Classes on Hold

Ballroom Dance Class  

Hosted by Gary Stephans & Margit Paulding

$30 per person, $55 per couple

Renowned, international ballroom dance instructor, Gary Stephans, promises the most fun you'll ever have learning or improving your Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Rumba, Cha-Cha and Samba. Discover little techniques that will help you become a relaxed and confident social dancer in these small, personalized dance classes. Beginners and experienced dancers welcomed - no partner needed.


Two hours of dance lessons, practice dancing and refreshments from 7pm to 9pm. More information at Art of Ballroom Dance. Email: or call 703-505-5998. 

An Artist of Soldier Life

Winslow Homer and the Civil War

Susan G. Cumbey


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Susan G. Cumbey, Director of Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, uncovers the life of a renowned American artist.  Praised during his own time for rendering “what he has seen and known,” Winslow Homer’s experience as a special artist for Harper’s Weekly early in the Civil War inspired him to begin painting scenes of army life with a realism paralleled by photographers of the day.  While Homer’s finest camp life scenes serve as a pictorial record of the soldier’s experience, his most powerful Civil War paintings reveal deeper meanings which provoke us to ponder the tragedy of war, and allow us to witness the emergence of one of America’s greatest artists. 

Deborah Dana | Notes on Notes

Opening Reception

Join us for the opening reception for Notes on Notes by Deborah Dana.


Deborah's collages are made from pages of old books and sheet

music colored with archival ink in a process she developed. A unique

alphabet of shapes and glyphs are then cut from the pages to create the

palette for each piece. As the viewer is drawn into the piece they will realize it is made up of individual segments and be surprised to discover the the letters, words, and notes.

Michael Spears

The Sight of Rhythm and Melody

Opening Reception

Join us for the opening reception with Visual Music: Paintings by Michael Spears featuring his latest works inspired by the influence of religion on R&B of the 60’s and 70’s.


Michael asks: Does the prodigious infusion of R&B into current wide-reaching marketing strategies (TV/radio commercials) suggest more than is immediately apparent? Michael believes that the mesmerizing rhythms and melodies, marvels in their own right, are intertwined with lyrics that satisfy the universal appeal of hope and a better tomorrow.

BÉATRICE MARTIN, harpsichord 

Le Clavecin Français The French Harpsichord

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Tickets Will be Refunded

Harpsichordist BÉATRICE MARTIN was born in Annecy, France. She attended Geneva Conservatory and the Paris Conservatory. Ms. Martin has played recitals at Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra Comique, and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Ensembles she has played with include Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert Spirituel, Ricercar, Il Seminario Musical, and Les Arts Florissants. Ms. Martin is co-founder, with Patrick Cohën-Akenine, of Les Folies Françoises. With Les Folies Françoises, she recorded four discs of music by J.S. Bach: the dialogue cantatas (Cypres); the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord; and concertos for harpsichord, BWV 1052, 1053, 1055 and 1056. With Les Arts Florissants, she has recorded more than 20 CDs and DVDs. She won First Prize, Audience Prize, and Bärenreiter Prize at the International Harpsichord Competition of Bruges in 1998. She has been a faculty member at the Juilliard School since 2015. 


Ms. Martin will delight the audience with a program that showcases the astonishing developments in keyboard composition during the period of the Bourbon kings of France. Do not miss this exquisite concert full of exhilarating, graceful and tender moments, in works by the greatest keyboard composers of the French Baroque.

Tickets Include catered wine reception with the artist following the program. 


Presented in partnership with 28 Chairs

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Alexandria, VA  22314   703-548-0035

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