Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN PHILHARMONIC 2016-2017 SEASON PERFORMANCES
Britten’s Double Concerto for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra with Marcolivia, soloists
SUNDAY, APRIL 2 CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY (DC) 3 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 9 GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL (ALEXANDRIA) 3 PM
Ulysses S. James, Music Director
Benjamin Britten, Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, Marc Ramirez, Viola & Olivia Haijoff, Violin;
John Ireland, These Things Shall Be, with the NOVA Community Chorus, Dr. Mark Whitmire, Music Director;
Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italien
The Philharmonic presents two outstanding works from English composers. The celebrated Violin-Viola Duo of Marc Ramirez and Olivia Haijoff lead off with Britten’s lively and charming Double Concerto. The piece is full of energy, with fanfares, soaring and rapturous melodies, and ending with soft far-away chords. Based on Victorian poetry, the Philharmonic and the NOVA Community Chorus showcase John Ireland’s celebrated impressionistic choral work, a utopian vision of a future in which free people would live peaceably with one another. Finally, Tchaikovsky's delightfully tuneful Capriccio Italien rounds out the program.
From West to East: Creston, Sleeper, Ives and Doppler
SUNDAY, JUNE 4 CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY (DC) 3 PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 11 GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL (ALEXANDRIA) 3 PM
Ulysses S. James, Music Director
Paul Creston, Fantasy for Trombone, Op. 42, Tyler Castrucci, Trombone
Franz Doppler, The Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise, op. 26, Lynn Ann Zimmerman-Bell, Flute;
Charles Ives, Variations on “America”
Thomas Sleeper (WMPA Composition Competition Winner), Symphony #1
From the west side of the Atlantic, we hear pieces by Sleeper, Ives, and Creston. The Philharmonic’s principal trombonist Tyler Castrucci reveals Creston’s lyrical melodies and extended harmonic idiom. “Hauntingly Mysterious”, “Richly Lyrical”, “Soaring Melodies” - these are all phrases used to describe the music of Thomas M. Sleeper. WMP is pleased to introduce Sleeper's music to our audiences. From the east side of the Atlantic, Lynn Ann Zimmerman-Bell, WMP’s principal flutist, delights us with the brilliant and flowing melodies of Hungarian composer Franz Doppler. The Fantasie Pastorale weaves love songs and fiery dances into a grand finale. Finally, the Philharmonic concludes the 2016-17 season with music from this side of the ocean, Ive’s humorous and surprising variations on the well-known “My Country ‘tis of Thee” tune.
Brahms Double Concerto
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY (DC) (3 PM)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 *CONVERGENCE (ALEXANDRIA) 7 PM
*Please note: This is a change in venue and time.
Jean Sibelius, The Swan of Tuonela, Mary Padilla, Cor Anglais
Johannes Brahms, Concerto, Violin & Violoncello, op.102, A minor (Double Concerto),
with Christina Wensel, Violin & Ben Wensel, Cello,
Paul Hindemith, Mathis der Maler
WMP kicks off its 46th season with three masterpieces. The Double Concerto was Brahms' final work for orchestra. It treats the soaring violin and the sonorous cello as one instrument, and with the orchestra, creates a passionate, richly melodic and finely crafted musical palate that also includes some humorous and conversational moments. Sibelius’ mystical tone poem, based on Finnish mythology, beautifully evokes a magic land of enchantment. Mathis der Maler contains some of Hindemith’s most beautiful music. Based on the famous Isenheim altarpiece tableau, Hindemith’s radiant music features a concert of angels, depicts the tragedy of death, and culminates in visionary majestic alleluias.
Francis Poulenc’s Gloria
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY (DC) 3 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL (ALEXANDRIA)
Ernest Bloch, In the Night (A Love Poem)
Ernő Dohnáyni Konzertstuck for Cello and Orchestra with Sam Magill, Cello
Francis Poulenc, Gloria, with the NOVA Community Chorus
WMPA partners with the NOVA Community Chorus to welcome the holiday season with Poulenc’s exuberant, then solemn, then humorous, then gleeful, Gloria, one of his best loved works. Complementing Poulenc’s colorful music palette, Ernst Bloch’s expressive and atmospheric tone poem opens the concert. Rounding out the program is Hungarian composer Ernő Dohnáyni’s rhapsodic late romantic "concert piece," performed by the outstanding Metropolitan Opera Orchestra cellist, Sam Magill.
Note: due to circumstances beyond WMPA's control, we will be unable to perform the previously scheduled work by Emmanuel Moor.
Paderewski’s Piano Concerto in A minor, with Pianist Thomas Pandolfi
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY (DC) *7 PM
*NOTE: This is a change in time.
*SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL (ALEXANDRIA)
Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Piano Concerto, Op 17, A minor, Thomas Pandolfi, Pianist; Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, The River
The Philharmonic teams with acclaimed pianist Thomas Pandolfi to showcase Paderewski’s eloquent concerto. The concerto charms with its intriguing pictorials, undulating Romanza, and its brilliant Allegro that recalls the Polish highlands. Closing out the program, Ellington’s tone poem is a musical allegory that traces the river from its spring source to its end in the sea, paralleling the cycle of life from birth to death. Wonderfully melodic, and flowing constantly like a river, the suite incorporates folk songs, jazz, and spiritual and blues elements.
All programs and performers subject to change without notice.
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