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Homage to the Godfathers

By SSgt Rachel Ghadiali | | February 27, 2014


This week the Marine Band will perform a concert paying tribute to four composers whose mastery of music continues to serve as an inspiration. “Homage to the Godfathers” will highlight music by Franz Joseph Haydn, widely considered the Godfather of Classical music; Ludwig van Beethoven, arguably the patriarch of the Romantic era; Nino Rota, the score composer of the 1972 film “The Godfather;” and renowned 20th century composer Sergei Prokofiev. The concert will include Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont, Opus 84; Haydn’s Symphony No. 97 in C; Rota’s Divertimento Concertante featuring double bass soloist Master Sgt. Aaron Clay; and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D, Opus 25, Classical.


“The concert is a tale of two halves,” said Conductor Major Jason K. Fettig. “The first half of the performance will focus on Haydn and Beethoven, the masters of their craft. The second half is a 20th century take—Prokofiev’s Symphony is modeled on the work of Haydn and Rota’s Concertante and is built on neo-classical elements and musical traditions of the past.”

The concert will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 2 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va. The Schlesinger Center is located at 3001 North Beauregard Street in Alexandria, Va., and parking is available in the adjacent garage for a $6 fee. The concert is free; no tickets are required.

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