A unique collaboration: the All-Star Orchestra's Music Director Gerard Schwarz guest conducts the United States Marine Band. Founded by an Act of Congrass in 1787, it is America's oldest continually active musical ensemble. Three programs feature masterpieces for symphonic band and the history of the famed ensemble.
Program 1: Above and Beyond
The beloved folk melodies and lively dances of Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy are followed by Maestro Schwarz's own Above and Beyond and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon's Fanfare Ritmico. John Philip Sousa's march, Semper Fidelis, is led by the Director of the United States Marine Band, Col. Jason K. Fettig.
Program 2: New England Spirit
Revolutionary war melodies inspire William Schumann's New England Triptych including When Jesus Wept and the thrilling Chester (as heard at several Presidential inaugurations). Vincent Persichetti's colorful Masquerade shows off the Marine Band's amazing virtuosity. The program conclude with Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever.
Program 3: Classic Band Masterpieces
The masterful First Suite for Military Band by composer of the The Planets, Gustav Holst, is paired with the landmark Symphony for Band in B flat by the great Paul Hindemith. The splendor of Chinese percussion adds a festive note to Bright Sheng's exhilarating Shanghai Overture.