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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: City of Fairfax Band

The City of Fairfax Band is an all volunteer ensemble that consists of over 120 musicians from throughout the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and has been entertaining audiences since 1969.