"Arlington Sons" - featuring David Pittsinger - Makes Washington, D.C. Area Premiere In Three Performances With The U.S. Air Force Band

For Immediate Release: September 18, 2014

Media Contact: Cally Jamis Vennare, 412.600.5055,                                       

Washington, DC--On September 21, the musical work Arlington Sons will make its distinguished Washington, D.C. Area Premiere with the United States Air Force Band in a special free concert at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Theater at Arlington National Cemetery. The 2PM concert will feature Metropolitan Opera and Broadway star David Pittsinger and his son Richard in conjunction with The U.S. Air Force Reed Quintet and The U.S. Air Force Chamber Trio. 

On September 25, the U.S. Air Force Orchestra will feature the Pittsingers performing Arlington Sons in two additional free concerts, at 10:30AM and 7:30PM, at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

The D.C. Area Premiere of Arlington Sons is presented through the generous support of FedEx Ground.

Media Note: David Pittsinger is currently in the D.C. Metro area rehearsing for September performances in Washington National Opera's "Florencia en al Amazonas" at the Kennedy Center; he is available for interviews upon request.  

About Arlington Sons

Lyrical and expressive, Arlington Sons tells the story of a Father bringing his young Son to Arlington National Cemetery for the first time, to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Arlington Sons illuminates a universal experience—the changing of the guard between generations—in a uniquely American context. It is believed to be the first-ever musical composition written for a real-life father and son.  

Metropolitan Opera and Broadway star David Pittsinger commissioned Arlington Sons in 2011, not only as a duet to perform with his son Richard, a talented soloist and graduate of New York’s esteemed Saint Thomas Choir School, but also in tribute to his late father, a U.S. Army Veteran who served as a distinguished Tomb Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Through Scott Eyerly's exquisite words and music, a true and reverent moment in time is captured.

Since the world premiere of its orchestral version with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin, Arlington Sons has been acclaimed by media as "a marvelous mixture of the solemnity of the moment and vivaciousness of youth" and "a loving lesson in honor, sacrifice and patriotism." Additional highlights include performances with the West Point Band and an upcoming performance with The Society of the Honor Guard/Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as national broadcasts on prominent public radio stations.  

Arlington Sons is approximately 13 minutes in length. The vocal/piano/cello version of the musical work is now available on CD Baby (CD and digital release), iTunes (digital release), and at the Arlington National Cemetery Bookstore (CD release). 

2014 Arlington Sons Performance Dates

All three concerts are FREE and open to the general public. 

Sunday, September 21 at 2PM
Arlington National Cemetery
Women in Military Service for America Memorial
featuring The U.S. Air Force Reed Quintet & The U.S. Air Force Chamber Trio

Thursday, September 25 at 10:30AM & 7:30PM
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts
15200 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD  20715
featuring the U.S Air Force Orchestra

The Artists

Writer and composer Scott Eyerly has received acclaim across a wide variety of genres and brings to all his works a direct, American lyricism. His compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Blossom Festival, Town Hall, and Cape May Festival, and include Creatures Great and Small, a song cycle about animals for mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore; Exultation Overture for the New York Youth Symphony; and POOCH, a musical comedy set in modern day Manhattan, about the search for love, success, a lost dog – and Puccini. Regarding his opera The House of the Seven Gables, The Wall Street Journal called him “a talented composer and librettist” and The New York Times wrote, “His vocal lines are lyrical. His writing for orchestra, too, is beautiful.” Eyerly teaches sold-out classes on classical music and opera at Juilliard.

Bass-baritone David Pittsinger has appeared on the world’s leading opera and concert stages, as well as four Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts. He made his Broadway debut as Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of South Pacific and can be heard on the EMI release of Rodgers & Hammerstein At The Movies. Recent role debuts include Roy Disney in Philip Glass’ world premiere of The Perfect American (Teatro Real), Marquis in Les Dialogues des Carmelites (The Met) and King Arthur in Camelot (Glimmerglass Festival). Upcoming season highlights include his return to the Metropolitan Opera in Bartlett Sher’s production Les Contes d’Hoffmann as Luther and Crespel under the batons of James Levine and Yves Abel, and Nick Shadow in Portland Opera’s production of The Rake’s  

Fifteen year-old Richard Pittsinger is a graduate of the esteemed Saint Thomas Choir School, where he performed and recorded there as a soprano soloist. Richard made his operatic debut in 2010 under the baton of Lorin Maazel in Castleton Festival’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro, followed shortly thereafter by portrayals of Little Jake opposite Debra Voight in Annie Get Your Gun and Tom of Warwick in Camelot, both at Glimmerglass Festival. In the 2011-2013 seasons, he gave acclaimed solo performances with world-class conductors including John Scott, Vladimir Jurowski, Leonard Slatkin and Marvin Hamlisch. This spring, Richard appeared as Marius in Les Miserables at the Williams School in New London, CT, and received the “Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role” award.

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