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April 23, 2014, will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of the most remarkable storyteller in history, William Shakespeare. His timeless themes are as relevant today as they were four and a half centuries ago. With thousands of unforgettable quotes and more than 1,700 English words coined by the Bard of Avon, his influence continues to extend far beyond the theater and into our everyday lives. This program features both music of Shakespeare’s time, such as Gordon Jacob’s William Byrd Suite, and works borne from his inimitable prose, such as Sergei Prokofiev’s famous ballet based on Romeo and Juliet and highlights from Sir Arthur Sullivan’s incidental music for The Tempest. The program will include a solo performance by trombonist Isaac Johnson of Pine Island, Minn., winner of the 2014 Concerto Competition for high school musicians. The concert is free and no tickets are required. The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NOVA, is located at 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA; parking for $6. - April 23, 2014, will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of the most remarkable storyteller in history, William Shakespeare. His timeless themes are as relevant today as they were four and a half centuries ago. With thousands of unforgettable quotes and more than 1,700 English words coined by the Bard of Avon, his influence continues to extend far beyond the theater and into our everyday lives. This program features both music of Shakespeare’s time, such as Gordon Jacob’s William Byrd Suite, and works borne from his inimitable prose, such as Sergei Prokofiev’s famous ballet based on Romeo and Juliet and highlights from Sir Arthur Sullivan’s incidental music for The Tempest. The program will include a solo performance by trombonist Isaac Johnson of Pine Island, Minn., winner of the 2014 Concerto Competition for high school musicians. The concert is free and no tickets are required. The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NOVA, is located at 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA; parking for $6.

The year 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day and a significant turning point duringWorld War II. While men in uniform bravely battled unrelenting forces abroad, America resolutely marched on at home and prepared for their eventual return. It was a difficult time for the country, yet it was also an era that played a major role in defining America's national culture and an artistic identitity that we continue to celebrate to this day. The unique American art form of jazz had come into its own, the hit parade was on the radio, a wunderkind named Leonard Bernstein took New York City by storm, and Aaron Copland was the first Pulitzer Prize winner in music. Come enjoy a whirlwind journey through a single iconic year in history as the Marine Band opens a musical time capsule from 1944. The concert is free and open to the public. The Bowie Center for the Performing Arts is located at 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie, MD. Parking is free. - The year 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day and a significant turning point during World War II. While men in uniform bravely battled unrelenting forces abroad, America resolutely marched on at home and prepared for their eventual return. It was a difficult time for the country, yet it was also an era that played a major role in defining America's national culture and an artistic identitity that we continue to celebrate to this day. The unique American art form of jazz had come into its own, the hit parade was on the radio, a wunderkind named Leonard Bernstein took New York City by storm, and Aaron Copland was the first Pulitzer Prize winner in music. Come enjoy a whirlwind journey through a single iconic year in history as the Marine Band opens a musical time capsule from 1944. The concert is free and open to the public. The Bowie Center for the Performing Arts is located at 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie, MD. Parking is free.