Music & Arts at Providence brings outstanding events to the community in a series of concerts, dramatic presentations, visual arts exhibits, educational outreach events, and prodigy performances, providing gifts of musical and artistic excellence. M&A’s goal is to provide excellent quality in a wide variety of performance types that include choral groups, instrumental ensembles, vocal and instrumental soloists, interactive events for children, prodigy performances, jazz ensembles, art exhibits, dance performances and dramatic presentations. Our annual Season Finale Concert features a masterful performance by the Music & Arts Chorus and Orchestra, the resident performing ensembles of M&A.
Events are held at Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, VA, which houses an Estonia concert grand piano that is featured in performances as both a solo and accompaniment instrument.
The M&A Concert Series was initiated in 2006 for the local Fairfax community. In the last ten years, Providence Presbyterian Church has quickly become a performance, educational, entertainment and enrichment destination for the Northern Virginia community. Each season features both ticketed and free events featuring acclaimed local performers and artists, including accomplished child performers in its “Prodigy Previews.”
Music & Arts at Providence seeks to present performances and artists up close, enabling audiences to become involved in intimate and engaging cultural experiences. Following each performance, audience members can attend a free “Meet the Artists” reception in order to interact personally with the performers. Special interactive concerts for children offer another opportunity to “get up close and personal” with the music and the musicians.
In the past 10 years, the Music & Arts at Providence Concert Series has presented over fifty performances and events. The program began in Spring 2006 with a fund-raising concert opera performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore and a Schubert string quartet recital. The performances met with such enthusiasm that M&A launched its first full season in Fall 2006 with a concert by the US Army Chorus.
The concert series has become known for its eclectic and sometimes surprising events, from “A Night at the Movies,” with the Classical Brass Quintet providing the sound track for a silent movie, to a staged and costumed performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Past performances include the National Art Gallery’s West Garden Trio, the unexpected classicism of the Washington Sax Quartet, and the power of pianist Thomas Pandolfi. Our audience members took great delight in “Joined at the Heart,” a Valentine’s Day special featuring love songs from opera and musical theater. The beautiful Lively-Fulcher tracker pipe organ in the sanctuary of our performance venue enables M&A to present outstanding organists of the area, such as William Neil, as well as hosting an event for the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, with organ soloist Martin Jean.
The “M&A Jazz! Series” began in the 2014-2015 Season and has included performances by the Tom Cunningham Orchestra and the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet. Last season’s “Jazz, Food and Fun” included dancers from a local dance studio who encouraged the audience to join them on the dance floor. The “M&A American Music Series,” celebrating American music and musicians, has featured performances by the Army Chorus, USAF Singing Sergeants and US Navy Sea Chanters.
M&A was granted 501(c)(3) status on June 15, 2011.