"Musica Viva Kentlands"

Photo by Jarree Donnelly. The crowd begins to arrive for the concert.

 

Musica Viva Kentlands: A Series of Outdoor Classical Music Concerts

The Kentlands Community Foundation is sponsoring an initiative by a group of dedicated volunteers to organize a series of classic music concert in Kentlands, with the first held on June 23, 2018. The intent is to promote the City of Gaithersburg, and in particular our community, as an emerging destination of classical music concerts.  The first concert was a community building success.  Despite the threat of rain, 300 to 400 people showed up to enjoy an evening on the Mansion Lawn.  Among the pieces played by the 15 piece string orchestra Paco DC under the baton of Maestro Simeone Tartaglione were Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Bach's Brandenburg's Concerto No. 3,  and Vivaldi's "Summer"  from Concerto No. 2.  Alessandra Cuffaro, the well known violin soloist, brought the audience to their feet after her stunning performance of Franco Mannino's Presto from concerto per violino e orchestra No. 2, Opus 447.  The evening ended with a rousing edition of "Fiddle Faddle" by Leroy Anderson complete with enthusiastic audience participation.  

Because of the overwhelmingly positive response from the audience and the community, the committee intends to pursue at least one concert next year.