PACO salutes the contributions of Black Americans to classical music that would not have been possible if it weren't for the events of 1865.
Returning to the Stage Responsibly
We look forward to our 2021-2022 Concert Season "Reemergence" when we are back on stage, and live music will fill our lives once again. We miss the interaction with one another as we prepare for our concerts, but most of all we miss seeing you. There simply is no substitute for performing for a live audience that appreciates what you do.
The entire PACO family, including musicians, guest artists, staff, volunteers, is also required to be fully vaccinated. We are implementing these policies in consultation with public health officials, in collaboration with many of our region’s arts community, and in response to patron feedback in order to keep you, our artists and staff, and community as safe as possible.
These protocols are in effect from September 7, 2021 until further notce, and will be reviewed regularly to follow the latest public health recommendations.
Proof of Vaccination
PACO will refer to Fairfax County Health Department and Loudoun County Health Department recommendations for preserving public health. Effective September 7, 2021, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington will require all audience members be fully vaccinated to attend all events. All audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the performance regardless of age. A physical vaccination card or a photo of a vaccination card, along with a valid photo ID can also be presented for entry. Currently, children under 12 do not need to present proof of vaccination, but a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the performance is required.
Face Mask Requirement
Patrons are required to wear face coverings at all times and in all areas of UCP Reston, including while seated during the performance regardless of age. Face coverings should be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth, and meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not permitted. It is our hope that wearing masks will help to slow the spread of breakthrough cases, particularly of the Delta variant.
Please visit this webpage for any updates before you attend your next concert. You can also contact us at (703) 745-PACO or via e-mail at info@PACOdc.org if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support of PACO. We look forward to returning to the stage.
Violist Dan Zhang has concertized throughout Europe, the United States, Asia, and South America as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra musician. Dr. Zhang has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Teatro Centro Cultural Kirchner in Buenos Aires, and NHK Hall in Tokyo. In recent years, she has been invited to play with orchestras inclusive of Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic. Dr. Zhang actively appeared in music festivals such as Master Music Course Japan, Bach Cantata Music Festival in Germany, Kneisal Hall Music Festival and International Jungen Orchesterakademie in Germany.
Dr. Zhang has had the honor of numerous awards. She was the prizewinner of the First China Viola Festival and Competition and won 1st prize in the Shenandoah Conservatory Concerto competition. She won the Gold Prize of the 3rd Hong Kong International Strings Competition. She also participated in the International Max Rostal Competition in Berlin and was the finalist of the International Anton Rubinstein Viola Competition in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Dr. Zhang also teaches at Washington Adventist University, Mason Community Arts Academy and Catoctin School of Music. Being a passionate teacher, Dr. Zhang sees herself as a role model for her students, aiming to humble, nurture, inspire, and learn from each other. Dr. Zhang has conducted masterclasses at schools such as George Mason University, Shenandoah University, MinZu University of China, Xi’an Conservatory and Beijing Normal University. Her mission is always to nurture students’ academic success, in relation to their personal goals and journey.
As a collaborator and advocate, Dr. Zhang has had the privilege to serve as artist director of “The Sound of Piano, Strings and Voice International Music Festival”, based in Xi’ an, China. This program provides young musicians with a strong artistic vision and stage presence.
Dr. Zhang received her D.M.A. at The Catholic University of America, M.M. at Yale School of Music, A. D. from Shenandoah University and B.M. from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Get to know Dan...
How did you come to study your instrument?
I actually started playing the violin. One day during a concert opportunity, I heard a lot of beautiful viola playing by a professor from Central Conservancy of Music in Beijing. Later he became my enlightenment teacher.
What drew you to this instrument?
The tone. I would say viola is such a singing instrument, its warm tone always heals me when I hear it. It is also very colorful and powerful.
Do you play any other instruments?
Besides viola, I play the violin, a little bit of piano and I am taking guitar lessons now. It’s interesting that my first instrument was accordion. I started playing it at three. After about a year, I switched to violin because it was quite heavy. Not long after I stopped playing the accordion I forgot everything I have learned, lol. I also played clarinet during my elementary school years.
What’s the number one piece on your bucket list to play?
Bach...I am thinking of Bach cello Suite No. 1 while reading this question.
What music do you enjoy when you’re not rehearsing?
I like jazz very much! I even exchange lessons with my jazz musician friend during the pandemic. I also enjoy classical, opera, musical works.
Is there a PACO performance from this year that stands out to you? Why?
The Black Sea concert on Feb. 19. Cool repertoire!
Who is someone who has been instrumental (ha-ha) and influential in your music career?
My mom -- she inspired me so much about how to embrace difficulties and cherish life with music.
Curry beef and potato
What do you love to do outside of the orchestra?
Hiking, kayaking, cooking and watching movies
Of any historical musical figure, who would you go back and meet?
Why do you like performing with PACO?
PACO always has good audience. Performing with so many wonderful colleagues is so much fun!
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PACO is available for hire and/or collaboration. Our experienced musicians and management team are pleased to cater to the needs of almost any project. Whether you wish to hire an orchestra for a function or event or to accompany your solo project or record your composition. Whatever the event or project, PACO can tailor the orchestra or other associated chamber groups to your musical requirements with excellent quality of performance and management. To discuss your project in more detail and to get a quote, contact Alisha Coleman, Executive Director, at (703) 745-PACO or via e-mail at info@PACOdc.org, or by clicking the email button below.