The City of Fairfax Band, honored as among the best community concert bands in the nation, opens its 2018-2019 season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, at Fairfax High School with music that evokes the sky, the stars, and distant imaginings. Guest soloist will be National Symphony Orchestra master trumpeter Steven Hendrickson.
In a concert themed “Looking Upward,” Hendrickson will join the 80-member ensemble to perform “Excursions,” a brilliant trumpet showpiece by Bruce Broughton that “travels this way and that.” Also calling to mind places beyond this earth will be the band’s performance of “Mars, the Bringer of War” from Gustav Holst’s space masterpiece The Planets. Other selections include John Philip Sousa’s Looking Upward Suite, Julie Giroux’s “Journey Through Orion,” and John Williams’ “Adventures on Earth” from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Now in its 49th season, the City of Fairfax Band is among the best of its kind. The John Philip Sousa Foundation honored the group with one of North America’s most prestigious community concert band awards: the Sudler Silver Scroll. In May 2018 the Association of Concert Bands presented Music Director Robert Pouliot its Outstanding Conductor Award. He is only the fourth person to receive the national accolade since its creation. The band’s selective roster includes former members of the nation’s top Washington-based military bands. Other players are either active music teachers, trained instrumentalists who work in other fields, or skilled amateurs. A fan once said the City of Fairfax Band is “like having the Boston Pops in Northern Virginia.”
Soloist Steven Hendrickson is assistant principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra after serving as principal trumpet for 27 years. He graduated from Iowa’s Luther College in 1973 with a degree in music and philosophy. Further study followed with some of the world’s leading brass players. They included legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Adolf Herseth and renowned brass expert Arnold Jacobs, the longtime Chicago Symphony Orchestra tuba player. Before joining the NSO in 1982, Hendrickson was a leading freelance musician in Chicago, performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Chicago Brass Ensemble. He has soloed with the NSO several times, performing trumpet masterworks by Bach, Vivaldi, Arutunian, Persichetti, and Haydn. His 2006 recording for MRS Classics features works from the Baroque to the contemporary.
“This is a nearby, convenient, and affordable opportunity to experience great music the best way there is—live,” said City of Fairfax Band Association President Libby Fike. “At this concert there will be something for everyone to enjoy, from John Philip Sousa to E.T. And, after a week of real life the music will be medicine for the mind.”
Click here to purchase tickets online or purchase at the door (3501 Rebel Run in Fairfax). Adults $15. Seniors $10. Students free.
Other appearances by City of Fairfax Band Association groups include an October 13 concert by the Main Street Community Band. The band will perform at 1 p.m. on the outdoor stage of Fairfax’s Old Town Square, 10415 North Street.