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Northern Lights: A Scandinavian Savory Soiree

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    Sat, January 28, 2023 (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

The Rectory on Princess Street
711 Princess Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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An exquisite dining experience complemented by live music
Northern Lights: A Scandinavian Savory SoireeEdvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Sibelius, Elfrida AndréeMarianna Prjevalskaya, piano | Elise Blake, violinist

Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 5pm, 7:00pm

Concert with Sumptuous Multi-Course Scandinavian Cuisine and Wines

The festivities begin with a Lingonberry sparkling cocktail reception before a dinner of Finnish Salmon Soup “Lohikeitto”, Arctic Char with Hasselback potatoes and Wine Pairings 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, 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!

Musical Program

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957, Finland): 5 pieces for violin and piano, op. 81

1. Mazurka

2. Rondino

3. Valse

4. Aubade

5. Menuetto

Elfrida Andrée (1841–1929, Sweden): 2 romances for violin and piano

I. Larghetto

II. Andante espressivo

Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson (1847–1927, Iceland): Lofsöngur (Icelandic anthem)

Carl Nielsen (1865–1931, Denmark): 5 pieces for piano op. 3

2. Humoresque

5. Elf Dance

Edvard Grieg (1843–1907, Norway): Peer Gynt’s Homecoming (Peer Gynt)

Edvard Grieg (1843–1907, Norway): In the hall of the mountain king (Peer Gynt)

Event presented by Musical Movements for Change

Marianna Prjevalskaya

Praised by critics as “a grand pianist” (Il Cittadino, Italy) and a “master of piano” (Music Magazine ‘Auditorium’, Korea), Marianna Prjevalskaya performs as a recitalist and concerto soloist, and captivates audiences with emotional intensity, maturity, richness and beauty of tone.

Since her solo debut with orchestra at age nine, Ms. Prjevalskaya has appeared with major orchestras such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, National Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Granada Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra and Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and collaborated with renowned conductors such as Rumon Gamba, Ion Marin, Roberto Trevino, Clemens Schuldt, Carlos Prieto, David Danzmayr, Stamatia Karampini, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Max Bragado, James Ross.


Elise Blake, described as "a violinist of outstanding technical accomplishment and a musician of inordinate sensitivity" by conductor Steven White (Metropolitan Opera), has performed at notable venues in the United States and abroad including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the 'Globe Theatre' of Villa Borghese (Rome, Italy), and the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès (Strasbourg, France).

Currently based in Washington, DC, Elise is Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Baltimore, Delaware, Maryland, Richmond, Virginia Symphonies, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, among others. She also performs this year with the IRIS Orchestra (Germantown, TN), Sarasota Opera Orchestra (Sarasota, FL), Rhymes With Opera (New York, NY), and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Santa Cruz, CA). Additional festival participation includes the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, Ash Lawn Opera, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, and the Orchestra Festival Geminiani (Tuscany, Italy).

Originally from New England, Elise holds a Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; she completed her undergraduate training at Boston University's School of Music.


Dinner is served indoors in our beautiful Atrium on Saturday, January 28 with two seatings at 5pm and 7:00pm

Seating will begin 15 minutes before; service will begin promptly and there will be no late admission.

Vegetarian or gluten-free meals will be available upon request in advance. For special requests and wheelchair accessibility; please contact: Jayci@ClassicalMovements.com or call (703) 683-6040 x217.

Tickets are non-refundable.

We discourage you from using the on-street parking. To ensure legal parking, read all posted signs before parking.

Limited off-street private parking is available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the following locations:

Classical Movements, 711 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Fitness Together Alexandria’s main entrance, 300 N Washington Street building, Alexandria, VA 22314

Seasons Culinary Services, 715 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

About the Rectory

Built in 1785 and the home of Classical Movements’ offices since 2014, the building formerly served as the rectory of the nearby historic Christ Church, once the church of George Washington. Since then, it has been owned by several distinguished Virginians and has been a commercial space since the 1960’s.

Located in the heart of beautiful Old Town Alexandria at 711 Princess Street, the Rectory is minutes away from the shops and restaurants of bustling King Street and is easily accessible by bus and metro.

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