Co-sponsored by Julie and Ray Pangelinan
Julius Wirth, viola
Rehanna Thelwell, narrator
Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Flos Campi
Carlos Simon, Portrait of a Queen
Principal violist Julius Wirthis the featured soloist in Flos Campi, which also includes a wordless accompaniment from the National Philharmonic Chorale.
Carlos Simon’s moving Portrait of the Queen traces the evolution of Black people in America through the lens of one figurative Black woman who represents strength, courage, and selflessness. Dramatic spoken word, written by Courtney D. Ware, poetically expresses the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist, enhancing her musical portrait.
A special thanks to our 2020-21 Season Sponsors – Jean and Paul Dudek; Ed Grossman and Rochelle Stanfield; Ted Mirecki, NatPhil Board Member; Martha Newman; Doug and Emily Jacobson; and Potter Violins.
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