City of Fairfax Band: Spotlight on Women in the Arts
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Mozart's whimsical opera The Magic Flute springs to life via the Washington National Opera and vivid, colorful sets and costumes from Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko. This adventure-filled opera begins as the Queen of the Night sends the brave Prince Tamino on a quest to rescue her daughter from an evil sorcerer. Accompanied by the clumsy and comical birdcatcher Papageno, Tamino braves all obstacles to find the princess and defeat the sorcerer, only to find that all is not what it seems. Tamino's adventure is marked by dramatic plot twists as trickery and betrayals are revealed, and the true villain emerges. This production is sung in English with projected English titles. Learn More
Captain Michelle A. Rakers, Assistant Director, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, guest conducts the City of Fairfax Band, under Music Director Robert Pouliot, in a special Spotlight on Women in the Arts.
In this concert honoring women in music, works by some of today’s hottest and most accomplished symphonic composers — Joan Tower, Julie Giroux, Carolyn Bremer, and Jennifer Higdon — take the spotlight next to perennial favorites by Camille Saint-Saëns, Antonin Dvorak, and John Williams for a fresh and colorful spring mix of wind music. French horn soloist Gunnery Sergeant Hilary Hart, U.S.M.C., performs Saint-Saëns’__ Morceau de concert for horn__, and the band introduces 2010 Young Artist Competition winner, saxophonist Jacob Shochet, in a performance of Clare Grundman’s jazz-inspired Concertante.
Other works on the program include Joan Tower’s Celebration Fanfare, Julie Giroux’s No Finer Calling, Carolyn Bremer’s Early Light, Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Jennifer Higdon’s Kelly’s Field, and John Williams’ Midway March, from the classic World War II motion picture Midway. Described as “bold,” “tuneful,” “playful,” “energetic,” “savvy, sensitive” and “pure espirit,” this promises to be an exceptional evening of celebration that will enliven both the senses and the spirit.