The Washington Symphonic Brass presents “Veterans Past and Present: An American Tribute” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 pm at St. Anne’s Church on Church Circle in Annapolis. Dedicated to veterans but focusing on the music from the Civil War period, all re-enactors and enthusiasts are invited to come in uniform to experience this concert. Those who come in uniform will receive a two-for-one special ticket offer. As always, students with valid IDs attend free.
Ulysses S. Grant reportedly said that he could remember only two tunes: one was “Dixie” and the other wasn’t. The WSB recalls many of the beloved melodies of the Blue and Gray in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The reflections of contemporary composers, including Aaron Copland’s moving “Lincoln Portrait” give resonance to the Civil War’s lasting legacy as well as Veteran’s Day. Douglas Mears conducts this concert that will bring alive this ever-fascinating part of American history.
WSB performances are exuberant, engaging and leave audiences on their feet cheering. They are at home with everything from Baroque music to Big Band and have produced several successful CDs. The WSB was founded in 1993 by the late Milton Stevens and Mr. Snedecor. Its 17 core members are among the finest brass and percussion players in the region and are featured in the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, military service bands and other DC-area performing ensembles.
This concert is co-presented by Live Arts Maryland, home of the Annapolis Chorale, and St. Anne’s Church. All students with valid IDs and under 18 may attend free of charge using Live Arts Maryland’s Student Rush ticket program. Adult tickets are $30 and will be sold at the door. For more information on this concert, visit www.liveartsmaryland.org or call 410-263-1906.