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The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" Concert Series in Partnership with the Library of Congress

Apr 25, 2011

WHO: The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and The Library of Congress
WHAT: Music from the Collection
WHEN: May 5, 2011, 8:00 PM
WHERE: Coolidge Auditorium, 1st and Independence Sts., SE, Washington, DC

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” continues its partnership with the Library of Congress in May with two concerts featuring different performing elements of “Pershing’s Own.”

On May 5 at 8:00 PM, The U.S. Army Blues performs the music of Charles Mingus, and Gerry Mulligan. Library of Congress Musicologist Loras John Schissel hosts this event which features music from two legendary composers of America’s only indigenous art form: jazz. Schissel has been instrumental not only in organizing the Library’s massive collection of original manuscripts, scores, and recordings (over 23,000 items), but also making them available for research, study, and performance. The evening’s performance will feature a spe- cial guest: Gerry Mulligan’s gold-plated baritone saxophone. Master Sgt. David Brown will be playing the instrument Mulligan used in the last decade of his career, made in 1926 by C.G. Conn of Elkhart, IN.

The series concludes May 21 at 8:00 PM, as part of On LOCation at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, with “Pershing’s Own” Chamber Players: Roots of the American Songbook. This concert will showcase the cultural influences behind the “Great American Songbook” and the inevitable blending of musical tra- ditions of African slaves and European immigrants who together created an enduring artistic contribution recognized as uniquely “American.”