Classical Movements is an Alexandria-based choral and orchestral tour organizer. They put on an initial set of three outdoor performances on June 20 in the garden of its Old Town location, the Rectory, at 711 Princess St. The concert series, Sounds of Hope and Harmony, has run every Saturday since July 25 and will continue through October.
According to alextimes.com, “Each performance features different musicians, ranging from bass quartets to jazz duos. Many of the performers come from larger ensembles, such as Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, and have been eager to play in front of a live audience after months of inactivity. The silence imposed by pandemic-era restrictions has taken a toll on musicians, many of whom haven’t performed in front of an audience since March. The Sounds of Hope and Harmony series has helped musicians get back out in front of a crowd – even if it is masked and socially distanced.”
As per alextimes.com, “Highlighting diverse talent has been at the core of the concert series and Classical Movements as an organization, but Helms acknowledged there’s always more than can be done. For this performance, Helms worked with Eric Conway, choir conductor at historic Black university Morgan State University, and the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts to put together a slate of top-tier Black artists.”