Ulysses S. James named a 2016 Living Legend
Ulysses S. James, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association Music Director, has been honored by his community as a 2016 Living Legend of Alexandria.
The Living Legends press release states, "As Music Director of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association (WMPA), Ulysses S. James is a Legend to Alexandria’s classical music audiences. In his 31 years of leadership, presenting 28-30 annual events, James’ impact has been extraordinary. The City of Alexandria and the Arts community have been and will be for many years to come, the beneficiaries of his years of service."
Ulysses James’ vision and leadership have guided WMP’s five year-round programs, which include the WMP ‘Philharmonic’ of auditioned professional, semi-professional and amateur adult musicians performing five concerts in Alexandria and five concerts in Washington, D.C. annually; the 45-50 member Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra for talented high school youth, presenting four to five concerts per year; the 40-45 member Washington Metropolitan Concert Orchestra for young musicians in grades six to nine, which performs three to four concerts per year; the WMP Summer Chamber Concerts Series which annually offers 14-16 free concerts at Alexandria’s Lyceum; and the yearly WMPA Composition Competition for new and emerging East Coast composers.
Hundreds of musicians of all ages have had opportunities to display and improve their musical talents with James’ leadership. His musical brilliance, wise guidance, and deep passion for music education have inspired youth and adults as orchestral musicians and sensitive audience members.
James’s passion for the arts is mirrored in civic service. A member of the Alexandria Arts Forum since its founding in 1991, he served as President from 2010 to 2013, strengthening partnerships with Visit Alexandria, (formerly the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association), and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. In 2012 he received the prestigious Alex Arts Award from the Alexandria’s City Council for exceptional contributions to the arts in Alexandria.
Living Legends of Alexandria will host a "Meet the Legends" reception on March 15. Click here for information about the reception and to purchase tickets.
Click here for additional information about the Living Legends of Alexandria program.