The Alexandria Symphony in Virginia will celebrate its 80th birthday during the 2023-24 season.

In Tuesday’s (7/25) Zebra (Alexandria, VA), Kevin Dauray writes, “The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is celebrating 80 years as a live music institution this year. Throughout their 2023-24 concert season, opening the end of September, ASO will highlight this … achievement with four commissioned compositions. ‘I am thrilled with the eclectic, multifaceted programs we are offering to celebrate the ASO’s 80th anniversary and to contribute to the 275th anniversary of the City of Alexandria in 2024,’ says [Music Director] James Ross…. The season and anniversary celebration begin Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 with ‘Toast (ASO at 80).’ Composer Lester Green, the special guest, accompanies the orchestra on keys to play Quinn Mason’s ‘Toast of the Town.’… In [November’s] ‘Tsenacomoco (ASO at 80),’ Native American composer Dawn Avery makes a connection between Alexandria’s own Native history and Dvořák’s exploration of Native and African-American musical styles…. ASO’s annual holiday concert will … feature a mix of traditional and contemporary music … February concerts include … Mozart’s Requiem … and a commissioned piece, ‘Aurora (ASO at 80)’ by Milad Yousufi … inspired by his experiences as a refugee from Afghanistan…. The commissioned piece [in April] is ‘Alexandria Shuffle (ASO at 80)’ by Jorge Amado.”