The American story is rich with tales of politics and patriotism, religion and art, and the birth of a culture unlike any other on Earth. The music on this program explores these themes from a uniquely American perspective and includes the world première of a major new symphony for band by the talented young composer Jacob Bancks, written specifically for “The President’s Own.” The work was inspired by Vachel Lindsay’s 1919 poem about William Jennings Bryant’s remarkable 1896 presidential campaign. Also featured on this concert is a performance of the stunning new Clarinet Concerto by composer Jonathan Leshnoff, originally written for the Philadelphia Orchestra and their principal clarinetist, Ricardo Morales. Morales joins the Marine Band for this performance in a transcription of the concerto made by the composer himself. The program is completed by additional nods to our nation’s original capital city with works by John Philip Sousa and Samuel Barber.
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