READ MORE