2024-05-26 11:07 AM

Memorial Day 2024 Issue!

Our Man in Arlington

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Two weekends ago, Jean and I trekked down to New Orleans to attend the first week of its fabulous annual Jazz Fest.

School News & Notes

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Stuart H.S. to Perform Custom Mackey Piece On Friday, May 8, the J.E.B. Stuart High School (3301 Peace Valley Ln., Falls Church) Wind Ensemble will play the world premiere of a new composition at 7:30 p.m.

Press Pass: The Alternate Routes

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As should probably be expected for a group named The Alternate Routes, the climb through the musical landscape hasn’t been a direct one.

Press Pass: Sara Watkins

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Over the entirety of her 14-track solo debut album, Sara Watkins illustrates an eloquence as a songwriter that reflects her some 20-year career as a member of the Grammy-winning group, Nickel Creek.

Press Pass: Tom O’Connor

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Inspiration is a fickle and fleeting customer. You never know when the urge will strike to change your destiny, to follow your passion to take a path few are brave enough to tread.

School News & Notes

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McLean Highlander Dances at White House ReceptionMcLean High School freshman Erin Howard was honored to perform for President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Prime Minister of Ireland Brian Cowen at a White House reception held this St. Patrick’s Day.

Mason H.S. Senior Accepted to Music Conservatory

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George Mason High School senior Mariagracia Rivas Berger said living in Falls Church for three years, where she was highly exposed to music and arts through teachers and mentors, convinced her to accept an invitation to study vocal performance at the prestigious Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va. However, the seed was planted years before.