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Concert – Wash. Metro. Philharmonic: Stravinsky, Ravel, Corigliano & Brahms

George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22301

Join the WMPA and Guest Conductor Glen Cortese as they perform a program featuring “Heroes and Legends”. Each work on the program celebrates a reference to an historical heroic or legendary character. Though Brahms generally did not write program music, he had tied with the idea of writing incidental music for Goethe’s Faust and his “Tragic Overture” was the result of that attempt. The “Chaconne from the Red Violin” by John Corigliano (one of our foremost living American composers) is music that evolved from his film score for “The Red Violin”. In this story, the violin itself is the hero as we follow its dramatic journey through centuries of history from the man who made it to the one who finally possesses the instrument. Ravel’s “Tzigane” is an incredibly virtuosic work for solo violin and orchestra which is a direct reference and tribute to the legendary and heroic violinists Paganini and Sarasate. The program ends with Stravinsky’s “Suite from the Firebird (1919)” which the composer extracted from his groundbreaking ballet.
This is the third concert of the WMPA’s 2022/2023 season which honors the legacy of it’s longtime Music Director Ulysses James, who has long championed underrepresented and American composers.
Mr. Cortese is Artistic Director of The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and the third guest conductor/finalist for WMPA.
Solo violinist Miranda Cuckson who has delighted audiences with her wide range of music and styles, makes her WMPA debut performing John Corigliano’s haunting “The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra” as well as Ravel’s “Tzigane”.
After experiencing the artistry of all four Music Director finalists in concert throughout the season, both audiences and orchestra members will be able to share their thoughts through surveys, which will be impactful in determining the Philharmonic’s next Music Director, to be announced this Spring.

FREE PARKING. Tickets $25. Under 18 free.

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