Among the many community symphonies in Northern Virginia, the McLean Symphony is one of the few groups not undergoing a major transition.
Some symphonies are holding auditions for players, and another is holding auditions for a conductor, but the McLean Symphony "is in the wonderful position of not having to hold any auditions," said music director Dingwall Fleary.
The first concert of the orchestra's season, to be held Oct. 10 at McLean High School, will honor the 40th anniversary of the founding of Israel with the world premiere of "L'Chayim" (to life), written by the Israeli-American composer Michael White.
Guitarist Peter Segal will be featured soloist in Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" in addition to "L'Chayim."
The program will include Beethoven's "Fidelio Overture," Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 and a suite from the movie "Exodus."
The second concert, Nov. 14 at Rock Springs Congregational Church in Arlington, features organist Mickey Terry in a program titled "Pipedreams." Terry will play Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Tympani as well as Hindemith's Chamber Concerto for Organ.
The orchestra will be back at the McLean High School for a holiday concert on Dec. 20, when it will play Debussy's Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra and Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata."
The Emmanuel Lutheran Church will be the site of the Feb. 6 concert, which will be called "Contrasts." Eve Adamopoulos, the new concertmaster, will perform in Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola." A new work called "Praxis" by Alan Newhouse, a violist with the orchestra, also will be heard.
The March 5 concert, at Madison High School in Vienna, will premiere the work of a new McLean player, Kilsung Oak. The following concert, on April 10 at McLean High School, will feature an award-winning fanfare for brass and tympani by 16-year-old composer Andrew Recinos.
On June 4, the orchestra will welcome Noel Jan Tyl back to the stage, after a decade out of professional activity. The 6-10 baritone will perform in Bela Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle."