Sunday, April 14, 2019
Pre-concert Ensemble: Trumpet Quartet
Since its 1795 première, Joseph Haydn’s 103rd Symphony, nicknamed The Drum Roll after the long ominous timpani roll with which it begins, remains a favorite of his impressive output of 104 symphonies. Brilliantly constructed, the four-movement work culminates in an unflagging, energetic finale based on a single theme and filled with drama and excitement. The program also includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterful Orchestral Suite No. 4 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 2.
See award-winning magic at the D.C. area’s best magic show of the year! Our 2019 show will feature illusionist Gustavo Raley, magical entertainer Jessica Jane, comedy juggler Niels Duinker, children’s entertainer Christopher T. Magician, and D.C.’s magician of the year Christophe Jelinkski. We’re also honored that our master of ceremonies will be the international president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, accomplished performer Michael Finney.
Tickets start at just $20 in advance for adults and $15 for children, a savings of 25% to 33%! At the door, ticket prices will be $5 higher.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
What makes a Big Band swing? Join the Marine Band’s “Big Band” as we explore the incredible world of Big Band Jazz in a program that is sure to leave your toes tapping and hearts pounding. This 50-minute concert is best suited for kids ages 6-12, but all are welcome. Following the performance, all children are invited to try their favorite instruments in our musical Petting Zoo.
James Ross, conductor
Marianna Prjevalskaya, piano
REZNICEK: Overture to Donna Diana
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 1″ Spring”
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
The ASO’s 2018-2019 season concludes in April, featuring Rachmaninoff’s famed Piano Concerto No. 3 with Robert Schumann’s poetic Symphony No. 1 “Spring.” Heralded as one of the most technically difficult concertos in the modern repertoire, its notoriety expanded in pop culture with the release of the 1996 film, Shine, loosely based on the life of pianist David Helfgott. By contrast, Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 “Spring” was an early work in the composer’s repertoire, inspired by German poetry and expanding on the composer’s early songs for voice and piano.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Sergei Rachmaninoff began sketches for a ballet based on a Scythian theme while he was in Russia, before moving to the United States during WWI. Though this piece was never completed, his Symphonic Dances repurposed much of that original material and was discussed as a ballet with Michael Fokine before the American choreographer’s untimely death. Rachmaninoff’s use of the saxophone in the orchestra modeled American composer Robert Russell Bennett’s, who was famous for his orchestrations of Broadway musicals of the mid-century and whose Suite of Old American Dances conjures the familiar dance hall tunes of his youth in the Midwest in the early 1900s. Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs recalls a similar era and inspiration. Gazebo Dances was inspired by the many small band stands seen throughout the country, particularly in small towns, where public concerts by town bands can often be heard in the summers. The work was originally performed by the University of Evansville Wind Ensemble in Indiana, of which Capt. Sherlock is an alum. This concert will also feature our annual Concerto Competition winner euphonium player Peyton Sills, a promising high school musician making his debut appearance with the U.S. Marine Band.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
This festival features student works of fine arts, graphic arts, photography, cinema, interior design, and musical & theatrical performances from our talented students across the college. Come participate in interactive drawing sessions, a portrait station, theatre workshops, and learn about our NOVAarts programs from the NOVAarts faculty.
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Pre-concert ensemble: Saxophone trio
Marine Chamber Orchestra Concert: “The Darkness and the Light”
One of the most striking elements of music is its power to communicate opposites of emotion, and the experience of moving between those emotions. The unique collection of works on this program embodies the visceral journey between these disparate feelings, as well as a virtual journey through the environments of the dark and the light. Michael Gilbertson was a Pulitzer-Prize finalist in music in 2018 and composed his creative concerto for woodwind quintet and chamber orchestra in 2016. Entitled The Cosmos, the work explores the wonders and phenomena of our universe. Paired with this new work is a staple in the solo repertoire, Sergei Prokofiev’s stunning first concerto for piano. The concert concludes with one of the greatest symphonies in the history of classical music, Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 4. Composed when Schubert was only nineteen years old and subtitled Tragic by the composer, the Fourth Symphony of the great Austrian prodigy captures the essence of the emotional darkness and light found in music.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Please reserve tickets HERE
**NOTE: Show is SOLD OUT. Open seating begins at 7:45pm. Doors will open to all non-ticket holders at that time. **
Join the Airmen of Note for the return of the 2019 Jazz Heritage Series featuring jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker. This performance will feature big band classics and original jazz compositions.
This concert it FREE and open to the public, tickets required.
Tickets will be available starting February 22, 2019 at 8 a.m.
Get tickets here: https://usafband.eventbrite.com
All unclaimed seats will be released to non-ticket holders 15 minutes prior to the performance. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. FREE parking in the garage across the street from the performance hall.
Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa.
Born in 1945 in Philadelphia to a musical family, Randy’s musical talent was nurtured from an early age. He attended Indiana University from 1963-66 studying with Bill Adam, David Baker and Jerry Coker and later moved to New York where he landed gigs with such prominent bands as Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band, the Duke Pearson Big Band and the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Tickets: $10 General Admission
Timothy Dixon, conductor
WAGNER: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
BRAHMS: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6, Op. 74 in b minor (Pathetique)