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    Getting in tune with fall

    The Loudoun Ballet Co. will perform “Peter and the Wolf” in conjunction with the Loudoun Symphony. Photo Courtesy/ Loudoun Ballet Co.
    It's the best of music and dancing, bringing the Loudoun Ballet and the Loudoun Symphony together for a family concert Sept. 21 in Ashburn.

    "Fur, Feathers and Friends" will open the 2013-2014 season for the symphony at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Virginia Academy - Community Church on 19790 Ashburn Road.

    The 60-member orchestra will be directed by Mark Allen McCoy, music director and conductor and will feature The Loudoun Ballet Co.'s performance of "Peter and the Wolf." In addition, the orchestra will perform Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite."

    The president of the board of directors, Sandra Kane, speaks with excitement about the season ahead.

    “We have worked with Maestro McCoy to create a program that will present well to a wide audience," Kane said.

    The Loudoun Symphony hopes to attract people of all ages.

    “We offer free tickets to children under 12 and work hard to introduce music to all generations," Kane said.

    At the Sept. 21 concert, there will be a "petting zoo" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., prior to the 1 p.m. performance, where people can check out the instruments and have the full feel of what the instruments sound like.

    The Loudoun Symphony hopes their work with the community will encourage children to get involved in music in their schools. Each year, they sponsor the Loudoun's Got Talent program, with prizes ranging from $500 to $1,500.

    The 2013 winner of Loudoun's Got Talent, Matthew Schultheis, will also perform at the December concert.

    The full concert schedule includes five full orchestra concerts in the concert hall in Ashburn and chamber concerts at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville.

    On Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m., the symphony will present "Opposites Attract" featuring the pianist Scott Beard. Selections include Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman Overture.” Leschetizky’s “Piano Concerto, Op. 9″ and Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2."

    The popular Holiday Concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 featuring Bach's "Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D,” Major Holst's "In the Bleak Midwinter," Holcombe's "Festive Sounds of Hanukah," Silvestri's "Polar Express," Berlin's "White Christmas," Selections from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," Nelson/Rollins' "Frosty the Snowman," Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and Finnegan's "Christmas Singalong."

    Tickets may be purchased at 703-771-8287 or online at loudounsymphony.org. Adults $22, seniors $18, students 13 - 18, $10, children 12 and under are free.

    Contact Karen Graham at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Twitter @karenggraham.

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