Arts & Entertainment

Falls Church VPIS Launches Home Concerts Program

The Falls Church Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS) announced the return of its Home Concerts Program this morning. These intimate concerts feature local musicians, hosted in the home of a City of F.C. resident.

The Falls Church Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS) announced the return of its Home Concerts Program this morning. These intimate concerts feature local musicians, hosted in the home of a City of F.C. resident.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with each concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Concert locations will be given to the ticket purchases after receipt of payment.

Up first is pianist Alex Hassan and vocalist Doug Bowles on Saturday, Nov. 13. Hassan is a performing/recording pianist thoroughly immersed in the popular musical styles and arrangements of the 20s and 30s. Together with Bowles on vocals, “the two deliver riveting and authentic performances that straddle the unique classical and jazz idiom and take you back to the Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley,” VPIS reports.

Bowles has appeared in countless productions locally, nationally and internationally from concert venues to opera houses and teaches voice at American and Catholic University. Hassan counts performances at the Smithsonian, Player’s Club (Manhattan – a party for the Gershwin family), Toronto’s McMichael art gallery, England’s Aldeburgh Festival, Longwood Gardens, Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Millennium Stage, Germany’s Piano Rarities festival in Husum and numerous ragtime festivals/societies around the states and is president of the Northern Virginia Ragtime Society. Visit noveltypiano.com for more.

On Saturday, Jan. 8, Trio Dale, consisting of consists of bassist Charlie Himmel and Jazz guitarists Christian Perez and Kenny Kohlhaas, will “team up for a sensational tour of Latin and American jazz standards,” VPIS reports. These three talented musicians met as George Mason University Jazz majors and continue to push the limits of their rhythmic and improvisational styles.

Round out the series is Andrew Acosta on Saturday, Jan. 29. This F.C. native began playing guitar at age 13 and is now a traditional/roots/originals guitarist and singer who’s well-known in the D.C. area. “His guitar influences include bluegrass pioneer Benny Cain and Piedmont-style blues guitarist John Jackson,” VPIS reports. Acosta began performing roots/country music around Washington in the 1970s and today performs both solo, with friends and as the leader of the New Old-Time String Band, with Roy “Speedy” Tolliver on fiddle.

VPIS Members may purchase tickets to the Home Concerts Program at $20 a person per concert by check only. Non-members ticket price is $25.

To confirm availability, call or email Bruce Turner at 703-608-1948 or [email protected] Mailed checks, made out to VPIS, can be sent to Turner at: 1102 Jackson Ct., Falls Church, VA 22046. Those mailing their payments are reminded to include their phone and/or email address to receive concert location.

“By the nature of the event, seating is very limited,” reported this morning’s press release, urging attendees to respond promptly.