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Fall Chamber Series 2022

Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Brian Rust

Oct. 23 Chamber Concert

17 Oct 2022 | United States Marine Band

The 2022 Fall Chamber Series continues at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, with a contemporary program coordinated by French horn player Staff Sgt. Claire Ross. The concert will take place in John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C., and will be livestreamed on YouTube.

The concert begins with a flute, guitar, cello, and piano quartet performing a Latin influenced piece titled Dancing Fire II which, according to the composer Kevin Day, depicts unbridled energy and intensity of sound. The quartet is followed by a flute and bassoon duet on Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6—free-flowing melodic lines give the impression that both the flutist and the bassoonist are improvising together. The program includes a percussion trio, string quartet, two euphoniums with rhythm section, and more.

Program & Notes

In programming this concert, Ross’s main focus was ensuring there would be something for everyone. “Not only is it important to me to program a diverse range of composers, both in gender, race, and culture, it’s also important to me that the style of music, instrumentation, time period of composition, and group size have variety as well,” Ross said. “When there is such a wide array of pieces on a program, I find it to be more likely that everyone can find something they like. Because musical preferences differ so much, I tried to pick works that were either melody-heavy, fun and energetic, unique, or some combination thereof. I tried to use a variety of group sizes and instrumentation to keep it as interesting as possible for the audience.”

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets required. The Marine Barracks Annex is located at 1053 7th Street SE in Washington, DC, and free parking is available in the gated lot beneath the bridge on 7th Street. Please allow extra time for ID checks and security at the gate.