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Chamber Music Series Returns Oct. 6 – Join in Person or Watch Online!

By Staff Sgt. Chase Baran | United States Marine Band | October 3, 2019


The Marine Band’s Chamber Music Series resumes Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. EST - each Sunday this month you can join us in person or stream the performance live online!

This week’s concert, titled “Metamorphosis,” has been organized by Staff Sgt. Sara Matayoshi, a violinist for the Marine Band since June 2018. The performance features mainly string instruments, including an oboist only for the concert’s namesake piece: Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Opus 49.

“To some degree, all music can be traced back to something already created,” Matayoshi said. “All of the composers on this program were inspired from various sources including different musical styles or works, historical stories, or myths and transformed it into something uniquely theirs.”

In other words, a “Metamorphosis” of sorts.

This inspiration is drawn from a wide variety of times, cultures, and traditions. Specifically, the program features works founded in Eastern European folk music, tunes form Broadway and Hasidic Judaism, Greek Mythology, the work of Johann Sebastian Bach, only repackaged as something new, yet recognizable. For more details, check out the program notes.

“I enjoy getting opportunities to connect with others that come from very different perspectives from mine, as I feel that enriches my own life perspective,” Matayoshi said. “In music and outside of music, I have an interest in learning how our history and passions are reflected in the way we express ourselves. The music chosen for the program is a reflection of this interest.”

The Marine Barracks Annex is accessible by Metro via the Navy Yard or Eastern Market stations. Free parking is also available under the overpass on 7th Street, across from the Annex. Please allow extra time for ID checks at the gate.

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