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A church in McLean and an orchestra based in Tysons have teamed up to do their part to assist humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

The Virginia Chamber Orchestra will put on a free Benefit Concert for Ukraine in the McLean Baptist Church sanctuary (1367 Chain Bridge Road) at 4 p.m. this Sunday (Oct. 16).

The concert will feature soprano singer Mandy Brown, violinist Emil Chudnovsky, and pianist Tatiana Loisha as well as the VCO String Quartet.

They will primarily perform classical music, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn, and Antonín Dvořák, but Rogers and Hammerstein also appear. The program closes with “Shche ne vmerta Ukraina,” the national anthem of Ukraine.

While the concert is free to attend, the church will accept donations that will be used to provide medical supplies in Ukraine, according to VCO.

“The Virginia Chamber Orchestra is very pleased to partner with the McLean Baptist Church in presenting a Benefit Concert to provide medical supplies for the people of Ukraine,” VCO Board of Trustees President Douglas Lovejoy said in an emailed statement. “We welcome everyone to the concert and will appreciate your donations.”

Since Russian military forces invaded Ukraine in February, more than 15,000 civilian casualties have been recorded by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as of Monday (Oct. 10), though the organization believes the actual numbers of deaths and injuries are much higher.

Like in other communities across the U.S., acts of solidarity and support for Ukraine have become common in Fairfax County, from a regional winter coat drive and a fundraiser by local breweries to symbolic displays of the eastern European country’s blue-and-yellow flag.

The full program for Sunday’s benefit concert in McLean is below:

  • “Sheep May Safely Graze” by Johann Sebastian Bach — VCO String Quartet
  • “Uzun Hava” by Osman Kivrak — for violin and viola
  • Selections from “44 Duets” by Béla Bartók, including Ruthenian songs from Ukraine
  • “Allegro from Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 ‘American'” by Antonín Dvořák — VCO String Quartet
  • “Polonaise Brilliante in D Major” by Henryk Wieniawski — Emil Chudnovsky, violin
  • “Chanson d’amour” by Jan Tarasiewicz — Tatiana Loisha, piano
  • “L’invitation au voyage” by Henri Duparc — Mandy Brown, soprano
  • “The Winds are Blowing,” a Ukrainian folksong by Mykola Lysenko — Mandy Brown, soprano
  • “Introduction” and “Rondo Capriccioso” by Camille Saint-Saëns — Emil Chudnovsky violin
  • “Nocturne in C Sharp Minor” by Frédéric Chopin — Emil Chudnovsky, violin
  • “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel” by Rodgers & Hammerstein — Mandy Brown, soprano
  • “Shche ne vmerta Ukraina” by Chubynsky/Verbytsky
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The popular outdoor concert series Friday Night Live returns to Herndon (via Herndon Rocks/Facebook)

(Updated at 12 p.m.) Town of Herndon staple Friday Night Live! was set to return today (Friday), but tonight’s scheduled concert has now been called off due to the rainy weather.

“While we normally do not cancel this early in the day, the near certainty of an eventual cancellation dictates that we allow the band, food vendors, etc. to plan accordingly for their day rather than drag things out to the end,” Friday Night Live! Chairman Laura Poindexter said in an emailed message.

The band It’s All Good had been booked to kick off the summer-long concert series, which has been a town tradition since 1995 and typically features rock bands

The season will instead start on May 13 with JunkFood, a returning performer that plays rock, pop, and country.

The series is produced by the Herndon Chamber of Commerce and Volkswagen Group of America is the title sponsor.

A complete schedule is available online. Concerts are scheduled to run through August 26 at the same time every week on the town green (777 Lynn Street).

All ages are welcome, but children under 12 must be accompanied at all times. Guests can bring a blanket, outside food and lawn chairs to the event.

Food, beer and wine will be available on site. Domino’s and Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern plan to sell food and non alcoholic beverages, along with Dairy Queen and Herndon High School’s school sports boosters.

No pets are allowed.

Photo via Herndon Rocks/Facebook

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