National Symphony Orchestra
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Steven Reineke, conductor
Chuck Brown and his Band
Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8 p.m., Free event, no tickets required.
Gates open at 3 p.m., Open Rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.
The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates the beginning of its 2011–2012 season with its annual Labor Day Capitol Concert featuring new NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke in Legends of Washington Music, a musical tribute to John Philip Sousa, "Duke" Ellington, and Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go."
The concert opens with music of John Philip Sousa, born in D.C. in 1854. The NSO performs works by the world-renowned "March King," including the "Circus Gallop" from The Irish Dragoon, the Presidential Polonaise, and several of his most popular marches.
"Duke" Ellington, born in D.C. in 1899, gave America its own distinctive sound that defined jazz for the rest of the world. The NSO is joined by his granddaughter, dancer/choreographer Mercedes Ellington, whose appearance is made possible by the Duke Ellington Fund.
Chuck Brown, the creator of D.C.'s own Go-Go music, joins the NSO as part of his 75th birthday celebration. The NSO has commissioned two arrangements especially for this salute: Dancin' with Chuck Brown, a medley by Tim Berens of three Chuck Brown favorites: "That'll Work," "Harlem Nocturne," and "Bustin' Loose"; and Run, Joe, arranged by Sam Shoup. Following the orchestral portion of the evening, Chuck Brown and his band continue the performance.
PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (No Open Rehearsal). Please call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at (202) 416-8114 after 11 a.m. to find out if the performance has been moved.
Legends of Washington Music: Sousa, Ellington, and Brown, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David and Alice Rubenstein.
The NSO's annual series of Capitol Concerts is made possible by the U.S. Department of the Army and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Capital Region, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
The NSO Season Opening Concerts are funded in part by the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.
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