April 21, 2015 --
Conducted by Marine Band Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig, the Marine Chamber Orchestra will present this year’s Young People’s Concert: “Music History Mystery,” at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 26, at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College located at 3001 North Beauregard Street in Alexandria. The interactive and educational concert is free and will also be streamed live at www.marineband.marines.mil.
Fettig has crafted a program that will take listeners on a historical journey while solving a musical mystery. One of the most familiar melodies ever composed has been stolen—Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony—and the only way to identify the culprit is by recognizing the musical clues found in different styles of music. The suspects include famous (or should we say infamous) composers from virtually every time period in classical music, spanning from the Baroque to the present. Concertgoers will travel back in time with a customized clue book to help solve the melodic mystery and learn a little bit about music history along the way.
“It’s a really fun and creative concept that I think everyone will enjoy.” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Charles Willett, who will act as the ghost of Beethoven. “Beethoven will be seen in projection shadows and participate in solving the crime.”
Prior to the concert, attendees will enjoy a clarinet quartet performance beginning at 1:15 p.m. in the lobby, and following the concert, patrons are invited to take part in an instrument petting zoo.
For general concert information, patrons may call the 24-hour Concert Information Line at (202) 433-4011 or visit www.marineband.marines.mil. Free parking is available.
Complete program and program notes