America’s Requiem: A Knee on The Neck

Piotr Gajewski, conductor
Eugene Rogers, chorus master
with National Philharmonic Chorale and members of The Washington Chorus

March 26 at 8 pm – The Music Center at Strathmore

March 28 at 7:30 pm – Capital One Hall

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America’s Requiem commemorates the life and tragic loss of George Floyd with the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s A Knee on The Neck, composed around the backbone of the poetry of Dr. Herbert Martin and performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale under the direction of Maestro Piotr Gajewski and Chorus Master Eugene Rogers, along with members of The Washington Chorus and the Howard University Chorale, plus featured vocalists J’Nai Bridges, Norman Shankle, and Kenneth Overton. The program concludes with Mozart’s seminal Requiem in D Minor, also featuring Soprano Janai Brugger.



Adolphus Hailstork, A Knee on The Neck (World Premiere)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Süssmayr), Requiem in D Minor, K. 626

Guest Artists

Janai Brugger Soprano
J’Nai Bridges Mezzo Soprano
Norman Shankle Tenor
Kenneth Overton Baritone
The Washington Chorus with Chorusmaster Eugene Rogers
The Howard University Chorale


Programs, artists, dates, prices, and availability subject to change.

NatPhil is extremely grateful for the very generous support of Anne Claysmith and the Paul M. Angell Foundation for the world premiere of A Knee on The Neck.
Support for the guest artists is provided by Kathleen Knepper.Additional support is provided by The Mather and Hogan Lovell. 


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