Announcing the PSA’s 2021
Young Artist Competition
In light of the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are modifying the 2021 Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Young Artist Competition (YAC) processes for a second year. Traditionally, the YAC consists of two competitions, the Leonard Wood Competition for young musicians under 19 years old and the Peter Tannenwald Competition for musicians between 19 and 30 years old. The Leonard Wood Competition will not be held this year and the Tannenwald Competition will be a virtual competition following the same modified procedures used last year requiring the submission of video auditions. See the About the 2021 Young Artist Competition page for more information.
The Philharmonic Society regrets that we must suspend all public activities until such time as restrictions on gatherings are completely lifted. When that time comes we will resume our regular rehearsals and scheduled concerts. We will post updates regarding all Philharmonic Society activities, so please revisit our site regularly to remain informed about our plans as they evolve.
The "Nimrod" Project
In the midst of the pandemic, in order to maintain their "chops," Maestro Cela proposed that the Orchestra make a collaborative video of a well-known piece and here it is.
“Nimrod” is the ninth variation of Elgar’s “Enigma Variation,” and it refers to Augustus Jaeger, a music publisher in London. There was a point in time when Elgar was very depressed, and about to give up writing music, but Jaeger encouraged him to continue composing. Today, the Arlington Phil performs this work as a way of saying that, no matter how difficult the times, we will continue making music.
Orchestra members were asked to play their own part. Those who were able to submit recordings were given certain parameters, then the videos were edited together, and the sound mixed to account for the different recording levels. All the playing in the video is done by the shown players.”
The PSA's 2020-2021 YEARBOOK is HERE.
Congratulation to the Winners of the PSA's
2020 YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION
The 2020 competition results are HERE .
The 2020-2021 SEASON
will be available here soon (hopefully).
This work, "L'dor vador" by Meir Finkelstein, was scheduled to be performed at a late-April Chorale Concert. L'dor vador refers to “continuity, to the responsibility of passing on spiritual knowledge