Announcing our Splendid 2023 Concert Series in the Secret Garden
Chamber | Cabaret | Bluegrass | Folk | Opera | Piano | Jazz
We have a new season of concerts with important artists in the Secret Garden starting in January, with a Nordic Dinner Savory Soiree. We have chamber, cabaret, bluegrass, folk, opera, piano duo and more.
Tickets are now on sale for our new season. They make perfect Holiday Gifts for friends and family. Inquire about our gift certificate!
2023 Secret Garden Concert Series
Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 5pm, 7:30pm
Northern Lights: A Scandinavian Savory Soiree
Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Jean Sibelius
Concert & Sumptuous Multi-Course Scandinavian Cuisine, Wine
Marianna Prjevalskaya, piano | Elise Blake, violinist

The festivities begin with a Lingonberry sparkling cocktail reception before a dinner of Finnish Salmon Soup “Lohikeitto”, Arctic Char with Hasselback potatoes and ending with Rice pudding served with blueberry sauce “Risgrynsgrót ris, a la Malta” and a warm glass of Glögg.

Enjoy the fantastic music by Nordic composers such as Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg, Elfrida Andrée, and more as Marianna Prjevalskaya returns to the Rectory and will perform on our 1928 Grand Haines Piano alongside Elise Blake on violin, in our beautiful glass-enclosed atrium!
Co-presented by Musical Movements for Change and Classical Movements
Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 5pm, 6:30pm
If I Loved You: Falling In & Out of Love
Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Sondheim, Richard Rodgers
Anna Bergmann, soprano | Howard Breitbart, musical director & piano

Hailed by New York & London critics as “an artist at the top of her game” and “a soaring vocal talent,” acclaimed soprano, Anna Bergman, serenades you with her new show, an international musical journey of courtship, romance, heartbreak and love rekindled. With inspired arrangements by her musical director/pianist Howard Breitbart, Anna performs songs & arias by such songwriters as George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers with Hammerstein & Hart, Michel Legrand, Noel Coward, Franz Lehar, Giacomo Puccini & others.

“…a vocal citizen of the world who has triumphed in everything from Broadway tunes to opera arias and the sultry innuendoes of the cabaret chanteuse.” (The Washington Post)
Friday, March 24, 2023 | 5pm, 6:30pm
American Roots: Bluegrass in the Green Garden
Cathy Fink, banjo |Marcy Marxer, guitar

Bluegrass and American Roots music returns to the Secret Garden in a transfixing, elegant program played in sophisticated arrangements for banjo and guitar! TWO-TIME GRAMMY Award Winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are master musicians with a career spanning over 35 years. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, cello-banjo, and more.
Sun. April 30, 2023 | 6:00pm | Concert & Reception
April Allegria: Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet
Principal Musicians from the National Symphony: Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster | Lin Ma, principal clarinet | Marissa Regni, principal violin | Daniel Foster, principal viola | Loewi Lin, cello

The stellar musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra perform Mozart’s sublime clarinet quintet, as well as a piece for violin and cello by the up-and-coming composer Carlos Simon, artist in residence at the Kennedy Center. Join us for a reception and a meet-and-greet with the artists after the concert.
Friday, May 12, 2023 | 5pm 6:30pm
Fanny, Franz and Brahms: Four Hands, one Piano
Brahms Hungarian Dances and Schubert Fantasy in F Minor
Vieness Piano Duo: Vijay Venkatesh, piano | Eva Schaumkell, piano

Hailed for “effortless technical command and authority with a sense of poetry”, award-winning pianist Vijay Venkatesh returns to the Secret Garden with Eva Schaumkell as they play together as the Vieness Piano Duo on one piano with a program of Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Pieces for 4 Hands; Franz Schubert’s Fantasy in F Minor; and Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances.
“Vijay Venkatesh is blessed with it all: transcendent technique, unbridled passion, and irresistible charisma. He breathes with an oxygen of imagination.” (The Washington Post)
Eva Schaumkell is praised for her “astonishing combination of depth of expression and thrilling virtuosity” (Nassauische Neue Presse)
June 8 & 9, 2023 | 6pm | Opera in the Secret Garden
June 11 | 3pm | George Washington Masonic Temple
Alexandria Summer Nights: The Magic Flute

Musicians from the Alexandria Summer Nights Young Artists Music Program

Mozart’s masterpiece, The Magic Flute comes to the Secret Garden in an enchanting staging. An audience favorite for 230 years, experience the delightful story of magic, adventure, and true love – and Mozart’s majestic, sparkling score – like never before. Includes two performances in the Secret Garden, and a Sunday matinee at the George Washington Masonic Temple.

This concert is part of the Alexandria Summer Nights 2023, with is generously sponsored by John H. Hart
Friday, July 21, 2023 | 5pm 6:30pm
A Haunting Refrain: Jazz in July
Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sinatra & more
Ariana Harbin & Sweet Something

Retro, smooth, and timeless. Vocalist and front-woman, Ariana Harbin leads jazz quartet Sweet Something in favorite jazz tunes from “Summertime” to “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and in tribute to the indelible performances of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and more.
More concerts to be announced!
Remember the Concerts in The Secret Garden in your year-end giving!
Become a sponsor for our 2023 Concert Season and receive the following benefits!

Clematis Tier (less than $250)
  • Receive recognition as a supporter of this season on the Musical Movements for Change website

Lilac Tier ($250–$499)
  • All of the above benefits
  • Appear as a supporter of this season in our concert programs

Peony Tier ($500–$999)
  • All of the above benefits
  • Two tickets to one of our regular concerts
  • Priority seating at our events

Hydrangea Tier ($1,000–$2,499)
  • All of the above benefits
  • Invitation to an exclusive event at a private home

Rose Tier ($2,500–$4,999)
  • All of the above benefits
  • Recognition as a sponsor at one of our concerts
  • Four tickets to the sponsored event

Camellia Tier ($5,000–$9,999)
  • All of the above benefits
  • Invitation to a summer party at a private home
  • Meet the artists at a post-concert reception
  • Use the Atrium for a post-concert reception for your guests (catering at your own expense, but rental fee is waived)

Magnolia Tier ($10,000 and more)
  • All of the above benefits
  • A Secret Garden artist to give a 30-minute recital at your home for your own private event (artist and program to be agreed upon)
Secret Garden Concerts are presented with the generous support of:
John H. Hart | John R. Plimpton | George & Patti White | Neeta Helms and Johan van Zyl | Cheryl Amyx | Carolyn Fuller | Mitchell Hertz & Anne Carlucci Norma Dugger | Karin and Kenneth Gross | Linda Bunce | Louise Meng Ourisman Automotive | Jan & Elizabeth Lodal | Raymond S Eresman and Diana E Garcia | Jurgen and Susan Gobien | Gail Melick | Mary Ellen Rottiers
Morris Deutsch | Steve Ramsey | Admiral James G. & Cynthia Foggo
Joan A Dempsey Charitable Fund Stephanie Kanwit | Susan McAnneny William & Marjory Blumenthal | Allister Nelson | Karren Scott | Anne Neal Elena Fletcher | Jacqueline Michel and David E Weisman | Donald J Borut
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Looking for a way to support concerts in the Secret Garden?
Please consider a tax-deductible donation, which you can make HERE or by mailing a check to Musical Movements for Change, 711 Princess St, Suite 3A, Alexandria, VA 22314

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