2/22 Airmen of Note Jazz Heritage Seriesw Featuring Christian McBride

Friday, February 22, 2019
8:00pm
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Join the Airmen of Note for the return of the 2019 Jazz Heritage Series featuring GRAMMY award-winning bassist Christian McBride. This performance will feature big band classics and original jazz compositions.

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.

Six-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today.

Raised in a city steeped in soul, McBride moved to New York in 1989 to pursue classical studies at the Juilliard School. There he was promptly recruited to the road by saxophonist Bobby Watson. Call it a change in curriculum: a decade’s worth of study through hundreds of recording sessions and countless gigs with an ever-expanding circle of musicians. He was finding his voice, and others were learning to listen for it.

Currently he hosts and produces “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM satellite radio and National Public Radio’s “Jazz Night in America,” a weekly radio show and multimedia collaboration between WBGO, NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center, showcasing outstanding live jazz from across the country. With his staggering body of work, McBride is the ideal host, drawing on history, experience, and a gift for storytelling to bridge the gap between artist, music, and audience. He brings that same breadth of experience to bear as Artistic Advisor for Jazz Programming at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

 

2/21 The US Air Force Band Guest Artist Series Featuring David Childs

Thursday, February 21, 2019
8:00pm
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The U.S. Air Force Band presents the 2019 Guest Artist Series. Join the Concert Band featuring euphonium virtuoso David Childs. This performance will feature classic brass band favorites and a wide array of solos showcasing David Child’s impeccable talent.

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.

David Childs is regarded as one of the finest brass musicians of his generation. He has appeared as soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, DCINY Symphony and BBC Philharmonic; made solo appearances at the Singapore International Festival, Welsh Proms, Harrogate International Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Melbourne International Festival, BBC Proms and New York Festival; performed solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall; given Concerto performances at the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Symphony Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Albert Hall; and regularly records as a solo artist for radio, television and commercial disc.

David tours extensively performing in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and the U.S.A. He is a keen advocate of new music and has premièred ten concerti for euphonium including a Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms broadcast of Alun Hoddinott’s, ‘Sunne Rising – The King Will Ride’, a Carnegie Hall US première of Karl Jenkins’ Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra, a televised première of Philip Wilby’s Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra, and a UK première of Christian Lindberg’s Concerto for Euphonium & Orchestra directed by the composer.

David is an Associate of the Royal College of Music London; a Professor at both the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and the Birmingham Conservatoire; an Artist for the Buffet Group Besson, Alliance and Reunion Blues; and is Director of Prima Vista Musikk publishing house. He is also a founder member of the highly successful brass quartet Eminence Brass and Artistic Director of Wales’ premiere wind orchestra Cardiff Symphonic Winds.
David is undoubtedly leading the way for euphonium players worldwide. Through his own performances he continues to showcase the euphonium as a serious solo vehicle within the world of classical music.

 

 

2/17 “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band presents “Signs and Symbols”

Sunday, February 17, 2019
2:00pm
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1:00pm- Pre-concert ensemble: Violin trio

Music is one of the most vivid communicators of symbolism, and in its many forms can represent the widest range of emotions, expressions, and pictures. This program takes its inspiration from the deeper meaning expressed in certain fascinating symbols and signs found in the everyday world. From the American patriotism embodied by the form of the eagle and the ancient religious meaning imbued in other animals, to the symbolism found in poetry and song, the collection of new and classic works on this concert explore the way in which music brings these signs and symbols to life. The second half of the program is dedicated to the colorful music of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and his beautifully crafted ballet The Three-Cornered Hat. As the brilliant ballet celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, it is presented in a new transcription for band by the Marine Band’s chief arranger Master Gunnery Sgt. Donald Patterson.

2/10 “The President’s Own” United State Marine Band: “Portraits”

Sunday, February 10, 2019
2:00pm
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FREE

From Don Quichotte, Dulcinee, and Desi Arnaz to Sir Edward Elgar’s “friends pictured within” his magnum opus, this concert paints a series of musical portraits culminating in the renowned Enigma Variations, which celebrates its 120th anniversary this year. The gallery will also feature Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegl’s Merry Pranks, Maurice Ravel’s song cycle Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, Michael Daugherty’s Desi, and James Syler’s new work Love Among the Ruins for viola, winds, and percussion, inspired Robert Browning’s riveting poem of the same name.

