The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra will remember its charismatic, longtime director Oct. 8, with a concert dedicated to Maestro Mark Allen McCoy, who led the symphony for 18 years.
“Awakenings,” a program of moving and joyful pieces, is designed to pay tribute to the maestro, who died of colon cancer Aug. 1.
“For the LSO members who had the pleasure to participate in the LSO, Mark is known for nurturing the musicians so that they presented the best program artistically for the people of Loudoun County,” LSO executive director Karen Knobloch said. “Mark is also known for exposing concert goers to well established classical music but also contemporary music such as Interstellar Arias composed by Steven Snethkamp and presented at Mark’s last concert with us in April. He was always professional but had a warm, gentle way about him and we miss him greatly.”
In an interview with Loudoun Now earlier this year, McCoy recalled that his landing the LSO post was something of a fluke, leading to the Washington Post’s April 1998 headline, “Dark Horse Beats 2 Others to Baton.”
But McCoy was a perfect fit and was instrumental in establishing the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, which has helped develop hundreds of young musicians, many of whom are studying music at the college level and pursuing music professionally, Knobloch said.
The Oct. 8 concert features the Master Singers of Virginia led by Dr. Erik Jones which will perform the beloved Fauré “Requiem, Op. 48” and O’Regan’s “Triptych.” Guest conductor David Searle will lead the orchestra on Schumann’s “Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major,” which Knobloch describes as “a fitting tribute to the maestro who inspired excellence in the musicians he touched and the members of the audience who left LSO concerts stirred and awed by so many different musical presentations over the years.”
“Awakenings, A Celebration of Life Dedicated to Maestro Mark McCoy,” begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Place in Lansdowne. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors (65 and older) and free (but must be ticketed) for youth 17 and younger. Admission includes a reception immediately following the concert. Advance purchase is recommended. See details at loudounsymphony.org.