This week members of “The President’s Own” will join forces with musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra to present a joint concert as part of “NSO in Your Neighborhood,” an initiative to connect the NSO and its musicians to the residents of Washington, D.C. A Marine Band brass quintet will play alongside members of the NSO 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9 at the John Philip Sousa Band Hall in Washington, D.C.
Marine Band brass quintet members include trumpet/cornetists Master Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Harding, Gunnery Sgt. Michael Mergen, French horn player Gunnery Sgt. Hilary Harding, trombonist Master Sgt. Chris Clark, and tuba player Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Tiedeman. The quintet will perform Adam Schoenberg’s “Reflecting Light” and Four Claudio Monteverdi Madrigals, edited by Ray Mase.
Trumpet player Staff Sgt. Amy McCabe will join the NSO trumpeter Steven Hendrickson, French horn player Laurel Ohlson, trombonist Craig Mulcahy, and tuba player Stephen Dumaine in performing Kevin McKee’s Escape, Elliott Carter’s A Fantasy about Purcell’s “Fantasia upon One Note,” Kerry Turner’s Casbah of Tetouan, and Three Renaissance Madrigals arranged by Irving Rosenthal.
Together the NSO and Marine Band musicians will perform Giovanni Gabrieli’s Canzon X, Michael Kamen’s Quintet, and John Philip Sousa’s march “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
According to Warren Williams, the NSO manager of community outreach, the musicians will share elements of classical music with the community “by bringing our world-class musicians to places where people lie work, and play. … We look forward to seeing you in your neighborhood.”
The concert is free and no tickets required. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, is located at 7th & K Streets, SE, Washington, DC.