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Marine Band: Song and Dance - Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. - This concert features music inspired by song and dance. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances repurposed much of an original work initially composed as a ballet, while Robert Russell Bennett’s Suite of Old American Dances conjures the familiar dance hall tunes of his youth in the Midwest in the early 1900s. Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, sung by baritone Master Sgt. Kevin Bennear, recalls a similar era and inspiration. Gazebo Dances was inspired by the many small band stands seen throughout the country, particularly in small towns, where public concerts by town bands can often be heard in the summers. This concert will also feature euphonium soloist Peyton Sills, the 2019 Marine Band Concerto Competition winner. A jazz quartet will offer pre-concert music in the lobby beginning at 1:15 p.m. The concert, which takes place at Northern Virginia Community College's Schlesinger Concert Hall, is free and no tickets are required.

Marine Chamber Orchestra: The Darkness and the Light - Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. - One of the most striking elements of music is its power to communicate opposites of emotion, and the experience of moving between those emotions. The unique collection of works on this program embodies the visceral journey between these disparate feelings, as well as a virtual journey through the environments of the dark and the light. Michael Gilbertson was a Pulitzer- Prize finalist in music in 2018 and composed his creative concerto for woodwind quintet and chamber orchestra in 2016. Entitled The Cosmos, the work explores the wonders and phenomena of our universe. Paired with this new work is a staple in the solo repertoire, Sergei Prokofiev’s stunning first concerto for piano. The concert concludes with one of the greatest symphonies in the history of classical music, Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 4. Composed when Schubert was only 19 years old and subtitled Tragic by the composer, the Fourth Symphony of the great Austrian prodigy captures the essence of the emotional darkness and light found in music.. The concert, which will take place at Northern Virginia Community College's Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria, is free and no tickets are required.