Cathedral Events

Thursday, July 4, 2013 11 AM

Annual Independence Day Organ Recital

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Cathedral organists Christopher Betts, Benjamin Straley, and Jeremy Filsell lead the musical fireworks on the fourth of July with the Washington Brass directed by Phil Snedecor and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters. Canon Michael McCarthy hosts the concert, and Michael Barone returns as master of ceremonies.

Note: Event parking will be in effect all day on July 4—$10, cash only, upon entry into the garage.

Program

Brass Prelude

Fanfare for Common Man
Aaron Copland

The National Anthem

Selections performed by the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters

First Movement from Second Piano Concerto
Sergei Rachmaninov
(piano & organ duet)

The Entertainer
Scott Joplin, arr. Christopher Betts
(organ solo)

Patriotic Rhapsody
Charles Callahan
(organ duet)

“Man I Love” & “I Got Rhythm” from The Songbook
George Gershwin
(piano solo)

March
John Philip Sousa
(organ solo)

Battle Hymn of the Republic
William Steffe
(Sea Chanters)

Stars & Stripes Forever
John Philip Sousa
(organ duet arranged by Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault)

About Michael Barone

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Building upon a curiosity which began in his teens, Michael Barone has been involved with the pipe organ for more than 50 years. As host and senior executive producer of American Public Media’s Pipedreams, he is recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music. Pipedreams began in 1982, and remains the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ. Michael’s talent and commitment have been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Guild of Organists President’s Award in 1996, the Distinguished Service Award of the Organ Historical Society in 1997, and the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in Broadcasting. In November 2002 he was selected for induction to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

Not to be confused with the District’s other notable Michael Barone (senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner), this Michael Barone has served on local and national committees of the American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society (of which he also served two years as president). He has been a judge for national and international organ competitions (Flint, Michigan; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Twin Cities, Minnesota; Calgary, Alberta, Canada), has contributed published articles and reviews to Diapason, Symphony (American Symphony Orchestra League), and the American Organist magazines, and since the year 2000 has organized and led annual group ‘organ tours’ to destinations in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Pipedreams, broadcast on more than 140 stations nationwide, also can be accessed 24/7 online at www.pipedreams.org.

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About U.S. Navy Sea Chanters

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The United States Navy Band Sea Chanters is the official chorus of the United States Navy. The ensemble performs a wide variety of music, ranging from traditional choral music, including the sea chantey, to Broadway musicals. Under the leadership of Chief Musician Georgina L. Todd, the Sea Chanters appear throughout the United States and often perform at the White House, the Vice President’s Home, and for other Washington dignitaries.

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About Christopher Betts

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Christopher Betts is the Cathedral’s Organist and Associate Director of Music. He is the primary organist at Cathedral services, assists with directing the Cathedral choirs, and coordinates the welcome of visiting choirs and the Cathedral organ recital series.

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About Jeremy Filsell

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Jeremy Filsell is acknowledged as one of only a few virtuoso performers on both piano and organ. He has appeared as a solo pianist in Russia, Scandinavia, the USA, throughout the UK. His concerto repertoire encompasses Mozart and Beethoven through to Shostakovich, John Ireland, and Rachmaninov (2nd and 3rd concertos). He has recorded the solo piano music of Herbert Howells, Bernard Stevens, Eugene Goossens, and Johann Eschmann for Guild. Currently due for release are discs of Rachmaninov’s piano music for Signum and two of French Mélodies accompanying Michael Bundy (baritone) for Naxos.

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About Benjamin Straley

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Benjamin Straley joined the staff of Washington National Cathedral in the summer of 2012 as assistant organist. Prior to this appointment, he was organ scholar at Trinity Church, New Haven, as well as director of music for the Episcopal Church at Yale.

Straley was an undergraduate at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was a student of Marilyn Keiser. At the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, he studied organ with Martin Jean and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. In addition to his musical studies, he also pursued theological education while at Yale, completing a Master of Divinity and a Diploma in Anglican Studies. His playing accomplishments include the Baker Prize, awarded to incoming organ students at Yale deemed to be in the top 1 or 2 percent of young organists in the country, as well as being one of the few Americans in the entire history of the Haarlem Organ Festival invited to compete in its prestigious improvisation contest. During his time at Yale, he was also awarded the Downes Prize for excellence in the public reading of Scripture and of hymns, as well as the Thomas Phillips Memorial Award for exceptional achievement and further promise in the study and practice of Anglican liturgy.

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About Washington Symphonic Brass

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The Washington Symphonic Brass is comprised of some of the finest professional musicians in the Washington/Baltimore area. While the members are in constant demand for orchestral, solo, and chamber music performances, they have assembled to play some of the great literature written for large brass ensemble. Conductor Milt Stevens and Trumpeter Phil Snedecor formed this group of players out of their love of and excitement about this fine literature. Individually, the members of the WSB have performed with many of the nation’s best orchestras, such as the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among other illustrious institutions. The WSB performs throughout the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan area, appearing at some of the great performance spaces on the east coast. Specializing in compositions written for large brass ensemble and percussion (four trumpets, four horns, four trombones, euphonium, tuba, timpani, and percussion instruments) with organs, choruses, and other instruments optional, the varied repertoire of the Washington Symphonic Brass covers five centuries.

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Parking at the Cathedral

Parking in the Cathedral’s underground garage is free on Sundays for services and organ recitals; parking for concerts and programs is available for an event-parking fee. Learn more about parking options for individuals and groups.