United States Marine Band Chamber Ensemble

75th Anniversary Celebration Event

November 8, 2015, 4 PM

Music Room

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75th Anniversary Celebration Event

To honor the museum’s history of presenting uniformed musicians and to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Phillips presents the virtuoso musicians of the United States Marine Band in a program centered on Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. The monumental work, composed during his imprisonment in Nazi Germany, itself reaches 75 years from its January 15, 1941, premiere. “The President's Own” is America's oldest continuously active professional musical organization.
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Quartet for the End of Time 

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band’s mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually.

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Director Emiritus of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band Colonel John R. Bourgeois speaks about the history and characteristics of the Band.