“The President’s Own” will once again welcome patrons in from the cold for an afternoon of chamber music, refreshments, and docent-led tours of its Hall of Presidents. The 2 p.m. recital on Jan. 19 coordinated by French horn player Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer Paul will include small chamber ensembles performing Gerard Schwarz’s edition of Johann Ernst Altenburg’s Concerto for Seven Trumpets and Timpani; Arnold Cooke’s Nocturnes for horn, soprano, and piano; Jacques Ibert’s Le jardinière de Samos; Sir Arnold Bax’s In Memoriam; and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 11 in E-flat, K. 375. The concert will also be streamed live on the Marine Band’s website: www.marineband.marines.mil.
Following the concert, patrons can tour the Marine Band’s facility, including rehearsal spaces and individual practice areas. The Hall of Presidents, on the second floor, tells the story through art and photography of the Marine Band’s 215-year history of performing for the Chief Executive, beginning with John Adams. Visitors also can view a pictorial history of the band’s national concert tours.
The concert is free; tickets are not required. The John Philip Sousa Band Hall is located at 7th and K Streets in southeast Washington, DC. Free parking is available across the street, under the overpass.