Pre-concert ensemble: Cello trio

2/9 Alexandria Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart: Symphony No. 38 “Prague”

Saturday, February 9, 2019
8:00pm
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PROGRAM 3 – Mozart: SYMPHONY NO. 38

James Ross, conductor

BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

MOZART: Symphony No. 38 “Prague”

PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1″ Classical”

STRAVINSKY: Dumbarton Oaks

New and old traditions collide in February with an exploration of the Classical-era symphony. The program centers on Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 “Prague,” one of his later and most eclectic symphonies, juxtaposed with Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1 “Classical,” written in homage to Mozart and Haydn and cited as one of the earliest pieces of the neo-classical era. The program will also feature soloists from the ASO for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks.

2/2 Air Force Concert Band Featuring Winners of the Collegiate Symposium

Saturday, February 2, 2019
8:00pm
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Join the Concert Band for this exciting performance featuring winners of the 2019 Collegiate Symposium. This side-by-side performance will include classic and contemporary literature for Concert Band as well as highlighting the talented college students from across the country!

This concert is FREE and open to the public, tickets required. 
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.

The United States Air Force Band Collegiate Symposium offers a unique opportunity for talented college musicians to immerse themselves in one of the world’s finest professional wind ensembles. This three-day workshop encompasses a variety of events to enhance musical growth and learning. The weekend culminates in a joint public and live-streamed performance with the U.S. Air Force Concert Band at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, VA.

2/1 Airmen of Note Jazz Heritage Series Featuring John Fedchock

Friday, February 1, 2019
8:00pm
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Join the Airmen of Note for the return of the 2019 Jazz Heritage Series featuring world-class jazz trombonist John Fedchock. This performance will feature big band classics and original jazz compositions.

This concert it FREE and open to the public, tickets required. 

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.

John Fedchock is an American jazz trombonist, bandleader, and arranger. Fedchock studied at Ohio State University and the Eastman School of Music. He worked for several years in the Woody Herman Orchestra in the 1980s and was noted for his arrangements. He also worked with Gerry Mulligan, Louie Bellson, Bob Belden, Rosemary Clooney, and Susannah McCorkle. He recorded his first album as a leader in 1992 with the New York Big Band, which was active into the late 2000s.

Fedchock’s illustrious career in jazz has spanned over three decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC’s premier jazz artists. His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquee group, showcasing Fedchock’s trombone and arranging as well as the band’s all-star soloists. The JFNYBB’s five CDs on the MAMA and Reservoir Music labels have all received high praise from critics and extraordinary success on national jazz radio charts. The early success of the band resulted in Fedchock’s name appearing in DOWNBEAT’s Readers Poll under the categories of Trombone, Arranger and Big Band, simultaneously for several consecutive years. In recognition of his formidable arranging skills, Fedchock is a two-time GRAMMY Award nominee for “Best Instrumental Arrangement”. The JFNYBB’s recordings have appeared in jazz radio’s Top Ten, and the New York Times has applauded the band’s “Cheerful Syncopation, Served With Spit-and-Polish Precision.” Small group projects with his quartet and NY Sextet showcase A-list sidemen along with Fedchock’s “incomparable trombone playing, which seems to have no limit, technically or musically” (JazzReview.com).

1/27 Marine Chamber Ensemble: “Beethoven’s First Symphony”

Sunday, January 27, 2019
2:00pm
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With his First Symphony, Ludwig van Beethoven established himself as the heir of the Classical symphony. This bold offering made clear the composer’s adventurous appetite to expand and develop the genre, taking it to heights never before imagined. The program will also feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon, as well as Felix Mendelssohn’s mysterious and captivating Hebrides Overture, also known as “Fingal’s Cave.”

Pre-concert ensemble: French horn quartet