By offering masterworks by famous names like Brahms, Britten, Copland, Sibelius and even Duke Ellington, as well as exciting new pieces by contemporary composers, The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic has earned a stellar reputation for producing powerful and adventurous concerts. Under the leadership of award-winning music director and conductor Ulysses S. James, the symphonic orchestra of around 65 musicians also collaborates with acclaimed soloists and vocal ensembles each season for a series of performances at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria.
June 11, 2017 — Creston, Sleeper, and Ives: Music of America
WMP concludes its 2016-17 season with works 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 beautiful music to our audiences. Finally, the Philharmonic ends the season with Ives’ humorous and surprising variations on the well-known “My Country ‘tis of Thee” tune.
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